We love magic, superheroes, powers, fantasy, and all that in anime and manga. Don’t forget about real-world stories and issues in anime and manga too. September is in the U.S. as National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Then the world follows up with World Suicide Prevention Day, which is annually September 10. Anime Pad is continuing to dole out awareness, especially with this new manga announcement from Yen Press.
Yen Press, LLC announces an emotional new manga release about a close friendship between two young women and the devastating impact of suicide as one of them struggles to understand the sudden loss of her best friend. My Broken Mariko will debut digitally and also in print as a deluxe, hardcover edition on October 20th. The title exemplifies josei manga, which is characterized by mature storytelling, unique artwork and its appeal to older female readers.
My Broken Mariko
Story & Art by Waka Hirako
Tomoyo Shiino has stood by her friend Mariko through years of abuse, abandonment, and depression. However horrific her circumstances, their friendship has been the one reassuring constant in Mariko’s life—and Tomoyo’s too. That is, until Tomoyo is utterly blindsided by news of Mariko’s death. In life, Tomoyo felt powerless to help her best friend out of the darkness that ultimately drove her over the edge. Now, Tomoyo is determined to liberate Mariko’s ashes for one final journey together…to set free her dear, broken Mariko.
If you know someone or think you may know ask questions. We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.