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Veteran folklore manga creator Shigeru Mizuki (Gegege no Kitarō) will launch a new manga series called Tōno Monogatari (Tales of Tōno) in the July 25 issue (on sale on July 10) of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine. The Tōno Monogatari manga will adapt author Kunio Yanagita's celebrated collection of folktales about spirits and other creatures in the northeastern Japanese town of Tōno. (Tōno is the same city where the Someday's Dreamers manga and Summer Days with Coo anime is set.) Yanagita has been named "the father of Japanese native ethnology," and Big Comics calls Tōno Monogatari the "scriptures of Japanese folklore." Big Comic says that it is unprecedented for an author of Mizuki's age (86 years old) to start a new manga. Big Comic itself celebrated its 40th anniversary this past February.
The Japan Information & Culture Center at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. held an exhibition of Mizuki's art in March, and the fifth Gegege no Kitarō series in 40 years is airing in Japan now. The second live-action film based on the manga will open in Japan on July 12.