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Full Moon's Tanemura Draws Idol Group Fudanjuku Manga

posted on by Egan Loo

Manga creator Arina Tanemura will launch her new series, tentatively titled Fudanjuku Monogatari (The Fudanjuku Story), about the idol group Fudanjuku in this year's 16th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine on July 20. The creator of Full Moon O Sagashite, The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Kamikaze Kaitō Jeanne, I.O.N, and Time Stranger Kyoko appeared at a press conference with the members of Fudanjuku on Thursday. The Comic Natalie website posted a preview image of the manga.

Fudanjuku is actually the male alter ego of the seven-member female idol group Nakano Fujo Sisters (Yatterman). The members of Nakano Fujo Sisters (both as themselves and as Fudanjuku) present themselves as otaku. Fudanjuku leader Yōsuke Shijūin — the alter ego of Nakano Fujo Sisters member Yōko Inui and a self-professed cosplay otaku — confessed an interest in cosplaying as characters from Tanemura's works.

Tanemura revealed at the conference that she decided to draw a shōjo manga of Fudanjuku when she attended the group's concert for the first time. She then pitched the project to the editors of Margaret magazine. Tanemura has serialized most of her work in Shueisha's Ribon magazine, so this will be her first work in Margaret. She explained that she plans to complete the manga in seven chapters, so she decided to serialize it faster in the semi-monthly Margaret instead of the monthly Ribon.

The manga will run as an omnibus of seven self-contained stories — one for each of the members. The first chapter will feature the member Kojirō Akazono (Yuka Konan). The compiled book volume for the manga will go on sale in early 2012. Margaret magazine first revealed Tanemura's plans for a new manga series last month.

Tanemura launched her Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura manga in 2009, and Viz Media began publishing this manga in North America in April. Viz Media also published most of her other titles except for Kamikaze Kaitō Jeanne, which CMX published.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Oricon, Nikkan Sports

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