Violinist of Hameln Manga to Restart Serialization
posted on by Egan Loo
Six years after ending his decade-long Violinist of Hameln adventure manga, Michiaki Watanabe will launch a new serialized manga called Violinist of Hameln: Shchelkunchik in this year's third issue (on sale on January 18) of Square Enix's biweekly Young Gangan magazine. Last November, Watanabe published a side story called Hameln no Violin Hiki Gaiden: Sore kara… (Violinist of Hameln Side Story: And Then…) in Zōkan Young Gangan, the irregularly published sister magazine of Young Gangan. However, the new Shchelkunchik manga will be his first regularly serialized Hameln manga since the original one ended.
The original 1991-2001 manga revolved around Hameln, a young boy who traveled the land and fought magical demons by playing his oversized violin. The manga spawned both a 1996 movie and a 1996-1997 anime series featuring series script editor Yasuhiro Imagawa (Giant Robo, Pet Shop of Horrors). "Shchelkunchik" is the Russian word for "nutcracker," as made famous by The Nutcracker ballet classic by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.