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Mushishi, And Yet the Town Moves, Genshiken Creators Each Launch New Manga

posted on by Karen Ressler
Also: one-shot by Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san creator

Next year's January issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine announced three new manga series and a long one-shot manga on Saturday.

Honda-san, the author of Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda), will launch the one-shot manga in the May issue on March 24. The manga, tentatively titled "Tatta Hitotsu no Koto Shika Shiranai" (I Only Know One Thing) will be Honda-san's first manga with a human main character.

Mushishi creator Yuki Urushibara will start a new as-yet-untitled manga (pictured right) in the June issue on April 25. The story follows two people (and one cat) who are called for mysterious incidents.

Urushibara ended Mushishi in 2008 and went on to launch Suiiki from 2009-2010. Del Rey published the Mushishi manga, and Funimation released Hiroshi Nagahama and Artland's anime adaptation and Katsuhiro Ōtomo's live-action film version in North America.

And Yet the Town Moves creator Masakazu Ishiguro will launch a manga titled Tengoku Dai Makyō in the March issue on January 25. The magazine did not share any story information on the "boys and girls x big adventure" manga, but introduced the two characters in the teaser visual (pictured left): the boy on the left is Tokio and the person in the black suit is called "Maru."

Ishiguro ended And Yet the Town Moves (Sore de mo Machi wa Mawatteiru) in December 2016 after 11 years. JManga once carried the manga, but Crunchyroll later began simultaneously publishing the manga digitally in English. The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in Japan in October 2010, and Sentai Filmworks released the series on home video.

Genshiken's Shimoku Kio will launch a manga tentatively titled Hashikko Ensemble in the April issue on February 24. The story takes place at a technical high school. The protagonist, who has a voice complex, is approached by a classmate who wants to start a choir club.

Kio ended Genshiken: Second Season in August 2016. The manga is a sequel to Kio's earlier Genshiken manga. Del Rey published the first Genshiken manga series as well as the Kujibiki Unbalance spinoff in North America, and Kodansha Comics is publishing Genshiken: Second Season.

Both Genshiken and Genshiken: Second Season inspired television anime series and original video anime (OVA). Media Blasters licensed the first two Genshiken television anime series, the Genshiken videos, and the Kujibiki Unbalance anime. Crunchyroll streamed the Genshiken: Second Generation television anime as it aired in Japan, and NIS America released the anime on Blu-ray Disc.

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