Yen Press announced a manga release today titled My Broken Mariko. The manga is 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. The title exemplifies josei manga, which is characterized by mature storytelling, unique artwork, and its appeal to older female readers.
Yen Press offers a detailed description as follows:
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.
My Broken Mariko will debut digitally and also in print as a deluxe, hardcover edition on October 20th.