Kodansha USA Publishing just shared that it will be publishing seven different manga digitally this month. A brief description was released for each, so let’s take a look.
The Shadows of Who We Once Were by Yae Utsumi
“Nezu was looking forward to his elementary school reunion—after all, his class was united by unbreakable bonds. But when his former classmate, Mikio, reveals that this reunion is a very real matter of life and death…suddenly Nezu finds those bonds put to the test. By the author of Until Your Bones Rot!”
JOY by Etsuko
“Goh Akazaki is a 26-year-old man…who happens to be a shojo manga artist. His assistant is Yusuke Akune, who happens to be a mangaka in his own right. But when Goh accidentally finds out that Yusuke is gay, he’s thrown for a loop—what else about his friend doesn’t he know? And when Goh is asked to draw BL, he tries to pry into Yusuke’s experiences for inspiration…but when he is ultimately inspired by the idea of ‘unrequited love for Yusuke,’ can he keep his own feelings out of the mix?”
Golden Gold by Seita Horio
“Welcome to Neijima island—home to a girl who hopes to keep her friend from moving away; destination of an author hoping to be inspired for her next book; and above all, sacred land to a ‘god of fortune’—but will that god really bring what the people around it want? A bizarre, supernatural new story by the author of Kokkoku!”
Such a Treacherous Piano Sonata by Hal Osaka
“Kanna Tachibana is a 26-year-old woman who hasn’t yet felt the stirrings of physical attraction…that is, until she meets her new charge, the ‘Prince of Piano’ Guy Narisawa Weissenfeld. After listening to his playing, she finds herself unable to stop herself caressing him…?! Will she be able to explore her budding sensuality with a man who has been told he plays with no emotion? And not only that, can she step up to save this irascible performer’s career while she’s at it?”
A Nico-Colored Canvas by Nao Shikita
“Nico Sorano is in the dictionary under ‘free-spirited’…which makes her an instant celebrity at her art university. But one professor, the career making-or-breaking Kageiwa-sensei, has only a limited tolerance for her aggressively good-natured optimism. Unsurprisingly, Nico isn’t fazed…it just means she’s going to have to make her own way to stardom, with the help of her friend Mitsuki and the inscrutable, notorious Soichiro Togo. No matter what, it’ll be an interesting college debut!”
A Serenade for Pretend Lovers by Tochika Nekome
“Akari Sayo works at a TV station, and was on the job when she just happened to see her boyfriend—who just happened to be cheating on her. Before she can resolve anything, she’s asked to manage a documentary about a musician, Chizuru Kobuchi…but when he tries to shut her out, she barges in, determined to do her job right! But moments later, when he learns her name…he asks her to be his lover? Akari’s having a long day, and it looks like it isn’t over yet!”
Burn the House Down by Moyashi Fujisawa
“Shizuka Yamauchi, 25, housekeeper. Makiko Mitarai, 46, amateur model and perfect housewife. Though strangers on the outside, the two share a past—one Shizuka feels she needs to set right, to bring her mother justice. But Makiko has secrets of her own, and Shizuka will need to tread carefully if she’s to get to the bottom of it all…without getting burned.”
The Shadows of Who We Once Were and JOY are being released today, June 7. Golden Gold and Such a Treacherous Piano Sonata are coming out June 14, A Nico-Colored Canvas and A Serenade for Pretend Lovers are coming out June 21, and Burn the House Down is coming out June 28.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.