Gakken to Launch English/Japanese Site for Samurai Manga

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Brave Story, Hells Angels, Phantom artists start series in both languages on October 25

Gakken Publishing will launch the digital manga website Manga Samurai Style on October 25. The website will launch with four weekly samurai-themed series in English and Japanese simultaneously, for free.

The four series are:

  • Nobunaga no Yabō ~Rin-ne~ (Nobunaga's Ambition: Rin-ne) by Yoichiro Ono (Brave Story)
  • Stray Wolves by Masaki Hiiragi (Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom manga)
  • Guillotine Circus by Ochazukenori
  • Candy Samurai Wars! by Sin'Ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, STONe)

Ono's Rin-ne: Nobunago no Yabou manga is part of a promotion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Koei Tecmo Games' Nobunaga no Yabō (Nobunaga's Ambition) video game series. Nobunaga no Yabō: Sōzō (Nobunaga's Ambition: Creation), the series' 14th title, is slated to ship for PlayStation 3 and Windows personal computers in Japan on November 14. Stray Wolves is based on the story by game company Elseware.

Gakken is the publishing house behind Megami and Animedia magazines. Book Beyond, a Gakken Group company, launched the Samurai Style Facebook page in June 2012 to introduce "various aspects of traditional Japanese culture with Samurai as the keyword." Gakken Publishing then unveiled the "Samurai Style" smartphone application that "introduces you 36 samurai warlords who played important roles during the Sengoku period." The application launched for iOS devices this past February, followed by an Android version in May. A digital book version is also available.

Source: Sankei Shimbun

Image © Gakken Publishing Co.,Ltd

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