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Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire's Serizawa Launches Saru Lock Reboot Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New manga about lockpicking genius launches in October; manga previously inspired live-action film, series

The November issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Bull magazine revealed on Tuesday that Naoki Serizawa will begin serializing a new story for the Saru Lock manga titled Saru Lock Reboot (top in image below). The manga will debut in the magazine's next issue on October 4.

The story follows Yatarō "Saru" Sarumaru, an ordinary high school boy who daydreams about idols but otherwise has no luck with girls. However, this silver-haired son of a locksmith also happens to be a lockpicking genius, and there is no lock that "Saru" (literally, "monkey") cannot open.

Serizawa began the original Saru Lock action comedy manga in 2003 and Kodansha published the 22nd and final compiled volume in 2009. The series inspired a live-action film adaptation and TV drama in 2009.

Serizawa launched the Biohazard: heavenly island manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion in January 2015, and he ended the series in February 2017. Serizawa also recently ended the Billion Dogs manga with author Muneyuki Kaneshiro. The fourth and final volume shipped in Japan in February 2017. DeNA's Manga Box app published the manga in both Japanese and English.

Serizawa's earlier Biohazard: Marhawa Desire manga launched with a prologue chapter in the inaugural issue of CAPCOM's CapBom! magazine in 2011, and the series ended in 2013. Viz Media published the five-volume manga in North America under the title Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire.

Serizawa announced in March that he is working on a manga adaptation of a project with a planned anime and game, after already working on some of the character designs for the anime and game.

Source: Shonengahosha's official website

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