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Kodansha Comics, Spring 2019

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Gleipnir 2
By (author): Sun Takeda
9781632367648 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Horror May 28, 2019
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.73 x 8.16 x 0.6 in 192 pages Kodansha Comics
Anime adaptation coming soon!

Dark, disturbing, sexy, and shameful, this new sci-fi action manga stars a dominating teenage girl searching for a sister who became a monster, and a submissive boy with the strange power to turn into a ragged but powerful beast, with a zipper down his back and a compartment on the inside just big enough to hold a human body.


Shuichi’s normal life ended when he first transformed into a monster, but meeting the dangerous Claire has sent them both down an even darker path. Now that Claire has discovered she can control his freakish costume-like form by climbing inside him, she’s certain that her killer instinct and Shuichi’s brute strength will make them an unstoppable team—but neither of them are ready for the horrors they’re about to face…

Story Locale: Present-day Japan

Series Overview: Shuichi Kagaya an ordinary high school kid in a boring little town. But when a beautiful classmate is caught in a warehouse fire, he discovers a mysterious power: He can transform into a furry dog with an oversized revolver and a zipper down his back. He saves the girl’s life, sharing his secret with her. But she’s searching for the sister who killed her family, and she doesn’t care how degrading it gets: She will use Shuichi to accomplish her mission…

Gleipnir has all the tropes of a wholesome manga adventure: A friendly alien, a boy who turns into a cute dog, a girl with a quest…but it twists them around into a dark and uncomfortable metaphorical story about adolescence, sexual awakening, and familial abandonment.

Attractive, detailed, sexy, and gruesome art will reel in fans of horror franchises like Five Nights at Freddy’s and fanservice-heavy manga like High School of the Dead and Prison School.

A character dynamic straight out of “manic pixie dream girl” comedies, but with a sneering, dominating subversion of stereotypes.

Ages 18 and up for explicit nudity and gruesome violence.

Sun Takeda is the author of Meet Me at the End of the World and Haru and Natsu among other manga. Gleipnir is Takeda’s first manga to be published in English.

Author Residence: Japan

Author Hometown: Japan

Marketing: Advertising in Diamond Previews

Publicity: Announcement at Anime Expo 2018 (110,000 attendees expected)

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

Promotion on Kodansha’s email newsletter (17,000 subscribers and counting) and comic shop newsletter

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