Rave Master's Mashima Draws Monster Hunter Orage Manga
posted on by Egan Loo
Manga artist Hiro Mashima (Rave Master, Fairy Tail) will launch the game-inspired Monster Hunter Orage manga in the premiere issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Rival magazine in Japan on April 4. The CAPCOM game developer and Kodansha made the announcement on Friday. CAPCOM will supervise and collaborate on this adaptation of its popular hunting adventure game franchise.
The magazine's first issue will also include a Monster Hunter collectible coin, a special bromide card from the Monster Hunter trading card game, the first of two booklets describing the history of the franchise, and a Monster Hunter Orage poster drawn by Mashima. A collectible coin will be included in each of the first three issues, and a DVD and other extras are planned for future issues of the magazine. The first indication that Mashima would be involved in the magazine came when Kodansha announced that he was one of the judges for the 1st Shōnen Rival Comic Grand Prix contest.
CAPCOM has released Monster Hunter games in Japan and North America on the Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable consoles. It is also planning new games for the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo Wii. Tokyopop will publish the 27th of 35 volumes of the Rave Master manga in March. Del Rey announced at Comic-Con International 2007 that it will release Fairy Tail in North America, with the first volume scheduled for March 25.