(W) Mari Okada (A/CA) Nao Emoto
As a teen, how do you start thinking about sex? This debut manga from anime legend Mari Okada (Maquia) follows five girls and their five moving, funny, and mortifying answers. Join their bittersweet (and a little spicy) journey from girlhood to… whatever comes next! Kazusa's first high school literature club meeting starts with five girls being asked, 'What's one thing you want to do before you die?' When one of them blurts out, 'Sex,' it launches these new friends down a raucous, embarrassing, all-too-relatable path. One of Japan's top female screenwriters, Okada hones her knack for aching drama and wry humor that became her trademark with anime like anohana and Maquia. Amid an explosion of graphic novels about girls' teenage years, like Lumberjanes and That One Summer, O Maidens brings a diverse, fresh, and hilarious perspective on how it feels to leave childhood behind.