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Osamu Eya, Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki Manga Gets Live-Action Film

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Award-winning series centering on aircraft carrier debuted in 2014

This year's fifth issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Saturday that Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki manga will get a live-action film adaptation in 2019. The magazine's next issue will reveal the film's director and cast on March 10.

In the manga's story, the state of world affairs is changing at a dizzying pace. This is particularly clear in the growing military strength of countries neighboring Japan, the issue of resources on the sea floor, disaster relief, underwater transport, maintaining order on the high seas, and island defense. In response to a near-skirmish with China near the disputed Senkaku Islands, Japan builds the Ibuki aircraft carrier.

Kawaguchi launched the series in collaboration with journalist Eya in 2014, and it marks the 50th anniversary of the magazine. Shogakukan released the manga's eighth compiled book volume on November 30, and the ninth volume will ship on March 30. The manga won the Best General Manga award at the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards last month. The series' volumes have more than 3 million copies in print.

Kawaguchi ended his Zipang: Shinsō Kairyū manga in November. The manga is unrelated to his earlier time-traveling war manga Zipang, which he also drew in Kodansha's Morning magazine until 2009.

Viz Media published Kawaguchi's political manga Eagle in North America. Central Park Media released the naval anime special The Silent Service inspired by Kawaguchi's manga, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released the Zipang television anime.

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