Seven Seas Entertainment is proud to announce its collaboration with Mamenosuke Fujimaru on an all-new manga series–Captive Hearts of Oz. Fujimaru is a New York Times bestselling artist and author, known for her prolific and acclaimed work on the Alice in the Country of… manga series.
Captive Hearts of Oz re-imagines L. Frank Baum’s original Oz stories in a modern, shoujo style, much in the same way that the Alice in the Country of… series revisited Lewis Carroll’s work. Captive Hearts of Oz is an original tale of magic, adventure and romance, and will be a four volume series, released for the first time anywhere by Seven Seas Entertainment. Japanese author Ryo Maruya will write the story, accompanied by Mamenosuke Fujimaru’s beautiful artwork.
Dorothy, along with her beloved dog Toto, finds herself whisked away by a tornado to the mysterious land of Oz. Something about this strange place feels oddly familiar, but Dorothy just wants to go home. Following the advice of a kindly Witch, Dorothy must travel to the Emerald City and seek out the Wizard of Oz, who alone has the power to send her back to her world.
Alongside a trio of fascinating new companions, and a mysterious young man known as “Zero,” Dorothy must follow the Yellow Brick Road on her journey to escape Oz and some of its less than friendly denizens, the evil Witches. Yet even though all this seems to be happening for the first time, Dorothy feels as if they have all met before… Buried secrets and conflicted romance await Dorothy as she travels through the wonderful land of Oz!
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working directly with a Japanese artist of Mamenosuke Fujimaru’s standing,” said Seven Seas publisher Jason DeAngelis. “Fujimaru is the defining artist for the Alice franchise, and as such, we reached out to her to create a new take on The Wizard of Oz world, with an otome game-style spin to the story. Along with her co-author, Ryo Maruya, Fujimaru has crafted an amazing story and world that is sure to captivate fans of the Alice in the Country of… series.”
Seven Seas will present Captive Hearts of Oz for the first time in print anywhere as single oversized volumes with at least one color insert per book.Captive Hearts of Oz Vol. 1 will be released on January 31, 2017 for $13.99 US / $15.99 CAN.