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Kodansha Comics, Spring 2019

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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Apr 09, 2019 Carton Quantity: 24 $16.99 CAD
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Tokyo Tarareba Girls 6
By (author): Akiko Higashimura
9781632367365 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Romance Apr 09, 2019
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.2 x 0.56 in 176 pages Kodansha Comics
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!


Faced with the possibility that she might be pregnant, Kaori loses sight of what she wants from Ryo. With Koyuki sinking deeper into her affair and Rinko compromising on her dreams of a heart-pounding romance, it seems like the futures they envisioned in their twenties have never been more unattainable. Are they out of time after all?

Story Locale: Tokyo

Series Overview: “I spent all my time wondering ’What if?’ Then one day I woke up and I was 33.” Rinko has hustled her whole life, but one day she wakes up and finds herself a writer of a cheap online soap opera with only two friends (with whom she goes drinking most nights). In a booze-fueled delusion, she swears to get married by the time the Tokyo Olympics roll around in 2020, but it’s not going to be a straight line…and there won’t be any fairy tale endings!

Princess Jellyfish was one of the biggest new hit manga of 2016. Akiko Higashimura’s latest has been a hit since its digital debut in the US in February.

Appealing characters and unexpected twists have drawn attention not just from regular manga readers but also from comics insiders like Sam Humphries.

The story is reaching its climax in Japan just as the Tokyo Olympics (a major plot point) loom in 2020. The series will be complete at nine volumes when we begin publishing it in June 2018.

Ages 16+.

Author Residence: Japan

Author Hometown: Japan

Marketing: Targeted social media advertising

Diamond Previews advertising

Spotlight at Diamond Retailer Summit in April 2018

Publicity: Announced to a packed crowd at New York Comic Con 2017, with Higashimura’s Japanese editor in town to do media interviews and appearances at bookstores.

Ongoing promotions at conventions starting at Anime NYC in November 2017 through Anime Expo in July 2018.

Social media and web promotions to bring in digital-first readers.

Promotion on Kodansha Comics’s Tumblr (14,600 followers), Facebook (13,100 likes) and Twitter (32,000 followers)…and growing every day

“I love [Tokyo Tarareba Girls] so much. I always come away schooled and inspired.” -Sam Humphries (comics writer, Green Lanterns)

“Above all, a tribute to female friendship…[that] balances out the frequent bittersweet content with easy comedy. Anyone who enjoyed Bridget Jones’s Diary or Sex and the City is likely to find this manga irresistible. Recommended.” -Otaku USA Magazine

“Sharply funny, well-plotted, and empathic…if you are a fan of Princess Jellyfish you should be reading this immediately. Grade A.” -Taykobon

“This fizzy, fast-paced comedy is every bit as good as Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish, deftly mixing wacky misunderstandings and witty banter with moments of genuine rue and self-reflection.” -The Manga Critic

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