Twin Signal Biennial Sequel Manga Launches
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Oshimizu had launched a crowdfunding campaign on April 19, seeking to raise 4 million yen (about US$37,200) by May 30 for the sequel. The project eventually raised 17,677,500 yen (about US$159,150).
The sequel picks up the plot two years after the end of the battle with Dr. Quaser, and a think tank named At Random is attempting to apply robots to daily use for the public. The setting is in Singapore. The new story focuses on three characters: Lantse, a successor unit to Pulse; Maria Maria, a girl who is depressed after she suffers from an accident; and Shiruto, a boy who wants to become a robot. A 13-year-old Nobuhiko, a 19-year-old Chris, and Signal will also appear in the story.
Media Blasters released the first two volumes of the manga in 2006, and it describes the story:
Eleven-year-old Nobuhiko Otoi is going to the countryside (Tokkari Town, to be exact) to live with his grandfather, Professor Shinnosuke Otoi. His parents have gone to work in another country, but they do so much traveling they decide to leave Nobuhiko with his grandfather on a permanent basis.
Once there, Nobuhiko finds out that his grandfather has made a new fighting HFR called Signal. He persuades the Professor to reprogram Signal from being a battle robot to being his older brother and friend. During the programming, an accident occurs resulting in Signal transforming into Chibi Signal whenever Nobuhiko sneezes. Unfortunately, Signal's aggressive battle programming wasn't changed yet so he is somewhat scary by Nobuhiko's standards.
The manga launched in Enix's (now Square Enix) Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 1992. The series moved to the G Fantasy magazine in 2000, and ended in 2001. Enix published 19 compiled book volumes for the manga. The manga inspired a three-episode OVA in 1995, and Media Blasters released it on DVD in 2001.
Source: Comic Natalie