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Thunderbolt Fantasy Puppet Series Gets Manga by Complex Age's Yui Sakuma

posted on by Jordain Haley-Banez
Kodansha's Morning magazine begins serialization of manga adaptation on July 21

This year's 33rd issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine announced on Thursday that it will launch a manga adaptation of Nitroplus, Good Smile Company, and Taiwanese company PILI's Thunderbolt Fantasy (Thunderbolt Fantasy: Tōriken Kōki) puppet television series. The manga will launch in the 34th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on July 21, and also the 34th issue of D Morning on the same day.

Complex Age manga creator Yui Sakuma is serving as the manga's illustrator, working alongside scriptwriter and supervising editor Gen Urobuchi. To commemorate the manga adaptation, Yui Sakuma and Gen Urobochi met to pose with the show's puppets and discuss more details of the manga's origins and plot.

The Thunderbolt Fantasy television series began airing on July 8 in Japan, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs. The anime is also streaming on Bandai Channel and other streaming services.

Crunchyroll describes the first episode:

In an ancient kingdom, a vicious warlord is on the hunt for a magical sword. Forced to escape his soldiers, the young girl who guards the sword is hunted until she receives some unexpected help from a pair of odd strangers.

Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass, Aldnoah.Zero) is credited with the puppet show's original work, and is also writing the scripts and serving as chief supervisor. Nitroplus is credited with the character designs, and Good Smile Company is credited as the "modeling adviser." PILI Multimedia Inc., a well-known hand puppet drama production company in Taiwan, is producing the series. Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Aldnoah.Zero, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is composing the music and Yoshikazu Iwanami is the sound director. T.M. Revolution performs the theme song "Raimei."

Kodansha Comics began publishing Sakuma's Complex Age manga in English last month. The manga "offers an in-depth look at the life of cosplayer Nagisa Kataura as she gets older and tries to keep her beloved hobby a secret." Sakuma published an earlier one-shot of the manga in Morning in May 2013, and the one-shot won a Tetsuya Chiba award in 2013. Sakuma then launched a serialized version in the same magazine May 2014. The manga ended in June 2015, and Kodansha published the sixth and final volume on September 23.

Source: Comic Natalie

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