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Kei Toume, Hiroshi Motomiya Each Launch New Manga in Grand Jump

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Motomiya's new manga launches on October 20, Toume's manga on December 1

This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Hiroshi Motomiya and Kei Toume will both launch new manga in the magazine's upcoming issues.

Motomiya's new manga is titled Ninomiya Kinjirō, and it will launch in the magazine's next issue on October 20. The historical manga will focus on real-life economist and philosopher Ninomiya Sontoku, whose birth name was Ninomiya Kinjirō.

Motomiya ended the Boku, Imasu yo (I'm Here You Know) manga in April.

Motomiya debuted as a manga artist in 1965. Many of his other manga — such as Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho, Ore no Sora, and Otokogi — have inspired live-action and anime adaptations. His Katsu Fūtarō!! manga inspired a live-action film that opened in November 2019.

Motomiya's popular Salaryman Kintaro manga has been running off and on in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine since 1994. He restarted the series as a web manga in April 2005, and has launched several spinoff series in Weekly Young Jump since 2009. NTT Solmare's ComicFriends Facebook-based service briefly offered the manga in English, but the service closed in 2012. The manga has inspired a live-action film directed by Takashi Miike, several live-action drama series, and a 2001 anime series that Arts Magic released in North America.

Motomiya launched the Kōun Ryūsui [Jofūku] manga in Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine in January 2017, and Shueisha published the eighth and final volume in January 2020. Motomiya then launched the Umi o Wataru be manga in Grand Jump in April 2020, and the series ended after 10 chapters. Motomiya and Hiroshi Takano launched the Good Job manga in Young Jump in July 2018, and ended it in July 2020.

Toume's new manga is titled Jinbōchō de Kosho Kurashi (Living With Old Books in Jinbōchō), and it will launch in the magazine's first 2022 issue on December 1. The manga will focus on a group of girls living in Tokyo's Jinbōchō neighborhood, well known as a center for print media and second-hand classic books.

Toume ended the Kūden no Himegimi (Rocky Princess or lit., Static Princess) manga (seen left) on May 11.

The manga is a continuation of Toume's earlier Kūden Noise no Himegimi (Static Noise Princess) manga. The original manga launched in Gentosha's Comic Birz magazine in July 2016, and Gentosha published the third compiled volume in January 2019. Comic Birz ended serialization in June 2018. The manga then relaunched with the new title Kūden no Himegimi in Kodansha's Evening magazine in January 2019. Kodansha released the third compiled book volume on May 21.

Tokyopop published Toume's Lament of the Lamb manga in English. Lament of the Lamb inspired a four-episode original video animation (OVA) in 2003. Toume's Sing "Yesterday" for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga inspired a television anime by Yoshiyuki Fujiwara and Doga Kobo that premiered in April 2020.

Source: Grand Jump issue 21 and website

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