Yūsuke Kishi's From the New World Novel Gets Manga Adaptation
posted on 2012-04-09 14:45 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The May issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shonen Magazine revealed on Monday that it will begin serialization on a manga adaptation of Yūsuke Kishi's award-winning 2008 speculative-fiction novel From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori) in the magazine's June issue on May 9. Newcomer Toru Oikawa will draw the manga.
In the original novel, the story is set in Japan a millennium from now. Five children — the protagonist Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun — have been born and raised in a tranquil town that can be described as a utopia, overflowing with water and green foilage. The world is ruled by people who have the "cursed power" or the "gods' power" of telekinesis.
After a certain incident, Saki and the others come to realize the true nature of their world. Before long, they learn everything, including the bloody history that brought humanity to this state. The five throw themselves into life-threatening adventure and fighting to protect friends and a world on the brink of collapse.
A-1 Pictures is producing a television anime series based on the novel. Masashi Ishihama, the character designer and animation director of the Read or Die franchise and Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, will direct the series
The original novel shared The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of Japan's 29th Nihon SF Taishō Award with Mitsuo Iso's Dennō Coil anime series in 2008.
Source: Comic Natalie
Image © Yūsuke Kishi, Toru Oikawa, Kodansha
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