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Ikumi Fukuda Launches Manga Adaptation of Nana Toshi Monogatari Novel by Arslan's Tanaka

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Sci-fi novel inspired OAV adaptation in 1994

This year's fourth issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd revealed on Monday that manga creator Ikumi Fukuda is launching a manga adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's Nana Toshi Monogatari (Seven Cities Story) novel (pictured at right) in the magazine's next issue on April 6.

The novel's story is set in a near-future Earth, in the aftermath of a major disaster that shifts the planet's polar axis 90 degrees, situating the poles along the equatorial line and killing everyone on Earth. A moon-based colony avoids the disaster, and begins recolonizing the depopulated Earth by establishing seven cities in strategic locations. However, to ensure the loyalty of the Earth colony, the moon establishes an orbital defense system that destroys anything that flies 500 meters in the air. When an unknown virus kills everyone on the moon, humanity becomes trapped on Earth, where the political intrigues of the seven cities continue to play out.

The novel collects four short stories that Tanaka (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes, The Heroic Legend of Arslan) published in Hayakawa Publishing's SF Magazine from 1986 to 1989, and adds a fifth story. The novel received an OAV adaptation titled Nana Toshi Monogatari ~ Hokkyokukai Sensen ~ (Seven Cities Story ~ Arctic Front ~) in 1994.

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