Love Roma's Toyoda, Blame's Nihei to Launch New Manga
posted on by Egan Loo
The February issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine has announced on Wednesday that Minoru Toyoda (Love Roma, Flip-Flap) will launch the Tomodachi 100-nin Dekiru kana (I Wonder If I Can Make 100 Friends, pictured at far right) manga in the next issue on January 24. The science fiction story centers on a grade school teacher who stumbles into an alternate world on the day his wife-to-be would be born. According to the magazine's advertising blurb, "the fate of humanity rests on an important vow." Del Rey published the fifth and last volume of Toyoda's Love Roma manga in North America in February 2007.
Yuki Tanaka (Jinja no Susume) will return to the magazine in the same issue with Imōto Days (Sister Days, pictured in the left half of the included image). In this slice-of-life story, a man has to deal with living with his sister-in-law, a ten-year-old girl named Tiana.
Tsutomu Nihei will then launch his Shidonia no Kishi (The Knight of Shidonia) manga in Afternoon's June issue, which will ship in April. The manga is described as a space story with giant robots. Nihei is drawng his Biomega science-fiction manga in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine, but that manga is scheduled to end next year after six volumes. Tokyopop just finished publishing Nihei's 10-volume Blame! manga in North America last month, while Media Blasters released the net anime adaptation of Blame! in 2005. The Micott and Basara production company (Appleseed films) announced plans for a computer-animated film version of Blame! at the Tokyo International Anime Fair in 2007.
Update: Date of Del Rey's last volume corrected. Thanks, tohru-tohru.
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