Mardock Scramble's Tow Ubukata, Mokke's Takatoshi Kumakura Launch New Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Manga based on Ubukata's novel begins next month

The June issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine is revealing on Saturday that Takatoshi Kumakura will launch a manga adaptation of Tow Ubukata's Jūni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi (Twelve Children Who Want to Die) novel in the next issue on June 7.

Bungeishunju published the novel in October. The company also streamed a novel promotional video.

The story is a locked-room mystery where 12 kids go into an abandoned hospital to give up on life. In the room where they meet, a boy is already lying dead, and no one knows who he is. The novel was nominated for the Naoki Prize for 2016.

Ubukata debuted as a short story writer in 1996, and he won the Kadokawa Sneaker Grand Prize with the work "Kuroi Kisetsu" (Black Season). He won the Eiji Yoshikawa Award for New Writers in 2009 for Tenchi Meisatsu, and the Fūtarō Yamada Award in 2012 for Mitsukuniden. He wrote the original novel that inspired the Mardock Scramble anime films, and has also served as the series composition writer for Ghost in the Shell Arise, Psycho-Pass 2, Heroic Age, Fafner EXODUS, and Le Chevalier D'Eon.

Kumakura's earlier manga Mokke inspired a 24-episode television anime from 2007-2008.

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