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Shion no Oh's Jiro Ando Launches New Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Shiro Kyotō manga based on Toyoko Yamasaki's 1965 novel

The December issue of Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @Bunch magazine published the first chapter of Jiro Ando's new Shiro Kyotō (The White Tower) manga on Saturday. The manga has a color opening page.

The manga adapts Toyoko Yamasaki's 1965 novel of the same name, but moves the setting from the Showa period to modern-day Osaka. The manga begins with Gorō Zaizen, a doctor and associate professor at the Naniwa University Hospital, performing an emergency surgery to save a man's life, which earns him the attention of the media.

The original novel, centering on the contrasting stories of career surgeon Gorō Zaizen, and the friendly doctor Shuji Satomi, also inspired a 1966 live-action film, and two live-action series in 1978 and 2003. The novel is also inspiring a new five-episode live-action mini-series in 2019. The mini-series celebrates TV Asahi's 60th anniversary.

Ando's Shion no Oh manga ran in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 2004 to 2008, with eight compiled book volumes. The manga inspired a television anime adaptation in 2007. Ando launched a manga based on Tetsuya Honda's Bushidō Sixteen novel in 2009, and ended it in October 2010 with three volumes.

Source: Comic Natalie


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