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Zipang/Silent Service's Kawaguchi to Launch Aircraft Carrier Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Kūbo Ibuki to center around Japan's largest defense vessel

This year's 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine is announcing more information on the latest manga series by Kaiji Kawaguchi (Eagle, Zipang, The Silent Service) on Tuesday. Kawaguchi is launching Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) in collaboration with journalist Osamu Eya in the following issue on December 10. The magazine teases, "Now, Kaiji Kawaguchi launches the largest vessel in the Maritime Self-Defense Force."

The magazine notes that the state of world affairs is changing at a dizzying pace, particularly in the growing military strength of countries neighboring Japan, the issue of resources on the sea floor, disaster relief, underwater transport, maintaining order on the high seas, and island defense. In real-life, there were warships named Ibuki in the Imperial Japanese Navy, but Japan's modern-day Maritime Self-Defense Force does not have an aircraft carrier named Ibuki. Big Comic's teaser page shows a F-35B Lightning II fighter above a modern carrier.

Kawaguchi drew the time-travelling war manga Zipang in Kodansha's Morning magazine until 2009, and he has been serializing the Zipang: Shinsōkairyū series in Morning since 2012. He ended his Boku wa Beatles manga in 2012. Kawaguchi serialized another manga, the historical series Hyōma no Hata ~Revolutionary Wars~ (Hyōma's Flag ~Revolutionary Wars~), in Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine between 2011 and 2014.

Viz published Kawaguchi's political manga Eagle in North America. Central Park Media released the naval anime special The Silent Service, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released the Zipang television anime.

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