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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.

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?[1]

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 six volumes published which adapt the first volume and second volume of the novel.[2]

Volume 1
Otherside Picnic Volume 1
Manga Cover 1 English.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif August 31, 2021
ISBN EN.gif ISBN 9781646091065
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
While on the trail of alleged paranormal activity, amateur urban explorer, depressed college student, and all-around loner Sorawo discovers a door to a curious destination—the Otherside. There, she has a near-miss with a creature both repulsive and mesmerizing...but before she can fall prey to the strange beast, the beautiful Toriko comes to her rescue! What horrors await the pair as they continue to explore this parallel world and its bizarre and dangerous denizens?!

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 9784757558052
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
While on the trail of alleged paranormal activity, amateur urban explorer, depressed college student, and all-around loner Sorawo discovers a door to a curious destination—the Otherside. There, she has a near-miss with a creature both repulsive and mesmerizing...but before she can fall prey to the strange beast, the beautiful Toriko comes to her rescue! What horrors await the pair as they continue to explore this parallel world and its bizarre and dangerous denizens?!

Volume 1
이세계 피크닉 (01)
Manga Cover 1 Korean.png
Information
Release Date KR.gif December 14, 2020
ISBN KR.gif ISBN 9791166112584
Publisher KR.gif Somi Media Co., Ltd.
List of Chapters
Synopsis
While on the trail of alleged paranormal activity, amateur urban explorer, depressed college student, and all-around loner Sorawo discovers a door to a curious destination—the Otherside. There, she has a near-miss with a creature both repulsive and mesmerizing...but before she can fall prey to the strange beast, the beautiful Toriko comes to her rescue! What horrors await the pair as they continue to explore this parallel world and its bizarre and dangerous denizens?!

Volume 2
Otherside Picnic Volume 2
Manga Cover 2 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif January 25, 2022
ISBN EN.gif ISBN 9781646091072
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
When Sorawo and Toriko undertake another foray into the Otherside via a Shinjuku pub and lose their way, Kisaragi Station awaits them. The unarmed pair gets into trouble, only to be saved by a mysterious band of soldiers. As the girls soon discover, the soldiers are US Forces, Japan marines who found their way into the Otherside from their Okinawan base and have been making camp at Kisaragi themselves, unable to find a way home. Will Sorawo and Toriko be able to escape the eerie station?!

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 9784757559738
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
When Sorawo and Toriko undertake another foray into the Otherside via a Shinjuku pub and lose their way, Kisaragi Station awaits them. The unarmed pair gets into trouble, only to be saved by a mysterious band of soldiers. As the girls soon discover, the soldiers are US Forces, Japan marines who found their way into the Otherside from their Okinawan base and have been making camp at Kisaragi themselves, unable to find a way home. Will Sorawo and Toriko be able to escape the eerie station?!

Volume 2
이세계 피크닉 (02)
Manga Cover 2 Korean.png
Information
Release Date KR.gif February 26, 2021
ISBN KR.gif ISBN 9791166114403
Publisher KR.gif Somi Media Co., Ltd.
List of Chapters
Synopsis
When Sorawo and Toriko undertake another foray into the Otherside via a Shinjuku pub and lose their way, Kisaragi Station awaits them. The unarmed pair gets into trouble, only to be saved by a mysterious band of soldiers. As the girls soon discover, the soldiers are US Forces, Japan marines who found their way into the Otherside from their Okinawan base and have been making camp at Kisaragi themselves, unable to find a way home. Will Sorawo and Toriko be able to escape the eerie station?!

Volume 3
Otherside Picnic Volume 3
Manga Cover 3 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif April 12, 2022
ISBN EN.gif ISBN 9781646091089
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
The hunt for Satsuki continues, but Sorawo begins to have second thoughts in the face of Toriko's heedless urgency, leading to a heated argument... And when Sorawo loses her way in the space between reality and the Otherside, only to run into another mysterious entity—the Space-Time Man—she discovers that Toriko's crossed to the Otherside without her! Unable to locate Toriko, Sorawo must put her feelings about Satsuki aside and enlist Kozakura in the search for her missing friend...

Volume 3
裏世界ピクニック 3巻
Manga Cover 3 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date JP.gif August 9, 2019
ISBN JP.gif ISBN 9784757562356
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
The hunt for Satsuki continues, but Sorawo begins to have second thoughts in the face of Toriko's heedless urgency, leading to a heated argument... And when Sorawo loses her way in the space between reality and the Otherside, only to run into another mysterious entity—the Space-Time Man—she discovers that Toriko's crossed to the Otherside without her! Unable to locate Toriko, Sorawo must put her feelings about Satsuki aside and enlist Kozakura in the search for her missing friend...

Volume 3
이세계 피크닉 (03)
Manga Cover 3 Korean.png
Information
Release Date KR.gif March 12, 2021
ISBN KR.gif ISBN 9791166115066
Publisher KR.gif Somi Media Co., Ltd.
List of Chapters
Synopsis
The hunt for Satsuki continues, but Sorawo begins to have second thoughts in the face of Toriko's heedless urgency, leading to a heated argument... And when Sorawo loses her way in the space between reality and the Otherside, only to run into another mysterious entity—the Space-Time Man—she discovers that Toriko's crossed to the Otherside without her! Unable to locate Toriko, Sorawo must put her feelings about Satsuki aside and enlist Kozakura in the search for her missing friend...

Volume 4
Otherside Picnic Volume 4
Manga Cover 4 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif TBA
ISBN EN.gif TBA
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
In the ruins that they were headed for, the two encounter a "doppelganger" and the ill-fated woman, Satsuki Uruma. Can Sorawo find and rescue Toriko from the Otherside...?! This is the fourth volume of the complete comicalization of the two girls' survival of the bizarre!

Volume 4
裏世界ピクニック 4巻
Manga Cover 4 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date JP.gif March 12, 2020
ISBN JP.gif ISBN 9784757565487
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
In the ruins that they were headed for, the two encounter a "doppelganger" and the ill-fated woman, Satsuki Uruma. Can Sorawo find and rescue Toriko from the Otherside...?! This is the fourth volume of the complete comicalization of the two girls' survival of the bizarre!

Volume 5
Otherside Picnic Volume 5
Manga Cover 5 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif TBA
ISBN EN.gif TBA
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
"I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. I'm here to help." Sorawo and Toriko go back to the Otherside to rescue the U.S. military troops that have wandered into Kisaragi Station! Before they know it, they're being called "the girls" in the army, and they have started a mission to rescue them from hell! The fifth volume of the girls' survival of the bizarre!

Volume 5
裏世界ピクニック 5巻
Manga Cover 5 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date JP.gif December 11, 2020
ISBN JP.gif ISBN 9784757570009
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
"I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. I'm here to help." Sorawo and Toriko go back to the Otherside to rescue the U.S. military troops that have wandered into Kisaragi Station! Before they know it, they're being called "the girls" in the army, and they have started a mission to rescue them from hell! The fifth volume of the girls' survival of the bizarre!

Volume 6
Otherside Picnic Volume 6
Manga Cover 6 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date EN.gif TBA
ISBN EN.gif TBA
Publisher EN.gif Square Enix
List of Chapters
Synopsis
The Kisaragi Station U.S. military rescue operation is over, and the season is summer. In the mysterious Otherside and next to reality, Sorawo and Toriko continue their exploration while deepening their relationship with each other. What is it that they encounter at the end of the beach on the Otherside of the Okinawa resort...?

Volume 6
裏世界ピクニック 6巻
Manga Cover 6 Japanese.png
Information
Release Date JP.gif March 12, 2021
ISBN JP.gif ISBN 9784757571501
Publisher JP.gif Shounen Gangan
List of Chapters
Synopsis
The Kisaragi Station U.S. military rescue operation is over, and the season is summer. In the mysterious Otherside and next to reality, Sorawo and Toriko continue their exploration while deepening their relationship with each other. What is it that they encounter at the end of the beach on the Otherside of the Okinawa resort...?

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.[3] The manga series was also licensed by Zenshu Comics/Zenshu IComics for Thailand Release.[4]

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References

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