News Oishinbo's Akira Hanasaki Draws Nobō no Shiro Manga
posted on 2008-08-18 16:30 EDT by Egan Loo
The 38th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine has announced on Monday that several new manga series will be launched in September. The 42nd issue will start the manga adaptation of Ryō Wada's Nobō no Shiro novel (pictured at right) by Oishinbo artist Akira Hanasaki on September 13. The novel, which is set in the violent Warring States period of Japan, is also being developed as a movie. In the story, the fuedal lord Hideyoshi is slowly unifying Japan by conquest, but one hidden fortress has yet to fall. Nagachika Narita is the heir to "Nobō's castle" that "floats" in a lake, and he is a hero to his people — even though he is not wise, compassionate, or even particularly brave.
The 43rd issue will launch a new, as-yet-unnamed manga by Great Teacher Onizuka's (GTO's) Tohru Fujisawa on September 22. Fujisawa just started another serialized manga called Animal Joe in the same magazine last December, but Fujisawa is unlikely to be drawing two manga in the same magazine.
The 40th issue, which ships on September 1, will also launch the Kamome Chance manga from Omega Drive creator Yukio Tamai. The 41st issue will start an unnamed two-part manga by sports manga artist Natsuko Heiuchi (Offside) as well as the relaunches of former Young Sunday titles Kurosagi, Mogura no Uta, Ikigami -Ultimate Limit-, Birdy the Mighty, and Tomehane! Suzuri Kōkō Shodōbu. Lost Man will pick up where it left off at Young Sunday's cancellation in Big Comic Spirits' 42nd issue.
Viz Media will be releasing its first volume of Oishinbo in North America next January. Tokyopop released GTO and the Shonan Junai-gumi (GTO: The Early Years) spinoff manga n North America.