Tokyopop Adds Anime-Based Speed Grapher Manga, Novel

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Manga adaptation of Gonzo work to ship in September, novel in December

The ICv2 retail news source reports that Tokyopop is publishing Tomozo's manga adaptation and Minoru Niki's novel adaptation of the Speed Grapher supernatural suspense anime in North America this year. The 192-page first volume of the manga (pictured at right) will ship this September for US$10.99, and the second of three volumes will ship in December. Tomozo originally serialized the manga in MediaWorks' Monthly Dengeki Comic Gao! magazine in Japan from March of 2005.

Tokyopop will also release the novel adaptation (pictured at left) in a 248-page volume in December for US$9.99. Japan's Hayakawa Publishing originally published the novelization in three volumes in 2005 with cover illustrations by the anime's original character designer, Yuusuke Kozaki.

Gonzo created the anime, which depicts a future Tokyo after a Bubble War broadened the divide between the have and have-nots. Former war photographer Saiga stumbles upon a decadent secret society that caters to its riche clientele's every desire, no matter how extravagant or perverse. At the club, he meets a girl who awakens his ability to make things explode when he photographs them.

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