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Lone Wolf and Cub Anime Adaptation Still in Planning

posted on by Egan Loo
Newest manga version of samurai story relaunched last week in Japan online

On Monday, the Sankei Shimbun paper's Zakzak website covered this month's online relaunch of the Lone Wolf and Cub samurai manga with quotes from the creator Kazuo Koike and eBook Japan President Yūsuke Suzuki. At the end of its article, Zakzak mentioned that the long-anticipated anime adaptation is still "in the tentative planning stages" but "within sight." The website also mentioned the efforts to advance the franchise in the United States, although director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, The Fountain, The Wrestler) said in January that a proposed Hollywood film adaptation is no longer in active development.

Suzuki's eBookJapan launched its new Katana web magazine last Tuesday with the return of Soshite Kozure Ōkami: Shikaku no Ko. Soshite Kozure Ōkami: Shikaku no Ko is the latest version of the Shin Kozure Ōkami (New Lone Wolf and Cub) manga by Koike and artist Hideki Mori. Katana is also running a Wild 7 police action manga spinoff called W7 from the original creator Mikiya Mochizuki.

Dark Horse Comics has been publishing the original Lone Wolf and Cub manga with artist Goseki Kojima in North America, and it announced at New York Comic Con 2006 that it licensed the New Lone Wolf and Cub manga run. Media Blasters licensed a Japanese live-action television series based on the original manga. Previously, AnimEigo licensed a Japanese 1972 live-action film version and its five sequels.

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