GetBackers' Writer, Artist Are Planning Next Work
posted on 2009-02-19 19:00 EST by Egan Loo
The editorial staff of Kodansha's Magazine Special has announced in this year's third issue on Friday that the Getbackers team of writer Yuya Aoki and artist Rando Ayamine "are planning their next work." The announcement came at the end of the one-shot GetBackers manga story that the two created in this issue. Aoki and Ayamine serialized the original GetBackers supernatural action manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1999 to 2007. 18 million copies of the 39 compiled volumes were eventually published, and the manga spawned a popular television anime series and seven Konami games.
Ayamine has been serializing his Holy Talker manga in Kodansha's new Monthly Shōnen Rival magazine since last April. Tokyopop has been publishing GetBackers in North America since 2004, while ADV Films first released the anime version in 2004.
The same Magazine Special issue also announced that the Boys Be… manga will return in a special one-shot manga installment (pictured above) in the next issue on March 19. The "legendary romantic comedy for young men" will be on the next issue's cover and it will also have a color first page. The new manga episode is the second phase in the 50th anniversary celebration of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, which is where writer Masahiro Itabashi and artist Hiroyuki Tamakoshi created the original Boys Be… series. The original manga shipped over 18 million copies, spawned the Boys Be… 2nd Season and Boys Be...L Co-op spinoffs, and inspired anime and live-action drama versions.
Tokyopop has published the original Boys Be… manga in North America. Since Boys Be… ended eight years ago, Tamakoshi launched a new manga called Que Será Será in Shueisha's Super Jump magazine in June 2007.
Chikusa Takada (the Kami to Sengoku Seitokai artist formerly known as Ryōsuke Takada) is launching a new Gothic romance manga called Joō-Bachi (Queen Bee) in Magazine Special's next issue.