Hozuki's Coolheadedness Manga Gets 4-Panel Spinoff Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Artbook for original manga to ship on November 21

The December issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine is revealing on Tuesday that Monaka Shiba will launch a four-panel spinoff manga of Natsumi Eguchi's Hōzuki no Reitetsu manga titled Hōzuki no Reitetsu ~Shiro no Ashiato~ (Hozuki's Coolheadedness ~Shiro's Footprints~) in the magazine's January issue, which will ship on December 1. Eguchi is supervising the new series.

The manga will focus on the "super cute" character Shiro.

Additionally, Amazon is currently listing that an artbook for Eguchi's original manga featuring a collection of color illustrations will ship in Japan on November 21. The artbook costs 1,944 yen (about US$16).

Eguchi began her Hozuki no Reitetsu manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine in 2011, and Kodansha will publish the 20th compiled volume on November 20. The manga was nominated for the fifth Manga Taisho Award in 2012, and was also chosen as a jury selection at the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2012.

The dark comedy revolves around Hōzuki, the fierce aide to the Great King Enma. Calm and super-sadistic, he tries to resolve problems that often occur in Hell.

A 13-episode television anime adaptation of the manga premiered in January 2014. Media distribution service Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks released the series in North America on home video in February.

The manga has also inspired a three-part OVA project that shipped with the manga's 17th, 18th, and 19th volumes earlier this year.

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