Disney's Magical Dance Card/Rhythm Game Gets Manga
posted on by Egan Loo
The April issue (on sale on March 3) of Kodansha's Nakayoshi shōjo magazine will launch Nayo Kotaka's Disney's Magical Dance, a manga based on the Magical Dance on Dream Stage hybrid card/rhythm game. The concept combines Disney's stable of licensed characters, Sega's arcade game expertise, collectible trading cards, and rhythm dancing games. The game, which went into Japanese arcades in November, has kids collecting "Magical Cards" with famous Disney characters from Mickey Mouse to Stitch. When players scan a card into the Magical Stage on Dream Stage machine, they can play a rhythm dancing game (à la Dance Dance Revolution) with the card's character onscreen.
In addition to Disney's Magical Dance, Nakayoshi's April issue will also have two installments of Peach-Pit's Shugo Chara!: the start of a new story arc and a standalone side story. Daisy Yamada, an artist who has published several works in the Nakayoshi Lovely spinoff magazine, will start her first Nakayoshi manga serialization titled Girikoi. Another Nakayoshi Lovely artist, Haruhi Seta, will draw a one-shot manga called Sakura no Saku Mae ni (Before the Cherry Blossoms Bloom). The current March issue continues Futago Kamiki's Yes! Precure 5 manga adaptation under the Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! name, to reflect the same name change in anime version.