Dr. Stone Manga Gets Novel on February 4
posted on by Alex Mateo
Shueisha's website for its Jump j Books imprint listed on Tuesday that it will release Ichio Morimoto's Dr. Stone Hoshi no Yume, Chi no Uta (Dr. Stone Star's Dream, Earth's Song) novel based on Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Stone manga on February 4.
One of the novel's stories takes place before the event that petrified humanity. It follows Senku during his high school days and centers on the science club's strategy to launch a rocket. Another story takes place after the human petrification and follows Chrome, Kohaku, and Suica. The three form a musical band and perform with handmade instruments. The book will also include special illustrations.
Viz Media describes the original manga's first volume:
One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he's not alone! His science-loving friend Senku's been up and running for a few months and he's got a grand plan in mind—to kickstart civilization with the power of science!
Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock) and Inagaki (author of Eyeshield 21) launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in March 2017. Shueisha published the eighth volume on December 4 and will publish the ninth volume on February 4. The manga was tied for 15th place in the 2018 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook in December 2017.
Viz Media published the manga's first three chapters in English as Shueisha published them in Japan as part of the company's "Jump Start" initiative. Viz Media then added the series to its regular lineup for its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and is now publishing the manga digitally. Viz Media is also releasing the manga in print, and it shipped the third volume on January 1.
The anime adaptation of Dr. Stone will premiere in July 2019. Yūsuke Kobayashi will star in the anime as Senku. Other cast members include Makoto Furukawa (One-Punch Man's Saitama) as Taiju Ōki, Kana Ichinose as Yuzuriha Ogawa, and Yūichi Nakamura as Tsukasa Shishio.
Source: Jump j Books