Samurai Deeper Kyo's Kamijyō Turns Rampo Edogawa Shorts Into Full Series

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Kamijyō's new detective manga series launches this summer

This year's 11th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine announced on Monday that manga artist Akimine Kamijyō (Samurai Deeper Kyo, Code:Breaker) will launch the Kobayashi Shōnen to Futei no Kaijin (Young Kobayashi and the Lawless Fiend) series in the magazine this summer. The manga will adapt Japanese mystery writer Rampo Edogawa's short stories and will feature a great detective facing off against a mysterious figure.

The issue also features Kamijyō's "Kobayashi Shōnen to Futei no Kaijin: Edogawa Rampo 'Shinri Shiken' yori" (Young Kobayashi and the Lawless Fiend: From Rampo Edogawa's "The Psychological Test") one-shot manga, which is based on Edogawa's 1925 short story "The Psychological Test." Kamijyō posted preview images of the one-shot last month.

Kodansha previously published Kamijyō's two-chapter Kobayashi Shōnen to Futei no Kaijin: Edogawa Rampo 'D-zaka no Satsujin Jiken' yori (Young Kobayashi and the Lawless Fiend: From Rampo Edogawa's "The Case of the Murder on D. Hill") manga in Weekly Young Magazine in November and December. The manga is based on Edogawa's 1925 short story "The Case of the Murder on D. Hill." The story is the first in Edogawa's series about the fictional private detective Kogorō Akechi. In the original short story and series, the character Yoshio Kobayashi leads the Boy Detectives Club and is Akechi's apprentice. The boy often dresses in disguise as a young woman to help solve mysteries.

The manga marks the first time that Kamijyō is publishing a work in Weekly Young Magazine. Kamijyō most recently launched the five-volume Tansansuibu manga in Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2014, and ended the series in January 2016.

Kamijyō ended the Code:Breaker manga in July 2013. Del Rey Manga published two volumes of the manga in North America in 2012 (before Kodansha USA took over Del Rey's manga titles). An anime adaptation of the manga aired in 2012, and Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and later released the series on home video.

Tokyopop published the first part of the Samurai Deeper Kyo manga in North America, and Del Rey published the final volumes. Samurai Deeper Kyo also inspired a television anime that Media Blasters released in North America.

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