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Debuting in June 2014 in Japan’s Manga Action magazine, the series is set in a small, mountainous village where strange creatures dwell. There, a young boy named Wataru discovers a hidden world of monsters that befriend children, and together enter a horrifying death match.
“Tomodachi x Monster is like a certain pocket-monster story gone horribly wrong,” Seven Seas Publisher Jason DeAngelis said in a statement. “With this series you get to watch what really happens when kids with no conscience get hold of monstrous friends to do their bidding. Cute, yet macabre and gory. Tomodachi x Monster is to kids-and-their-monsters series what Magical Girl Apocalypse is to magical girl series.”
Seven Seas will release the first of three volumes of Tomodachi x Monster in February.
North American manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment has launched a tabletop games division, Seven Seas Games.
Although there are few details in the initial announcement, the company states it will “meld the anime aesthetic with strategic card and board games, introducing fans to a whole new way of experiencing their favorite titles.” The first game and Kickstarter campaign will be revealed Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.
Seven Seas Entertainment is expanding upon its Dance in the Vampire Blund license with the release of two collections of material originally produced for Comiket, the biannual doujinshi fair in Tokyo.
Available for the first time to the general public, Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales and Dance in the Vampire Bund: Secret Chronicles include what the publisher bills as “lost material” from series creator Nozomu Tamaki, containing “brand-new artwork and sides stories that expand the mythos like never before.”
Dance in the Vampire Bund centers on Mina Tepeş, princess-ruler of all vampires, who ends centuries of isolation for her kind with the creation of the Bund, a special district for vampires off the coast of Japan.
Arriving in June, the 192-page Forgotten Tales includes previously uncollected manga, plus bonus material. Secret Chronicles, meanwhile,features 280 pages of previously unpublished canonical short stories from Tamaki himself, plus more bonus material. It’s scheduled for release in October.
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Manga | Kodansha will release a second printing of the January issue of Aria magazine, which features the debut of Hikaru Suruga and Gan Sunaaku’s Attack on Titan spinoff No Regrets. The first printing was five times greater than the magazine’s usual press run — Aria has a verified circulation of 13,667 copies — so with this new printing, the January issue will have 10 times the number of copies of the average issue. [Anime News Network]