Cyborg 009 Story Finale Made Into Manga Series
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Club Sunday, the free comic website of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine, will launch the finale to the Cyborg 009 story as a manga series, 14 years after creator Shotaro Ishinomori passed away. Cyborg 009 Kanketsu-Hen conclusion God's War will debut with the first chapter, "Prologue Cyborg 001 ~Tenshi no Haoto~" (Prologue Cyborg 001: The Fluttering of Angels) on April 13, and the second chapter will follow on May 11.
Ishinomori created the original Cyborg 009 manga about nine unsuspecting humans who are transformed into cyborgs by the secret Black Ghost organization. However, the nine cyborgs turn on their masters and protect the rest of humanity from Black Ghost's plans for world war.
The first Cyborg 009 manga launched in Shounen Gahousha's Weekly Shonen King magazine in 1964, and then ran for nearly 22 years in Weekly Shonen Sunday, Monthly Shonen Jump, and other magazines. Ishinomori's definitive work also inspired three television series and several films, including this year's 009 Re:Cyborg by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East).
Ishinomori's son, actor and filmmaker Jo Onodera (Kamen Rider Kuuga, Shin Kamen Rider), outlined the story based the conceptual notes, rough sketches, and the novel draft that Ishinomori himself left behind. Masato Hayase (Kikaider), a former assistant of Ishinomori, is drawing the new manga with Ishinomori's former studio Ishimori Productions. Web Sunday already published new Cyborg 009 manga in 2010.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
Images © Ishimori Shotaro Production Inc. 2012