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City Hunter Gets Spinoff Manga About Umibōzu

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
IPPO's est em launches series about café owner, his customers

est em (IPPO, Age Called Blue) launched the City Hunter spinoff manga City Hunter Gaiden Ijuin Hayato-shi no Heion Naranu Nichijō (City Hunter Gaiden Mr. Hayato Ijuin's not peaceful life) on the manga website Comic Tatan of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine on Sunday. The website opened on Sunday with nine manga, including three new titles.

The spinoff manga centers on the character Umibōzu from Tsukasa Hojo's original City Hunter manga. In the first chapter, titled "Bubbly Time," the Cat's Eye café's master Umibōzu listens and responds to the troubles of his customers. The series will run on the website on the third and fourth Sundays of every month, and the next chapter will debut on May 20.

The other two new manga on the website are Yua Kotegawa's Satsujin Purgatorium (Murderer's Purgatorium) and Satono Okazaki's Ihō no Ozwald (Other Land Ozwald). Satsujin Purgatorium centers on a 46-year-old hitman who dies with regret and wakes up as a 16-year-old boy again. The paranormal science-fiction romance Ihō no Ozwald centers on a boy who dreams of encountering intelligent extraterrestrial life and becomes the assistant of a nonconformist in the world of astronomy.

The remaining manga serializing on the website are works returning from Monthly Comic Zenon and its Web Comic Zenyon website. The series are Mizu Sahara's Okashira Tsuki., Akane Tamura's Mobko no Koi, Machita's Haru to Ao no Obentōbako, Fujiko Segawa's Kono Machi Kinema, Amidamuku's Meshi Numa., and Taco's 3-biki no Chiisana Neko o Shōkan Dekita nara. Molico Ross will also launch the Sake yo Hana, Sake! manga in May, and Ai Nimoda will launch a "gourmet project" in June.

Tsukasa's original City Hunter manga follows Ryō Saeba, a sniper and a private eye ("sweeper") based in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward with unrivaled marksmanship and an over-the-top obsession for the opposite sex. He serves as a bodyguard and other duties for his clients.

Hojo's 1985 manga inspired four television anime series, one anime film, and several video and television specials including a 2015 original anime DVD. ADV Films released most of these anime projects in North America. Jackie Chan starred in a 1993 Hong Kong live-action film that very loosely adapts the original manga. A Korean live-action television series adaptation premiered in 2011, and Hulu streamed this version in the United States.

Sunrise will produce a new anime film adaptation that will premiere in spring 2019. A French live-action film adaptation titled Nicky Larson (the French title of the City Hunter franchise) is underway. A separate Chinese live-action film adaptation has been green-lit for December 2018 or later in China.

Hojo's Angel Heart 2nd Season manga ended in May, and Sokura Nijiki launched a spinoff manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter on July 25.

Source: Comic Natalie

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