The Beatles Travel Through Time in Naoki Urasawa's Newest Manga Short
posted on by Amanda Ellard
A new manga short by award-winning manga creator Naoki Urasawa (Master Keaton, Billy Bat, Monster) was published on the official website for Tokyo radio station InterFM897. The manga, created to go along with the TV program KKBOX Here comes THE BEATLES, celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' visit to Japan. Urasawa, a musician and Beatles fan himself, states that the theme of the manga is "if The Beatles could transcend time and space and time slip into 2016."
Also featured on the site are comments of 50 Beatles fans and the 11 song set list they thought up for a public performance if the group was to return to Japan.
Urasawa has been drawing manga since 1983 and is the recipient for awards such as the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, and the Kodansha Manga Award. He is probably best known for his series 20th Century Boys and Monster.
We've witnessed other works in honor of the The Beatles before, such as Boku wa Beatles by Tetsuo Fujii and Kaiji Kawaguchi, which was serialized in Kodansha's Morning magazine from 2010 to 2012. That manga also includes time-travel as two members of a Beatles cover band are transported back in time to 1961, before the band was famous, and decide to take the stage for themselves.
Check out the official website for the whole celebration for more information on the manga, performances, and program.
Source: Comic Natalie