Ginga e Kickoff!!'s Wakamatsu Launches Sengoku Baseball Manga
posted on by Kyle Hallmark
This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Hiroshi Wakamatsu, the author of the Ginga e Kickoff!! (Kickoff to the Galaxy!!) manga, will launch a new manga based on Shinta Ryokuchi's Sengoku Baseball: Nobunaga no Yakyū (Sengoku Baseball: Nobunaga's Baseball) novel series in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine.
The manga will feature character designs by the novel series' illustrator Harunobu Toribatake. The issue teased the new manga with the line "Baseball in that world, with Warring States-era commanders like Oda Nobunaga!?" The manga will launch in the July issue on June 3.
Wakamatsu ended his Ginga e Kickoff!! manga in 2013. The manga was an adaptation of the 2012 anime television series of the same name, which adapts the 2006 soccer novel Ginga no World Cup (Galactic World Cup) by Hiroto Kawabata. Wakamatsu launched his manga adaptation in Saikyō Jump in April 2012, and Shueisha published the fourth and final compiled volume in September 2013.
Shinta Ryokuchi launched his Sengoku Baseball novel series under Shueisha's Mirai Bunko label last May, and Shueisha published the fourth volume on March 4. The novel series follows Kōtarō Yamada, sixth-grade young baseball genius who, due to an accident, ends up in hell being recruited for a samurai baseball team. In order to revive himself in the present day, he is forced to play as a pitcher on the Okehazama Falcons baseball team led by famed military commander Oda Nobunaga. Together, they compete against other teams led by famous Warring States-era military commanders.