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City Hunter Gets Spinoff Manga About Fan Reborn Into Manga's World

posted on by Karen Ressler
Manga to launch in July following conclusion of Angel Heart 2nd Season

This year's July issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Thursday that Sokura Nijiki will launch a manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter in the September issue on July 25. The manga is about a 40-year-old unmarried woman who has been obsessed with City Hunter's Ryō Saeba since high school. One day she is hit by a train and she is reborn in the world of City Hunter.

Tsukasa Hōjō's Angel Heart 2nd Season manga ended in the same issue. To commemorate the conclusion, the magazine ran a "History of XYZ" feature to look back on the franchise's history and the "Watashi no Angel Heart" (My Angel Heart) illustration compilation with tribute art from other Comic Zenon artists. The July, August, and September issues of Comic Zenon will include Angel Heart clear file folders.

The 16th and final volume of Angel Heart 2nd Season will ship on July 20. Hojo's Angel Heart Color & Monochrome Illustrations art collection and City Hunter -Double Edge- Hojo Tsukasa Short Stories Vol.1 short story compilation will ship on the same day in Japan. A second short stories collection, Saku no Hana Saku Koro- Hojo Tsukasa Short Stories Vol.2, is slated for August 19.

The original City Hunter detective comedy action manga celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. The 1985 manga inspired four television anime series, one anime film, and several video and television specials. Gutsoon! Entertainment's Raijin Comics published part of the first City Hunter manga in English, and ADV Films released most of the anime projects in North America. Jackie Chan starred in a 1992 live-action film that very loosely adapts the original manga. Actor Lee Min-Ho starred in a 2011 live-action Korean television series of City Hunter, and that version streamed with English subtitles on Hulu. "Ryō no Propose" (Ryō's Proposal), the 2015 original anime DVD for the manga, reunited four of the main cast members from the earlier City Hunter television anime. A live-action film adaptation of the manga has been green-lit for release in China in December 2018 or later.

Angel Heart is a "what-if" story set in a parallel world with Ryō Saeba and other characters and concepts from City Hunter. Hojo began the Angel Heart manga in 2001 in Shinchosha's Comic Bunch. The manga relaunched with Angel Heart 2nd Season in Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon after Comic Bunch ceased publication in 2010. Tokuma Shoten released the 15th compiled book volume of Angel Heart 2nd Season on February 20. SMAC! Web Magazine released 13 chapters of the manga in English before the Comic Zenon International section of the website halted updates on December 25, 2016. The Angel Heart manga inspired a television anime in 2005 and a live-action television series in 2015.

Source: Comic Natalie

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