If you’ve been looking through our books or release schedule, you might have noticed our next DMP release in March – Utahime: The Songstress. We just updated our cover images for it, and you can see there’s something different.
Looks great, doesn’t it? This is our new cover design for our Digital Manga Publishing line, and it’ll be used on all of our future releases (with different color schemes depending on the cover art). Don’t worry, though – our continuing series, such as Flower of Life and Vampire Hunter D, will stay the same with the original cover designs.
You might also be wondering, what is Utahime? It’s a single-volume fantasy story by the popular manga artist Aki, who is known for her beautiful art style and storytelling. She is also the author of A*D and Olimpos. Utahime will be her first work published in the U.S.
Here’s a brief description:
The story takes place in a world where kingdoms are protected by the songs of “songstresses,” who live in towers on the edges of these countries. Rulers of these kingdoms are exclusively men. Songstresses’ abilities are passed down to females, though songstresses are also capable of producing males. In a twist of fate, one songstress bears twins, a boy and a girl, and the boy is born with the songstress ability. The story revolves around the twins Kain and Maria, their befriending of the village chief Thomas – whose sole inherited job is to keep the songstress imprisoned – and how they cope when tragedy befalls them. There is also an extra bonus story called DARIKA, which is about the attempted creation of a perfect enlightened being by mankind, and the young people who are given the duty of monitoring the creature for any sign of human weakness.
Take a look at some sample pages:
In Japan, Utahime has even been turned into a drama CD, starring Miyu Irino (Kain), Mamoru Miyano (Thomas), and Yuka Inokuchi (Maria). It also features voices by Aya Hirano, Kana Ueda, Tetsuya Kakihara, Hiroki Yasumoto, and more!
Make sure to check out the book when it goes on sale next month! And let us know what you think of the new look for DMP!