Ikebukuro, Japan – Manga Planet is happy to announce the license acquisition of the following titles* from TOKUMA SHOTEN PUBLISHING Co., Ltd.:
Butterfly Storage by Icori Ando
Release Date: June 12, 2020
In this world, the Death Bureau, a national agency that collects and freezes dead souls’ butterflies, lets the family of the deceased interact with the data in their relative’s butterfly through a 3D hologram. Their duty also includes making sure butterflies don’t end up in the wrong hands – without killing or getting killed!
The Flavors of Kumika by Akihiro Ononaka
Release Date: June 13, 2020
In a world where aliens live harmoniously with humans, there exists a kind of alien that doesn’t need to “eat” the way humans do. Hailing from the impoverished planet of Chlorodium #2, where food is a luxury, these aliens live by inhaling microorganisms from the air.
Kumika, an uptight, earnest office worker, is one such alien from Chlorodium #2. When a sudden cold leads to her being unable to “feed” herself her usual way, her coworker Chihiro comes to her rescue with a nice warm pot of udon noodles! After a lifetime of never having to eat human food, will Kumika ever get used to getting “hungry”?”
*Release dates may change without prior notice.
The first chapters of these Tokuma Shoten titles will be available for free in the Manga Planet Library. Subscribers to the Library get to read the succeeding chapters in addition to other manga titles from Home-sha, Inc., LEED Publishing Co., Ltd., San-ei Corporation, WANIBOOKS Co., Ltd., SHONENGAHOSHA, and by mangakas Masaya Hokazono and Nakashima723.
Negotiations with other publishers such as SHODENSHA Publishing Co., Ltd., BUNKASHA PUBLISHING Co., Ltd., KAIOHSHA PUBLISHING Co., Ltd., Starts Publishing Corporation, K.K. HarperCollins Japan, MUGENUP Inc., are going smoothly and we will post information on upcoming licensed titles on mangaplanet.com soon.
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