Ono's Brave Story Manga to End in Japan Next Week
posted on by Egan Loo
Brave Story: Shinsetsu, Yoichiro Ono's manga retelling of Miyuki Miyabe's acclaimed modern fantasy novel, will end in this year's 15th issue (on sale on March 14) of Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch magazine. The story follows Wataru, a boy whose father left his family and whose mother lies in a hospital. Wataru discovers an alternate world in which he embarks on a quest to meet the Goddess of Destiny and change his fate. Shinchosha will publish the 19th compiled volume of the manga on Friday, and at least one more volume is needed to finish the series. (Comic Bunch magazine is also ending Kokko Kashiwaya's Rikon Dōkyo manga in the 14th issue, which went on sale on Friday.)
Tokyopop published the third volume of the manga in North America last month. Viz Media published an English translation of the original novel, which won the American Library Association's 2008 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. Gonzo and Fuji TV adapted the novel into a theatrical anime film, which Optimum Releasing has licensed but not yet released in the United Kingdom. A North American license of the anime has yet to be announced, although film festivals have screened it in North America.