Wangan Midnight, Voices of a Distant Star Manga Creators Launch New Series
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
This year's 10th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on April 28 that Michiharu Kusunoki (Wangan Midnight, Aitsu to Lullaby) and Mizu Sahara (My Girl, The Voices of a Distant Star) are collaborating to launch a new manga, titled Kami-sama Joker (God Joker). The series will start in Evening's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on May 12. Kami-sama Joker will have a color opening page, and it will also adorn the issue's cover.
Kusunoki began his Wangan Midnight manga series in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine in 1993. It spawned a 26-episode TV anime series in 2007, a live-action film adaptation in 2009, and a manga sequel, Wangan Midnight C1 Runner. Kusonoki's other works include Eight, Aitsu to Lullaby (which inspired an anime film and live-action movie), and Shakotan Boogie (which inspired a 4-episode original video anime).
Mizu Sahara launched her My Girl manga series in Shinchosha's Monthly Comic Bunch magazine in 2007. It inspired a live-action television drama. She also drew the manga adaptations of the Makoto Shinkai films The Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised In Our Early Days. Tokyopop published the Voices of a Distant Star manga in North America.
The 10th issue of Evening magazine also began publishing Yūji Uchiyama's Gekkō manga, and Rasenjin Hayami's limited run manga series Racoon Dog Fleet.
Source: Comic Natalie