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Kodansha Comics, Spring 2019

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Hitorijime My Hero 3
By (author): Memeco Arii
9781632367730 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Yaoi May 07, 2019
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.76 x 8.13 x 0.59 in 192 pages Kodansha Comics
A yaoi romance between a good boy who didn’t know he was waiting for a hero, and a bad boy who comes to his rescue! Now a hit streaming anime!

Spring Awakening

Masahiro is starting a new school year, and with it comes all kinds of new experiences and new acquaintances. Now that his friends are in separate classes, though, the peace between the rowdy bunch gets even harder to keep! Seeking stability, Masahiro falls deeper into Kousuke as a comfort. But when the secret of their relationship gets out, does it spell doom for their love…?

Story Locale: Modern Japan

Series Overview: “I don’t like caramel sauce. I prefer something bitter…”

Masahiro Setagawa doesn’t believe in heroes, but wishes he could: He’s found himself in a gang of small-time street bullies who use him to run errands. But when high school teacher (and scourge of the streets) Kousuke Ohshiba comes to his rescue, he finds he may need to start believing after all…and as their relationship deepens, he realizes a hero might be just what he was looking for this whole time.

A yaoi comedy-drama with a cute main couple aimed straight at the hearts of American fans

The anime was released as an Amazon Prime exclusive in summer 2017 to acclaim among yaoi readers

A Bluray release of the anime is slated for 2018

Ages 16 and up for adult romance and nonexplicit sex

Longtime yaoi author of Sweet Candy & Secret Man and Fight!! Lovely Apron, Arii’s debut manga in English is Hitorijime My Hero, which was adapted into an anime in summer 2017.

Author Residence: Japan

Author Hometown: Japan

Marketing: Advertising in Diamond Previews

Publicity: This series will be released at the same time as Kodansha’s first yaoi and yuri titles and will be promoted together. We expect to make a splash in fan media, with a major announcement that Kodansha is entering a new market.

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

“A perfect starting point anime for a new generation of fujoshi.” -Yaoi Playground

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