Kūbo Ibuki Manga Gets New Manga in December
posted on by Alex Mateo
This year's 24th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine revealed on Tuesday that Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga is getting a new manga by Kawaguchi titled Kūbo Ibuki Great Game (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki Great Game) in the magazine's next issue on December 25.
The magazine teased that the story takes place some time after the battle of Senkaku. The next battle will be a "great game" where the great powers compete for sovereignty.
The Kūbo Ibuki manga ended on Tuesday with the 103rd chapter. The manga's 13th and final compiled book volume will ship in early summer 2020.
In the manga's story, the state of world affairs is changing at a dizzying pace. This is particularly clear in the growing military strength of countries neighboring Japan, issue of resources on the sea floor, disaster relief, underwater transport, maintaining order on the high seas, and island defense. In response to a near-skirmish with China near the disputed Senkaku Islands, Japan builds the Ibuki aircraft carrier.
Kawaguchi launched the series in collaboration with journalist Eya in Big Comic in 2014. Shogakukan released the manga's 12th volume in April. The manga had gone on hiatus after its 100th chapter in May, and it returned from its hiatus on October 25.
The manga won the Best General Manga award at the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards in January 2018. The series' volumes have more than 3 million copies in print. The manga inspired a live-action film adaptation that opened in Japan in May.
Viz Media published Kawaguchi's political manga Eagle in North America. Central Park Media released the naval anime special The Silent Service inspired by Kawaguchi's manga, and Geneon Entertainment released the Zipang television anime.
Sources: Big Comic issue 24 and magazine's website