Even though Seven Seas Entertainment cannot come to Anime Expo, the team still announced a new manga license for their line-up in their official website and official Twitter account: Jun Maeda (Clannad, Hibiki no Mahou) and Key’s (Kanon, Little Busters!) prequel manga to the infamous supernatural anime, Angel Beats!. It was announced that they will publish the manga per individual volumes with colored page insert on February 9, 2016 for $12.99 US / $14.99 CAD.
The publisher said about the series that “Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door is a title we’ve been eager to publish. The anime was a major hit, and this manga series builds upon the Angel Beats universe by adding an in-depth backstory, exciting new plot elements, and deeper characterizations. Comedy, action, cute girls, and even some interesting thoughts on the afterlife – we think Heaven’s Door will be a great title for both new and old fans of the work.”
The manga currently has eight volumes in Japan and is under the Dengeki Comics imprint. The first volume was released on December 18, 2010 while the latest volume was released on February 27, 2015.
Synopsis of Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door from Seven Seas Entertainment:
Hideki Hinata has just died…but his life is far from over. Finding himself stuck in a kind of purgatory in the Afterlife School—an academy for recently departed lost souls—he begins to learn that the land of the dead has just as many annoying rules, if not more, than the land of the living.
There he meets Yuri Nakamura, a brazen young woman who harbours nothing but contempt for God due to the life she was forced to lead before passing away. Together, Yuri and Hideki form the SSS brigade, otherwise known as the Afterlife Battlefront—a group whose purpose it is to rebel against God in any way they can. However, standing in their way is the stoic and cold Tenshi, a supposed angelic messenger of God…who just so happens to be the Student Council President!
Can Yuri and the rest of the Afterlife Battlefront overcome their fate or are they destined to be stuck in a limbo world forever?!