Publisher Yen Press had a slew of announcements at this weekend's Sakura-Con, but one took the cake for most unexpected. Yen will be bringing Mari Yamazaki's award-winning seinen comedy manga, Thermae Romae, to store shelves in deluxe hardcover omnibus format. Each volume will contain two volumes of Yamazaki's series, which has also been adapted into a TV anime, as well as a live-action film that opens later this month in Japan.
Thermae Romae follows Lucius, a public bath house architect in ancient Rome who time travels to modern-day baths in Japan. While that may have been the most surprising manga announcement, it was far from the last. Yen Press will also be releasing:
Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something: a hardcover collection that bundles short stories and art by Kaoru Mori (A Bride's Story, Emma).
Umineko When They Cry: the manga adaptation of Ryukishi07's visual novels, to be released in oversized omnibus editions containing two volumes each.
Blood Lad: A vampire comedy by Yūki Kodama, in which a human girl attempts to recover her life with the help of a vampire named Staz. Blood Lad is also being adapted into an anime.
Triage X: Highschool of the Dead creator Shoji Sato's action manga.
The Misfortune of Kyon & Koizumi: A collection of short manga by various artists, based on Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novels.
Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit: This spin-off of QuinRose's fantasy romance game, illustrated by Love Full of Scars' Delico Psyche, is set to be released as three omnibus volumes in June 2012.
How's that lineup sound? What are you most looking forward to from Yen Press?