1st New Five Star Stories Manga Volume in 2+ Years Ships on February 10

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

The January issue of Kadokawa's Newtype magazine revealed on December 9 that the 14th volume of Mamoru Nagano's The Five Star Stories manga, the first compiled book volume of the manga in over two years, is slated for February 10.

Nagano launched his science fantasy manga series in Newtype in 1986, although the series has been running intermittently since then. To mark the 25th anniversary of the manga in 2011, Kadokawa reissued the existing manga volumes in a "Repeat" edition with previously unpublished art.

The manga went on hiatus in 2006 and relaunched in the magazine's May 2013 issue. It went back on hiatus in Spring 2014 as Nagano prepared the 13th volume for print. The manga resumed from its hiatus in February 2016. The 13th volume shipped on August 8 after several delays. The 12th volume had shipped in 2006.

Nagano's own Toyspress, Inc. published most of the manga in English. ADV Films released the 1989 anime film adaptation in North America. In 2006, Nagano worked on Hana no Utame Gothicmade, the film that he wrote, designed, storyboarded, and directed himself. The film opened in Japan in 2012.

The story takes place several thousand years from now in the Joker Galaxy of five Star Systems, where there is a long, long war being fought. The god of light, Amaterasu, is trying to unite the galaxy under his rule. The fighting stands between giant mecha called Mortar Headds, their pilots, the Headdliners, trained since birth for their task, and the female humanlike computers called Fatimas, necessary for controlling the MH.

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