Morita's Original Arsène Lupin Manga to Return in March

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Adaptation of Maurice Leblanc's thief novels to continue in Hero's magazine

The Aventurier - Shinyaku Arsène Lupin manga by Takashi Morita (Mobile Suit Gundam Climax U.C., Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon) will return in the April issue of Monthly Hero's magazine on March 1. The series will continue with the "Hōkan Jiken" (The Coronet Case) story.

Morita revealed on Christmas that "Hōkan Jiken," adapted from an original four-act theatrical play, will run for four chapters and will later be compiled into one volume. The manga series will also adapt "The Blonde Lady" story from Maurice Leblanc's original French Arsène Lupin books about a clever thief.

Leblanc's novels center on a gentleman thief who solves cases while outwitting both the police and criminals. The first chapter of Morita's manga retold the first short story Leblanc published, "The Arrest of Arsène Lupin" (1905).

The manga debuted in Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2011. Morita stated in October that the manga would end at the end of last year due to reasons beyond his control. The manga ended its first run in Evening with the February 2013 issue published on Christmas.

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).

Source: Comic Natalie

Update: Evening's publisher corrected. Thanks, GordanHam.

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