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Twin Spica Sci-Fi Coming-of-Age Manga Ends in Japan

posted on 2009-08-07 16:38 EDT
Story of female space academy student inspired anime, live-action drama

Manga creator Kou Yaginuma has ended his Twin Spica (Futatsu no Spica) science-fiction manga in the September issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Flapper magazine on Wednesday. The near-future coming-of-age story follows a girl named Asumi who is going to a space academy. With a little push from her rocket design engineer father, Asumi studies to be an astronaut. Asumi's choice is influenced by a family tragedy and a figure from the past.

The manga has been running in the magazine since 2001, and the 16th and final compiled book volume will ship in Japan on October 23. The story inspired a 2003-2004 NHK television anime series from Tomomi Mochizuki (Here Is Greenwood, Ocean Waves, Ranma ½) and Group TAC. The final episode of a live-action television drama version with lead actress Nanami Sakuraba (Summer Wars) just aired last week.

Monthly Comic Flapper also confirmed this week that the anime studio Shaft will be handling the animation duties on the television adaptation of Nozomu Tamaki's Dance in the Vampire Bund manga. Akiyuki Shinbo (Bakemonogatari, Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei) will direct, and Naoyuki Konno (Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier, Kikaider) will design the characters. In the next Monthly Comic Flapper issue on September 5, Shinji Ohara (Nijū-Mensō no Musume) will publish an untitled new one-shot manga.

Source: Comic Natalie


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