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English-Language Professor Munakata Manga Listed in UK

posted on 2011-02-09 11:39 EST
British Museum Press to publish story set in museum by 2001 Nights Yukinobu Hoshino

The British arm of the online retailer Amazon now lists an English-language release of Professor Munakata's British Museum Adventure, a Japanese manga created by 2001 Nights creator Yukinobu Hoshino. In 2009, Hoshino collaborated with the British Museum to create a new story for his Professor Munakata character, a widowed scholar of folklore and history who travels the world on one adventure after another. The story is set in the museum as the professor encounters "mystical challenges" and deduces facts about some of the museum's iconic objects. The museum itself held an exhibit for the manga from November 5, 2009 to January 3, 2010.

According to Amazon, the British Museum Press is publishing the manga on May 2 for a suggested retail price of 14.99 pounds (about US$24). The book is also listed on the North American arm of Amazon but without a price.

The Professor Munakata manga series began under the name Munakata Kyōju Denkikō (The Legendary Musings of Professor Munakata) in Ushio Shuppansha's Monthy Comic Tom and Monthly Comic Tom Plus magazine from 1995 to 1999. The manga later relaunched in 2004 under the name Munakata Kyōju Ikōroku (The Case Records of Professor Munakata) in Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine, where it continues to this day.

Viz Media published Hoshino's 2001 Nights science-fiction manga in North America, and director Yoshio Takeuchi and TMS Entertainment adapted the manga into a 1987 video anime. Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong, Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan) directed a new computer-animated adaptation of two stories from 2001 Nights under the title TO. Dark Horse Comics released Hoshino's The Two Faces of Tomorrow manga with translations by Frederik L. Schodt and Toren Smith.  

Source: Brian Ruh


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