BBC TV's Sherlock Re-imagining Gets 2nd Japanese Manga

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Doctor Who writers' "The Blind Baker" episode adapted in Young Ace in December

The December issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine is announcing on Saturday that the manga of BBC's Sherlock television series will return. The artist "Jay." is once again drawing the manga, which will come back in the next issue on December 4. The new run will interpret "The Blind Banker" ("Shi o Yobu Angō"), the show's second episode about a secret cipher that portends death.

In the BBC series, several Doctor Who scriptwriters (Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Stephen Thompson) takes Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant yet idiosyncratic detective and re-imagines him in modern-day London. Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate) and Martin Freeman (The Office, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Hobbit, The World's End) star as Sherlock and his friend Dr. Watson, respectively. There have been two seasons of three 90-minute episodes, and the third season will premiere this coming January.

The first manga run adapted the BBC show's first episode, "A Study in Pink," last year. Kadokawa Shoten published the compiled book volume (pictured right) of this earlier run in August.

The iconic consulting detective has inspired several earlier manga and anime, including a youthful version in Sherlock Holmes whispers to the shadow and a canine reincarnation co-directed by Hayao Miyazaki in Sherlock Hound. Kodansha Comics is publishing another canine incarnation, Yuma Ando and Yuki Sato's Sherlock Bones (Tanteiken Sherdock or Detective Dog Sherdock) manga, in North America. Cumberbatch himself discussed all the boys-love dōjinshi manga and fan fiction that his character's relationship with Watson has inspired.

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