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Taiyo Matsumoto Illustrates Kiki's Delivery Service Author Eiko Kadono's New Essay Book

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Tekkonkinkreet/Ping Pong artist draws cover for Kadono's September 26 memoir on life as a writer

Kadokawa revealed the cover of author Eiko Kadono's new essay collection book 'Sakka' to 'Majo' no Atsumacchatta Omoide (The Recollections of a Writer and a Witch) on Wednesday. Illustrator and manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto drew the cover for the book, which is slated to ship on September 26.

The book will have five chapters ("Father, Mother, Daughter," "Witch," "Travel," "Good Old Days," "Books and Words"), and will contain Kadono's thoughts on her growth as a writer, musings on her childhood, her memory of her daughter telling her to "be a normal mother," the transcript of her speech when receiving the Hans Christian Andersen Award last year, and an afterword.

The six novel volumes of Kadono's fantasy novel series Majo no Takkyūbin follow the coming of age of Kiki with her black cat Jiji. Kadono began the main novel series in 1985 and ended it in 2009. Kadono published a side-story centering on the character Osono in 2014.

Hayao Miyazaki directed Studio Ghibli's famous 1989 anime film adaptation of the first novel. The late theater director Yukio Ninagawa also directed a stage musical adaptation from 1993 to 1996. The first two novels inspired a live-action film starring Fūka Koshiba in 2014, a stage play at London's West End in 2016, and a new stage musical that ran in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017.

Annick Press published the first novel with an English translation by Lynne E. Riggs in 2003. That same year, Buena Vista Home Entertainment/Disney released Studio Ghibli's film on DVD in North America.

Viz Media published Matsumoto's Tekkonkinkreet (Black & White), Blue Spring, Gogo Monster, No. 5, and Sunny manga in North America, and recently licensed Matsumoto's Cats of the Louvre (Louvre no Neko) manga. Viz also released Fumihiko Sori's live-action film adaptation of Matsumoto's Ping Pong manga, while Funimation released the Ping Pong anime series and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the Tekkonkinkreet anime film.

Source: Comic Natalie


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