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O Maidens in Your Savage Season 3
O Maidens in Your Savage Season 3
By (author): Mari Okada Illustrated by: Nao Emoto
9781632368201 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / School Life Aug 20, 2019
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.76 x 8.18 x 0.53 in 176 pages Kodansha Comics
Legendary anime creator Mari Okada (anohana, Maquia) makes her manga debut with a moving, funny, so-true-it’s-sometimes-embarrassing story of high school girls coming of age together. Perfect for those looking for a manga reminiscent of Noelle Stevenson or Jillian Tamaki.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO…

Izumi tells Kazusa that he hasn’t thought of doing things with her at all. And Kazusa should feel relieved to hear this, but…Now she’s swimming in a sea of confusion over sex and love: How are they different? How are they linked? As these thoughts race through her head, things get more complicated when she spots Nina and Izumi hanging out by themselves. If Nina brought up these questions about sex in the first place, then what if the two are…?

Story Locale: A quirky literature club at a typical Japanese high school

Series Overview: Kazusa was a quiet middle schooler, but when she arrives in high school, she decides to join the literature club. When one of the club’s icebreakers is “say one thing you want to do before you die,” one of the girls blurts out “sex.” The prudish club president, the class beauty, and the other nerdy girls’ reactions are wildly different. Far from a typical sex comedy, O Maidens in Your Savage Season depicts how these girls challenge and support one another when THAT WORD pushes them onto a variety of clumsy, funny, painful, and emotional paths towards adulthood. Mari Okada’s unique talent for pairing lovable and relatable characters and emotional twists is lent new dimension by the detailed and dynamic sequential art of Nao Emoto (Forget Me Not).

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.

Perhaps Japan’s most acclaimed female screenwriter, Mari Okada has been writing for anime and live action for twenty years and made her directorial debut in 2018 with Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, an animated feature that released in the United States to a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Her work for television includes anohana, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. O Maidens in Your Savage Season is her first manga series.

A longtime manga artist and illustrator, Nao Emoto’s first manga series was Forget Me Not, co-created with Taiwanese writer Mag Hsu and published in English by Kodansha Comics. O Maidens in Your Savage Season, her collaboration with Mari Okada, is her second manga series.

Author Residence: Japan

Author Hometown: Japan

A longtime manga artist and illustrator, Nao Emoto's first manga series was Forget Me Not, co-created with Taiwanese writer Mag Hsu and published in English by Kodansha Comics. O Maidens in Your Savage Season, her collaboration with Mari Okada, is her second manga series.

Illustrator Residence: Japan

Illustrator Hometown: Japan

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

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

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