Tokyopop Launches Konohana Kitan, Futaribeya, and Hanger in 2018
Tokyopop has announced its initial plans for moving back into Japanese manga English-language licenses with three new series.
Konohana Kitan is the first title in the publisher’s newest licenses, a slice of life fantasy story adapted into a hit anime currently streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation. Created by Sakuya Amano, Konohana Kitan is the heartwarming story of a new apprentice named Yuzu, and the other fox girls who work at a hot spring hotel called Konohatei. The staff at Konohatei live by one belief: no matter who one may truly be, no matter what, anyone who is a guest is a god. Of course, that includes you. Let the hospitality of Yuzu and the Konohatei heal your tired soul.
Also debuting is Futaribeya, a slice of life yonkoma (four-panel vertical comic strip) manga series by Yukiko. About to start her first year of high school, Sakurako Kawawa settles into her new lodgings. But when she meets her new roommate — the beautiful Kasumi Yamabuki — everything changes! From day one the responsible, level-headed Sakurako and lazy, easygoing Kasumi find themselves at odds with one another, but with their matching mugs and one bed to share, Sakurako and Kasumi’s friendship is just beginning!
The third new title is Hirotaka Kisaragi‘s Hanger, an action-packed Boys Love series set in a crime-ridden future version of Tokyo. In Neo-Tokyo, crime is rising rapidly in the wake of a new generation of super-drugs capable of enhancing the user’s physical and mental abilities. Hajime Tsukomo is a new recruit on a federal task force trained to go after these powered-up criminals. Now he must team up with Zeroichi, a so-called Hanger looking to reduce his own jail sentence in exchange for helping to take down these chemically-boosted bad guys.
Print copies will retail for $12.99 while digitally each volume will be available for $9.99. Details on the upcoming 2018 Tokyopop manga releases are as follows:
- Konohana Kitan with story and art by Sakuya Amano is rated Teen. Each volume is 176 pages with volume one being released 6/19/2018, volume two on 8/21/2018, volume three on 10/23/2018, and volume four on 12/4/2018.
- Futaribeya with story and art by Yukiko is rated Teen with each volume coming in at 160 pages. The first volume will be released 9/4/2018 and second 11/16/2018.
- Hanger with story and art by Hirotaka Kisaragi is rated Older Teen. Volume one is 192 pages and will be released 7/18/2018. Volume two is 208 pages and will be released on 9/4/2018.