Yen Press is going to make a lot of people happy in 2016 as they’ve rescued the rights to the popular and evergreen manga series Fruits Basket. The publisher has announced that they’ll be bringing out the series beginning in June with the first two volumes and then monthly thereafter for the rest. The company also picked up the rights to Liselotte & Witch’s Forest, which they have plans to begin in July 2016. They’ll release new volumes every three months. The final acquisition is that of Twinkle Stars, which isn’t dated yet but will be brought out as a series of five omnibus editions.
“It would not be an exaggeration to say that the original publication of Fruits Basket had a transformative effect on comics culture in this market. Fruits Basket, along with a handful of other properties, welcomed female readers to a medium and an industry that had too long ignored them, introducing a generation of readers and future creators and professionals to comics, and the reverberations of that impact continue to reshape comics today. We are delighted that Takaya-sensei and Hakusensha have seen fit to entrust us to reintroduce Fruits Basket into North America and the UK and to introduce Liselotte & Witch’s Forest and Twinkle Stars to these markets for the first time.”
Fruits Basket: The story of Tohru Honda, a young girl who – following the untimely deaths of her parents – finds herself living in a tent on land belonging to the Sohma family. When the family takes her in, she discovers their rather unusual “curse”: possessed by spirits of the Chinese Zodiac, they transform into their zodiac animal when embraced by someone of the opposite sex.
Liselotte & Witch’s Forest: Liselotte holds out hope of finding an important person from her past, but her quest leads her to a forest rumored to be inhabited by witches.
Twinkle Stars: Sakuya has always been mesmerized by the night sky, but when she meets a boy at her eighteenth birthday party, she discovers that the stars may actually have more to do with her fate than she ever imagined.