June 2022 Digital Licensing Announcements – Kodansha


June is here and with it comes the digital debut of a number of high-profile and provocative manga like the gay love story between two manga creators, JOY; the life and death class reunion saga, Shadows of who we once were; sensually musical romance, Such a treacherous piano sonata; freewheeling art school drama, A canvas in the colors of Nico, and more! Take a look below for details on all the new digital series debuting this month!

All of these June digital new debuts and ongoing digital series will be available upon release from all of our participating digital providers, including Bookwalker, To light upapple books, google play, Corner, Kobo, izneo, MyListAnime and more!

To see what other new releases are coming in June 2022, be sure to check out our manga release schedule!


JUNE’S DIGITAL DEBUTS:

Shadows of who we once were
By Yae Utsumi

Release date: June 7, 2022

Nezu was looking forward to his primary school reunion – after all, his class was held together by unbreakable bonds. But when his former classmate, Mikio, reveals that this reunion is a real matter of life and death… Suddenly, Nezu discovers that these bonds are being tested. By the author of Until your bones rot!

Note : 18+

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JOY
By kayak

Release date: June 7, 2022

Goh Akazaki is a 26-year-old… who happens to be a shojo manga artist. His assistant is Yusuke Akune, who happens to be a mangaka in his own right. But when Goh accidentally finds out that Yusuke is gay, he’s upset – what else doesn’t he know about his friend? And when Goh is asked to draw BL, he tries to draw on Yusuke’s experiences for inspiration…but when he’s finally inspired by the idea of ​​”unrequited love for Yusuke”, can he keep his own feelings out of the mix?

Rated: 18+

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golden gold
By Seita Horio

Release date: June 14, 2022

Welcome to Neijima Island, the home of a girl who hopes to keep her friend from wandering off; destination of an author hoping to be inspired for his next book; and above all, holy ground for a “god of fortune” – but will this god really bring what the people around him want? A bizarre and supernatural new story from the author of Kokkoku!

Rated: 16+

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Such a treacherous piano sonata
By Hal Osaka

Release date: June 14, 2022

Kanna Tachibana is a 26-year-old woman who has yet to feel the whirlwind of physical attraction…that is, until she meets her new protege, “Piano Prince” Guy Narisawa Weissenfeld. After listening to his play, she finds herself unable to stop herself from caressing him…?! Will she be able to explore her budding sensuality with a man who is said to play without emotion? And not only that, can she step in to save this irascible entertainer’s career while she’s at it?

Rated: 16+

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A canvas in the colors of Nico
By Nao Shikita

Release date: June 21, 2022

Nico Sorano is in the dictionary under “free-spirited”… which makes her an instant celebrity at her art college. But one teacher, Kageiwa-sensei, who makes or breaks his career, has only limited tolerance for his aggressively good-natured optimism. Unsurprisingly, Nico isn’t fazed…it just means she’s going to have to fight her way to stardom, with the help of her friend Mitsuki and the inscrutable and notorious Soichiro Togo. Either way, it will be an interesting college debut!

Rated: 13+

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A serenade for simulation enthusiasts
By Tochika Nekome

Release date: June 21, 2022

Akari Sayo works at a TV station and was at work when she just saw her boyfriend, who was cheating on her. Before she can figure anything out, she’s asked to handle a documentary about a musician, Chizuru Kobuchi… but when he tries to shut her out, she bursts in, determined to do her job well! But moments later, when he learns her name… he asks her to be his lover? Akari has a long day, and it looks like it’s not over yet!

Rated: 16+

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Burn down the house
By Moyashi Fujisawa

Release date: June 28, 2022

Shizuka Yamauchi, 25, housekeeper. Makiko Mitarai, 46, amateur model and perfect housewife. Although strangers on the outside, the two share a past – one that Shizuka feels she needs to straighten out, to do justice to her mother. But Makiko has her own secrets, and Shizuka will have to tread carefully if she wants to get to the bottom of it all… without getting burned.

Rated: 16+

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