News Matsumoto's Koshika has Anime, iPhone Manga Planned
posted on 2009-04-21 03:31 EDT by Egan Loo
Sunsoft producer Tomohiro Seki revealed during a Sunday presentation that his company has anime plans for Out of Galaxy Koshika, the latest manga from acclaimed creator Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999). The story of Koshika begins in Tokyo on September 9, 2099. A dimensional ship, under the command of a beautiful woman named Yō Haguro, launches into space to save Earth from imminent annihilation. A young boy named Hajime Umino finds himself coming aboard for the adventure that unfolds. Secrets are revealed about Hajime and a silver cat pendant with an unknown power.
Seki also announced that the manga will ship on Apple's iPhone and iPod touch mobile devices. It already debuted on the online Wii Shopping Channel for the Nintendo Wii home console in Japan on April 14. Even though the Wii version of the manga is only available in Japan right now, it has the option of Japanese or English text like the Wii version of Princess Ai (the first Sunsoft Books comic). Princess Ai is also available in Japanese in Japan and English in the United States with the same iPhone application tools that Sunsoft plans to use for Koshika.
Sunsoft plans to expand the franchise for Koshika into apparel, music, games, and other fields in addition to anime. Seki also emphasized Sunsoft's plans to release the franchise worldwide.
Image © 2009 Leiji Matsumoto
© 2009 Sunsoft Kojika
Update: The North American publisher Yaoi Press has announced that it will start putting its titles on the iPhone and iPod touch devices in August.
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