Indonesian comics publisher Elex Media Komputindo plans to release Rumiko Takahashi‘s dark fantasy manga MAO. On 28 September 2020, the Twitter account of Elex Media’s editors of comics has posted a photo of the manga’s Japanese volumes to confirm that they have received the materials to be translated, and mention the possibility of releasing it “next year.” Further details about the format and price has not been revealed yet.

Described as “a strange romance between a boy and girl who meet by fate” set in a “land where two worlds intersect,” the story of the manga follows Nanoka Kiba, a middle school girl who had a near-death experience eight years before in a road cave-in that killed her parents. When she is passing through an abandoned shopping center near the location of the cave-in, she seems to be transported to place that looks like Taisho era Japan and meets a mysterious boy named Mao after she is attacked by a supernatural creature. The manga began serialization in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shounen Sunday in May 2019, and has been collected into 5 volumes at the time of this writing.

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.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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