May 2022 Digital Licensing Announcements – Kodansha


May sees the digital series debut of an incredible slate of romantic comedies, including the school romance with mistaken identity, Oh, those Hanazono twins; the spicy tale of friends to lovers, changes of heart; and even a sex-positive and hilarious frolic, The Untouchable Midori-kun. Also debuting this month is When a cat faces west – the new supernatural adventure of Mushishi author Yuki Urushibara, the sci-fi battle manga, Rokudo Roundsand even a sexy sequel to the popular Our Fake Marriage series with Our fake wedding: Rosé!

All of these new May digital debuts and more 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 May 2022, be sure to check out our manga release schedule!


MAY’S DIGITAL PREMIERE:

changes of heart
By sydney

Release date: May 3, 2022

After being dumped by her boyfriend, Koyori went to her longtime friend Hijiri’s house to drink away her sorrows… and ended up spending the night with him! On top of that, he tells her he loves her and she doesn’t know how to reconcile this new development with someone she’s known since they were kids. After all, the stakes are high: if things don’t work out, she’ll hurt one of her closest friends. And to make matters worse, her ex wants to patch things up…? Koyori must figure out what she wants before she loses everything.

Note : 18+

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Oh, those Hanazono twins
By Nena Kitajima

Release date: May 3, 2022

Tatara Tani is so average it hurts – the only thing he has going for him is that his childhood friends are ultra-popular heartthrob Yuriko Hanazono and his fashionable twin, Ranko Hanazono! They are both his classmates, and his long-standing relationship with them makes others boil. So he thinks he hit the jackpot when Yuriko invites him to the amusement park with her, even though idols aren’t allowed to hang out with her. She disguises herself as Ranko to fool the world, but when her ruse is discovered by the school, it’s up to the REAL Ranko to save her sister’s reputation…by dating Tatara herself? This crazy romantic comedy of errors begins!

Rated: 16+

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This vampire won’t give up!
By Madoka Kitaji

Release date: May 10, 2022

Minami is extremely lucky with men – she falls in love with how they look only to find that they are the worst of the worst. So when she finds out her next mission involves a handsome and rude man, she feels very good about embracing any feelings for him…that is, until she finds out that he is the author’s son. from her favorite childhood picture book series, Bride of the Vampire. But the rude son soon changes his tune, and it doesn’t take long for Minami to discover the secret behind his gorgeous lips…

Rated: 16+

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When a cat faces west
By Yuki Urushibara

Release date: May 17, 2022

Flow— the phenomenon that occurs when matter becomes unbalanced and changes shape. Flow creates quirks large and small that can be disruptive or enjoyable in equal measure, and it’s up to Flow’s disposal services and independent contractors to guide Flow back to its natural form. For Chima Kondo, a 35-year-old woman stuck in the body of a 12-year-old child thanks to the effects of Flow, understanding how Flow works and how to disperse it has become critical. But when she joins Flow Disposal entrepreneurs Hirota and Shacho of Hirota Flow Inc., she discovers that there’s more to Flow than she once knew, and much more to discover… A supernatural story from the author of Mushishi!

Rated: 13+

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The Untouchable Midori-kun
By ToyotaToyota

Release date: May 17, 2022

Talk about cute dating…Misaki doesn’t recognize her cute new neighbor when he comes to officially introduce herself…until he reminds her that they went to school together for years! But Midori Tachibana isn’t the clumsy kid she remembers anymore: he’s the leader of Japan’s hottest new idol group! But their fateful encounter is cut short when he finds out she’s an adult film actress…and he can’t be seen with her if he wants to preserve his immaculate idol image! But can the chemistry between them be so easily erased? A sweet and positive idol romantic comedy for fans of Tokyo Tarareba Girls and Ex-enthusiasts!

Rated: 16+

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Koigakubo-kun stole my first time
By Rin Miasa

Release date: May 24, 2022

Eiko Kagehara really loves one thing in this world: the MMO she’s been playing with her friends for 15 years, in which she leads a fantastic life as a sought-after blacksmith. But when her friends start leaving to, above all, get married, have children, find new jobs… she is upset. So much so, in fact, that she drunkenly shares her Gamer ID with her super hot new co-worker… who happens to have been helped by her in the game in the past, and who wants to thank her by teaching him to love?! A brand new romantic comedy from the author of With the Sheikh in his harem!

Rated: 16+

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Our fake wedding: Rosé
By Kiwi Tokina

Release date: May 24, 2022

Remi Nikitani is not a shy violet – she is elegant, direct and ambitious, with the intention of taking over her father’s company. She is therefore not interested in getting married for business or political reasons. After all, why struggle with someone she doesn’t like when she can make it to the top on her own? But when her father sets her up with Jun Arata, a young hotshot in his own right and someone who knows the unrequited love Remi has nurtured for years, she’s devastated. She rejects him, of course, but somehow he continues to find his way back into her life. But is he interested in her? Or does he just want to take over his business and leave it in the dust? A sexy spin-off from Our Fake Marriage!

Rated: 16+

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Rokudo Rounds
By Serina Oda

Release date: May 31, 2022

En has no prospects as a child of the slums – he makes a living selling the scrap cyborg augments he salvages to anyone who will buy. But when he’s forced to go through unethical experimentation, he transforms, making him eligible to become a fighter in the only thing that matters in this dark world: the Rokudo Tournament!

Rated: 18+

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