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GTO's Tohru Fujisawa Begins Soul Reviver South Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
1st Soul Reviver manga ended last month; Hollywood adaptation in the works

Tohru Fujisawa (GTO) began his new series titled Soul Reviver South in the February issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's on Saturday. The January issue of the magazine published the final chapter of Soul Reviver last month.

The tagline for the new series reads "Could it be that you all... can revive the dead?" The story takes place in Okinawa and begins with 19-year-old Naki Kamisato, who was born and raised on the island. Naki makes a living stealing and selling luxury cars, but his life takes an unexpected turn when, after he gets into trouble with an US Air Force deserter, a mysterious beautiful woman in a black uniform uses an impossible method to resolve the issue.

Fujisawa created the scenario and original character designs of the original Soul Reviver manga, while Manabu Akishige (D-ASH, GO-ON!) drew the manga. The manga ran in Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine since the second issue in 2011. The sixth and final volume will ship in February.

In the original manga, the dead can be brought back to life, if their souls can be restored before disappearing into the void. Between death and the void is the world of the dead, and two individuals — the former detective Ryūsuke Jin and the dead high school girl Clara Sekimachi — salvage souls in this realm.

Shogakukan promoted the third volume with a 3D CG short in April 2013, and Kaizō Hayashi (Maiku Hama films, creative director for 7 Blades game) directed a nine-minute live-action short based on the manga last December.

The series has a Hollywood live-action film adaptation in the works. Edward Zwick (director, The Last Samurai, Glory, Courage Under Fire) and Marshall Herskovitz (producer, The Last Samurai, Traffic, I Am Sam) are in charge of the film at Herskovitz's The Bedford Falls Company.

Source: Digital PR Platform


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