News Appleseed Alpha's Spinoff Manga to End in November
posted on 2015-10-21 10:59 EDT
The December issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine is announcing on Thursday that Iou Kuroda (Nasu, Sexy Voice and Robo) will end his Appleseed Alpha (stylized as Appleseed α) spinoff manga in the magazine's next issue, which Kodansha will publish on November 21. In addition, the magazine notes that Kodansha will publish the manga's second and final compiled book volume in late January.
The manga is a spinoff of Shinji Aramaki's Appleseed Alpha 2014 film, itself a prequel to Masamune Shirow's Appleseed manga. The film is "a reboot that will depict the early days of Deunan and Briareos in search of the legendary city of Olympus."
Shirow's original Appleseed manga follows Deunan Knute and her bioroid partner Brialeos in the futuristic city of Utopia, where human terrorists are battling government's ESWAT forces. Dark Horse Comics publishes the manga in North America. The manga inspired Kazuyoshi Katayama's original anime video project, Aramaki's two previous CG films, Takayuki Hamana's Appleseed XIII CG anime series and a cancelled Appleseed: Genesis CG television anime series.
Kuroda launched the manga in Morning Two in July 2014. Kodansha published the manga's first compiled book volume on January 16. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film digitally, and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in July 2014. The film received a Japanese release on January 17.