Kodansha USA Reveals Spring 2023 Manga and Light Novel Licensing Announcements; July 2022 Digital Series

Kodansha USA Publishing has unveiled several manga and light novel licenses coming out in spring 2023, as well as the first weekly digital series throughout July 2022.

Each of the Spring 2023 releases are listed below with summaries of their stories:

The Yakuza bias

By Teki Yatsuda

An enforcer yakuza becomes the biggest K-pop stan in the gang world in this cult comic manga that went from webcomic to dormant hit in Japan! Perfect for fans of Way of the stay-at-home husband, idol ghostWhere Spy x Family.

Rated: 16+.

Charming Muco!

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By Takayuki Mizushina

Beautiful Muco is a story that depicts the beautiful daily life of Komatsu-san, a glassmaker, and his pet dog Muco. Muco’s wish is for Komatsu-san to become a Shiba breed dog!

Rated: 8+

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen

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By Yo Asami & Takaya Kagami

Shortly before the apocalypse, 15-year-old Guren Ichinose enrolls in Daiichi Shibuya High, a magical training school.

Witness his trials as he must hide his true strength even as he is trampled on in a school for the unbearably privileged. Previously published light novels, now in manga format.

Rated: 13+

Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement (Light Novel)

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One day, Mitsuha falls off a cliff and is transported to a Medieval Europe type world! After a deadly encounter with a pack of wolves, she realizes that she is able to move between two worlds, this one and her own. Taking advantage of this ability, Mitsuha decides to live in both worlds and calculates that she will need 80,000 gold to be able to retire! Mitsuha must now find different ways to collect her gold coins!

Rated: 13+

Prophecy Omnibus Edition

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By Tetsuya Tsutsui

A vigilante masked by a newspaper who broadcasts his acts of revenge before committing them. A new police division that tackles the new frontier of internet crime. As the sun rises on the information age, can a group of people who found themselves at the bottom of the food chain shake up society across the web and avenge a dead friend?

Rated: 16+

I (♂) Cross-Dressed for IRL (♀) To meet

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By Kurano

“Cocoa” has made three best friends in her online game, and she’s excited to meet them in real life at a dessert cafe for the first time. The only problem: it was actually a man who lied to them. What begins as a tense manga about online life quickly turns into a light-hearted comedy about friendship, sex, and forgiving yourself and others.

Rated: 16+

Tsugumi Project

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By sydney

In the distant future, a soldier named Leon is kidnapped from his family on a trumped up charge and embarks on a suicide mission: to retrieve a dangerous weapon from a deadly place – a place ruled by huge irradiated and mutated monsters – a place once known, 200 years ago, as Japan. He and his teammates should not survive in this place. One of the few pieces of information they have is the name of the weapon: Tsugumi.

Rated: 16+

The surgery room (Novel)

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By Kyoka Izumi
Illustrated by Honojiro Towoji

“But you couldn’t know!” A mysterious encounter in the operating room brings back memories, after a young woman refuses anesthetics to protect her secret… Kyoka Izumi’s 1895 classic is a mysterious and heartbreaking tale of doomed love.

Rated: 16+

Welcome to the school of demons! Iruma-kun

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By Osamu Nishi

Iruma Suzuki has always been eager to please, even at the cost of his well-being. Worse still, he is the son of two selfish parents who end up selling him to a demon. Thanks to their totally irresponsible actions, Iruma ended up living in the Netherworld, where he must live and go to school as the grandson of an older demon. Luckily, his beloved new grandfather is there to help, but Iruma will have to figure out how to blend in with his demon classmates or risk being eaten. All he has to do is subjugate his rival classmates, summon familiars, and do other typical demon-like things without ever revealing he’s human… Piece of cake, right?

Rated: 13+

Medaka Kuroiwa is impervious to my charms

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By Ran Kuze

Mona is the cutest girl in school and she knows it. In fact, she worked hard to make a successful debut in high school. But no matter what she does, she can’t seem to get the attention of the stoic, stone-cold Medaka Kuroiwa. Still, she’s not about to give up that easily. Medaka, on the other hand, was raised in a temple and told never to get close to women. Who will win in this heated battle of wills? Come to PRINT!

Rated: 13+

blurry dusk

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By jyanome

Mao Tsuchiya and Hisashi Otomo, in their second year, make three promises: 1) that Mao will never tell anyone that Hisashi is gay and has a boyfriend, 2) that Hisashi will never think of Mao “in this way” and 3) that they will always knock before entering, in case someone is having “private time”. The two’s ground rules should ensure a peaceful life together in their dorm, but life is never as simple as it should be, and some things aren’t so easily promised… Coming soon to PRINT!

Rated: 18+

A condition called love

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By Megumi Morino

Hotaru doesn’t need a boyfriend. But an act of kindness to a classmate going through a breakup opens a door she never thought she’d walk through and everything begins to change… A new sweet romance shojo manga from the creator of Wake up, Sleeping Beauty!

Rated: 13+

The Great Cleric

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Original Broccoli Lion Story
Art by Hiiro Akikaze
Character design by sime

The story of a man who turned blood, sweat and tears into a successful life – literally! After his untimely death as Japan’s hardest worker, Luciel is reincarnated in the magical and fantastical world of Galdardia. Always the man with a plan, he recreates himself as a healer and sets out to make his way in the world. But while Luciel knows a thing or two about making money, he knows absolutely nothing about Galdardia. Will his good heart and great work ethic be enough to make him… Le Grand Clerc?

Rated: 13+

Am I really the strongest?

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Original story by Sai Sumimori
Art by Ai Takahashi

This fast and fun action isekai manga about a newborn whose power is literally unfathomable is perfect for fans of My unique skill makes me OP even at level 1, the sage of abandoned reincarnationand The strongest sage with the weakest crest. Already a digital hit, the fan favorite is now in print!

Rated: 16+

Quality assurance in another world

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By Masamichi Sato

You think of living a quiet life in the countryside. Then one day a dragon threatens your home and everything changes, not because of the fire-breathing serpent, but because of Haga, the man who shows up and “debugs” the situation. Could it be that your life is nothing like what you thought? And what, exactly, is “QA?”

Rated: 13+

Finally, the July 2022 digital debuts are listed below with summaries of their stories. The previews of these stories are also hyperlinked.

desert eagle

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By Ken Wakui

Release date: July 5, 2022

Ichigo Washio is a young man promised a bright future, that is to say within the gangs of Shinjuku. When he encounters Ringo Takamizawa, a classmate bent on getting revenge on those who took everything from his mother, the gregarious Ichigo does not hesitate to help Ringo, even if it means it will pit Ichigo against men he admire. all his life. But Ichigo knows he’s right, and with his newfound friends and a healthy dose of stupidity to guide him, he’s ready to bring justice to the streets of Shinjuku! From the author of Tokyo avengers!

Rated: 16+


my wonderful world

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By Mizuho Aimoto

Release date: July 5, 2022

Shinobu Asakura has never been able to read or write, and it’s not for lack of trying. He’s hard to get and keep jobs, and he’s constantly berated by people who think he’s just slacking off when he’s just trying to keep up. But a chance encounter with a cafe employee who introduces a new word into Shinobu’s vocabulary – dyslexia – may well change the course of Shinobu’s life forever.

Rated: 16+


My Maid, Miss Kishi

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By Kano Kashiwagi

Start date : July 12, 2022

Kiichiro Hayase has a reputation as the richest, hottest, and most eligible bachelor in town. But as they say… behind every successful man, there is the maid who keeps him from tripping on his own two feet! Enter Miss Kishi, the most skilled and professional housekeeper around – and the one thing that keeps Kiichiro from literally crashing and burning. He owes her everything, but will he ever be able to redeem himself? He has sworn to try…no matter how many things have to be broken, scattered or lost to do it!

Rated: 13+


Hella Chill Monsters

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By Shuji Takeya

Release date: July 19, 2022

Not everyone wants a peaceful afterlife… let alone Bonzo Scalobania, whose dearest wish is to find a case for a skeleton detective like him to solve! Along with his unreliable assistant, Vampy Vinegret, and zombie monster/bounty hunter Nero Lichman, Bonzo swears to solve Limbo City’s problems! But does it still matter if the problems he solves are those of his own making and those of his friends? ? A wacky, weird and heartwarming tale for the undead in all of us.

Rated: 16+