Ender's Game Gets Manga by Say Hello to Black Jack's Sato
posted on by Egan Loo
Manga creator Shuho Sato (Say Hello to Black Jack, Umizaru) is drawing a manga inspired by the science-fiction film Ender's Game, which is opening in Japan on January 18. The story follows a child prodigy recruited into a series of war games with consequences unbeknownst to him. Sato will start serializing the manga for free on his own Manga on Web site on January 11. The animeanime.jp website posted a rough sketch that Sato drew for a panel in the manga.
Next week, Walt Disney Studios Japan will be exhibiting at Comic Market for the first time to promote this movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's original novel. Aki Akane illustrates this year's Japanese reprint (pictured right) of Card's novel with a new translation by Kazue Tanaka. The film's star, Asa Butterfield, compared the lead character Andrew "Ender" Wiggin to Evangelion's Shinji, and Card praised the Cowboy Bebop anime in 2011 column. Seven Seas Entertainment published an original graphic novel project called Ladertop by Card and his daughter Emily Scott Card.
The film has earned about US$60 million (against a budget of US$110 million) in the United States, after Card's stance against same-sex marriage led some groups to call for a boycott.
Sato has been offering his manga and other creators' titles on Manga on Web since April 2010. He asked for volunteer English translators later that year. He cancelled his publishing contract with Kodansha for his Say Hello to Black Jack (also known as Give My Regards to Black Jack) manga in 2012; shortly thereafter, Sato announced that he would make all derivative usage of the manga, both commercial and non-commercial, free of restrictions for anyone.
Sato had just been hospitalized for a stroke in November, although he assured his fans that he is fine now.