Bamboo Blade's Masahiro Totsuka Launches Mannaka no Rikkun Manga on February 16

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"Home comedy" manga focuses on boy named Rikkun, his eccentric family

This year's 11th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Thursday that Masahiro Totsuka will launch a new series titled Mannaka no Rikkun (Rikkun in the Middle) in the magazine's next issue on February 16. The manga will have a color opening page. It will be Totsuka's first series in Morning, and his third solo series.

The magazine outlines the manga's premise as a "home comedy" centering on the mischievous boy Rikkun and his eccentric family. Totsuka has been teasing the series on his Twitter account; he posted a silhouette of Rikkun (pictured right) last month.

Totsuka and Akira Takahashi launched the Master Grape manga in Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine in October.

Totsuka and Jingu Takao's Bamboo Blade C manga ended in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine last August. Totsuka and Saki Azumi's BB Deformer spin-off manga ended in the same month. The final compiled book volumes for both series — Bamboo Blade C's seventh volume and BB Deformer's second volume — shipped in Japan in October.

Totsuka and artist Aguri Igarashi (Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A) already ended the first Bamboo Blade manga series in 2010, and Yen Press published it in North America. AIC A.S.T.A. adapted the manga into a television anime series in 2007-2008, and Funimation released the anime in North America. Totsuka and Studio Neko ended the second manga series, Bamboo Blade B, in Monthly Shonen Gangan in November 2013.

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