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Iron Wok Jan! Chinese Cooking Manga Gets New Series

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Shinji Saijyo's original manga was published in English from 2002-2007

Manga creator Shinji Saijyo launched a successor to his Iron Wok Jan! (Tetsunabe no Jan!) manga in the February issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine on January 7. The manga is titled Tetsunabe no Jan!! 2nd (Iron Wok Jan!! 2nd).

The original Iron Wok Jan! manga centers on a brilliant young chef named Jan Akiyama, who works at a top class restaurant where he is constantly challenging Kiriko Gobanchō, the granddaughter of the restaurant's owner and a great chef in her own right. While Kiriko believes that food should be made with the customer in mind, Jan believes that cooking should be used for competition.

The new manga begins at a shop run by Nichidō Ōtani, a food critic with the "tongue of God." Suddenly a mysterious man with cooking utensils shows up and begins criticizing the menu. He reminds Ōtani of a certain person.

Saijyo ran the original manga in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from 1995-2000, and Akita Shoten published 27 volumes for the series. ComicsOne published the first 13 volumes of the series in English from 2002 to 2005, before DrMaster acquired the license and published the remaining volumes from 2005 to 2007.

Saijyo also published the Tetsunabe no Jan! R: Chōjō Sakusen (Iron Wok Jan! R: The Summit Operations) manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion, and Akita Shoten published 10 compiled book volumes for the series. Bingo Morihashi launched the Tetsupai no Jan! spinoff manga in Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong magazine in August 2015. Takeshobo published the manga's third compiled book volume in October.

Source: Comic Natalie


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