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Battery Novels By No. 6 Author Get New Manga by Wandering Son's Shimura

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga debuts on June 11; Shimura also draws character designs for TV anime

The June issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine revealed on Thursday that Takako Shimura will launch a new manga adaptation of Atsuko Asano's Battery novels in the magazine's next issue, which Kadokawa will publish on June 11.

Shimamura is also drawing the character designs for the novels' upcoming anime adaptation.

Asano's novels revolve around Takumi Harada, a young man who moves to a mountain town in Okayama Prefecture during the spring break before he enters middle school due to his father's job transfer. Takumi is a pitcher, and after he moves he loses faith in his own talent, when suddenly his classmate Gō Nagakura appears in front of him. Gō has a strong desire to form a "battery" (a combination of a pitcher and catcher) with Takumi.

The novels already received an eight-volume manga adaptation by Chikage Yuniwa between 2005-2010. The manga then went on hiatus, but Yuniwa resumed the manga in Kadokawa's Asuka magazine in the August issue last year.

Tomomi Mochizuki (House of Five Leaves, Pupa) is both directing and scripting the upcoming anime adaptation at Zero-G (Hyper Speed GranDoll, Shadow Skill, MD Geist II - Death Force). It will star Kouki Uchiyama (Nisekoi's Raku Ichijō) as Takumi Harada, and Tasuku Hatanaka (Ushio & Tora's Ushio) as Gō Nagakura.

Kyouiku Gageki originally released the novel series in hardback between 1996 and 2005, and Kadokawa re-released the series in paperback in 2003-2007. A live-action film adaptation opened in Japan in 2007, and a live-action television series aired in 2008. Asano's No. 6 novels also inspired a manga and a television anime adaptation.

Shimura is best known for her Wandering Son and Aoi Hana manga, both of which have inspired television anime series adaptations in 2011 and 2009 respectively. She also drew the original character designs for the Aldnoah.Zero anime. Shimura launched a new manga series in Libre Publishing's Be x Boy magazine on May 6. Fantagraphics is releasing volumes of her Wandering Son manga in North America.

Source: Comic Natalie


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