K: Countdown Manga Ends, K: Dream of Green Manga Launches
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The September issue of Kodansha's Aria magazine published the final chapter of Rei Rairaku and Yui Kuroe's K: Countdown manga on Tuesday.
The magazine also notes that Rairaku and Kuroe will start a new K manga spinoff titled K: Dream of Green in Aria. The new manga will depict a story from the point of view of the Green Clan "jungle," and its King, Hisui Nagare. The magazine will publish the story's prologue chapter in its November issue, which Kodansha will publish on September 28. Art for the manga will also adorn the issue's cover. The magazine will begin serializing the manga's main story in its December issue, which Kodansha will publish on October 28.
Rairaku and Kuroe launched K: Countdown in Aria magazine last December 27. The manga depicts what happened after the K: Missing Kings film from the viewpoints of different characters. The magazine notes that Kodansha will publish the first compiled book volume of K: Countdown on September 7, and the second volume on October 7.
Kuroe previously serialized the K -Days of Blue- manga, and worked with Rairaku on the K: Memory of Red spinoff manga. The media project also inspired several other manga series, including K―Lost Small World― by Yoru Ōkita, K: The First by Rin Kimura, and Gakuen K by Jiro Suzuki.
The original television anime premiered in 2012, and Viz Media streamed it in North America as it aired. An English dub streamed on Viz's Neon Alley service. Viz released the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
Anime Expo in Los Angeles and Japan Expo in Paris hosted the world premieres of K: Missing Kings last July before it opened in Japan later that month. Eleven Arts also screened the film in Canada in September.
The official Twitter account for the K anime project announced in October 2014 that production on a sequel to the franchise has been green-lit for 2015. The announcement had featured an image with the character Yashiro. The sequel season is titled K: Return of Kings, and it will premiere this fall.