Seven Seas is continuing to fill 2024 with manga and light novel releases in the West. This week, the company announced four new acquisitions, including manga, light novels, and webtoons. The genre of releases is also diverse so that no one is without something to read next year.
Nagahama to Be, or Not to Be
This BL school romance was created by the popular author of Jackass! and Jealousy, and is set to debut simultaneously in 11 different territories.
Nagisa may have the appearance of a delinquent, but he’s just an ordinary teenager trying to navigate the complexities of life. His close friend, Issa, already has a clear passion in his life: fish! Issa frequently skips school to work at the Nagahama fish market, and the two friends spend most of their time near the ocean. However, when Nagisa begins to suspect that Issa might have a girlfriend, it sends his world into a whirlwind of confusion. Is he experiencing romantic feelings for his best friend? Could it be possible that his best friend shares those same sentiments?
Nagahama to Be, or Not to Be Volume 1 will have a special simultaneous release on February 1, 2024.
Riku Can’t Be a Goddess (Light Novel)
This collection, penned by an acclaimed author, comprises four emotionally charged stories centered around the journey to self-acceptance among high school students.
Within the narratives, Ichika, a high school student harboring a hidden truth, plays a pivotal role. She assists Riku, her childhood friend and unspoken crush, in his exploration of cross-dressing, serving as his companion in this endeavor. However, a spontaneous kiss between them shatters the status quo, leading to Ichika’s hasty retreat. These tales offer a glimpse into the experiences of teenagers as they navigate the complexities of self-discovery and confront their innermost feelings.
Riku Can’t Be a Goddess (Light Novel) will be released for the first time in the English language in July 2024 for $14.99.
My Sister Took My Fiance and Now I’m Being Courted by a Beastly Prince
In “My Sister Took My Fiance and Now I’m Being Courted by a Beastly Prince” by Yu Sakurai, Kiduki Hoshikawa, and Ren Hidou, we delve into a shojo/josei fantasy romance that unfolds the story of a noblewoman who has faced heartbreak and an unusual prince.
Cordelia, the daughter of a Countess, has been faced with a peculiar predicament: her younger sister, Priscilla, has a knack for captivating her potential suitors, leaving Cordelia without any matrimonial prospects. With a sense of resignation, Cordelia starts to come to terms with the idea of a life of solitude. However, things take an unexpected turn when a charming prince expresses interest in courting her. This prince, named Leonhardt, possesses the extraordinary power of a legendary lion but also has his own eccentricities. He pursues Cordelia because he is mysteriously drawn to her… scent. This leads to intriguing questions about just how much this prince resembles a cat in more ways than one. It’s a whimsical and slightly unconventional fantasy romance that explores their unique connection.
My Sister Took My Fiance and Now I’m Being Courted by a Beastly Prince (Manga) Vol. 1 will be released for the first time in the English language in April 2024 for $14.99.
No Love Zone
“No Love Zone” by Danbi is set to make its English print debut, offering readers a full-color Boys’ Love comic. This Mature-rated romantic comedy introduces us to Lee Eun-gyeom, an affable office worker, and his striking but domineering boss.
Lee Eun-gyeom has spent roughly a year at his office job, where he easily connects with his colleagues. However, his track record in romantic relationships leaves much to be desired, particularly because he tends to fall head over heels based solely on appearances. Now, history appears ready to repeat itself with the arrival of his new boss, Han Jihyuk. Han Jihyuk is undeniably Lee Eun-gyeom’s type in terms of looks, but his demanding and overbearing personality is a major turn-off, as he pushes Lee Eun-gyeom to his limits with excessive workload. Paradoxically, the more frustrated Lee Eun-gyeom becomes, the more he finds himself unable to banish the thoughts of Han Jihyuk. This leads to the intriguing question of whether this intense attraction might be reciprocated.
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