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Zipang's Kawaguchi Launches Hyōma no Hata Manga (Updated)

posted on 2011-02-11 12:54 EST
Kaiji Kawaguchi's Hyōma no Hata ~Revolutionary Wars~ set at end of shoguns' rule

Manga creator Kaiji Kawaguchi (Zipang, Eagle, The Silent Service) launched a new series called Hyōma no Hata ~Revolutionary Wars~ (Hyōma's Flag ~Revolutionary Wars~) in this year's fourth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on Thursday. The manga is Kawaguchi's first historical story set in Bakumatsu, the era that spelled the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan.

The story centers around Hyōma Utsugi, a son of a shogunate vassal family who received French-style military training to become an officer. In the middle of 1868's pivotal Battle of Toba-Fushimi, he encounters Shinpachirō Murata, a warrior in the opposing Satsuma faction who Hyōma once knew from his time studying abroad.

Kawaguchi ended his time-travelling naval manga Zipang in Kodansha's Morning magazine in 2009, and he launched his other ongoing manga series, Boku wa Beatles (We Are The Beatles), in the same magazine last March. Viz published his Eagle manga in North America, Central Park Media released The Silent Service anime special, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released the Zipang television anime.

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Shogakukan posted a sample of the first chapter online.


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