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Ikebukuro West Gate Park Mystery Novels Get 2020 TV Anime

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Doga Kobo animates novels about Ikebukuro problem solver Makoto Majima

Publisher Bungeishunju announced on Monday that Ira Ishida's Ikebukuro West Gate Park novel series is inspiring a television anime that will premiere in 2020. Doga Kobo (New Game!, How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?) is producing the anime.

The mystery novel series is set in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward, in the eponymous Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Kōen (known by locals as "Ikebukuro West Gate Park," the place's English name). The story centers on Makoto Majima, the son of a local fruit vendor, and known as the "Troubleshooter of Ikebukuro." He helps everyone from his friends to local street toughs in solving various incidents.

Ishida has written 13 novels in the series, with the 13th novel slated to ship on Tuesday. The series inspired a popular live-action television series in 2000, as well as a live-action special titled Ikebukuro West Gate Park Soup no Kai in 2003. Sena Aritou serialized a manga adaptation in Akita Shoten's Young Champion magazine from 2001 to 2004, and it received four volumes. Masashi Asaki also drew the IWGP: Denshi no Hoshi manga, and Shō Kitagawa also drew another manga adaptation in 2015. Digital Manga Publishing released all four volumes of Aritou's manga in English.

Source: Comic Natalie


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