Dark Horse Schedules Release of Fifth Masamune Shirow "Intron Depot" Art Book

"Blood-C" manga and Yasuhiro Nightow 's "Blood Blockade Battlefront" also scheduled

Intron Depot 5: Battalion features Masamune Shirow's design work from 2001-2009, with a lot from fantasy and mecha games likes Ashura, Breath of Fire and RF-ONLINE, including unused works and fizzled projects.If you're looking for a new compendium of the Ghost in the Shell creator's pervy curvy mecha girls you might be a bit disapointed, but if you love his design work, keep an eye out Dark Horse's November release.


Intron Depot Volume 5: Battalion TP

Masamune Shirow (W/A)

On sale Feb 19
FC, 128 pages
TP, 8 1/4" x 11 1/4"

Masamune Shirow, creator of Ghost in the Shell andAppleseed, is legendary amongst manga and anime enthusiasts, and his game-industry credentials are equally impressive. Battalion presents Shirow’s design and conceptual art for Asura Fantasy, RF Online, Fire Emblem, and others, showcasing his stunning illustration and commentary on his sophisticated CG techniques.

• Translation by Dana Lewis (Lone Wolf and Cub).

• Deluxe-format softcover with dust jacket.

• From the creator of Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, and Dominion.

• Fifth installment in popular Intron Depot series.


From the Japanese preview



Other newly scheduled releases include


Blood Blockade Battlefront Volume 5 TP

Yasuhiro Nightow (W/A)

On sale Feb 5
b&w, 208 pages
TP, 4 5/8’’ x 7 1/4’’

An escaped Blood Breed brings Libra operative Zap Renfro’s former master to New Jerusalem, and Zap must once again prove his skills to avoid being dragged back to the harsh training grounds of his school. And though Zap is a formidable fighter, he’ll need the assistance of the other Libra agents and his own young apprentice to imprison the Blood Breed before it wreaks untold havoc upon our world!
Trigun: Badlands Rumble animated film now available in North American markets.


Blood-C Volume

CLAMP (W) and Ranmaru Kotone(A)

On sale Feb 19
b&w, 200 pages
TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/4”

As the ruse of her small-town life comes crashing down around her, Saya Kisaragi uncovers the mastermind behind a huge plan to deceive and test her! Katanas clash in CLAMP and Production I.G’s vampire-battling saga, taking the story right up to events in the feature-length anime film Blood-C: The Last Dark!



47 Ronin HC

Mike Richardson(W), Stan Sakai(A/Cover), and Lovern Kindzierski(C)


On sale Feb 19
FC, 144 pages
HC, 6? x 9?

Japan’s enduring national legend comes to comics! The tale of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and creators Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done justice to their story! Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this collection of the acclaimed miniseries recounts this sweeping saga of honor and violence in all its grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of Lord Asano, 47 Ronin follows a dedicated group of Asano’s vassals on their years-long path of vengeance!




Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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