‘Zoku,’ a sequel to ‘Thermae Romae’ Manga Set for February 2024 Publication


  • Mari Yamazaki will launch ‘Zoku Thermae Romae,’ a sequel to ‘Thermae Romae’ manga on February 6, 2024.
  • The story follows the adventures of a Roman architect named Lucius who travels between modern Japan and Rome.
  • The manga inspired two live-action films and a Netflix anime.

‘Thermae Romae’ is an amazing manga that follows the adventures of a Roman architect named Lucius. One day, he finds himself transported to modern-day Japan through some magical baths. 

The story is fascinating, showcasing how he discovers new ideas and brings them back to Rome. It’s a perfect blend of history, culture, and comedy to entertain you.

Mari Yamazaki will launch ‘Zoku Thermae Romae,’ a sequel to ‘Thermae Romae’ manga on February 6, 2024. The manga will be updated every Tuesday.

New series “Zoku Thermae Romae”
Delivered every Tuesday on “Shonen Jump+” from February 6th
The main character, Uncle Lucius, who is almost 60 years old, travels between hot springs in Japan and ancient Rome.
The photo shows former Comic Beam editor-in-chief Katsuhiko Okumura and Shueisha editor Tsunashima at the handover dinner.

English Translation, Twitter Translate

In the sequel, Lucius is now nearing 60 years old but still travels back and forth between ancient Rome and modern-day Japan.

The manga has been adapted into a three-episode anime in 2012 and two live-action films. A new anime titled ‘Thermae Romae Novae,’ based on the same manga, was released on Netflix in March 2022. 

The series is widely praised for its comedic premise, unique culture shock concept, and delightful storytelling. The Roman details are accurate, and the sci-fi historical fiction blend is perfectly crafted. However, some readers have criticized the lack of character development due to the episodic nature and found the comedy mediocre. 

Irrespective of the critique, I recommend giving it a shot if you fancy a novel approach to historical fiction with a touch of humor.

About Thermae Romae

‘Thermae Romae’ is a Japanese manga series written by Mari Yamazaki.  It won the third Manga Taishō and the Short Story Award at the 14th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The manga has been licensed in North America by Yen Press.

The story revolves around an ancient Roman architect named Lucius, who discovers a hidden tunnel underneath a spa that leads him to a modern Japanese bathhouse.

Inspired by the innovations found there, he created his own spa, Roma Thermae, bringing these modern ideas to his time. Each chapter follows Lucius facing a problem, only to be swept to Japan once again. He visits modern bathhouses, personal baths, waterparks, fertility festivals, and even zoos. There, he always happens to find the inspiration to solve the exact problem he has been tasked with

Source: Mari Yamazaki’s Twitter

Aaheli Pradhan

Aaheli Pradhan

A grandma by heart who loves to knit, sketch, and swing in parks. Binge-reads a massive amount of manga from psychological to shounen-ai. Either awkward or salty, there's no in-between.


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