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Mōryō no Hako Artist Launches New Manga With Natsuhiko Kyogoku

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Series adapts Bara Jūji Sōsho novels based on Kyogoku's Hyakki Yakō series

The August issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge announced on Wednesday that Aki Shimizu will launch a new manga based on the Bara Jūji Sōsho (Rozen Kreuz Series) novels. The manga will launch in the magazine this fall.

Bara Jūji Sōsho is described as a "shared world" of mystery author Natsuhiko Kyogoku's Hyakki Yakō novel series. Kyogoku is credited as "founder" of the series. The 10-novel series began in 2015 with different authors and illustrators. Notable authors for the series include Mikage Kasuga and Masaki Wachi. Notable illustrators include LLO, Hazuki Futaba, Yone Kazuki, Ryū Sugahara, THORES SHIBAMOTO, Shiho Enta, and toi8.

Kyogoku's Hyakki Yakō novels follow antique store worker Imagawa, aging doctor Kuonji, and writer Sekiguchi, who are all fascinated by mysterious events happening in Hakone. Such happenings include a series of murders of Buddhist monks and a little girl in a kimono who wanders through the mountains.

Shimizu previously adapted Kyogoku's Mōryō no Hako, Kyōkotsu no Yume, Ubume no Natsu, Jorōgumo no Kotowari, and Tesso no Ori novels from the same series into manga. Mōryō no Hako, the second novel, inspired a television anime with character designs by CLAMP in 2008, and an original video anime followed in 2009.

Source: Shonen Magazine Edge August issue

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