In addition to unveiling several newly licensed manga titles, Kodansha USA also announced at its Anime NYC industry panel that it is debuting a new original manga series titled The Spellbook Library for the English-first Kodansha Reader Portal series.
The first episode of the series is available now and free-to-read for Kodansha Readers, with new episodes arriving biweekly exclusively on Kodansha USA’s website. New episodes will debut digitally every other Wednesday in an alternate release schedule with Kodansha’s other Reader Portal original series BLOOD BLADE by Oma Sei.
The company also revealed that episodes of The Spellbook Library will be available to read for free online for all Kodansha Readers, until the debut of the collected print volume in Fall 2024. Print editions of the title will be distributed by Penguin Random House.
The Spellbook Library is written and illustrated by Uta Isaki — the mangaka behind the asexual coming-of-age drama, Is Love the Answer?. It is described as a “visually stunning fantasy series steeped in magic, adventure, and friendship.”
Isaki provided a special message about the manga’s release via Kodansha USA’s official Twitter account:
Kodansha USA describes the synopsis of the series as:
In the world of The Spellbook Library, Spellbook librarians protect townsfolk from dangerous spellbeasts, sealing them in spellbooks that hold more than just magic. When he was a child, troublemaker Yan was attacked by a ferocious spellbeast—until he was rescued by a group of Spellbook librarians. Inspired by the librarians’ heroic efforts, Yan vows to turn over a new leaf and become a Spellbook librarian to repay their kindness. On the day of his employment exam, he meets Tohru, a mysterious young boy who has his own reasons for wanting to work at the library. Together, Yan and Tohru set off and join the ranks of the Spellbook Library, and begin the long journey to learn just what it takes to become a Spellbook Librarian!
To gain access to a Kodansha Reader account, readers can visit Kodansha USA’s website and sign up for a free account.
Source: press release