Kodansha USA Reveals 11 New Print & Digital Manga Licenses at Anime NYC 2023

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Kodansha USA announced at its Anime NYC industry panel that it has licensed 11 new print and digital manga licenses for release next Fall 2024 and this coming December 2023. 

The highlights of the Fall 2024 print releases include Versus, Pupposites Attract, and Home Office Romance, among other titles. 

Meanwhile, the digital releases in December 2023 are the fantastical manga Sayabito: Swords of Destiny and the spicy work-place romance, Don’t Tempt Me, VP!. 

Here are the full details for each of the newly licensed series from Kodansha USA: 


Fall 2024 Print Licenses

Versus

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Story: ONE

Art: Kyoutarou Azuma

Supervision: bose

Synopsis

Centuries ago, humanity’s natural enemy, “Demons,” invaded the world and oppressed humankind. The Great Demon Lord and 47 subordinates known as Demon Lords have since dominated the world, while the human race lives on in fear. In desperation, a last-ditch effort for humanity’s very survival is placed in the hands of 47 people gathered from across the world. These heroes will oppose the demon army and win back humanity’s freedom…or die trying!

Pupposites Attract

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Story and Art: Hono Natsuna

Synopsis

Chiharu Kagura is content spending her days with her sweetie of a Rottweiler that probably weighs about as much as she does. Meanwhile, Kiyotaka Tsujii can’t get enough of his fluffy Pomeranian that barely comes up to his knees. When these two mismatched pairs chance upon each other at the park, could it be the start of an unlikely friendship — or maybe something more?

The Boy I Loved Became the Jaded Emperor

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Manga Art: Ii Oshikawa

Original Story: Bekio

Character Designs: Mitsuya Fuji

Synopsis

After witnessing the death of the woman who saved him as a child, Prince Alexei vows revenge and turns bitter and jaded, eventually taking the throne and becoming Emperor. Little does he know, the woman who saved him was reborn as the daughter of a duke, a taciturn young lady with a secret. When fate throws them together, will they recognize each other, or will their jaded pasts keep them apart?

Snow & Ink

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Story and Art: Miyuki Unohana

Synopsis

Accused of slaughtering an entire village, a sardonic criminal resigned to his lot in life is mysteriously bought by the daughter of a wealthy family. She too has been shunned by the world, and saw in him a suitable companion for her journey to the barren north. While they both carry a certain darkness in their hearts, that may be what allows them to find solace in each other…

Home Office Romance

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Story and Art: Kintetsu Yamada

Synopsis

A one-shot (home) office romance rom-com from the creator of Sweat and Soap!

Nokoru is finally afforded the chance to telework at home due to the pandemic lockdown. Rediscovering old passions and new hobbies, Nokoru is allured by his next-door neighbor, Natsu.

From the creator of Sweat and Soap, this standalone volume showcases two adults building a relationship when most human-to-human interaction was halted, even if it feels like a tall tale to find romance at home.

Kusunoki’s Flunking Her High School Glow-Up

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Story and Art: Mitsuki Mii

Synopsis

Keisuke Shizuki and Shizuka Kusunoki are taking high school by storm with their good looks, but they share a dark secret: they were both total outcasts in middle school! While Shizuki has succeeded in making himself over inside and out, clearing the slate of his past life, Kusunoki is still struggling to develop social skills to match her new appearance. She’s eager for Shizuki’s help, if only he could get over his phobia of pretty girls…

Spoil Me Plzzz, Hinamori-san!

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Story and Art: tsuke

Synopsis

Ichigo Hinamori has always looked up to her senpai Yaya Suou for her poise, impeccable grades, and kind heart. But that all changes the day Ichigo stumbles upon Yaya wailing like a little kid in the nurse’s office. It turns out everyone’s favorite honor student is desperate to get off her pedestal and be spoiled rotten instead—and now she’s hoping Ichigo will be the one to indulge her!

Sheltering Eaves

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Story and Art: Rie Aruga

Synopsis

At the age of ten, Yoru was sent to live in a children’s home due to abuse from her mother. Tenjaku, a boy who is the same age, takes Yoru under his wing. Now in their second year of high school, Yoru and Tenjaku only have a year left before they must leave the children’s home.

From the creator of Perfect World, this story follows a pure romance that has blossomed in an unfair and cruel world as it explores Japanese society’s treatment of those who are most innocent.

Your Lie in April Omnibus

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Story and Art: Naoshi Arakawa

Synopsis: 

Naoshi Arakawa’s beloved romantic drama about relearning to fall in love with music—and life — returns in this brand new omnibus edition!

Kōsei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Driven by his pain to abandon piano, Kosei now lives in a monotonous, colorless world. Having resigned himself to a bland life, he is surprised when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can Kaori teach Kosei not just how to play, but how to start living again?

December 2023 Digital Licenses 

Sayabito: Swords of Destiny

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Story and Art: Uta Isaki

Release Date: December 5, 2023

From the creator of Is Love the Answer? and The Spellbook Library comes an exciting new fantasy battle manga. It serves as the author’s debut work, which is now available in English. 

Synopsis

Constructed solely for war, sayabito are fearsome human weapons who are tightly bonded to those who wield them. In the wake of a great war, fiery and impatient Rivia and her willowy, cautious partner Kuifa roam the land in search of sayabito who lost their wielders in the conflict, in order to register and protect these vulnerable sayabito before they wither away or are exploited. Though Rivia and Kuifa frequently exasperate each other with their clashing approaches, they share one common goal: to carve out a life in the peacetime for which they, and others like them, were never meant.

Don’t Tempt Me, VP!

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Story and Art: Kana Nakatsuki

Release Date: December 19, 2023

Synopsis

27-year old Maki Enomoto is done with relationships. One year ago, her terrible boyfriend made her the joint guarantor on a loan before promptly ghosting her with a mountain of debt. Now she just wants to be left alone to her quiet otaku life, working her office job to make her ex’s monthly repayments, and devoting what scant little is left to her hobbies. Namely, her virtual boyfriend Allen-kun, who is hot, kind, and dependable in a way that real-life men aren’t—least of all the hotshot young VP that keeps getting on her case about deadlines and deliverables. But when said VP shows up with a rather interesting proposal, Maki must decide if she’s ready to roll the dice one last time…


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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