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This year's 46th issue of Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch magazine has announced on Friday that Fist of the North Star artist Tetsuo Hara is launching a spinoff to his Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni- manga about the historical samurai figure Maeda Keiji. The new Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu -Maeda Keiji Tsuki-gatari- series will begin in the magazine on November 7. According to Hara's comments in the current Weekly Comic Bunch issue, he feels that he didn't delve far enough into the life of Maeda's close friend, the samurai Naoe Kanetsugu, when he drew Keiji from 1990 to 1993. A four-installment Keiji short story that focuses on Maeda and Naoe's first meeting is already running in the magazine.
Hara and his writer Mio Aso loosely based their samurai stories on a novel written by Keiichiro Ryu. The defunct North American manga publisher Gutsoon! Entertainment published portions of the original Keiji manga in its Monthly Raijin Comics magazine.