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Naoki Urasawa's New Manga Asadora! Has Digital Version for 1st Time

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga centering on life of woman from postwar period to present launched on Saturday

Manga creator Naoki Urasawa (Yawara!, Master Keaton, 20th Century Boys, Pluto) launched his new Renzoku Manga Shōsetsu Asadora! (Serial Manga Novel Asadora!) manga in the 45th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine on Saturday. The manga is Urasawa's first new series for the magazine since 21st Century Boys ended 11 years ago.

Notably, the new manga will have a digital version through the digital version of the magazine. This marks the first time that a manga by Urasawa will have a digital version. Urasawa is well known for not having digital versions of his manga. In a 2012 interview with ANN, Urasawa stated that none of his works were (legally) available digitally and that he preferred physical books.

Asadora! follows a woman from the postwar period to the present who lives a poor but sturdy life. The first chapter features eight colored pages.

Viz Media has published Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, 21st Century Boys, Monster, and Pluto manga. Monster inspired a television anime series in 2004-2005, and 20th Century Boys inspired a live-action trilogy film adaptation in 2008-2009. Additionally, his Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl manga inspired an anime series in 1989-1992, an anime film in 1992, and an anime special in 1996. An anime project based on Pluto is in the works.

Viz Media published the 12th and final volume of Urasawa, Hokusei Katushika, and Takashi Nagasaki's Master Keaton manga last September. The series inspired a television anime adaptation in 1998, and an original video anime (OVA) continuation in 2004.

Urasawa's Mujirushi - Le signe des rêves (The Sign of Dreams) manga ended in February.

Sources: Comic Natalie, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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