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Osamu Tezuka's Rainbow Parakeet Gets New Manga Remake

posted on by Alex Mateo
Gekidan Nijū-Mensō VS Nanairo Inko launches on September 6

This year's September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Tuesday that Chika Nakatani is launching a remake of Osamu Tezuka's Rainbow Parakeet (Nanairo Inko) manga in the magazine's next issue on September 6. The series is titled Gekidan Nijū-Mensō VS Nanairo Inko (The Troupe of Twenty Faces vs. Rainbow Parakeet). The manga's first chapter will have 68 pages, including color opening pages, and it will feature on the issue's front cover.

Rainbow Parakeet ran in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from 1981 to 1983. Digital Manga previously ran a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to fund Rainbow Parakeet and five other Tezuka titles for release, but the campaign failed to meet its goal.

The official Osamu Tezuka website describes the story:

Rainbow Parakeet is a criminal action manga featuring a genius actor whose specialty is mimicry — but he is also a thief. He accepts any role as a mimic, and performs it very well on the condition that the theater and the company overlook his stealing from the audience.

A woman detective Mariko Senri follows him around in an attempt to arrest him, although she loves him. Then, Tamasaburo, a dog capable of performing as Rainbow Parakeet himself, joins the company.

The manga inspired a stage play that ran at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from October 4 to 8.

Source: Monthly Shōnen Champion September issue

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