Even knowing it takes work for one in mountains of manga to get noticed by readers in these inundated times, web manga have double the hurdle, as they don’t even have the chance of being carried in any well-known magazines. But Karin no Mound, a series about the stadium dreams and rise of a high school girls’ baseball team, is surmounting all odds by drawing fans in their throngs.
Right now the manga has over 300,000 readers, and publisher Wakasa Seikatsu had to sit up and take notice. Though the far-from-traditional publishers are actually a health supplement company, they grabbed the chance to bring the series to even more readers, printing and distributing a free 140-page volume collecting the start of the story. The company teamed up with Japan Women’s Baseball League and artist Kimidori to get the physical manga out there, so this can be counted as a victory both for web manga and repping women in sport.
Here’s a recent short commercial for Wakasa Seikatsu, which features Karin no Mound‘s lead characters Karin Kiritani and Mirei Hiiragi. It just goes to show that cuteness can’t be underestimated, especially not in manga. Am I right?