Kodansha USA Announces New Print & Digital Manga Licenses at NYCC 2023

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© Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Kouta Sannomiya, Yuusuke Nomura

During its New York Comic Con industry panel, Kodansha USA announced five new digital and print manga licenses that will be released this coming November, as well as in Spring and Fall 2024. 

The new print licenses consist of the hitman action comedy The Fable, which will soon be receiving a TV anime adaptation, in Spring 2024 and BLUE LOCK -EPISODE NAGI- and Tank Chair in Fall 2024. 

Meanwhile, two new manga series will be debuting digitally this November: the pregnancy thought experiment and He’s Expecting and the risqué fantasy love story How to Treat a Lady Knight Right. The latter title was previously released by the now-defunct publisher Sol Press. 

Here are the details for Kodansha USA’s latest manga licenses: 


Print Licenses: Spring 2024 

The Fable

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Story and Art: Katsuhisa Minami

Synopsis

When you’re the infamous “genius killer” hitman The Fable, many things come easy. Being a normal person, however, isn’t one of them. In fact, being told that he can’t kill anyone for a while may just be the hardest job he’s ever taken…

Print Licenses: Fall 2024 

BLUE LOCK -EPISODE NAGI-

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Story: Muneyuki Kaneshiro

Manga Art: Kouta Sannomiya

Original Character Design: Yuusuke Nomura

Synopsis

Seishiro Nagi, a second-year high schooler, thought everything was a pain and lived his life in an apathetic fog. That is, until he met Reo Mikage and they entered the mysterious striker training center, Blue Lock… A new spin-off from Blue Lock’s author, Muneyuki Kaneshiro, telling the story from Nagi’s point of view!

Tank Chair

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Story and Art: Manabu Yashiro

Synopsis

Shizuka takes on the most dangerous of assassin jobs, but she’s not the one doing the killing. Rather, it’s her brother, Nagi, a strong assassin who took a bullet to protect his sister, leaving him in a comatose state and having to use a wheelchair. However, Shizuka has figured out the key to waking her brother up: he must be faced with killing intent! Thus begins a violent journey of recovery, battling the most dangerous foes!

Digital Licenses: November 2023 

He’s Expecting

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Story and Art: Eri Sakai

Release Date: November 7, 2023

Synopsis

When career-minded Kentaro Hiyama finds out that he’s pregnant, it will change the course of more than just his own life. In the Japan of Eri Sakai’s thought experiment, ten years have passed since the male sex has spontaneously gained the ability to get pregnant, and society has struggled to adjust. Kentaro isn’t sure at first who the mother might be, and quickly finds himself butting up against regressive attitudes and discriminatory policies—most of which long precede male pregnancy. In his previous life, he’d never given any of it a second thought — he may have even held the same views. But through his encounters with other pregnant people, and galvanized by his new perspective, Kentaro turns his skills in business and marketing to effecting social change.

How to Treat a Lady Knight Right

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Story and Art: Kengo Matsumoto

Release Date: November 21, 2023

Synopsis

Leo Cornelia has dedicated her entire life to the battlefield. There is no demon she can’t slay, no challenge she can’t handle—at least, not until that confounding halfwit mage Foolie Dent confesses his love to her. Nothing feels farther from her than long-discarded notions of femininity and romance, but this annoying but dependable new friend might just be the key to opening the heart she closed long ago.


Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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