Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible manga English release date confirmed for Young Jump manga

The covers of volumes one and two of Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible featuring characters Kubo and Shiraishi.
The romcom anime Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible is a slice-of-life story about a highschooler who goes unnoticed by everyone but a single girl, his classmate Kubo. Pic credit: Nene Yukimori and Viz Media

Shuukan Young Jump’s rom-com series Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible is finally getting an English manga publication. The series has been available as a simulpub on Viz’s Manga Plus app. But now, fans can add the first volume to their collection!

The first volume is on sale now from Viz media’s website and can be purchased digitally or in paperback format from retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Fans can also preorder the second volume which will release on July 5, 2022. 

Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible — or Kubo-san wa Mob wo Yurusanai in Japanese — was created by mangaka Nene Yukimori back in 2019 and serialized in Shuukan Young Jump, a weekly manga publication aimed at an older teen and adult audience. 

Young Jump is currently serializing other works such as Kaguya-sama: Love Is War — which has a popular anime currently airing its second season — Terra Formars, and Kingdom which has been running since 2006.    

What is the Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible plot?

To most of Junta Shiraishi’s classmates, he’s invisible. His teacher leaves assignments on his desk, assuming he’s absent. His peers often sit on him by accident, not noticing him beforehand. And when he’s awarded for perfect attendance, everyone scratches their heads.

The only person who notices him is Nagisa Kubo, a girl in his class who seems to spot everything he does including the things he searches on his phone. Aware of her classmate’s inability to notice Shiraishi, Kubo is perplexed. She eggs him on to make himself known which Shiraishi agrees to, nervously. Being invisible for so long, he doesn’t know how to handle the attention.

In a slice-of-life format, the series follows the two: shy, self-conscious Shiraishi and the bubbly, outgoing Kubo. Determined to help Shiraishi get noticed by his class, Kubo resorts to humorous antics to change his role from a background mob character to the main protagonist.

Will there be a Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible anime adaptation? 

Recently, there’s been speculation that Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible will be getting an anime adaptation. As of now, no studio has confirmed the rumor. And the website reportedly purchased by the production team remains unused. 

On one hand, Kubo-san wa Mob wo Yurusanai would make for a successful anime given the popularity of its Young Jump peer, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, or even Aharen-san wa Hakarenai which shares similar story beats. There’s no shortage of rom-com anime, and Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible would make a great addition.

With that said, the source cited by many on Twitter is a ‘reliable weibo user’ which has as much credibility as “my friend told me so.” For now, it’s best to take any speculation with a grain of salt. Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible certainly would make for a fun anime, but whether studios agree? That remains to be seen.  

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