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Takashi Morita's Manga of Original Arsène Lupin Thief Ends

posted on by Egan Loo
Adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's detective novels to end this year

Manga creator Takashi Morita (Mobile Suit Gundam Climax U.C., Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon) confirmed on Friday that his manga adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's original Arsène Lupin novel series, Aventurier - Shinsetsu Arsène Lupin, will end this year because of reasons beyond his control. He wrote:

Yeah. I should probably say something soon…. I'm sorry everyone, I have a sad announcement to make. This year, my manga Aventurier that has been running in Evening has come to an end. It is truly a shame….

The Adventurier - Shinsetsu Arsène Lupin manga began in Kodansha's Evening magazine last year. The manga adapts Leblanc's novels about a gentleman thief who solves cases while outwitting both the police and criminals. The first chapter of the manga retold the first short story Leblanc published, "The Arrest of Arsène Lupin" (1905).

Arsène Lupin served as a loose inspiration for Monkey Punch's more boisterous Lupin III character. Tatsunoko animated LeBlanc's 813 novel as the television anime special Kaitō Lupin - 813 no Nazo (1979), and Toei Animation pitted Lupin against another detective character of his time in the later television special, Lupin vs. Holmes (1981). Morita has been a longtime fan of Arsène Lupin, and he even gave Lupin a cameo in his very first manga series, Clock Clock (2001).

[Via Manga News]

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