In this week's Thursday update, the digital manga portal JManga offers the English language premiere of acclaimed author Fumiyo Kouno's cute four-panel pet manga Pippira Note. Speaking of pet manga, there's also new Wonder and Star Protector Dog, along with more Chitose Get You!!, Peace Maker, Nagomi Club, and Harlequin titles.
Pippira Note Vol. 1
Created by Fumiyo Kouno
One day, a young woman named Kimiko meets a little lost bird named Pippira. Living with the little bird becomes a series of surprises and discoveries. Before long this little happiness becomes, to Kimiko, an irreplacable treasure in her day to day life.
Chitose Get You!! Vol. 6
Created by Etsuya Mashima
Chitose is an energetic yet slightly precocious elementary schooler. Chitose has the biggest crush on a guy she like to call “Onii-chan” who works at a town hall next to Chitose’s school. Poor Onii-chan gets hassled endlessly by Chitose. Will Onii-chan ever get a day of peace?!?!
Nagomi Club Vol. 2
Created by Toshiko Endo
Untraditional hosts will warmly welcome you. A gem of warmhearted stories of the host club.
WONDER! Vol. 2
Created by Akira Kawa
A young boy and dog suddenly appear in the life of a carefree couple. The boy is Kota, taken in by his uncle and aunt after the sudden death of his mother. The dog is a mysterious creature he picked up named Wonder. The four of them grow as they awkwardly overcome various incidents and troubles.
STAR PROTECTOR DOG Vol. 2
Created by Takashi Murakami
The corpse of a man and a dog are discovered inside a decaying car. An autopsy reveals the man died one year ago, while the dog died only three months earlier. What is this significance of this gap in time? The answer is in the sadness and joy of the little bit of life that was left between one man and one dog.
PEACE MAKER Vol. 3
Created by Nanae Chrono
An alternate history of the Shinsengumi, as viewed through the eyes of Ichimura Tetsunosuke, a young boy intent on joining their ranks! When the pint-sized Tetsunosuke volunteers for the Shinsengumi, they turn him away as a mere child. Soon afterwards, he runs into a piglet out for a walk with his dark-haired owner. Impressed with Tetsunosuke's spirit, the young man arranges a match between him and famous swordfighter Okita Souji, with Shinsengumi membership as the prize! However...
The Black Sheep
Created by SUSAN FOX , YUKAKO MIDORI
Willa was banished from her hometown after causing a serious car accident long ago. When she returns five years later to attend her uncle's funeral, she is welcomed by the unchanging icy stares of the town's residents. A former lover, Clay, also greets her with hatred, but as the truth became apparent, little by little, Clay's attitude begins to change...
Ridge: The Avenger
Created by LEANNE BANKS , KEIKO KISHIMOTO
Dara helps her godfather, Harrison, with his campaigns for a U.S. presidential election. Being blessed with beauty and intelligence, she soon gains popularity as Harrison's poster girl. But it also means she is a target of political enemies. Therefore, Harrison hires one of the best bodyguards for her—Ridge Jackson. Dara is stunned when she sees his shadowy gold eyes. How seductive he is... Isn't it more dangerous to be with this sexy guy than to be a target of political rivalry?
The Italian's Passionate Revenge
Created by LUCY GORDON , JUNKO OKADA
In a drizzle, Elise desperately keeps herself not to collapse during her husband's funeral – he always spent lavishly and repeatedly cheated on her and died leaving her a huge debt. Among the funeral attendees, she notices there is a distinctly handsome stranger. The man turns out to be Vincente, her husband's employer and a company owner. He invites Elise for dinner for some reason. She is alarmed with his eyes with full of risky temptation, but accepts his offer. What is his purpose?
Acting on Impulse
Created by VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON , NATSUE OGOSHI
Enjoying a gorgeous single lifestyle with lots of encounters in the big city! That was Trudy the country girl's reason for coming to New York. To have metropolitan romances with all the men that aren't around in her small town. To keep her from getting into trouble, her friends introduce Linc as a "bodyguard" until she gets used to life in the city. As a playboy who's grown tired of the romantic chase, he's the perfect practice boyfriend who'll make her into a confident, sophisticated cosmopolitan!
Created by Nalini Singh , Harumo Sanazaki
"If you ever set even one foot in my kingdom...I'll take you away and put you in the world's most beautiful cage!" This is a bittersweet memory of Jasmine's ex-lover, Sheikh Tariq. When she visits his desert homeland, he sweeps her away to his rose-colored palace, as promised. She dreams of reconciling her love for him, but will Tariq's heart want her back without knowing why she left him once before?
Lord Calthorpe's Promise l
Created by SYLVIA ANDREW , RIN OGATA
Katherine's hope for her beloved brother's return to their estate in Hampshire is dashed when she receives the news of his death... He met a brave death at Battle of Waterloo. Then cruel reality hits devastated Katherine. Her uncle's family claims the estate, leaving Katherine no access to her fortune. The only person she can turn to for help is Lord Adam Calthorpe, her late brother's superior. Little does she know her brother asked Adam to look after Katherine if any ill fate were to befall him...
Lord Calthorpe's Promise ll
Created by SYLVIA ANDREW , RIN OGATA
Katherine is rescued from her plight by Lord Adam Calthorpe, her late brother's senior officer, and Adam's mother, Lady Calthorpe. Katherine finds herself increasingly attracted to Adam, who fights with all his might to protect her. But his idea of an ideal woman is a blue-eyed, blond beauty. In comparison, unworldly Katherine lacks the grace of a lady. No matter. Lady Calthorpe, who sees an exceptional beauty and talent in Katherine, takes the matter into her own hands to make Katherine's social debut a big success. And so the social season begins.
Word of a Gentleman
Created by LYN STONE , TSUKIKO KUREBAYASHI
Clarissa is a daughter of an aristocrat, but after losing her parents at a young age, she spent a lonely childhood in boarding schools. And now, even her guardian uncle is gravely ill. If her uncle was to pass away, according to law she would lose all of her inheritance. To prevent this, she must marry, but her unpleasant, gold-digging cousin will not leave her alone. She decides to devise a plan and offers a proposition to a bankrupt 2nd son of an Earl; "Elope with me in return for my £10,000 inheritance!"
The Prince's Heir
Created by SALLY CARLEEN , MIHO TOMOI
Mandy lives a peaceful life with her parents and her adopted son Josh, the child of her best friend who died 3 years ago. However her quiet life is jeopardized when a man suddenly visits her. This refined and dignified man is the 2nd prince of Castile, Prince Stephen! Josh's father, who was the crown prince of the Kingdom of Castile had passed away, and the prince claims Josh is the rightful heir to the throne. "I'll never hand over my son!" Standing by her promise to her friend, Mandy decides to do everything in her power to stop the prince.
One Summer in Italy
Created by LUCY GORDON , NANAMI AKINO
Just before her return to England, Holly discovers in her luggage the valuable painting she had sketched earlier. She had become entangled in an unthinkable crime... She was deceived by a man she trusted! Jumping on to a train bound for Rome, she runs into a compartment in the first-class carriage. There, she encounters Matteo, a sharp justice who immediately realises she is on the run. However for an unknown reason, he does not hand her over to the police, and instead takes her back to his mansion. As he confiscates her passport, she starts to worry about what lies ahead...
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In the first part of the panel, JManga’s Robert Newman will be making some exciting announcements on new acquisitions, services and projects coming soon to JManga.com. In the second part of the panel, Deb Aoki (Manga editor, About.com) and Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly, PW Comics World) will be joining Robert Newman for a discussion on JManga and the future of digital manga. JManga will be giving away a New iPad, loads of JManga Points, and more special prizes straight from Akihabara throughout the panel.