Boys Be, Bloody Monday Manga Return in New 'Seasons'
posted on by Egan Loo
Masahiro Itabashi and Hiroyuki Tamakoshi are restarting their popular Boys Be… romantic comedy anthology manga in the November issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special next Tuesday. The first installment of Boys Be… next season will deal with two people who, after graduating from different high schools, have a fateful meeting at a cultural festival. In the same October issue that announced the return of Boys Be, Yuichi Kinoshita launched a new manga called Kuro no Royal (Black Royal). Smash! manga creator Kaori Saki also published a special one-shot manga titled "Bokura no Naki-Mushi Sensei" (Our Crybaby Teacher).
Itabashi and Tamakoshi created another new Boys Be… manga series called Boys Be… 2009 1-Gakki (Boys Be… 2009 Term I) on Kodansha's MiChao mobile comic website in April. There have already been two previous follow-up manga series, Boys Be...2nd Season and Boys Be...L Co-op. Tokyopop published most of the Boys Be...2nd Season series, without the "2nd Season " appellation, in North America. Right Stuf released the 2000 animated adaptation.
Ryō Ryūmon and Kōji Megumi are resuming their Bloody Monday suspense manga in this year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine on Wednesday. This story about a genius high school hacker fighting terrorists has been on hiatus since the first "season" ended over half a year ago in this year's 20th issue. The new storyline goes under the title Bloody Monday Season 2: Pandora no Hako (Pandora's Box). The manga, which began in 2007, inspired a popular 2008 live-action drama.
In the same 46th issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine, Yuma Ando and Masashi Asaki are ending their Shibatora police manga, but Ando wrote that he and Asaki are already planning their next work. Ando is one of several pennames for Shin Kibayashi, the creator of GetBackers (under the name Yuya Aoki), Kindaichi Case Files (Seimaru Amagi), and Hero (Tadashi Agi). Like Bloody Monday, Shibatora inspired a television drama last year.
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