Thermae Romae is back. The manga by Mari Yamazaki about a man named Lucius from ancient Rome transported to modern Japanese bathhouses now has a sequel manga called Zoku Thermae Romae. The manga, also written by Yamazaki, hit Shonen Jump Plus today, February 6.
The new manga takes place 20 years after the original, and still centers around Lucius, his Japanese wife Satsuki, their two children, and a new mission from emperor Antoninus Pius.
Thermae Romae ran from 2008 to 2013, and has had several anime and live-action adaptations. Here’s how Yen Press describes it:
When Roman architect Lucius is criticized for his “outdated” thermae designs, he retreats to the local bath to collect his thoughts. All Lucius wants is to recapture the Rome of earlier days, when one could enjoy a relaxing bath without the pressure of merchants and roughhousing patrons. Slipping deeper into the warm water, Lucius is suddenly caught in the suction and dragged through the drainage at the bottom of the bath! He emerges coughing and sputtering amid a group of strange-looking foreigners with the most peculiar bathhouse customs…over 1,500 years in the future in modern-day Japan! His contemporaries wanted him to modernize, and so, borrowing the customs of these mysterious bath-loving people, Lucius opens what quickly becomes the most popular new bathhouse in Rome—Thermae Romae!