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Naked Ape End Manga of Rampo Edogawa's Kotō no Oni Novel

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Adaptation of 1929-1930 mystery novel launched in January

The February issue of Kodansha's Aria magazine announced on Wednesday that manga creator duo naked ape's manga adaptation of Rampo Edogawa's Kotō no Oni (Demon of the Lonely Island) novel will reach its climax in the next issue on January 28. The issue teased, "Moroto and Minoura's destiny will... !?" (Note: In Japanese, the word "climax" written out in the katakana phonetic alphabet often refers to the final chapter of a manga.)

The series launched on January 28, and Kodansha released the second compiled book volume on November 7.

The story takes place in 1924 in Tokyo. A handosome young trader named Kinnosuke Minoura learns that his fiancé is murdered in a locked room. The elite doctor Michio Moroto, who's been in love with Minoura for a long time, asks to help solve the case.

Edogawa's Kotō no Oni novel was serialized in the popular literature magazine Asahi from 1929 to 1930. The author is best known for his detective and suspense stories that he wrote over the course of four decades. His works have been adapted into a number of anime and manga, including the Boys Detective manga, the Wanpaku Tanteidan anime series, and the Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace anime.

Otoh Saki and Tomomi Nakamura make up the naked ape creator duo. The creators ended their Halcyon manga in February.

Viz Media published the 13 volumes of their Switch manga's original 2002-2008 run. The detective series resumed in 2013 and ended in March 2014. Switch inspired a two-episode video anime series in 2008 and 2009.

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