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Clover's Tetsuhiro Hirakawa, Hakaiju's Shingo Honda Draw 1-Shot Manga for Crows Tribute Project

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Crows Zero II spinoff, Saiko horror manga writer contribute to new 1-shot collection

The June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine revealed on Wednesday that Tetsuhiro Hirakawa (Clover) and Shingo Honda (Hakaijū) will both draw one-shot manga for a new "Crows Respect" tribute project to Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows manga.

Shingo Honda's "Sono Otoko, SAiKO ni Tsuki" (That Man, Due to SAiKO) will center on a certain male delinquent who uses the SAiKO app. The one-shot is a crossover with Honda's Saiko manga.

Hirakawa's "Nakidokuro" one-shot will center on a middle-school student who admires the Busō Sensen group but battles Suzuran High School for the sake of his friend.

Honda launched the Saiko Kuro (Saiko Black) horror manga in Monthly Shōnen Champion last September, and followed it with Saiko Shiro (Saiko White) on the LINE Manga app last December. Akita Shoten published both manga two separate compiled book volumes on April 6.

Hirakawa previously drew the Crows Zero II: Suzuran × Housen spinoff of Takahashi's manga in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine from 2012 to 2016. Akita Shoten published the manga's 11th and final volume in November 2016.

Takahashi's Crows manga ran for 26 volumes, and Digital Manga Publishing partially published its sequel manga Worst in English. Crows also inspired a two-episode anime OVA adaptation, the 1994 Koukou Butouden Crows.

The manga inspired three live-action films, with Takashi Miike directing the first two films, Crows Zero and Crows Zero II. Crows Explode, the third film, opened in Japan in April 2014. Tokyo Shock released the first film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America, and video label MVM released both Crows Zero and Crows Zero II in the United Kingdom.

The live-action films, in turn, inspired manga adaptations. The Crows Explode manga launched in October.

The first "Crows Respect" tribute project featured eight one-shots from various manga creators, and these one-shots were collected in a compiled book volume that Akita Shoten published in June 2016. Hirakawa and Honda both participated in this anthology as well; Honda drew a crossover with his earlier manga Hakaijū.


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