What's Michael's Kobayashi Launches Edo-Period Manga
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
This year's 23rd issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine began serializing a new Edo-period manga by What's Michael?'s Makoto Kobayashi on Tuesday. Ippon Gatana Dohyou Iri will be the third manga based on novelist and playwright Shin Hasegawa's "wandering life of a gambler" stories.
The story follows the journey of a strong man who wants to become a grand champion sumo wrestler during Japan's Edo period (1603 - 1868).
Kobayashi also began a manga about Hasegawa's Tokijirō Kutsukake novel character in 2008 and launched a manga based on the writer's Seki no Yatappe adventure play in 2009. Hasegawa's stories have inspired various live-action film and television drama adaptations in the decades since his death in 1963.
Update: Ippon Gatana Dohyou Iri's spelling corrected. Thanks, Manga News.
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