Kodansha USA announced at the Anime NYC industry conference that it has licensed 11 new print and digital comic licenses for release next fall 2024 and upcoming December 2023.
Highlights of the fall 2024 releases include Versus, Pupposites Attract and Home Office Romance, among other titles.
Meanwhile, the December 2023 digital releases are fantasy manga Sayabito: Swords of Destiny and spicy workplace romance, Don’t Tempt Me, VP!.
Here are the full details on each new series licensed from Kodansha USA:
Fall 2024 printing permit
Art: Kyoutarou Azuma
Centuries ago, humanity’s natural enemy, “The Devil,” invaded the world and oppressed humanity. Since then, the Great Demon Lord and his 47 subordinates known as Demon Lords have dominated the world, while humanity still lives in fear. In desperation, the final effort for humanity’s survival is placed in the hands of 47 people gathered from all over the world. These heroes will fight off an army of demons and regain freedom for humanity…or die trying!
Story and art: Hono Natsna
Chiharu Kagura is content to spend the day with her pet Rottweiler, who probably weighs as much as she does. Meanwhile, Kiyotaka Tsujii can’t stand his knee-length Pomeranian dog. When these two mismatched couples run into each other in the park, is it the beginning of an unlikely friendship — or could it be something more?
The boy I love has become Emperor Jaded
Comic art: Ii Oshikawa
Original story: Bekio
Character Design: Mitsuya Fuji
After witnessing the death of the woman who saved him as a child, Prince Alexei swore revenge and became bitter and depressed, eventually ascending the throne and becoming Emperor. Little did he know that the woman who saved him was reincarnated as a duke’s daughter, a quiet young girl with a secret. When fate brings them together, will they recognize each other or will their painful past keep them apart?
Snow & Ink
Story and art: Miyuki Unohana
Accused of massacring an entire village, a sarcastic criminal resigned to his fate is mysteriously bought by the daughter of a wealthy family. She is also shunned by the world and sees him as a suitable companion for her journey to the barren north. Even though they both carry a certain amount of darkness in their hearts, that may be what helps them find solace in each other…
Home Office Romance
Story and art: Kintetsu Yamada
A one-shot (at-home) office romantic comedy from the creator of Sweat and Soap!
Nokoru finally had the opportunity to work remotely from home due to the pandemic lockdown. Rediscovering old passions and new interests, Nokoru is captivated by his next-door neighbor, Naruto.
From the creator of Sweat and Soap, this stand-alone episode introduces two adults building an almost human-to-human relationship whose interactions have been put on hold, even while finding romance at home. seems like a tall tale.
Flunking Her High School Glow-Up by Kusunoki
Story and art: Mitsuki Mii
Keisuke Shizuki and Shizuka Kusunoki are taking high school by storm with good looks, but they share a dark secret: they were both outcasts in middle school! While Shizuki has succeeded in remaking herself from the inside out, erasing the plaque of her past life, Kusunoki is still having difficulty developing social skills to match his new appearance. She is looking forward to receiving Shizuki’s help, if only he can overcome his obsession with beautiful girls…
Spoil Me Plzzz, Hinamori-san!
Story and art: tsuke
Ichigo Hinamori has always admired his senpai Yaya Suou for her poise, perfect grades, and kind heart. But everything changed the day Ichigo happened to see Yaya crying like a child in the infirmary. It turns out that everyone’s favorite honor student is desperate to get off her pedestal and instead be spoiled to death—and now she’s hoping Ichigo will be the one to spoil her!
Story and art: Rie Aruga
At the age of 10, Yoru was sent to live in an orphanage due to her mother’s abuse. Tenjaku, a boy the same age, always protects Yoru. Now in their second year of high school, Yoru and Tenjaku are only a year away from leaving kindergarten.
From the creator of Perfect World, this story tells of a pure romance that blossoms in an unfair and cruel world as it explores Japanese society’s treatment of the most innocent.
Your Lie in April Omnibus
Story and art: Naoshi Arakawa
Naoshi Arakawa’s beloved romance about learning to love music—and life—returns in this all-new bus version!
Kōsei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster mother suddenly died, changing his life forever. Driven by pain to give up the piano, Kosei is now living in a monotonous, colorless world. Once resigned to a bland life, he is surprised to meet Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can Kaori teach Quirk not only how to play but also how to start living again?
Digital License December 2023
Sayabito: Swords of Destiny
Story and art: Uta Isaki
Release date: December 5, 2023
From the author Is Love the Answer? and Spellbook Library has an exciting new fantasy battle manga. It serves as the author’s debut work, now available in English.
Crafted solely for war, sayabito are fearsome weapons for humans and are closely linked to those who wield them. After a great war, the fiery and impatient Rivia and her soft, cautious companion Kuifa travel across the land in search of sayabito, who lost her owner in the conflict, to register and protect these vulnerable sayabito before they perish or are exploited. Although Rivia and Kuifa often irritate each other with their conflicting approaches, they share a common goal: to create a life in peacetime that they and others like them were never intended to lead. .
Do not. Tempt me, VP!
Story and art: Kana Nakatsuki
Release date: December 19, 2023
27 year old Maki Enomoto is fed up with relationships. A year ago, her terrible boyfriend made her a co-guarantor on a loan before quickly plunging her into a mountain of debt. Now she just wants to be left alone with her quiet otaku life, working an office job to pay off her ex-lover’s monthly debt and spending what little is left on her hobbies. Specifically, her virtual boyfriend Allen-kun, who is hot, kind, and trustworthy in a way that real-life men are not—at least the hot young Vice President is always concerned. Pay attention to your situation regarding deadlines and delivery possibilities. But when VP shows up with a pretty interesting offer, Maki must decide if she’s ready to roll the dice one last time…
Source: press release