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Me and the Devil Blues' Hiramoto to Draw Parasyte 1-Shot

posted on by Kyle Cardine
1st in monthly series to promote Fall anime based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's sci-fi horror manga

The October issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is announcing on Monday that manga creator Akira Hiramoto will collaborate with Parasyte (Kiseijū) creator Hitoshi Iwaaki to draw a one-shot based on the Parasyte story. The one-shot will be the first in a monthly series of original "Neo Kiseijū" (Neo Parasyte) stories by different creators. The project will promote the upcoming Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu anime.

The Parasyte (Kiseijū) manga takes place in a world where alien beings called Parasites come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering in through their noses and ears and attaching themselves to their brains. One alien called Migi is only able to take over high school student Shinichi Izumi's right arm, and is unable to control Shinichi completely. Migi and Shinichi learn to co-exist, and the two battle other Parasites who see humans only as food.

Hiramoto began his Ore to Akuma no Blues (Me and the Devil Blues) manga in 2004 in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine, but put it on an indefinite hiatus in 2008. The manga will be returning for the first time in six years in Kodansha's new magazine Young Magazine the 3rd, which will debut in Japan on September 5. Del Rey once licensed and released the series in English.

Iwaaki serialized Parasyte (Kiseijū) in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1990 to 1995. Mixxine, the company that eventually became Tokyopop, published Parasyte in its Mixxine magazine and later in compiled book volumes. Del Rey then republished the series from 2007 to 2009, and Kodansha Comics republished the manga again from 2011 to 2012.

Parasyte will get two live-action film adaptations, the first of which is slated for December. The anime series will premiere in October.

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