Otherside Picnic (裏世界ピクニック, Ura Sekai Pikunikku?) is a Japanese manga series that began serialization since Feburary 2018 on Square Enix's shōnen magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan with five volumes up to date. The manga is based on the novel series written by Iori Miyazawa and drawn by Eita Mizuno.

Plot

The series focuses on Sorawo Kamikoshi and Toriko Nishina, two young women who discover doors leading to the Otherside, a new world full of mystery that exists alongside our own. Where dangerous beings like the Kunekune and Hasshaku-sama that are spoken of in real ghost stories appear.

These doors can appear all over the place, such as in a run-down apartment building or by pressing a certain combination on an elevator. For research, for profit, and to find an important person, Toriko and Sorawo set foot into a new world in this story of bizarre exploration and survival.

Volumes and Chapters

The manga adaptation was announced in November 2017 and will be illustrated by Spiral Manga artist, Eita Mizuno. The manga launched on February 10, 2018, and is featured in the cover of Shōnen Gangan's February 2018 issue. The manga series currently has five volumes published[1] which adapt the first volume and second volume of the novel.

Volume 1
Otherside Picnic Volume 1
Manga Cover 1 English.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif August 31, 2021
ISBN EN.gif ISBN 978-1-6460-9106-5
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
In this sci-fi/fantasy survival thriller, the dangerous and deadly realm of the Otherside—where urban legends, cryptids, and folkloric legends roam—calls to two women, both in search of something. As they set out to sate their curiosity and explore this other world, will the most earth-shattering thing they discover on the Otherside be their feelings for each other?

Volume 1
裏世界ピクニック 1巻
Manga Cover 1 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date JP.gif August 22, 2018
ISBN JP.gif ISBN 978-4-7575-5805-2
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
In this sci-fi/fantasy survival thriller, the dangerous and deadly realm of the Otherside—where urban legends, cryptids, and folkloric legends roam—calls to two women, both in search of something. As they set out to sate their curiosity and explore this other world, will the most earth-shattering thing they discover on the Otherside be their feelings for each other?

Volume 1
이세계 피크닉 (01)
Manga Cover 1 Korean.png
Information
Release Date KR.gif December 14, 2020
ISBN KR.gif ISBN 979-1-1661-1258-4
Publisher KR.gif Somi Media Co., Ltd.
List of Chapters
Synopsis
In this sci-fi/fantasy survival thriller, the dangerous and deadly realm of the Otherside—where urban legends, cryptids, and folkloric legends roam—calls to two women, both in search of something. As they set out to sate their curiosity and explore this other world, will the most earth-shattering thing they discover on the Otherside be their feelings for each other?

Volume 2
Otherside Picnic Volume 2
Manga Cover 2 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif January 25, 2022
ISBN EN.gif ISBN 978-1-6460-9107-2
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
Toriko and Sorawo escape the Hasshaku-sama. However, not unscathed. It seems that Sorawo has acquired an ability. She can now see the actual images of thins on the Otherside with her right-eye. The same for Toriko, who, with her left-hand, can feel the shape and texture of objects. Their abilities come in handy when they unexpectedly find themselves on the Otherside. But this time around, they're not alone.

Volume 2
裏世界ピクニック 2巻
Manga Cover 2 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date JP.gif January 9, 2019
ISBN JP.gif ISBN 978-4-7575-5973-8
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
Toriko and Sorawo escape the Hasshaku-sama. However, not unscathed. It seems that Sorawo has acquired an ability. She can now see the actual images of thins on the Otherside with her right-eye. The same for Toriko, who, with her left-hand, can feel the shape and texture of objects. Their abilities come in handy when they unexpectedly find themselves on the Otherside. But this time around, they're not alone.

Volume 2
이세계 피크닉 (02)
Manga Cover 2 Korean.png
Information
Release Date KR.gif February 26, 2021
ISBN KR.gif ISBN 979-1-1661-1440-3
Publisher KR.gif Somi Media Co., Ltd.
List of Chapters
Synopsis
In this sci-fi/fantasy survival thriller, the dangerous and deadly realm of the Otherside—where urban legends, cryptids, and folkloric legends roam—calls to two women, both in search of something. As they set out to sate their curiosity and explore this other world, will the most earth-shattering thing they discover on the Otherside be their feelings for each other?

Uncompiled Chapters

On July 2020, Square Enix Manga & Books, which is the North American publishing division of Square Enix, licensed the manga for an English release both physically and digitally on May 25, 2021.[2] The manga series was also licensed by Zenshu Comics/Zenshu IComics for Thailand Release.[3]

Gallery

References

  1. Square Enix Otherside Picnic Manga Page Square Enix
  2. Square Enix Manga & Books Licenses Otherside Picnic, I Think Our Son Is Gay Manga Anime News Network
  3. Zenshu Publishing New Licenses Announcement Zenshu Publishing Twitter
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