Cyborg 009 Finale Manga's Last Arc Begins

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Cyborg 009 conclusion God's War heads toward ending 15 years after Shotaro Ishinomori's passing

Shogakukan's free online manga website Club Sunday began hosting the beginning of the final arc of Shotaro Ishinomori's Cyborg 009 storyline on Friday. "Saishūshō~Senshitachi no Shōshū ~" (Final Arc: The Convening of Soldiers), the 19th chapter of the Cyborg 009 Kanketsu-Hen conclusion God's War manga, will be available on the website until October 3.

Cyborg 009 Kanketsu-Hen conclusion God's War will conclude the Cyborg 009 science-fiction story as a manga series, 15 years after Ishinomori passed away. Club Sunday launched the Cyborg 009 Kanketsu-Hen conclusion God's War arc in April 2012.

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, and Sugar Satō have drawn the new manga with Ishinomori's former studio Ishimori Productions.

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. Web Sunday published the first new Cyborg 009 manga in 18 years in 2010. Ishinomori's definitive work also inspired three television series and several films, including last year's 009 Re:Cyborg by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East).

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.

Shogakukan released the Cyborg 009 Kanketsu-Hen conclusion God's War arc's second compiled book volume in May.

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