Orphen's Akita Writes New Science Fiction Novel

posted on 2011-02-07 09:26 EST by Egan Loo
MPD-Psycho's Shou Tajima illustrates Hunter Dark, set in underground world

Yoshinobu Akita, the author of the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen fantasy light novel series that inspired both manga and anime adaptations, has written Hunter Dark, a new science-fiction novel which will ship in Japan on March 26. Manga creator Shou Tajima (MPD-Psycho, Madara) is illustrating the cover and interior pages of the 462-page book.

The action story is set in an underground world, shut in darkness without law or order. "The Hunter," a man with a mechanized steel body and shuriken-like weapons, travels in search of lost memories of his past. He and four others begin an epic battle with "Society K," the mysterious group that controls this realm.

The 20-volume Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (Majutsushi Orphen) light novel series has 10 million copies in print, and it spawned the 1998-1999 anime of the same name as well as the 1999-2000 anime Orphen: The Revenge. ADV Films released both anime in North America, and ADV Manga later published the manga (pictured at right). Akita's other works include Angel Howling, a 10-volume light novel series with 1 million copies in print.

Dark Horse Comics publishes Tajima's MPD-Psycho in North America, and CMX Manga published his Madara manga. In addition to his manga work, Tajima contributed to the designs in the Galerians, Kai Doh Maru, Kill Bill Chapter 3: The Origin of O-Ren, and Otogi Zoshi anime.

Source: Presepe News

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