Fujita, the creator of the office romance manga Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, will tackle ‘gender dysphoria’ in his latest manga series, which will happen sometime this February.
Japanese publisher Ichijinsha announced that the ‘Villain’ manga series will be seen on the Comic Howl website this month, in a statement made last January 25. Although Fujita has not uncovered other information about the plot yet, the web manga will be based on ‘gender dysphoria’, ‘horror’, ‘youth’, and ‘Vocaloid’ themes.
Fujita’s ‘Villain’ web manga is based on Vocaloid producer Teniwoha’s ‘Villain’ hymn, which was released in 2020. This flower composition addresses the topic of gender dysphoria, or someone’s feeling of dissatisfaction due to a mismatch in biological sex and gender identity.
The music theme is timely as many youths are getting confused with their gender, sexuality, and emotions. Teniwoha’s Vocaloid song entered the Hall of Fame in Niconico in 2020. Later on, it moved into the Hall of Legend and reached 20 million views on YouTube.
On the other hand, Fujita released 11 volumes of the Wotakoi: Love is Hard For Otaku manga in 2014. The series then moved to Ichijinsha’s Comic Pool digital manga magazine. As it rose in popularity, the manga was used as inspiration for a 2018 television anime, while a live-action adaptation of it was aired in Japan in 2020.
With the success of Fujita’s last web manga series, Otakus are expecting ‘Villain’ to receive the same recognition. Following the Manga Mogura announcement, Twitter users are enthusiastic about the new manga concentrating on gender.
“WDYM GENDER DYSPHORIA FOCUSED MANGA?? OMG I’M SO EXCITED”, a Twitter user said.
“I trust japan in this. They used LGBTQ charas/theme to make good stories rather than pushing political agendas. So, the story feels very genuine and actually good. ,” another tweeted, along with other LGBTQ manga recommendations.
Here are additional tweets about the much-anticipated web manga:
A manga based off of the best vocaloid song? Oh I’ll be def reading pic.twitter.com/CXEGWr7Svg
— Magical girl Sukeru✨💀 mahou art training arc (@SukeruVT) February 12, 2023
YESSSSSSS OMG, THIS GONNA BE A BANGER pic.twitter.com/N56ryQD4eL
— ∘♢Sap._.tree♢∘🧧🎡♦🪱 (@Very_Sappy_Tree) February 13, 2023
WHEN WILL IT RELEASE. PLS TELL ME. IM ALL FOR IT YALL. I LOVE THE SONG VISUAL SO BAD!!!
— ViWnooooooo (@ViWnoooo) February 12, 2023
i need this so bad oh my god someone buy me this (alternatively: WHERE will i be able to buy this online)
— Faruveh Era (@croama352) February 12, 2023
ohh if that’s the office art it looks so pretty and the topic is interesting!! looking forward to it 😀
— Lee 𖤐 (@nyctophverie) February 13, 2023
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