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Seven Seas Licenses Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st volume of manga about anthropomorphized Ultraman kaijū slated for next February

Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Shun Kazakami and POP's Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project (Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku: feat. POP Comic code) manga. It will release the first volume on February 20, 2018.

Seven Seas describes the manga:

When evil aliens arrive on Earth, seeking its destruction, it's up to the planet's kaiju monsters to save the day! But things aren't exactly as you'd expect… These kaiju may be adorable young women, but they're no less ready to kick some alien butt! Featuring character designs by POP, a designer known for a distinct, adorable art style that can be seen in a variety of illustrated novels and series, including the POP Wonderland collection from Dark Horse.

Kazakami launched the manga with character designs by POP (Kowarekake no Orgel, Moetan, Haitai Nanafa) in Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine in January 2015. Akita Shoten published the manga's third compiled book volume on April 20.

The manga is part of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku project, which transforms kaijū (monsters) from the Ultraman live-action special-effects series into cute, female anthropomorphized monsters. The project has four distinct versions. The "POP version" features character designs by POP, and has picture books and drama CDs, as well as the above-mentioned manga. The "Kadokawa version" includes the Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku Galaxy Days four-panel manga by Bakutendo, and the Kaijū Girls ~Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku~ anime shorts, which premiered last September, and which Crunchyroll streamed. The project also includes figures by Plex, and a "Kodansha version," which includes the Ultra Journey - Twin Tail Shōjo to Twin Tail na Boku manga.


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