Initial D's Shigeno Launches Sailor Ace Baseball Manga

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga centers on gyaru with gifted right arm who joins women's baseball club

This year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Initial D manga creator Shuuichi Shigeno is launching a new series called Sailor Ace in the following issue on June 1. The first chapter will include four color pages.

The tagline on the announcement reads "Gyaru is [playing] baseball!?" (Note: gyaru or gal is a term used to describe a type of street fashion where women in their teens and 20s bleach their hair and wear highly decorated nails and a lot of makeup).

The "tenacious youth" manga centers on a gyaru who has a gifted right arm who becomes part of a women's baseball club.

Shigeno launched the Amazing Hana (Takane no Hana) manga in Young Magazine in March 2014 about a middle-aged, divorced manga creator who can't get his works to sell. Kodansha published the second and final compiled volume of that series on December 5.

Shigeno ended his Initial D manga in Young Magazine in July 2013, and Tokyopop published the beginning of that manga in North America. The manga inspired several television anime series (including the four-episode Final Stage depicting the manga's final battles that aired in 2014), a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line. The manga is inspiring a new trilogy of anime films, the second of which will open on May 23.

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