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Natsume Ono Launches New Skyscraper Blues Manga in December

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1-shot intro manga for series published on Monday

The October issue of Kodansha's Morning two magazine announced on Monday that Natsume Ono will launch a new manga series titled Skyscraper Blues in the magazine in the February 2017 issue, which will ship on December 22. The October issue published an introductory one-shot for the manga, which takes place in New York, with a character named Rinji Sasai. The full serialization, however, will take place in modern-day Tokyo, but will still center on the character Rinji Sasai.

The one-shot manga is the first of new monthly one-shot manga by different authors that will appear in the magazine for one year, in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. Yumiwo Kobayashi (Nigakute Amai) will draw next month's one-shot.

Since she made her debut in 2003 with La Quinta Camera - 5 Banme no Heya, Ono's works have included House of Five Leaves, Ristorante Paradiso, Gente - Ristorante no Hitobito, Tesoro, and Not Simple. Viz Media has published all of these titles in North America. Kodansha Comics also published Ono's Danza manga in English. Other manga by Ono include her recently launched Lady and Oldman manga and the House of Five Leaves spinoff manga Kozure Dōshin.

Ono launched her historical manga series Futagashira in Shogakukan's Monthly Ikki magazine in May 2011, and continued it in Shogakukan's new magazine Hibana starting in March 2015 after Shogakukan suspended publication of Monthly Ikki. The manga will end this fall in its seventh volume.

Both Ristorante Paradiso and House of Five Leaves have been adapted into late-night television anime series in Japan. Futagashira inspired a live-action drama last year, and a second season will premiere in September. Her ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka (ACCA: 13th Ward Observation Department) manga is also getting a television anime adaptation.

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