Kodansha Comics Announces Five More Manga Licenses

Upcoming releases from popular creators (Shaman King's Hiroyuki Takei), series (Parasyte, Fairy Tail) and subjects (monster girls)

On the heels of announcing seven new manga licenses on Tuesday, Kodansha returned for five more, featuring upcoming releases from popular creators (Shaman King's Hiroyuki Takei), series (Parasyte, Fairy Tail) and subjects (monster girls). 


Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai

This is a stylized action manga from Hiroyuki Takei, creator of the smash hit manga and anime Shaman King.

In medieval Japan, a bell hanging on the collar is a sign that a cat has a master. Norachiyo’s bell hangs from his katana sheath, but he is nonetheless a stray – a ronin. This one-eyed cat samurai travels across a dishonest world, cutting through pretense and deception with his blade.

The unique visual style of Nekogahara blends traditional Japanese ink painting with modern street art, perfectly suited for badass cat samurai action. Vol. 1 is coming this Fall. (English title tentative.)


Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady

Described as a supernatural seinen manga with a twisting and twisted mystery plot. It’s Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady, by manga legend Kazuhiro Fujita, creator of Ushio and Tora. Oh, did we mention the “lady” of the title is real-life social reformer Florence Nightingale?

Deep in Scotland Yard in London sits an evidence room, where artifacts of the greatest mysteries in London history are kept. In this “Black Museum” sits two bullets, fused together after a head-on collision. This was the key piece of evidence in a case that brought together a supernatural Man in Gray and the famous nurse and activist Florence Nightingale – the only person who can see him. Surrounded by war and suffering, the lady enters into a desperate pact with this ghostlike man…

Vol. 1 of this two-volume series is coming this Fall.


Interviews with Monster Girls

by Petos.

Monsters of legend walk among us, going by the name “demi-humans.” Ever since he’s discovered the “demis,” one young man has become obsessed with them. So when he gets a job as a teacher at a high school for demi-girls, it’s a dream come true! But these demis, who include a rambunctious vampire, a bashful headless girl, and a succubus, have all the problems normal teenagers have, on top of their supernatural conditions. How to handle a classroom full of them?!

Vol. 1 of Interviews with Monster Girls is coming this Fall. (English title tentative.)


Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth

A new single-volume Fairy Tail spinoff following the adventures of Fairy Tail’s most popular dragon slayer duo, Sting and Rogue of the Sabertooth guild, from Kyouta Shibano and Hiro Mashima.

An argument over one of their companions splits the Twin Dragons up! But when Sting tries to take on the golems of Obstone Village on his own, he’s left crushed, with his magic stolen. Could this job actually be a sinister trap set for Sting? And will Rogue forgive him and arrive in time to save his life?

Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth is coming this Fall. (English title tentative.)


Neo Parasyte f

Neo Parasyte f is a collection of short stories set in the world of Parasyte, by a delicious mix of superstar and up-and-coming shojo artists. Yes, you read that right – this is a Parasyte shojo horror anthology.

A parasite keeps a house of mysteries that is full of twisted exhibits. Another kills an entire family, only to get stuck infecting a teenage daughter obsessed with fairy tale romance manga. These and 13 more stories, from some of the greatest shojo manga artists alive today, make up a chilling, funny, and entertaining tribute to an all-time classic series!

Authors include star artists such as Kaori Yuki (GodchildAngel Sanctuary), Ema Toyama (I Am Here!), and Asumiko Nakamura (Utsubora).

Neo Parasyte f is coming in a single volume, this Fall.




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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