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A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!
THE WHAT-IF BOY
At last, Rinko’s found it—the happy, comfortable relationship she’s dreamt of. She and Hayasaka-san have moved into an apartment together, and her best friends have wished her well. Everything is going smoothly…until those same best friends show up breathless at her doorstep with the biggest four-alarmer yet: Key’s gone missing, and Rinko may be the only one who can find him and bring him back. But the rescue may come at the cost of everything she thought she wanted…
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 2017.
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.
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