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Kyoto Animation's Hyoka Mystery TV Series Inspires Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Task Ohna's manga based on Honobu Yonezawa's novel, Kyoto Animation's designs

The February issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine is announcing on Monday that Task Ohna will launch a Hyōka manga series in the next issue on January 26. The manga will adapt Honobu Yonezawa's adolescent mystery novel Hyōka, but it will also feature character designs by Futoshi Nishiya of Kyoto Animation. Kyoto Animation is adapting Yonezawa's novel into a television anime series.

The story of Hyōka follows a boy named Hōtarō who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member's uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The "energy-saving" boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.

Yonezawa also wrote the Shōshimin mystery novel series that has had several manga adaptations, including Anko Manjūya's Shunki Gentei Ichigo Tart Jiken (The Case of the Springtime Limited-Edition Strawberry Tart). Nishiya designed the characters in Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and My Ordinary Life (Nichijō). He also served as an episode animation director on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!, and other Kyoto Animation projects.

[Via Manga News]

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