Yoko Taro is no stranger to funky stories that have rarely ever been seen before, but given his own enthusiasm for cooking and eating delicious food, it really shouldn't come as a surprise that he'd pen a manga series dedicated to one of the most famous gyūdon beef bowl chains in Japan: Yoshinoya. For those unfamiliar with Yoshinoya, according to the English Wikipedia page, “Yoshinoya is a Japanese multinational fast-food chain and the second-largest chain of gyūdon (beef bowl) restaurants. The chain was established in Japan in 1899. Its motto is "Tasty, low-priced, and quick".

The “Yoshinoya Brothers” manga currently has seven chapters available to read for free through the LINE Manga application. This app is actually separate from the main LINE communication app that many people use for texting, phone calls, and more. New chapters are typically uploaded every other Friday, but given the Coronavirus pandemic, there may be some delays in the schedule.

Additionally, Yoko’s other manga series “Thou Shalt Not Die” with illustrator Moriyama Daisuke is also available in the app. The first volume is half off at 319 coins* while other chapters are set at 639 coins each. The more recent releases with Vol.8 and 9 are 660 coins since these were released after the tax increase.

* 1 coin = 1 yen

Synopsis and More

The manga follows a 38-year-old company employee, Koyanagi Shohei, and a 17-year-old high school student, Mizushima Yasuo, who are not necessarily bad friends, but somewhat distant "brothers". Taking place at a "Yoshinoya" restaurant, the story revolves around delicious food as the familial bonds are woven at a leisurely pace.
—Translated from the official Japanese synopsis.

* Please note that, due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic, releases may be delayed.

Announcement by author/creator Yoko Taro with link to the official LINE Manga Twitter.

Announcement from illustrator Aika Yugiri.

About Yoko Taro

For those of you who may not know who Yoko Taro is, especially since I tend to talk a lot about him (it’s fun for me to introduce people to his works), here’s a quick look at some of the things he’s created over the years:

Video Games

  • Drakengard 1 - PS2
  • Drakengard 2 - PS2
  • Drakengard 3 - PS3
  • NieR Gestalt/Replicant - PS3/Xbox 360
  • SINoALICE - iOS/Android


  • Drakengard 3 - Utahime Five
  • Drakengard 3 - Shi ni Itaru Aka
  • Thou Shalt Not Die

Stage Plays

  • YoRHa Ver.1.0, 1.1, 1.2 (Musical), 1.3a, 1.3aa
  • YoRHa Boys Ver.1.0
  • Thou Shalt Not Die Zero, Zero_KAI

The Yoshinoya restaurant chain also offers special coupons in the LINE Manga app, so be sure to check those out to receive a discount!

By - Terra Dragos.