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TOKYOPOP Acquires Yurikuma Arashi Manga

Well, then… I’m not sure what to say, here.

On June 26, a listing for Kunihiko Ikuhara and Akiko Morishima’s Yurikuma Arashi manga launched on Amazon. According to the listing, the series will launch on January 22, 2019 under the title Yuri Bear Storm. TOKYOPOP is listed as the publisher for the project.

Yurikuma Arashi US Cover - TemporaryAnime News Network confirmed that TOKYOPOP is indeed publishing the title earlier today.

TOKYOPOP describes the title as:

Every night, 16-year-old Kureha has a strange dream involving lilies, storms, and… her classmate Ginko as a bear?!

At school, Kureha’s unassuming personality and looks render her practically invisible. Sometimes, it feels like no one notices her at all… until cute and energetic Ginko asks Kureha to talk privately one day during lunch. Maybe she really is a bear… or maybe she’s just got a crush on Kureha!

The Yurikuma Arashi manga launched in Gentosha’s Comic Birz in February 2014. The series, which ran through April 2016, spans three compiled volumes.

The title received an anime TV series, which aired in the Winter 2015 broadcast season. Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum) directed the project at Silver Link, with Etsuko Sumimoto (Tsuredure Children) providing character designs. Ikuhara collaborated with Takayo Ikami (Magical Girl Site, Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation) on series composition.

Funimation released the title on home video in North America.

Source: Twitter (TheOASG) – Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!

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