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Kodansha USA to Publish Neo Parasyte m Tribute Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Volume collects short stories by Hiro Mashima, Akira Hiramoto, Peach-Pit, more

Kodansha Comics confirmed with ANN on Wednesday that it will release the Neo Kiseijū tribute manga series under the title Neo Parasyte m. The book is slated for November 14, though Kodansha acknowledged that the release date is subject to change.

The tribute series to Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte manga ran irregularly from September 2014 to March 2016 in Kodansha's Afternoon seinen magazine, and Kodansha released the series in one compiled volume in July 2016. The series consists twelve short stories by different artists, including Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail), Akira Hiramoto (Prison School), Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden), Riichi Ueshiba (Mysterious Girlfriend X), Hiroki Endo (All-Rounder Meguru), Moto Hagio (The Heart of Thomas), Ryōji Minagawa (Spriggan), Takatoshi Kumakura (Mokke), Yukari Takinami (Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan), Takayuki Takeya, Yasushi Nirasawa, and Moare Ohta.

Another series of one-shots, Neo Parasyte f, ran in Kodansha's Aria shojo magazine. Kodansha Comics released the series in English as a single volume in October.

Kodansha Comics also publishes Iwaaki's Parasyte (Kiseijū) manga in North America. The manga takes place in a world where alien beings called Parasites come to Earth and start taking over humans by entering in through their noses and ears and attaching themselves to their brains. One alien called Migi is only able to take over high school student Shinichi Izumi's right arm, and is unable to control Shinichi completely. Migi and Shinichi learn to co-exist, and the two battle other Parasites who see humans only as food.

The original series ran from 1990 to 1995 and inspired an anime series and two live-action films from 2014-2015. The Neo Kiseijū tribute series launched in order to promote the anime.

Thanks to Aquamine-Amarine for the news tip.

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