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Tokyopop reveals new Manga titles

Tokyopop has announced a new list of manga releases for spring and summer 2023! All titles will be available both in print and digital forms (excluding the Iberico Pork series) and full details on each release can be found below, along with temp covers. Details are subject to change.

IBERICO PORK: LOVE AND CAMELLIA and its two volume spin-off, IBERICO PORK: SLAVE OF LOVE, is a mature 18+ BL series with adult and dark themes. Both titles will be released as digital exclusives.

Sparks fly when high school delinquent Tsubaki antagonizes the leader of a local trash pick-up gang, the Iberico Pigs… except instead of going on one of his famous rampages, Iberico invites Tsubaki out to dinner instead. As the two of them spend more time together, will their relationship be nipped in the bud by Tsubaki’s uncertainty, the Pigs’ jealousy, or Iberico’s family ties to organized crime? Meanwhile, a member of Iberico’s crew hides a painful past — can he find it in himself to open up his heart to another?

Title: Iberico Pork: Love & Camellia
Story/Art: Shoowa
ePub ISBN: 9781427873965
Rating: Mature
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 176
Digital pub date: 1/18/2023

Title: Iberico Pork: Slave of Love, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Shoowa
ePub ISBN: 9781427873255
Rating: Mature
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 176
Digital pub date: 3/15/2023

Title: Iberico Pork: Slave of Love, Vol. 2
Story/Art: Shoowa
ePub ISBN: 9781427873262
Rating: Mature
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 176
Digital pub date: 4/12/2023

IBERICO PORK: LOVE AND CAMELLIA

Set in rural Hokkaido, SNOW FAIRY is a teen rated BL romance between a photographer and a country boy.

When famous wildlife photographer Narumi comes to Hokkaido to take photos of the elusive “snow fairies”, he ends up stranded in a snow storm. After being rescued, he takes up residence in local farmer Haruki’s house for the winter. As polar opposites, sophisticated and outgoing city slicker Narumi and country boy Haruki have a lot to learn from one another.

After Haruki shows an interest, Narumi teaches him about photography… and before he realizes it, he finds himself the sole subject of Haruki’s new hobby. After a winter spent so close together, what will the spring thaw bring?

Title: Snow Fairy
Story/Art: Tomo Serizawa
ISBN: 9781427872609
Rating: Teen
SRP: $13.99
Pages: 210
Print pub date: 4/11/2023
Digital pub date: 11/25/2022

SNOW FAIRY

SENGOKU YOUKO is a shounen series following a ragtag group of humans and monsters (known as katawara) on a hero’s quest journey to fight evil and stop a megalomaniac’s twisted plan.

The world is divided into two factions: humans and monsters called katawara. Despite being a katawara, Tama loves humans and vows to protect them from evil, even if it means fighting her own kind. Her brother Jinka, however, hates humans, despite mostly being one. The siblings are joined by a cowardly swordsman named Shinsuke, who wants to learn how to become strong.

When the group uncovers a plot to experiment on humans and transform them into monsters, they vow to defeat whoever is behind it… Even if it means battling an entire army of warriors. 

The people they meet, places they see, and creatures they battle will be legendary!

Title: Sengoku Youko, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Satoshi Mizukami
ISBN: 9781427872593
Rating: Teen
SRP: $13.99
Pages: 176
Print pub date: 4/11/2023
Digital pub date: 12/9/2022

Title: Sengoku Youko, Vol. 2
Story/Art: Satoshi Mizukami
ISBN: 9781427873460
Rating: Teen
SRP: $13.99
Pages: 176
Print pub date: 7/11/2023
Digital pub date: 3/3/2023

SENGOKU YOUKO

A sweet romantic story of otaku love, MY COWORKER HAS A SECRET! is a two-volume shoujo series following the romance between two office workers.

Akari is an average 25-year-old office worker who harbors a secret she hides from her colleagues: she’s so obsessed with the pretty-boy idol Ren-Ren that it’s ruining her financially!

When her lunch is stolen by a pigeon, a kind stranger offers his homemade bento in its place, and after graciously accepting, Akari tells him the reason she’s so destitute. It’s the first time she’s revealed her secret otaku lifestyle to anyone. Of course, she assumes she’ll never see this stranger again… until he shows up as the newest employee at her office! Can Akari trust him to keep her tragic and embarrassing secret from their coworkers?

Title: My Coworker Has a Secret!, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Mushiro
ISBN: 9781427872791
Rating: Teen
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 178
Print pub date: 4/11/2023
Digital pub date: 12/9/2022

Title: My Coworker Has a Secret!, Vol. 2
Story/Art: Mushiro
ISBN: 9781427872807
Rating: Teen
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 178
Print pub date: 7/11/2023
Digital pub date: 2/24/2023

MY COWORKER HAS A SECRET

CUT-OVER CRITERIA is a mature rated BL one-shot, where romance blossoms between an engineer and his colleague.

Recent graduate Jin has been assigned to help out his upperclassman Seto, a highly competent but somewhat standoffish systems engineer. Though Jin is good at his job, he does seem to have his head in the clouds more often than not… and Seto’s eyes always seem to linger on him more than they should!

A fresh new boys’ love office romance in which opposites attract!

Title: Cut-Over Criteria
Story/Art: Koala Omugi
ISBN: 9781427872234
Rating: Mature
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 210
Print pub date: 4/25/2023
Digital pub date: 12/2/2022

CUT-OVER CRITERIA

For fans looking for a little more kink with their romance (or who just can’t wait for the next volume of FANGS), PLATINUM BLOOD is an 18+ vampire themed BL between a creature of the night and the priest who protected him.

Alucard, known by “Al” for short, is a vampire who has been raised by a priest, You. Providing Al the fluids he needs to survive has created an unusually close relationship between the two, but what will become of their partnership as You’s mortality catches up to him?

Title: Platinum Blood
Story/Art: Mor Ichigaya
ISBN: 9781427872623
Rating: Mature
SRP: $16.99
eSRP: $9.99
Pages: 226
Print pub date: 4/25/2023
Digital pub date: 1/27/2023

PLATINUM BLOOD

WE CAN’T DO JUST PLAIN LOVE (subtitled She’s Got a Fetish, Her Boss Has Low Self-Esteem) is a hot and steamy romance series between a kinky office worker and her shy boss.

Sakura Yuino is beautiful, cool-headed, and good at her job, and when she’s transferred to handsome, polite, but shy Itsuki Kiritani’s department at her office she’s determined to do a
good job.

Unfortunately for her, Kiritani is so nervous around women he can’t help getting “excited” around her. And Yuino finds her personal fetish triggered around her new boss, whose smell is intoxicating to her. After a post-work drunken tryst, they realize that perhaps this arrangement isn’t so bad after all…

Title: We Can’t Do Just Plain Love (She’s Got a Fetish, Her Boss Has Low Self-Esteem), Vol. 1
Story/Art: Mafuyu Fukita
ISBN: 9781427873392
Rating: Mature
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 208
Print pub date: 5/16/2023
Digital pub date: TBD

WE CAN’T DO JUST PLAIN LOVE

A 16+ BL series about insecurity, opening up to others, and embracing your true self, OGI’S SUMMER BREAK is a sweet romance story between two teens learning to accept themselves and one another.

On the first day of summer vacation, Haruto Ogi fell in love with legally blind Shinya Tago. All though they connected immediately, Tago was at first utterly unaware that Ogi had fallen for him. For once, Ogi felt comfortable fully being himself; if his crush can’t see him, then he’s safe from being judged. A sweet love story about overcoming differences and accepting yourself for who you truly are.

Title: Ogi’s Summer Break, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Koikawa
ISBN: 9781427873217
Rating: Older Teen
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 162
Print pub date: 5/16/2023
Digital pub date: 1/6/2023

Title: Ogi’s Summer Break, Vol. 2
Story/Art: Koikawa
ISBN: 9781427873231
Rating: Older Teen
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 162
Print pub date: 8/15/2023
Digital pub date: 3/24/2023

OGI’S SUMMER BREAK

A COMPLICATED OMEGA’S SECOND LOVE is an 18+ omegaverse BL one-shot featuring power dynamics and pure animalistic lust.

Sakura, an office worker at the top of his game working for a major company, has a complex over being an Omega. He hates that Alphas are always oppressing Omegas and has resolved to be Mate-free for life. One day, however, he loses his memory in a freak accident, and finds out that somehow he and his colleague — an Alpha named Narushige, whom he’s always thought of as a rival — have become mated! At first, Sakura is adamantly against the arrangement, but by and by, Narushige’s steadfast compassion, trust, and affection as his partner leave Sakura finding himself attracted to him…

Title: A Complicated Omega’s Second Love
Story/Art: Kichi Uekawa
ISBN: 9781427872784
Rating: Mature
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 208
Print pub date: 5/16/2023
Digital pub date: 12/30/2022


A two-volume 18+ BL series set in the thrilling world of professional bodyguards, opposites attract between these two colleagues in MY DEAR AGENT.

Professional bodyguard Riichi is employed to protect the son of the leader of a large conglomerate and takes his work incredibly seriously. One day, he’s tasked with coaching Tachibana, a rookie new hire, who unfortunately has no money and no place to go. Opening his home to the new employee, Riichi is taken aback by Tachibana’s brashness… and his endless flirting! Just who is this mysterious new coworker and what’s his problem?

Title: My Dear Agent, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Ebino Bisque
ISBN: 9781427872760
Rating: Mature
SRP: $15.99
eSRP: $9.99
Pages: 224
Print pub date: 5/23/2023
Digital pub date: 1/6/2023

Title: My Dear Agent, Vol. 2
Story/Art: Ebino Bisque
ISBN: 9781427872777
Rating: Mature
SRP: $15.99
eSRP: $9.99
Pages: 224
Print pub date: 7/25/2023
Digital pub date: 3/10/2023

IF MY FAVORITE POP IDOL MADE IT TO THE BUDOKAN, I WOULD DIE is an ongoing GL series following a hardcore fan of an idol group and her crush, the member with the least number of fans. The anime adaptation is available from Funimation, and a live action drama adaptation is set to debut in October 2022 in Japan.

When it comes to idol group ChamJam, Eripiyo is the oldest — and perhaps only — fan of Maina Ichii. Despite Eripiyo’s enthusiastic support, Maina is the least popular member of the group, but that doesn’t deter Eripiyo, even though she spends so much of her money that she only has a single outfit of her own. But her love for Maina doesn’t waver, even though she knows she might never be noticed for it!

Title: If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Auri Hirao
ISBN: 9781427873408
Rating: Teen
SRP: $14.99
eSRP: $9.99
Pages: 164
Print pub date: 6/13/2023
Digital pub date: 1/27/2023

Title: If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die, Vol. 2
Story/Art: Auri Hirao
ISBN: 9781427873446
Rating: Teen
SRP: $14.99
eSRP: $9.99
Pages: 164
Print pub date: 8/15/2023
Digital pub date: 3/31/2023

IF MY FAVORITE POP IDOL MADE IT TO THE BUDOKAN, I WOULD DIE

WHY I ADOPTED MY HUSBAND is the first of two autobiographical titles highlighting the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals living in Japan; it’s a fascinating insight into the ups and downs of navigating the roadblocks of being unable to legally marry as a gay couple.

As a gay couple living in Japan (where gay marriage is not yet legal), Yuta and Kyota have found a unique loophole in order to live together and support one another financially, legally and medically; Kyota adopted Yuta. This nonfiction manga depicts how they met, living together, discussions with their parents, and their future anxieties and determination as they strive for independence and equal rights under Japanese law.

Title: Why I Adopted My Husband (The true story of a gay couple seeking legal recognition in Japan)
Story/Art: Yuta Yuji
ISBN: 9781427873385
Rating: Teen
SRP: $12.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 148
Print pub date: 6/13/2023
Digital pub date: 2/3/2023

WHY I ADOPTED MY HUSBAND

The second of two autobiographical titles highlighting the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals living in Japan, AT 30, I REALIZED I HAD NO GENDER follows intersex author Shou Arai’s journey as they find their place in the world while educating others..

At age 30, Shou Arai came to a realization; they had no gender. Now they were faced with a question they’d never really considered: how to age in a society where everything is so strongly segregated between two genders? This autobiographical manga explores Japanese culture surrounding gender, transgender issues, and the day to day obstacles faced by gender minorities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community with a lighthearted, comedic attitude.

Title: At 30, I Realized I Had No Gender (Life Lessons From a 50-Year-Old After Two Decades of Self-Discovery)
Story/Art: Shou Arai
ISBN: 9781427873453
Rating: Teen
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 180
Print pub date: 6/13/2023
Digital pub date: 2/10/2023

AT 30, I REALIZED I HAD NO GENDER

DELIVERY FOR YOU! is an 18+ rated BL one-shot between a hardcore otaku and the sexy guy who delivers his online purchases.

Izumi Fukuya is 27 and single. His hobbies are collecting figures and gaming, and 99% of his shopping is done online. He is truly a homebody. Izumi’s current fascination is with sexy delivery driver Tsuchiya! With his manly physique and warm smile, the days when he shows up are sure to be radiant. In the hopes of a rendezvous beyond his doorstop, Izumi spends day after day ordering otaku merch as an excuse to see Tsuchiya. This isn’t a forbidden love… rather one man’s crush on a cool, heroic guy!

Title: Delivery for You!
Story/Art: Teku Rin
ISBN: 9781427872951
Rating: Mature
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 194
Print pub date: 6/27/2023
Digital pub date: 2/10/2023

DELIVERY FOR YOU

Set in a brutal city where crime pays, ACID TOWN is a 16+ BL series where a desperate man and the mob boss he tried to steal from come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.

In a city where lawlessness rules, Yuki and his best friend Tetsu attempt to rob the headquarters of the local Seidoukai in order to steal money to pay for Yuki’s little brother’s hospital bill. The mission is a failure, but piques the interest of mob boss Kazutaka Hyodo. He offers Yuki a deal; come to visit him once a week, and he’ll take care of his brother’s fees. Yuki accepts this arrangement without question, and so makes his first visit…

Title: Acid Town, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Kyugo
ISBN: 9781427873477
Rating: Older Teen
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 192
Print pub date: 7/11/2023
Digital pub date: 3/10/2023

A teen rated horror series, DEAD COMPANY blurs the line between fiction and reality when a man is asked to use his own gruesome experiences to create a game.

A death game where players are forced to kill one another until there’s only one person left standing! This is the story of Ryosuke Miyauchi, a young man who survived a real-life battle royale game three years ago, and who has been struggling to live a normal life since then. One day, Ryosuke was scouted by the enormously popular game developer EDC, who asked him, “Why don’t you use your special experience to make a game?”

Title: Dead Company, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Yoshiki Tonogai
ISBN: 9781427873743
Rating: Teen
SRP: $13.99
eSRP: $7.99
Pages: 192
Print pub date: 8/15/2023
Digital pub date: 4/7/2023

DEAD COMPANY