Kodansha Digital Debut – Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura, Chihayafuru, and A Springtime with Ninjas launching on Valentine’s Day
Kodansha Comics continues its ramp-up of digital manga debuts for 2017 on February 14th with Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Akiko Higashimura’s hilarious follow-up to her best-selling Princess Jellyfish. Along with being one of the most requested titles in Kodansha Comics’s history, Princess Jellyfish was a regular on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list and was named by the New York Public Library as one of its “50 Best Books for Teens” and by Amazon as one of the “Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2016.”
With Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Higashimura continues to sharpen her razor wit on the lives of young women in the big city, this time honing in on one single thirtysomething and her dystopian dating problems—”One day I woke up and I was 33”—just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Also going on sale February 14th is the long-awaited debut of Yuki Suetsugu’s Chiyahafuru, the story of adolescent lives and emotions playing out against the high drama of karuta—traditional Japanese card-playing. Chihayafuru, a long-running bestseller in Japan, was the basis of the surprise-hit anime of the same name that streamed on Crunchyroll.
Rounding out the trio of debuts on the 14th will be Narumi Hasegaki’s A Springtime with Ninjas, a shojo romantic comedy about one strong-willed rich girl and her “smoking-hot” ninja bodyguard!
The Valentine’s Day digital debuts round out Kodansha Comics’s entire month’s focus on shojo manga, with ongoing sales on select shojo titles every week throughout the month of February.