News Shion no Oh's Ando Draws Bushidō Sixteen Kendō Manga
posted on 2009-05-25 20:47 EDT by Egan Loo
Jiro Ando, the artist of the Shion no Oh manga, has launched a new manga based on Tetsuya Honda's popular Bushidō Sixteen novel in the July issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine on Monday. Whereas Shion no Oh dealt with a female player of the Japanese board game of shogi, Bushidō Sixteen centers around two female competitors of another Japanese tradition, kendō (sword-fighting). Kaori is an accomplished kendō practitioner, but she finds herself facing an unexpected opponent in Sanae, a superficially weaker fighter who bests Kaori in a bout.
Director Tomoyuki Furumaya (Robocon, Homeless Chūgakusei) is adapting the original novel into a live-action theatrical film that is slated for a Spring 2010 opening in Japan. 16-year-old Riko Narumi and 18-year-old Kie Kitano will star as Kaori and Sanae, respectively. The Shion no Oh manga was adapted into a television anime from 2007 to 2008.
In the same July issue, Takatoshi Kumakura is ending his Mokke manga after nine years. The story follows two sisters who learn to cope and coexist with spirits in the countryside; older sister Shizuru can see spirits, while younger sister Mizuki is haunted by them. The manga originally launched in the Afternoon Season spinoff to the main Afternoon magazine in 2000. Director Masayoshi Nishida (Allison & Lillia, Eyeshield 21) and Madhouse adapted the manga into a television anime series from 2007 to 2008.
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