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VIZ Media Acquires Idol Dreams and QQ Sweeper Manga

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Shojo Beat logo for mangaVIZ Media expands its shojo manga catalog with the acquisition of two titles – Idol Dreams by Arina Tanemura, and QQ Sweeper, created by Kyousuke Motomi.

Idol Dreams and QQ Sweeper will be published under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint and launch in print and also digitally via VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App. Both titles will also be available from select VIZ Media content partners’ digital platforms.

“We’re extremely excited to announce the addition of these great new series from two of the biggest names in shojo manga,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Shojo Beat Senior Editor. “Readers will definitely want to add Kyousuke Motomi’s paranormal romantic adventure, QQ Sweeper, as well as Arina Tanemura’s Idol Dreams, about a woman who gets a second chance to relive her youth and become a star, to their manga reading lists this Fall and Winter!”

IDOL DREAMS, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Debuting November 2015

At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she’s a virgin, Chikage is humiliated and wishes she could turn back time to when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out on all those years ago – including becoming a star!

Creator Arina Tanemura began her manga career in 1996 when her short stories debuted in Ribon magazine. She gained fame with the 1997 publication of I•O•N, and ever since her debut Tanemura has been a major force in shojo manga with popular series such as Kamikaze Kaito JeanneTime Stranger KyokoFull Moon, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance †. Both Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and Full Moon were adapted into popular anime TV series.

QQ SWEEPER, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Debuting October 2015

Kyutaro Horikita, the tall, dark and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, is about to meet a sleeping maiden at the school: transfer student Fumi Nishioka! Fumi’s going to learn how to rid the school of nasty spirits with Kyutaro’s help, and her heart will surprisingly be “cleansed” too…! In the old campus of their school, a mysterious room has a door that beckons Fumi, even though she shouldn’t even be able to see it! Kyutaro goes in after her, but will he be able to save her before she gets devoured by otherworldly creatures?

Manga creator Kyousuke Motomi debuted in the Japanese shojo manga anthology, Deluxe Betsucomi with Hetakuso Kyupiddo (No-Good Cupid) in 2002. She is the creator of Otokomae! Biizu Kurabu (Handsome! Beads Club) as well as the popular series, Dengeki Daisy and Beast Master.

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