Hiroaki Samura's revisionist period epic manga Blade of the Immortal wrapped up, so it's time for the adaptations! In addition to Takashi Miike's live-action movie, starring Kimutaku, planned for 2017, a stage play runs at Tokyo's Space Zero (Zenrousai Hal) February 11-17, with tickets now on sale at Lawson. Tomokazu Seki, from the 2008 anime, reprises the lead role and directs. He, and the extended cast, have now been photographed in custom. Get a look after the jump.
Takashi Miike, the prolific and shocking director whose reputation exploded internationally with the adaptation of manga Ichi the Killer, also attached to adaptations of manga Salaryman Kintaro, MPD Psycho, Crows Zero, Mogura no Uta, Kami-sama no Iu Toori,and recent Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's violent sci-fi TerraFormars, now has another big manga project on his slate: Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal.
Dark Horse Comics officially has the conclusion of one of the North America's longest-running manga series solicited with Blade of the Immortal Volume 31: Final Curtain officially planned for April 14. Beyond that, Amazon has the penultimate, 36th volume of Gantz listed for August, and the end of Oh My Goddess! coming with volume 48 in October. More after the jump.
Shukakusai is a harvest festival something like Thanksgiving, and Kodansha's seinen anthologies mark the occasion with their Dai Shukakusai campaign. This year, they took the opportunity to promote the anime adaptation of Ryu Mizunagi's Witchcraft Works, and offer a video of the artist working on an Afternoon cover illustration, along with Sugigaku sketching new Evening series Kaa-chan to Issho and a talk from Blade of the Immortal author Hiroaki Samura. Get a look after the jump.
Some month's manga release slates from Dark Horse are more impressive than other. And, wow. September is a nice one. In addition to new volumes Blade of the Immortal, Oreimo and Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow's Blood Blockade Battlefront, the month sees the premiere of Eva remix Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary. See the complete list after the jump,
In additional to finally wrapping up Blade of the Immortal in volume 30, author Hiroaki Samura's has produced some one shots, the two volume, surreal Halcyon Lunch and the violent, women's revenge series Beageruta–. The 2011 manga is running in the quarterly magazine Nemesis, so a collection has been a long time coming. Well, timed to coincide BOI volume 30, volume 1 of Beageruta– was released this weekend. More after the jump.
Shukakusai is a harvest festival something like Thanksgiving, and seinen anthology Afternoon is marking it with big plans coinciding with its 25th anniversary in their Dai Shukakusai 2012 campaign. To kick things off, new videos show manga author Hiroaki Samura producing some of his distinctive work for Blade of the Immortal. Get a look after the jump.
In 2001, Blade of the Immortal author Hiroaki Samura told Quick Japan, "Originally I said, 'I'll end it at 5 volumes.' Now that I've already done 12 I don't really know, but it's true that I want to finish it within the next 3 years." Over a decade later, and 15 more volumes into the samurai revenge epic's run in monthly magazine Afternoon, Samura is finally drawing the series to a close. More after the jump.
Publisher Dark Horse has announced solicitations for December comic releases and January graphic novels. Manga for that period includes the long awaited new short story collection from Blade of the Immortal author Hiroaki Samura, a collection of Evangelion tribute manga, and the second Trigun omnibus. Get the details after the jump.
This weekend, attendees at the Wonder Festival character figure event had a chance to pick up their own Manji from very limited run of 30 cm Real Action Hero replicas of Blade of the Immortal's titular swordsman. Armed with a dozen weapons from his katana to his bladed pipe, Medicom Toy'spremium figure features a wire framed kimono, suitable for concealing those various implements of violence. Get a look after the jump.
OG-OEL author Adam Warren, creator of “sexy superhero comedy" Empowered and pre-manga-boom adaptations of Dirty Pair and Bubblegum Crisis, has been sharing a sketch a day on Twitter and deviantART. Lately, he has showcased his sketches of Gurren Lagann's Yoko, Empowered's eponymous heroine cosplaying as Gurren Lagann's Yoko, and Evangelion's Rei. Get a look after the jump.
It can be quite a wait between volumes of Blade of the Immortal and Kohta Hirano's Hellsing follow-up, Drifters, but in July, Dark Horse will be releasing new collections of the two hot blooded action manga. See the publisher's full slate after the jump.
Nemesis No.5, goes on sale this week, debuting the latest manga series by Hiroaki Samura, creator of the Eisner Award winning Blade of the Immortal.