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News: Yen Press to publish ERASED and Bungo Stray Dogs manga in English

Yen Press made an announcement on Monday (July 4th) at Kadokawa’s Anime Expo panel that they have licensed Kei Sanbe’s ERASED and Kafka Asagiri and Sango Harukawa’s Bungo Stray Dogs manga for English release. Bungo‘s first volume of ten will arrive this December, with ERASED following in spring 2017. Yen Press will release the entire eight-volume run of ERASED as two-in-one hardcover omnibus volumes, in a similar format to their release of Kaoru Mori’s Emma manga.

Sanbe launched ERASED (known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi) in Kadokawa’s Young Ace magazine in 2012, bringing the series to an end this past March. The series inspired a live-action film, and an anime adaptation which streamed on Crunchyroll in January, with the streaming service describing its story as follows:

Satoru Fujinuma is a young manga artist struggling to make a name for himself following his debut. But, that was not the only thing in his life that Satoru was feeling frustrated about…he was also living with a strange condition only he was able to experience. – REVIVAL A strange phenomenon where one is transferred back to the moment right before something life-threatening occurs. This continues to happen until the cause of the threat is erased. It is as if somebody is forcing Satoru to stop it from happening.

Writer Kafka Asagiri and artist Sango Harukawa, who also work on the Bungo Stray Dogs novels together, began their original manga in Young Ace in 2012 too. The anime adaptation aired in April, and Crunchyroll gave their simulcast the following summary:

Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the “Armed Detective Agency” said to solve incidents that even the military and police won’t touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that’s been terrorizing the population…

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