Crows Manga's 'Crows Respect' Tribute Project Reveals Manga Creators

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The July issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Wednesday the other manga creators who will participate in the "Crows Respect" tribute project for Hiroshi Takahashi's Crows manga. The issue also published Tetsuhiro Hirakawa and Shingo Honda's "Sono Otoko, SAiKO ni Tsuki" (That Man, Due to SAiKO; seen right) and "Nakidokuro" one-shots as part of the project.

Toshio Ozawa will publish a one-shot titled "Karasu no Fun" (Crow's Droppings) in the magazine's next issue on July 6.

Other creators involved in the project include Dai Suzuki, Masayuki Saiwaki, Shinsuke Takahashi, Hikaru Araki, Satoshi Fujiwara, Yūshi Kawata, Yukito Imōto, and Yukai Asada.

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 Kōkō Butō Den 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.

Sources: Monthly Shōnen Champion July issue, Comic Natalie

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