[New Life+] Manga Resumes Following Original Light Novel Author's Controversy
posted on by Alex Mateo
Kadokawa's web comic service ComicWalker released the first part of chapter 26 of Satoru Abou's manga adaptation of MINE's [New Life+] Young Again in Another World novel series on Wednesday, confirming that the manga is resuming. The next chapter is scheduled for September 22.
The manga last updated in late May. On June 6, the same day the manga's fifth compiled volume shipped, publisher Hobby Japan cancelled shipments of MINE's [New Life+] Young Again in Another World (Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de) light novel series. MINE had been involved in a controversy over his alleged insults and discriminatory remarks directed at China and South Korea, along with allegedly discriminatory content within the story of the novels themselves.
Voice actors Toshiki Masuda, Megumi Nakajima, Kiyono Yasuno, and Nanami Yamashita then announced their resignations from their respective roles in the planned television anime adaptation of the light novel series. After Hobby Japan posted its apology that afternoon, the anime's official website announced the cancellation of the anime's production and broadcast.
J-Novel Club describes the story:
When death tapped Renya Kunugi on the shoulder, he smiled and went willingly. After enjoying a nice, long life of 94 years, he was looking forward to shutting his eyes for the last time. He was, therefore, understandably upset when he woke up again in an empty space, devoid of memories, with a young girl in a tunic rambling on and on about how she's God. So, he did what any reasonable person would have done under those circumstances: he sent the girl flying with a kick to the face. It turned out that the girl was indeed God, and she was in a pinch. She urgently needed someone to do some interdimensional Resource smuggling, and Renya fit the bill. His mission: cross the boundary into another world, then chill for a few decades. God would handle the rest. To sweeten the deal, she offered him an eighteen-year-old body and a whole laundry list of ludicrously powerful skills, yet he remained hesitant. Then, she mentioned the food — an exotic world comes with exotic delicacies — and this sealed the deal. The next thing he knew, he was standing in a foreign land, younger, stronger, and more clueless than ever. Will he survive this world? And more importantly, will the world survive him?
MINE launched the novels on the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" website in January 2014, and the series has since garnered over 189 million page views. Hobby Japan began publishing printed novels for the series starting in November 2014 with illustrations by Kabocha. Hobby Japan published the 18th novel volume on May 24.