Kodansha Comics’ New Digital Manga Licenses For November and December

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Kodansha Comics’ print and digital release schedule for November and December is now up. Significant, since they usually release it once a month. And also significant since we know the new wave of licenses that will be coming as well.

This time around there’s 10 total new manga between November and December for Kodansha, so here’s those titles all rounded up. Summaries are straight from the website.

Kodansha Comics' new digital manga for November and December 2020.
Otherworldly Munchkin: Let’s Speedrun the Dungeon with Only 1 HP (Isekai Man Chikin -HP 1 no Mama de Saikyou Saisoku Danjon Kouryaku-) by Yuu Shimizu & Makoto Aogiri (11/3)

Synopsis:

16-year-old Yukito Kirihara lives with his 14-year-old sister Sana, who he treasures more than anyone else. But when an ogre shows up outside of his window looking for Sana (a shocking event in its own right), Yukito leaps to save her—and is killed. He’s offered the promise of reincarnation by a mysterious woman, who gives him a character sheet in a mysterious book. But when Yukito sees Sana in there, too, he sets off to find her, and save them both—even if he only has 1 HP with which to do it!

Yuu Shimizu is the author of After School Bitchcraft (drawn by Kazuma Ichihara) & The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy (illustrated by Asagi Tosaka), which are both published by Yen Press. The Blade Dance of Elementalers manga was formerly published by Digital Manga Publishing.

Peach Boy Riverside by coolkyousinnjya & Johanne (11/10)

Synopsis:

Sartrienne Aldraic, princess of the Kingdom of Aldraic, dreams of traveling the world—a dangerous dream in a land where monsters roam the countryside as they please, and humans live behind high, strong walls. But when a chance meeting with traveler Mikoto gives hope to her dream, he shatters it soon after, as he reveals himself to be none other than Momotaro, ruthless demon-slayer. Though horrified by the gore Momotaro leaves behind, Sartrienne is convinced more than ever that she needs to learn about the world beyond her walls, and journeys out…following the steps of the mysterious, charismatic, terrifying boy she met that day…

This was announced to be getting an anime in August, which is slated for Summer 2021. coolkyousinnjya is the creator of the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid series, which is published, along with two other works Ojojojo and Mononoke Sharing, by Seven Seas. 

Dr. Ramune -Mysterious Disease Specialist (Kai Byoui Ramune) by Toro Aho (11/17)

Synopsis: 

From a girl who cries condiments to a philanderer who finds a chikuwa in his pants where something else should be…Dr. Ramune can cure them all, but his treatments come at a cost, and not one that can be paid in money. Follow Dr. Ramune and his wacky patients in stories too unbelievable to be treated by anyone but the Mysterious Disease Specialist!

This was announced to be getting an anime this month, which is slated for Winter 2021.

Am I Actually the Strongest? (Jitsu wa Ore, Saikyou deshita?) by Sai Sumimori & Ai Takahashi (11/24)

Synopsis: 

To be reincarnated into another world with the promise of a “cheat” power is one thing… but to be reborn as a baby, and then left for dead after your royal parents think you’re powerless?? That’s another thing entirely! Now the newly-born Reinhart—or Hart to his new friends—must find his way through a dangerous world…but luckily he’s got magic that’s quite literally off the charts!

Sai Sumimori is the creator of the light novel Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World! (illustrations by Ichijirushi), which is published by J-Novel Club. 

The Invincible Reincarnated Ponkotsu (Ponkotsu ga Tensei Shitara Zongai Saikyou) by Reona Umitsuki (12/1)

Synopsis:

Shouta Kanda is your average 16-year-old first-year in high school. On his way to school with his hot but useless childhood friend Sanae Kondou and his big-chested but shy friend Kana Funami, Sanae’s strength gets them killed…literally. They wake up in another world with powers that are not to be believed—Shouta’s world-class defense against getting slapped becomes world-class defense against demons, Kana’s now-magic chest heals all their wounds, and Sanae? Her strength has turned to something truly terrifying. Will the three be able to live in this strange new world, and someday even get back to their own?

This manga is a spinoff to Reona Umitsuki’s Ponko Tsundere na Osananajimi.

Shangri-La Frontier by katarina, Ryosuke Fuji (12/8)

Synopsis: 

Second year high school student Rakurou Hizutome is interested in one thing only: finding “shitty games” and beating the crap out of them. His gaming skills are second to none, and no game is too bad for him to enjoy. So when he’s introduced to the new VR game Shangri-La Frontier, he does what he does best—min-maxes and skips the prologue to jump straight into the action. But can even an expert gamer like Rakurou discover all the secrets that Shangri-La Frontier hides…?

Ryosuke Fuji did the art for Hajime Isayama and Hiroshi Seko’s Attack on Titan: Lost Girls spinoff, which is a spinoff of the novel of the same name. 

The Story of Our Unlikely Love (Kimi ga Kirai na Koi no Hanashi) by Sora Mizuki (12/8)

Synopsis: 

Good-natured Chihiro Hiyoshi takes being the class rep seriously, but her partner, Haruka Kizaragi does not. He’s got too many rumors swirling around him, but when a chance meeting brings them into each other’s lives for just a moment, they form an unsteady bond. But bad boy Haruka may be too much for a good girl like Chihiro to handle…but something in her may have just awoken a hidden softness in him, too.

I Guess I Became the Mother of the Great Demon King’s 10 Children in Another World (Isekai de Saikyou Maou no Kodomo-tachi Juunin no Mama ni nacchaimashita.) by Ema Toyama (12/15)

Synopsis:

Akari was a typical game-loving 16-year-old girl who lived with her mother, until a fateful accident left her an orphan. A year later, she makes a fateful wish on a game cartridge to be a great mother for a family of her own—only to be swept through a portal into another world! She finds she’s been summoned as the “priestess from another world”…whose role is to become mother to the children of the demon king himself?!

This will be Ema Toyama’s seventh title published by Kodansha in English.

What I Love About You by Rurihara Zurachi (Fechippuru ~Our Innocent Love~) (12/22)

Synopsis: 

Yunoki has not only found himself in bed with a woman he doesn’t know, but she insists they’re already a couple?! The woman, Kotoka Hatsushima, is a charming, 23-year-old writer…who has one heck of a back fetish, and Yunoki fit the bill! And when she tells Yunoki that it was her hair that sealed the deal for him, he realizes the truth—she knows about his hair fetish, AND she’s absolutely right! He’s mortified, but Kotoka sees reason—if they float each others’ boats and already know about each other’s predilections…why not start a relationship? And Yunoki can’t argue with that…thus the back/hair (not to be confused with back hair!) hijinks ensue!

We’re New at This (Mijuku na Futari de Gozaimasu ga) by Ren Kawahara (12/29)

Synopsis: 

Ikuma Saeki finally married his childhood friend and the girl of his dreams, Sumika. But while years of pining came easily to him, physical closeness does not…and he’s having trouble navigating the intimacy that comes with marriage. Sumika, too, is having trouble bridging the gap between friend and lover…what is this innocent couple to do but navigate it together, awkwardness and all! A new rom-com from the author of Ao-chan Can’t Study!

Ren Kawahara is the creator of Ao-chan Can’t Study!.

A few things to keep in mind:

On Kodansha’s New Releases page at the end, with the asterisk, it notes that page information is subject to change. I.e, titles can get moved back. So don’t be surprised if works get shuffled around.This could especially be true if any new works get announced between now and December. Like, say, Shaman King (and the spinoffs) finally having a set digital date. At this point it’s all just digital first, but for some that can certainly change from now and into next year.
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