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New Gurren Lagann, Higurashi Manga to Start This Month (Updated)

posted on 2008-08-05 13:39 EDT
Queen's Blade, Chibi Vampire artists preview spinoffs in newest Comp Ace

The September issue (released on July 26) of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Comp Ace magazine includes short previews for the new Gurren Lagann and When They Cry - Higurashi manga, both of which will officially start in the next issue on August 26. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Gurren Gakuen-Hen (Gurren School Edition) will feature the cast of Gainax's robot mecha anime in a school in a parallel world in multidimensional space. As the character Kamina puts it, the cast will "enjoy school life" and "sweat under the glittering sun." Kabao Kikkawa (Queen's Blade - Rurō no Senshi-) will draw the manga based on a story by A-ji Zaitsu. Bandai Entertainment staffers have indicated an interest in acquiring the main Gurren Lagann manga, which Kotarō Mori draws in ASCI MediaWorks' Monthly Dengeki Daioh magazine, but they also noted that other companies are interested as well.

The Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Kokoro-Iyashi-hen (When They Cry - Higurashi: Heart-Healing Chapter) manga will also start later this month after a preview in the current Comp Ace issue. The story will be about the character Rika and her after-school club's first summer vacation together. Yuna Kagesaki (Karin/Chibi Vampire, Strange Mansion, Hekikai no AiON) will draw the manga based on Ryukishi07/07th Expansion's mystery suspense visual novels. Kagesaki just started another manga called Hekikai no AiON in July. Another artist, En Kitō, drew two Higurashi manga in Comp Ace previously, but Kitō launched a new manga called Senjō no Valkyria (Valkyria Chronicles) in the July issue.

Source: A Geek by Any Other Name for Gurren Lagann manga

Image © Gainax, Kazuki Nakashima/Aniplex, KDE-J, TV Tokyo, Dentsu

Update: The North American publisher Yen Press licensed Square Enix's main manga version of When They Cry - Higurashi and has begun publishing it in its Yen Plus anthology magazine last month.


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