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Initial D's Shuuichi Shigeno Ends Sailor Ace Manga, Starts New Car Racing Series This Summer

posted on by Karen Ressler
Manga about gal playing baseball began in 2015

The cover of this year's 18th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine, which will ship on April 3, is announcing that the issue will publish the final chapter of Shuuichi Shigeno's Sailor Ace manga.

The issue is also revealing that Shigeno will start a new series this summer. The series will take place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are ubiquitous in Japan. The series will feature a genius driver who goes back to Japan after graduating top of his or her class at a racing school in England.

The Sailor Ace "tenacious youth" manga centers on a "gal" who has a gifted right arm who becomes part of a women's baseball club. (Note: gal or gyaru is a term used to describe a type of street fashion where women in their teens and 20s bleach their hair and wear highly decorated nails and a lot of makeup.) The protagonist Mayu is a second-year high school student who one day abandons the gal lifestyle to return to baseball.

Shigeno launched the manga in June 2015 and Kodansha published the fifth volume on February 6.

Shigeno ended his Initial D manga in Young Magazine in July 2013, and Tokyopop published the beginning of that manga in North America. The manga inspired several television anime series, a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line. The manga recently inspired a trilogy of anime films, the third of which opened in February 2016.


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