Indonesian comic book publisher Elex Media Komputindo releases manga artist Soichiro Yamamoto‘s short story collection Love Letter (Koibumi). The book has been included in the list of books to be published in the week of September 14, 2020. Gramedia bookstore’s online shop has listed the book with the retail price of Rp 28,000 (about US$ 1.94).

Elex Media’s books that will be released this week

The product listing at Gramedia’s online shop describes the book as “a collection of short comics about boy and girl from the perspective of the boy.”

In addition, on Friday (11/9), the Twitter account of Elex Media’s editors of comics has also teased Yamamoto’s romantic comedy manga series Karakai Jouzu Takagi-san. In one tweet, the account posted a picture of a translated page of the manga in the process of being edited. The account has also posted a poll asking whether fans prefer to have the manga title using Indonesian or English. No further details about the format, price, or planned release date for the manga have been revealed yet.

Yamamoto began serialization of Takagi-san in Shogakukan’s Monthly Shonen Sunday Mini in June 2012 before it moved to Monthly Shonen Sunday in July 2016, with fourteen tankoubon volumes have been released so far. The series tells of a girl named Takagi who enjoys teasing Nishikata, the boy she likes who sits next to her. Nishikata repeatedly tries to get back at Takagi with his own pranks, but Takagi always manages to outwit him.

The manga has been adapted into anime series with two seasons, the first airing in winter 2018 and the second in summer 2019. The anime is directed by Hiroaki Akagi at Shin-Ei Animation and stars Rie Takahashi as Takagi and Yuuki Kaji as Nishikata.

The series have also produced several spin-offs. Ashita no Doyoubi featuring Takagi and Nishikata’s classmates was serialized in the newspaper Yomiuri Chuukosei Shimbun from November 2014 to November 2015 and has been collected into two tankoubon volumes, as well as getting adapted as part of Takagi-san anime. Koi ni Koisuru Yukari-chan, drawn by Yuma Suzu and focuses on Takagi and Nishikata’s classmate Yukari, was serialized in Monthly Shonen Sunday from 2017 to 2020. Karakai Jōzu no (Moto) Takagi-san, drawn by Mifumi Inaba and featuring grown-up Takagi with her daughter, is serialized in Shogakukan’s MangaONE app and has been collected into 10 volumes so far.

Elex Media Komputindo is a comics publisher under the Kompas-Gramedia Group. The publisher releases licensed foreign comics, including manga, and also Indonesian comics. Since 2005, Elex Media also published comics that intended for adult audiences under the new imprint called Level Comics.

DISCLAIMER: the availability of books at bookstores / agents may differ from the planned schedule, especially for regions outside of Java island. Detailed explanation can be seen at point Q11 in ELEX FAQ. To obtain accurate information regarding the availability of the book, it is advised to contact the Customer Service of your stores of choice for confirmation. For Gramedia bookstores, the contact numbers can be obtained via email customercare@gramedia.com.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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