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Cocohana – Current Serializations

Cocohana is a josei manga magazine published by Shueisha on a monthly basis that is aimed at an older female audience. It used to be Chorus, but was renamed Cocohana in 2012. We’re getting titles in North America from Viz media.



Which series have been in Cocohana? Honey and Clover ran in Chorus and it’s the only series we’ve gotten. But there are so many good mangaka running in this publication that we’ve seen before! What can we beg publishers for? Here’s what’s currently running in Cocohana:

Akashi Tsurubami

Akashi Tsurubami

Maki Kusumoto

Ashi-Girl

Ashi Girl

Kozueko Morimoto

Bread & Butter

Bread & Butter

Hinako Ashihara

Clover Trefle

Clover Trefle

Toriko Chiya

G Senjou no Anata to Watashi

G Senjou no Anata to Watashi

(You and I on the G String)

Ryou Ikuemi

Hana ni Somu

Hana ni Somu

Fusako Kuramoci

Iromen - Juunintoiro

Iromen – Juunintoiro

(Iromen – Several Men, Several Minds)

Yumi Tamura

Kakukaku Shikajika

Kakukaku Shikajika

Akiko Higashimura

Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu

Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu

(Today I Will Take a Break From the Company)

Mari Fujimura

Mari Mari Mari

Mari Mari Mari

(Mary Mary Mary)

Bun Katsuta

Marmalade Boy Little

Marmalade Boy Little

Wataru Yoshizumi

Moment - Eien no Isshun

Moment – Eien no Isshun

(Moment – Ever Eternal Moment)

Satoru Makimura

Ni mo Kakawarazu

Ni mo Kakawarazu

(Regardless)

Asahi Tsutsui

Nounai Poison Berry

Nounai Poison Berry

(Poison Berry in my Brain)

Setona Mizushiro

Omoide no Toki Shuurishimasu

Omoide no Toki Shuurishimasu

(I will Repair the Time of Memories)

Mizue Tani & Izumi Yamaguchi

Papa Told Me

Papa Told Me (Remake)

Nanae Haruno

Samurai Kaasan Plus

Samurai Kaasan Plus

Mina Itaba

Shirokuma Cafe - Today's Special

Shirokuma Cafe – Today’s Special

(Polar Bear Cafe – Today’s Special)

Aroha Higa

Sumika Sumire

Sumika Sumire

Mitsuba Takanashi

Suna to Iris

Suna to Iris

(The Sand and Iris)

Shinobu Nishimura


Fin! Those are all the series currently running in Cocohana. There are always short stories and one shots of course. These are the main series you will see that are ongoing.



So which of these series that’s non-licensed would I like to see? Ummm…about half the publication! No, really.

  • Bread & Butter is by the same mangaka that wrote Sand Chronicles, which I loved. I’d happily pick up her newest series about an unemployed teacher that meets a guy running a bakery and on a whim proposes – and he accepts.
  • Marmalade Boy Little, PLEASE!!!! Marmalade Boy was one of the best shoujo Tokyopop series we got, and I REALLY want to read the sequel. It follows the little brother and sister of Miki and Yuu.
  • Iromen – Juunintoiro is by Yumi Tamura, same author as Basara and 7 Seeds. We got Basara here in North America, and 7 Seeds is requested a lot. Wonder what Iromen would be like?
  • Kakukaku Shigajika is the newest series from the Princess Jellyfish mangaka. Which, we’ve only gotten the anime here, but there’s always hope for the manga.
  • Moment- Eien no Isshu is an ice skating manga, which I’m a total sucker for. Give me ice skating and I’ll buy it.
  • Nounai Poison Berry is another series by Setona Mizushiro. This one sounds crazy, in that the heroine has schizophrenia of sorts. She has multiple voices in her head of different male council members that try to convince her to date or not to date a guy she’s interested in. Sounds very intriguing.
  • Omoide no Toki Shuurishimasu sounds like a good premise for a manga series. A young hairdresser sets up shop in a place of her childhood, across from a young clock maker who has a sign in his window about repairing memories. Maybe they’ll fall in love and he’ll repair her childhood memories? I previewed the first chapter on Cocohana’s website and it looks really good.
  • Again, another mangaka I’ve been waiting to read here is Mitsuba Takanashi, who wrote Crimson Hero which ran in Shojo Beat. Her newest series, Sumika Sumire, is about a girl who dropped out of high school and took care of her family at home until she was 60, never married. After her mother dies, she inadvertently releases a cat entity from a folding screen who grants her wish to be a young teenage girl again. I would buy this series if it was on the shelf in a heartbeat.
  • You might also recognize the sequel to Polar Bear CafeShirokuma Cafe – Today’s Special. We got the anime of the original series, but no manga.

  • See, told you it was half the publication.



    How about you? What title would you buy if it was on the shelf?

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    • Also, just thought this was interesting: After I wrote this post and it went to twitter, the mangaka of Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu, Mari Fujimura, started following me. Now I think I’ll have to check out her work, too. 🙂

    • I will buy any title above when it’s on shelf 🙂 We need more josei manga.
      I’m curious about Ashi girl, I was wondering if you can tell me more about it. Thank you.
      I’d like to say Ryou Ikuemi is one of my favorite author. I’ve read her Kiyoku Yawaku (in French called Puzzle) and like it a lot.

      • Ashi Girl is a time slip story. The high school girl Yui Hayakawa is lazy and isn’t interested in love or fashion. Then she accidentally gets sent back in time through her genius brother’s time machine he built in the basement. She ends up in the Warring States period where she meets and falls for a higher ranking officer and heir of an important lord. He’s just gorgeous apparently. 😉 It seems that the military might not realize that she’s a girl because of her short hair and build? Not sure on that detail.

        It kind of reminds me of Kaze Hikaru, with the historical setting and comedic plots. But that one is not a time slip story of course.

        Anyways, there’s a really humorous video showing the premise of Ashi Girl that you can watch created by Shueisha on youtube. This manga looks cute, I just hadn’t had time to look it up yet. So thanks for asking!

        Oh, and Ryo Ikuemi – I haven’t read anything of hers, but I didn’t realize she was the same mangaka that wrote Principal, which was a big story for Cookie magazine a few years ago. I’ll have to check her out. 🙂

        • Great. Thanks so much for the detailed synopsis and the you tube link. True, the male main character in Gokusen (her older series) is also handsome. It’s available in French. I’ll get the tankobon to check it out.
          Also, I like Principal as well and have the Japanese tankobon.

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