October 2023 New Digital Licensing Announcement

Sep 28, 2023
October 2023 New Digital Licensing Announcement

Learn about all the new digital manga series debuting soon!

This October, Kodansha debuts a trio of cozy, complicated, and killer digital manga series. This includes the meditation on leaving it all behind for the country life, That Time the Manga Editor Started a New Life in the Countryside; the budding romance story with a deadly twist, Searching for My Perfect Brother; and the action/comedy about Earth's only alien (and secret government assassin), Rocopon.

October's digital debuts will be available upon release across all our participating digital vendors, including BookwalkerAmazon KindleApple BooksGoogle PlayNookKoboMyAnimeList, and more. Fans can also purchase and read all our digital manga on the new kodansha.us.

Take a look below for full details and links to chapter 1 previews of the October Kodansha digital manga debuts coming soon.




That Time the Manga Editor Started a New Life in the Countryside
By Kumagae & Hishiwo Miyazawa

Release Date: October 3, 2023

Sick of his job and the city, Yohei “Kuma” Sakuma has a grand plan—to start anew in the countryside and live off the land. Thing is, he hasn't told his wife yet, nor does he know the first thing about growing rice. Between crooked houses, swarms of bugs, and grueling work under the sun, the city slicker Kuma and his wife Miyu get a crash course in country life. But at the end of the day, with beer in hand as they take in the sights, they begin to understand that country life can be real hard, but real good.

Rated: 13+

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Searching for My Perfect Brother
By Satoshi Morie

Release Date: October 17, 2023

There’s nothing in the world Rize likes more than to curl up in her warm bed and doze away—just like she used to with her big brother when they were kids, before they were separated by their parents’ divorce. Working late shifts at a supermarket while attending university, she dreams of someday finding and reconnecting with her lost—and now grown-up—big brother. Her penchant for being able to nap in the break room draws the attention of Kairi, a co-worker who struggles with insomnia. Something about him reminds her of her big brother, and she finds herself growing closer to him…but when she discovers his secret, her whole world will be turned helter-skelter.

Rated: 16+

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By Nadainishi & Chicchi Yukinaga

Release Date: October 31, 2023

As far as the public is concerned, Rocopon—earth’s only alien—hasn’t done much but loaf around in the 8 years since he crash-landed in Tokyo with no memory of his past. Granted, that is what he likes to do, and he does spend a lot of time playing video games. But as an alien to whom earth laws technically do not apply, he’s been hard at work in a top-secret capacity: government-sanctioned extrajudicial assassin, cleaning up the worst of society that the law is either too slow or too powerless to confront. After years of dispatching hapless crime lords and their goons, things have gotten comfortable. But Rocopon is about to meet his match in more ways than one—fed up with his sloppy ways, headquarters has assigned him a straight-laced partner, and the criminal underground has enlisted the help of those who are a little more than human…

Rated: 16+

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