News Morikawa to Draw Hajime no Ippo Spinoff One-Shot Manga
posted on 2008-03-04 10:57 EST by Egan Loo
The previously announced one-shot manga that George Morikawa will be drawing for the April 4 launch of Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Rival magazine will be a spinoff story from his Hajime no Ippo boxing manga. The news came in an advertisement that appeared in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. According to the advertisement, the story will tell a "surprising episode in the life of a certain character." Morikawa has drawn 82 volumes so far in Hajime no Ippo, which he started in 1989. The manga spawned a popular 75-episode television anime series, as well as a television special and a spinoff video. Geneon Entertainment released the anime series as Fighting Spirit in North America.
The Monthly Shōnen Rival magazine's debut issue will fill 1,012 pages with "21 manga titles of all genres." Those titles will include the card-game-based Monster Hunter Orage series from Fairy Tail and Rave Master's Hiro Mashima, the school-based Holy Talker fantasy from GetBackers' Rando Ayamine, the near-future Blazer Drive fighting manga from O-Parts Hunter's Seishi Kishimoto, the Zettai Hakase Gōrisshu "super-scientific" fighting manga from Akkerra Kanjinchō's Yūki Kobayashi, and a special-edition one-shot manga of Masayuki Ishikawa's Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture medical comedy.
Image © George Morikawa/Kodansha