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Akagi Gets Sequel Manga Set 20 Years Later

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Nobuyuki Fukumoto ended Akagi manga after 27 years in February 2018

The June issue of Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong magazine published a "chapter 0" of a new manga titled Yami Ma no Mamiya (Yami-Mahjong Fighter Mamiya) by Nobuyuki Fukumoto on Wednesday. The manga marks Fukumoto's newest work in the magazine, 15 months after he ended his Akagi manga in the magazine in February 2018. The new manga's story is set 20 years after [Warning: This contain a spoiler for the earlier stories. Highlight text to read the spoiler.] [Akagi's passing].

Despite the labeling of the chapter, the magazine does not confirm if the new manga will have a full serialization. However, the magazine does tease at the end of the chapter, "For what happens next, wait for more info!" The magazine lists the chapter with a wordplay for the new Reiwa era, which started on Wednesday. ("Chapter 0" in Japanese is "Dai-Rei-Wa.")

Fukumoto launched the Akagi manga series in Kindai Mahjong in 1992, and it ran for 27 years.

The manga series begins on one stormy night, when Nangō is playing a game of Mahjong with the local yakuza. Soon, he finds himself on a losing streak. If Nangō loses, he will have to pay with his life. Suddenly, a young teenaged boy, Shigeru Akagi, barges in, drenched from the rain. After watching a couple of games, he offers to replace the struggling Nangō. At that moment, a new legend is born.

The manga inspired a 2005 television anime by the Studio Madhouse, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime starting in 2013.

The manga also inspired a 10-episode live-action television series starring Hongou in summer 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed that series as well. A second season, titled titled Akagi "Ryūzaki, Yagi-hen" "Ichikawa-hen" (Akagi "Ryūzaki, Yagi Arc" "Ichikawa Arc"), premiered in October 2017. A three-episode live-action mini-series debuted in May 2018.

Fukumoto's gambling manga Kaiji also inspired two television anime and two live-action films.

Sources: Kindai Mahjong website, Comic Natalie

Update: Story's timeframe corrected. Thanks, Kamieichi.

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