20th Century Boys' Fictional Ujiko-Ujio Draws Spinoff
posted on by Egan Loo
Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The 12th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine has published a one-shot manga called "Aozora Chu-Ihō" (Blue Sky Advisory — Kiss) on Monday. In a unusual twist, this romantic comedy manga is credited to "Ujiko-Ujio" — the fictional manga creator duo who only exist within the story world of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys suspense manga.
Within the story of 20th Century Boys, the two beret-wearing manga artists who use the "Ujiko-Ujio" pen-name are caught in the middle of the calamities that strike all over the world. The oval-faced Kaneko and the eyeglasses-wearing Ujiki are Urasawa's apparent homage to Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, the pioneering duo who created Doraemon and several other manga titles under the "Fujiko Fujio" pen-name.
Weekly Big Comic Spirits is the same magazine that published the original 20th Century Boys manga from 1999 to 2006. Yukihiko Tsutsumi's second film in his live-action trilogy adaptation of the manga just premiered as the #1 film in Japan on January 31. Viz Media launched the original manga in North America this month.