Kodansha Comics to Publish Battle Angel Alita, Full-Color Attack on Titan: No Regrets Manga
posted on by Karen Ressler
Kodansha Comics announced during its presentation at C2E2 on Friday that it will release Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibus volumes beginning this holiday season. In addition, the company announced that it will release a full-color, hardcover, large-size edition of the Attack on Titan: No Regrets manga this fall.
Kodansha Comics revealed color pages from Attack on Titan: No Regrets at its panel.
Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga ran in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine from 1990 to 1995, followed by the 1995-1996 prequel Ashen Victor and the single-volume GUNNM: Other Stories. The story continued in 2001 with the partial retelling Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, which moved to Kodansha's Evening magazine as the result of an issue between Kishiro and Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine. The newest manga, Gunnm: Kasei Senki (Battle Angel Alita: The Martian War Chronicles), launched in Kodansha's Evening magazine in 2014.
Viz Media previously published the original manga and Ashen Victor in North America. Viz also published the first 15 volumes of Last Order before Kodansha Comics took over to publish the final four volumes. Kodansha later released Last Order omnibus editions.
Artist Hikaru Suruga and writer Gun Snark launched the two-volume Attack on Titan: No Regrets spinoff manga in Kodansha's ARIA magazine in fall 2013, and Kodansha Comics published it in North America. Kodansha Comics describes the story:
This prequel to megahit Attack on Titan answers the questions: How did Captain Levi of the Survey Corps go from street tough to humanity's strongest soldier? And how did Commander Erwin become a cold, calculating leader, ready to sacrifice anything to save the human race? The fires that forged this bond of loyalty and trust were intense indeed!
The manga inspired a two-episode original anime DVD (OAD), which Kodansha Comics bundled with the North American releases of the 18th and 19th volumes of Hajime Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga.