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Kodansha Comics Announces Three New Licenses at Anime Expo

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Kodansha Comics logoKodansha Comics announced three new series launches at its Anime Expo panel: Magatsuki, Princess Jellyfish, and Real Account. The publisher also announced accelerating the release of Noragami: Stray God to a monthly schedule.

Beginning in February 2016, Kodansha will release the anticipated fan favorite Princess Jellyfish, from creator Akiko Higashimura. The company will publish the series in deluxe, large-format 2-in-1 editions. With over 400 pages in each volume, color pages, and bonus special features, this will be the edition to own for newcomers and collectors alike. Princess Jellyfish tells the story of Tsukimi, who has loved jellyfish from a young age. She resides in Amamizukan, a fangirl-only dorm. One evening at the local pet store, Tsukimi sees a lovely jellyfish in danger, but a beautiful woman comes to the rescue. They go back to Amamizukan together, but this “woman” is actually a man.

Magatsuki, from creator Hoshino Taguchi, follows 15-year-old Yasuke Arahabaki, who accidentally breaks a sacred mirror in his house’s shrine. This accident releases Seori, a goddess of misfortune, and triggers a curse that forces them to stay close together or die. To lift the curse, Yasuke must help Seori achieve happiness – despite the bad luck she carries with her. It all gets more complicated when Yasuke’s childhood friend and mutual crush, Akari Inamori, suddenly becomes the new owner of Yasuke’s lost soul. How will Yasuke navigate his new intimacy with Akari and still fulfill his promise to Seori? Kodansha Comics will debut the series in February 2016.

Real Account is a tense thriller that has a simple premise: “If you reach zero online followers, you die.” Ataru is one of millions of members on the social networking site Real Account. But one day, he and thousands of others wake up inside a virtual world. Here, if you lose the game, you die for real—taking all your followers with you. And if you run out of followers, it’s also game over. This new series with story by Okushō and art by Shizumu Watanabe will debut in English in March 2016.

Kodansha Comics also revealed that beginning with the seventh volume of Noragami: Stray God in October 2015, the series will switch from a bimonthly release schedule to a new volume every month. The move comes in response to readers’ energetic reaction to the series, just in time for the second season of the anime adaptation, which will debut in Fall 2015.

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