The eyes! They stare into my soul! They also command me to let you know that last week Seven Seas sent out a press release announcing two new manga licenses, both due out late this winter in single volume editions:
Mayo Chiki! (Hajime Asano and Niito) – “Kinjiro Sakamachi is a “normal” seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occasional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control…until now. A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro’s world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl!? What’s worse, the principal’s cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out, and makes it her life’s work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia.”
Haganai: I Have No Friends (Yomi Hirasaka and Itachi) – “Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blonde hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozorai, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies. Realizing they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills.”
Perfectly timed for the eager, the first volumes of Haganai: I Have No Friends (US) and Mayo Chiki! (US) were added to Amazon for pre-order early this week. The retail website also has listings up for Girl Friends: The Complete Collection (Volume 01 (US) & Volume 02), both of which are listed with just under 500 pages each. Seven Seas announced their license for Girlfriends in November 2011. Seeing their listings reiterates these are some of my most anticipated releases of 2012. It’s going to be a big year for Seven Seas!