Ize Press Adds 6 Manhwa Titles at Anime NYC 2023

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At the first ever Ize Press industry panel held at Anime NYC 2023, Ize Press announced the upcoming publication of six new manhwa titles. They include Beware the Villainess!, The Villainess Is a Marionette, Marriage of Convenience, My Secretly Hot Husband, SSS-Class Revival Hunter, and Tied to You

With the increase of English print releases of popular Korean webcomics, Ize Press further announced that it is expanding its catalog at a faster pace due to the increase of English print releases of popular Korean webcomics. 

Here are the details for the latest titles from Ize Press: 


Beware the Villainess!

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© Soda Ice, Blue Canna, Berry

Original Story: Soda Ice

Original Art: Blue Canna

Manhwa Adaptation: Berry

Beware the Villainess! is a compelling reverse-harem romance manhwa series led by a strong female protagonist putting trashy men in their place. Complete in 127 chapters, the webcomic received over eight million views and 873,000 likes on Tapas. 

Synopsis

When a modern-day college student wakes up in the body of Melissa Foddebrat, the villainess of a cliché reverse-harem novel, she is determined to cast aside the plot and live a quiet life of luxury, but…AGH! Why are all the men in this novel trash?! A sleazebag crown prince, an asshole sniper, a crazed werewolf, and an obsessive merchant—Melissa can’t just stand by and watch the innocent heroine suffer at the hands of these four male leads. Scummy love interests, begone — this story is getting a rewrite! 

The Villainess Is a Marionette

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© hanirim, manggle

Original Story: hanirim

Art: manggle

The Villainess Is a Marionette is a fantasy romance manhwa best known for its gorgeous art and cunning female lead. With two complete seasons and a third on the way, the webcomic has received over five million views and 593,000 thousand likes on Tapas. 

Synopsis

Kayena Hill, the imperial princess and most beautiful rose of the empire—and the novel’s villainess, used as a pawn in her brother’s schemes and left to die. Except this isn’t just some novel to her, not when she already lived her first life as the foolish Kayena herself! When she wakes up as Kayena Hill once more in her third life, she’s now armed with the knowledge of how her dreadful future unfolds. In order to rewrite her story and win her freedom, she must learn to puppet the puppeteer — this time, she’ll be the one pulling the strings! 

Marriage of Convenience

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© KEN, Antstudio, Hanheun

Original Story: KEN

Original Art: Antstudio

Manhwa Adaptation: Hanheun

Marriage of Convenience is a time travel manhwa following the gradually developing romance in an arranged marriage between nobles. Complete in 95 chapters with side stories announced, the webcomic has received over three million views and 388,000 likes on Tapas. 

Synopsis

Bianca de Arno was infamous throughout the land as a terrible, extravagant woman who spurned her husband and neglected her duties as countess. But when her husband, Zachary de Arno, dies in battle, she is thrown out of the estate and meets a miserable and lonely end—only to wake up nineteen years old again! This time, Bianca is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure her survival, starting with mending her relationship with the indifferent man she calls her husband!

My Secretly Hot Husband

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© Jungyeon, Harara, Gabi Nam

Original Story: Jungyeon

Original Art: Harara

Manhwa Adaptation: Gabi Nam

My Secretly Hot Husband is a historical romance that features the budding romance between a clever and optimistic female lead and a sweet yet strong male lead, who come together due to an arranged marriage. Complete in three seasons containing 109 chapters, the webcomic has received over seven million views and 722,000 likes on Tapas.

Synopsis

Letitia was reborn into another world after her untimely death, but that was only the start of her hardships. A series of tragic events forces her to work as a servant at her uncle’s house, until he sends her off to marry the infamous “Monster Lord” Erden Halstead to fulfill an old debt. But once she arrives at her new home, Letitia’s fear is quickly replaced by puzzlement and a whole slew of questions. Why is she randomly finding modern objects from her previous life in this fantasy world? Her new husband is supposed to be hideous and evil, so why is he so sweet and gentle and such a fan of bunnies? And most importantly…why is he so GORGEOUS?! 

SSS-Class Revival Hunter

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© Sinnoa, Bill K, Neida

Original Story: Sinnoa

Original Art: Bill K

Manhwa Adaptation: Neida

SSS-Class Revival Hunter is an action fantasy manhwa best known for its unique time manipulation premise, dramatic plot twists, eccentric cast, and familiar game elements. While still ongoing, the webcomic has received almost 4 million views and 328 thousand likes on Tapas.

Synopsis

Some people are just born lucky, fated to enjoy all the riches and fame, while those beneath fade into obscurity. Confucius Kim, an F-class hunter with zero skills, is definitely not one of the fortunate ones. He spends his days bemoaning his lame existence and enviously following the exploits of the star hunter Flame Emperor, for whom the mysterious, monster-filled Tower is nothing but a red carpet. Then one day, Confucius gets the chance to finally catch up to his idol when he receives the ability to copy other people’s skills. The only catch? He has to be killed by them first! 

Tied to You

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© Chelliace, WHAT

Original Story: Chelliace

Art: WHAT

As the first Boys Love title joining Ize Press, Tied to You is a dramatic yet heartwarming manhwa featuring a love triangle involving brothers, an obsessive male lead, and a dash of fantasy in an otherwise modern world. Inspired by the East Asian belief of the red thread of fate, this manhwa follows a college-aged protagonist as he struggles between his unrequited feelings for his close friend and the brother who turns out to be his fated partner.

Synopsis

Wooseo Shin was never one to believe in fate…until a ring of red thread appears around his finger, that is! This ring marks a person’s first encounter with their soulmate, and with it, neither can fall asleep if the other is absent. This development is not a welcome one for Wooseo, who decides to keep it from his best friend and crush Jiseok Kang at all costs. Because as fate would have it, the person with the ring matching Wooseo’s is Jigeon Kang—Jiseok’s older brother! When Jigeon proposes that they start sharing a bed, if only to combat their joint insomnia, Wooseo reluctantly accepts…but as the two spend more and more time together, feelings start to get messy. Will Wooseo be able to survive his new life tangled up between these two brothers?! 


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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