Digital Distributor Amimaru Publishing Mutant Sabu by Shotaro Ishinomori

Digital Distributor Amimaru Publishing Mutant Sabu by Shotaro Ishinomori
Three volumes long early work from the creator of Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider

HELSINKI, FINLAND, Nov. 6, 2012 - Digital manga distributor Amimaru is publishing Shotaro Ishinomori's manga Mutant Sabu.

The three-volume series was originally published in Kobunsha's Shojo magazine in 1961, and later in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday and many other magazines. Amimaru's version is based on the 2007 reprint by Kadokawa Shoten.

Amimaru is publishing the manga in its Facebook reader app that is currently in open beta. The price of one chapter is 10 Facebook Credits (conversion rate varies by region).

In the story of Mutant Sabu, young man named Sabu gets into a car crash. After a blood transfusion in the hospital, he realizes that he can suddenly read the thoughts of other people. The transfusion has also awakened other powers sleeping within him, and soon he finds out he can also use mind control and telekinesis.

Eventually, Sabu starts finding other people with powers similar to his. However, he also finds himself to be of great interest to mad scientists, government spies and powerful corporations, which gets him involved in one strange case after another.


Founded in 2011, Amimaru Ltd is a Finnish company that aims to provide manga readers all over the world a new and easier way to consume and purchase manga and receive the appreciation of their favorite authors.

As a digital distributor, the company currently streams manga from its Facebook reader app. Purchases are made using Facebook Credits. Future plans of Amimaru include expanding to more platforms.

Amimaru aims to distribute manga from a wide variety of Japanese publishers, eliminating the need for consumers to use multiple services for their online manga reading needs. In the future Amimaru also plans to provide manga creators a way to get their works translated and sold digitally to readers all over the world without the need of a Japanese publisher as a middleman.

The service launched in May 2012 and is currently in open beta. For testing purposes Amimaru has been publishing manga from Nihonbungeisha, Field-Y and independent mangaka Shuho Sato.

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Shotaro Ishinomori (1938-1998) was a legend of not just manga, but Japanese entertainment in general. At 770 titles and 148,000 pages, the amount of manga Ishinomori produced during his decades-long career even exceeded that of his mentor, the legendary Osamu Tezuka.

During the birth years of modern Japanese comics, Ishinomori lived and worked with Tezuka, Fujiko Fujio, Fujio Akatsuka and other legends in the atelier apartment known as Tokiwa-so. He moved to Tokiwa-so after graduating from high school in 1956, and lived there till 1961.

Although Cyborg 009 is Ishinomori's best known manga, being adapted and re-adapted many times in anime form (most recently in the 2012 movie), he is equally well known from the numerous tokusatsu TV shows he created and fostered into multimedia franchises. Such franchises include Kamen Rider, Gorenger, Kikaider and Inazuman.

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