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Yuu Watase Launches Fushigi Yūgi Byakko-hen Manga on August 28

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Watase previously published 1-chapter "Byakko Ibun" manga in February 2015

The wraparound jacket band on the one compiled volume of Yuu Watase's Kiri Samurai manga revealed on Monday that Watase will launch the Fushigi Yūgi: Byakko Senki manga starting in the October issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine, which will ship on August 28. Future issues of Monthly Flowers will reveal more details about the new manga.

Watase had revealed in August that she planned to launch "Byakko-hen" sometime in 2017.

Watase published a 51-page one-shot manga titled Fushigi Yūgi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko, pictured at right) in Monthly Flowers in February 2015.

Watase ran the original Fushigi Yûgi manga in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic (Sho-Comi) magazine from 1992 to 1996, and Shogakukan published 18 compiled book volumes. She then drew Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden from 2003 to 2013. Viz Media published both of these earlier manga and other works by Watase in North America.

The original manga inspired a 52-episode television anime series in 1995-1996. The manga also inspired three original video anime series. Geneon Entertainment first released the television series and three OVAs in North America. Media Blasters later re-released the television series on DVD in 2012-2013, and again in 2015. Media Blasters also released the three OVA series on DVD in 2013.

Crunchyroll began streaming the television series and three OVAs in February 2016.

Fushigi Yûgi has also inspired three stage play productions, as well as a stage musical, the latter of which ran in April 2016.

Update on May 28: The July issue of Monthly Flowers on May 27 revealed that the manga will be titled Fushigi Yūgi: Byakko Senki.

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