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Samurai Manga Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu Gets TV Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Fist of the North Star's Hara co-creates story about real-life figure Naoe Kanetsugu

The June issue of Comic Zenon magazine is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation of the historical manga Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu -Maeda Keiji Sake Gatari- has been green-lit. The manga follows the adventures of the real-life samurai Naoe Kanetsugu.

Tetsuo Hara (Fist of the North Star) first created the 1990-1993 manga Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni- to adapt Keiichiro Ryu's novel about another samurai, Maeda Keiji. (Historical Japanese names are listed family name first here, while modern names are listed family name last.)

Hara and magazine editor Nobuhiko Horie then brought in manga artist Yūji Takemura to launch the spinoff Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu -Maeda Keiji Tsuki-gatari- in Weekly Comic Bunch magazine in 2008. According to Hara, he felt he did not delve far enough into the life of Maeda's close friend Naoe in the earlier manga. However, Weekly Comic Bunch folded in 2010.

As result, Horie launched a new magazine called Comic Zenon in 2010. The three creators started the ongoing series Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu -Maeda Keiji Sake-gatari- in Comic Zenon's inaugural issue.

Shinchosha published all nine volumes of Tsuki-gatari, while Tokuma Shoten published the sixth volume of the Sake-gatari followup in December.

[Via Manga News]

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