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Moto Hagio to End Sci-Fi Manga Away in June

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Story, about children left behind in global collapse, began in 2013

The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine is announcing on Thursday that Moto Hagio will end her science fiction manga Away in the magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will publish on June 27.

The manga adapts the short story "Omeshi" by late science fiction author Sakyo Komatsu, and begins on the morning of March 20, 203X, when a great cold wave occurs and snow begins to fall. The entire northern hemisphere is overtaken by the cold wave, while the southern hemisphere is wracked by storms. Massive Dellinger effects begin to occur one after another, and trains, planes, cars, ships, and other modes of transportation all cease working. Television, radio, and the Internet all become useless, and the world is cut off from one another. The next day, on the morning of the 21st, all the adults have disappeared, leaving only the children.

Hagio drew the first two parts of the manga in Monthly Flowers in April and 2013, and continued it in February 2014. Shogakukan published the manga's first compiled book volume last July 10.

Before serializing Away, Hagio's most recent series was Ōhi Marugo (La Reine Margot), which launched in the September issue of Shueisha's Monthly You magazine in 2012. A number of titles by Hagio have been released in English, such as the Fantagraphics editions of Heart of Thomas (Thomas no Shinzō) and A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. In 2012, the Japanese government awarded Hagio the Medal With Purple Ribbon, which honors academic and artistic achievement.

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