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Maestro's Saso to Launch Sayonara Gunjō Manga

posted on 2009-04-27 21:06 EDT
Story of castaway boy's innocence from creator of Kodomo no Kodomo, Shindō

Akira Saso, the award-winning manga creator of Maestro, Kodomo no Kodomo, Shindō, and Fujisan, is launching a new manga called Sayonara Gunjō (Farewell, Ultramarine) in the 23rd issue of Shinchosha' Weekly Comic Bunch magazine on May 8. The story of innocence focuses on a boy stranded on a small island. The boy meets a female pearl diver — the first person he ever laid eyes upon, besides his own father. The encounter slowly makes the boy aware of the existence of the opposite sex.

Akira Saso won an Excellence Prize at the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards last year for Maestro, and the same manga earned him a nomination in the 13th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize this year. He was directly and indirectly involved in two headline-making movies this past year: the manga adaptation of the Oscar-winning Departures (Okuribito) film, and the live-action adaptation of his Kodomo no Kodomo (Child of a Child) manga about a pregnant 11-year-old girl.

Source: Comic Natalie


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