Other new series for April: A.I.C.O. Incarnation (April 10), Boarding School Juliet (April 10), Peach Mermaid (April 17), and Defying Kurosaki-kun (April 24)

San Francisco, Calif. (April 1, 2018)— Continuing its aggressive “digital-first” release schedule—debuting at least one new digital manga series every week—Kodansha Comics announced it will kick off 5 new manga series in April, with a decided bent toward high-school-set shoujo manga.

Kodansha Comics’s digital-first manga releases are part of an exciting new initiative begun last year to put a greater diversity of manga series into the market. Starting with Azusa Mase’s high-school drama You Got Me, Sempai! on April 3, April’s series debuts will be available at all of Kodansha Comics’s partner digital platforms:

You Got Me, Sempai! (debuting April 3), a breezy, beautifully rendered high-school romance about a freshman and her frosty (or is he just awkward?) sempai (Japanese title: Mairimashita, Sempai);

A.I.C.O. Incarnation (debuting April 10), the manga adaptation of the new biotech science-fiction anime produced by Studio BONES and currently streaming on Netflix;

Boarding School Juliet (also debuting April 10), another high-school romance, set against a background of a fierce dormitory rivalry—yep, it’s Romeo and Juliet set in modern-day Japanese high school (Japanese title: Kisyuku gakkou no Juliet);

Peach Mermaid (debuting April 17), a goofy, and somewhat off-color, comedy about a mermaid who makes the decision to walk amongst us in the human world—which goes perfectly well …  if she didn’t have one little problem … (Japanese title:Momoiro ningyo);

Defying Kurosaki-kun (debuting April 24), the last of this month’s high-school shoujo romances, involving one girl and the two guys she must choose between—including the mean, domineering Kurosaki-kun (Japanese title: Kurosaki-kun no iinari ninante naranai);

In addition to the 5 digital-first debuts, Kodansha Comics is also debuting Volume 1 of Fujita’s awkward otaku romantic comedy, Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku—which has recently been adapted into a new television anime series. Wotakoi debuts in both print and digital on April 17. There’s a lot of new manga coming from Kodansha Comics in April!

More information about Kodansha Comics’s “digital-first” initiative can be found here.

About Kodansha

Kodansha Ltd. is Japan’s leading publishing house, based in Tokyo, Japan.
Founded in 1909, Kodansha Ltd. continues to this day to play a dominant role
in media, producing books and magazines in a wide variety of genres including
literature, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, business, lifestyle, art, manga, fashion,
and journalism. Recently, Kodansha Ltd. has focused on creating and developing a wide range of digital businesses.

Kodansha Comics is the English-language manga-publishing imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing, which was established in New York City in 2008, with the publications of two of the most groundbreaking comics of all time: Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Shirow Masamune’s The Ghost in the Shell. Other major manga hits from Kodansha Comics include Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, and Fairy Tail. Kodansha Advanced Media is a digital-content distributor and producer established in San Francisco in 2015. More about Kodansha Comics at kodanshacomics.com.

About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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