Seven Seas Entertainment came through with a handful of new license announcements yesterday, one of which was a major doozy for some folks. Amongst the slew of reveals was the license of Hitoshi Ashinano’s critically-acclaimed manga Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, which immediately had Twitter followers poppin’ off with excitement.
The oversized omnibus releases of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou will kick off with volume one this August. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set hundreds of years in the future after an environmental catastrophe, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (also known as Yokohama Shopping Log) centers on the simple life of Alpha, an android who runs a small coffee shop in coastal Japan. Alpha stands witness to chronicle the end of humanity’s days with coffee, a slice of watermelon, and the sound of her moon guitar backed by distant seagulls. Quiet and bittersweet, this tale is about the melancholy beauty that can be found even as the end approaches.
Winner of the Seiun science fiction award for Best Manga, this beloved series launched in the mid 1990s and ran for 14 volumes, inspiring anime and garnering critical acclaim. Seven Seas is proud to present this series in English for the first time, with the entire story combined into an oversized five-volume set.
Here’s a breakdown of the other new announcements from Seven Seas, all of which are due out this August.
MoMo -The Blood Taker by Akira Sugito
Washed-up Tokyo detective Mikogami Keiji is investigating a series of murders where the victims have been torn apart and drained of all blood. Could these grisly new killings be related to the decade-old unsolved murder of the woman he loved? As he renews his vow to find the creature that killed her, he has no idea he’s being stalked by a silver-haired girl with secrets of her own. Quicker than you can say “vampire,” Mikogami finds himself embroiled in a frightening conspiracy with actual monsters–but he’ll do whatever it takes in his quest for revenge.
My [Repair] Skill Became a Versatile Cheat, So I Think I’ll Open a Weapon Shop by Ginga Hoshikawa
It’s hard for Luke to make a name for himself as an adventurer–especially when he’s perpetually low-ranked and only possesses the skill [Repair]. But when Luke, abandoned by his party, uses that same [Repair] skill to escape a dangerous dungeon, the skill levels up with him, and a new world of possibilities opens up. Maybe he doesn’t want to risk his life adventuring at all–maybe he can open a weapons shop where [Repair] empowers other warriors instead! Will this be the start of a peaceful new life, or a prequel to unexpected trouble?
Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii by Asuka Konishi
Yoshino grew up as the yakuza princess of the Osaka Somei crime family. Everyone left her alone due to her sharp gaze and mobster ties. But when her grandfather signs a truce with the Tokyo-based Miyama crime family, she’s offered for betrothal to the Miyama leader’s grandson, Kirishima. At first, Kirishima seems amiable and polite–but when he shows his dark side, he proves to be more disturbing than any gangster Yoshino has ever met. This engagement is sure to be a wild ride for a tough yakuza princess and her twisted yakuza prince!
Source: Press release