Hiroya Oku, Keita Iizuka Launch Gantz Spinoff Manga in November
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The November issue of Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Hiroya Oku and Keita Iizuka (Blue Gralia) will launch a Gantz spinoff manga temporarily titled G-GANTZ in the magazine's December issue on November 17. Oku is credited with the original work, and Iizuka will draw the manga. Oku himself drew the cover art and special pinup used to announce the new manga. The first chapter will include an opening color page.
The description on the announcement states, "A shocking work with a fresh, new take on a new 'GANTZ' world!"
Oku launched the original Gantz manga in Young Jump in 2000, and he ended the manga in 2013. Shueisha published the 37th and final volume in Japan in August 2013. The original manga followed a young Tokyo man who is reanimated after a deadly subway accident. Kei and other resurrected people go on violent, seemingly endless missions at the behest of an unseen host.
The manga inspired a television anime series animated by Gonzo (and released by ADV Films in North America) and two live-action films (released by NEW PEOPLE Entertainment). Dark Horse Comics is releasing the final English volume of the manga in North America in November.