Betsucomi – Current Serializations


Betsucomi, short for Bessatsu Comic, is a shoujo manga magazine published by Shogakukan on a monthly basis. The titles in Betsucomi that have been licensed here in North America were mostly licensed by Viz. One of the earlier series came from Tokyopop but now are from Viz media under Shojo Beat.

Which popular series have been in Betsucomi?  Dengeki Daisy, Black Bird, Beast Master, We Were There and Sand Chronicles to name a few.  What might we have to look forward to? Here’s what’s currently running in Betsucomi:

Midnight Secretary – Tomu Ohmi: Series Review


Midnight Secretary originally ran in Petit Comic josei manga magazine from 2007-2009. It was published by Shogakukan in 7 volumes which we’ve gotten here in English from Viz media. The final volume was released in North America on September 2, 2014.

The Gist: Kaya Satozuka is a brilliant secretary who excels at her job, which is why she doesn’t bat an eye when she’s assigned to be personal secretary to Kyohei Touma, the very difficult managing director of Touma Foods. It doesn’t faze her when her new boss seems determined to make her fail, and she even manages to take it in stride when she discovers the secret behind his prickly behavior…he’s a vampire! But while Kaya easily adapts to late nights and keeping a schedule of his “dinner dates,” will her ultra-competence help when Kyohei’s smoldering gaze starts turning her way?!

Kodansha announces “Fairy Tail – Blue Mistral” and “L❤︎DK” Licenses at NYCC


At NYCC this week Kodansha announced that they will be releasing “Fairy Tail – Blue Mistral” a spinoff manga about Wendy from Fairy Tail currently running in Nakayoshi, and “L❤︎DK” a high school shoujo running in Betsufure.

Yen Press announces “First Love Monster” License at NYCC


At NYCC this past week, Kodansha announced another new shoujo series that will begin publication called First Love Monster, translated from Hatsukoi Monster. Hatsukoi Monster by Akira Hiyoshimaru is currently running in Kodansha’s Aria shoujo manga publication. It has 3 volumes published in Japan.

Viz Announces “So Cute It Hurts!!” License at NYCC


At the New York Comic Convention Thursday, Viz announced the license for “So Cute It Hurts!!” known as Kobayashi ga Kawai Sugite Tsurai!! by popular Sho-Comi mangaka Go Ikeyamada. Ikeyamada’s other well known works include Suki Desu Suzuki-kun!!, Uwasa no Midori-kun!!, and Moe Kare!! none of which have been licensed in English.