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“Best Manga/Anime of 2019” — Thrillist, The Verge, Geek Girl Authority, Anime UK & more!
As a teen, how do you start thinking about sex?
This debut manga from anime legend Mari Okada (Maquia) follows five girls and their five moving, funny, and mortifying answers. Join their bittersweet (and a little spicy) journey from girlhood to…whatever comes next!
1 WORD. 3 LETTERS. RHYMES WITH “VEX.”
When Kazusa enters high school, she joins the Literature Club, where she leaps from reading innocent fiction to diving into the literary classics. But these novels are a bit more…adult than she was prepared for. Between euphemisms like fresh dewy grass and pork stew, crushing on the boy next door, and knowing you want to do that one thing before you die—discovering your budding sexuality is no easy feat! As if puberty wasn’t awkward enough, the club consists of a brooding writer, the prettiest girl in school, an agreeable comrade, and an outspoken prude. Fumbling over their own discomforts, these five teens get thrown into chaos over three little letters: S…E…X…!
Story Locale: A quirky literature club at a typical Japanese high school
Series Overview: Kazusa’s first high school literature club meeting starts with five girls being asked, “What’s one thing you want to do before you die?” When one of them blurts out, “Sex,” it launches these new friends down a raucous, embarrassing, all-too-relatable path. One of Japan’s top female screenwriters, Okada hones her knack for aching drama and wry humor that became her trademark with anime like anohana and Maquia. Amid an explosion of graphic novels about girls’ teenage years, like Lumberjanes and That One Summer, O Maidens brings a diverse, fresh, and hilarious perspective on how it feels to leave childhood behind.
Anime adaptation announced for 2019, with scripts by Okada herself!
Perhaps Japan’s most acclaimed female screenwriter, Okada has worked in anime for twenty years. Her global profile was boosted this year by her directorial debut Maquia, which released with a 100% Fresh rating. Her hits also include anohana and Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
For her manga debut, Okada has been paired with female artist Nao Emoto. This team remembers the drama and difficulty of high school in vivid, sometimes cringeworthy detail, and together they craft a different kind of sex comedy - one meant to reassure and entertain girls and not titillate boys.
Finally, a manga for fans of graphic novels for teen girls, like Noelle Stevenson’s Lumberjanes and Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer.
Ages 16 and up.
Marketing: Advertising in Diamond Previews
Publicity: Announcement at New York Comic Con 2018 (100,000+ attendees expected)
Promotion on Kodansha Comics’s Twitter (42,900 followers), Facebook (15,700 followers), and Tumblr (14,600 followers)
Promotion on Kodansha’s email newsletter (17,000 subscribers and counting) and comic shop newsletter
“A coming-of-age story…centered on believably nerdy and hormonal teens. I love all these dorks… Painfully relatable and pulls no punches, both hilarious and incredibly upsetting.” -Anime News Network
Praise for Mari Okada’s Maquia
“Stirring, sentimental, stunning…exquisite in every way…the film’s passing pleasures are so rich that we don’t even notice how deep Okada has driven her storytelling dagger until she pulls it out in the end, and the tears come.” -Variety
“Okada is clearly a talent to watch.” -Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
“Maquia showcases [Okada’s] ability to depict complex relationships and project delicate character arcs…Sweeping fantasy meets heart-wrenching intimacy.” -Hollywood Reporter