The first volume of the "87Clockers" manga series by "Nodame Cantabile" author Tomoko Ninomiya was published by Shueisha Inc. in April in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
It is the first time the publisher has simultaneously released a manga title in different languages. Amid rapidly advancing globalization, Shueisha has set sail on a course to offer its manga content without a time lag outside Japan.
Priced at 5,000 won (about $4.40), the comic book is distributed by Daewon Culture Industry Inc. in South Korea. The Taiwanese edition is sold at Taiwan $130 (about $4.40) from Tong Li Publishing Co. In Hong Kong and Macao, the comic book is available from Culturecom Ltd. at HK$35 (about $4.50).
According to Shueisha, the publisher decided to deliver Ninomiya's new manga for fans in Asian countries and regions because she is hugely popular in Asia. It also aims to reach overseas fans and understand their needs to develop a new market for manga business.
"87Clockers" is Ninomiya's first manga series after the highly popular "Nodame Cantabile."
The series began its run in the first issue of Jump-Kai comic magazine released on June 25, 2011. The series was suspended while the author was preparing for her delivery, and was relaunched in the May issue of Jump Kai released on April 10.
The story follows a "soshoku-kei" (herbivorous type) gentle young man named Kanade Ichinose, who is a music university student. One cold winter day, he sees a beautiful girl, Hana, standing barefoot in front of an apartment building. His whole life starts to change.
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