Vertical Manga Licenses Osamu Tezuka's "Twin Knight" and Kyoko Okazaki's "Helter Skelter" Manga

Two new licenses announced at New York Comic Con

North American publisher of Japanese printed media Vertical Inc announced at New York Comic Con that they have added two new manga licenses to their catalog - "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight follow up Twin Knight and influential josei author Kyoko Okazaki's award-winning intense examination of beauty, Helter Skelter.

From the official Tezuka Pro. description of Twin Knight:

This is a follow-up on the Princess Knight (Shojo Club version) work. In Twin Knight, the twin brother and sister, children of Sapphire, are the main characters.
After becoming the princess of Silver Land, Sapphire marries a man named Frantz of a neighboring country, and gives birth to the twins Prince Daisy and Princess Violetta.
But because of the wicked designs of the Duchess Daria, Prince Daisy is abandoned in the forest.
Meanwhile, in the castle, Princess Violetta decides to play two parts: being herself and disguising herself as the Prince every other day to conceal the fact that he has disappeared.
But her secret is discovered by Duke Daria, and the King, Queen Sapphire and Princess Violetta are confined in the northern tower.
Princess Violetta disguises herself as a boy and escapes with the help of a swan from the northern tower to look for her brother, Prince Daisy.

Twin Knight (Princess Knight)
January 1958 to June 1958
Appeared serially in "Nakayoshi" (Kodansha Ltd.)

This follow-up to "Princess Knight" (Shojo Club version), which was published between 1953 and 1955 and appeared serially in 1958 in the girl's magazine "Nakayoshi" was published by the same Kodansha Ltd.
When it was first published, the title remained the same as that of the previous work, "Princess Knight," but when the first book was published in 1960, the title was renamed "Twin Knight." Because "Nakayoshi" was targeted at younger girls than the "Shojo Club" audience, the pictures and the story were made easier to understand and simpler than those of the previous version. Making the leading characters twins improved upon the previous story, in which a girl disguised as a boy plays the active role. Twin Knight is a piece of work that reflects ideas unique to Tezuka Osamu.


From Baka Updates' description of Helter Skelter - which was adapted into a 2012 live action movie by director Mika Ninagawa (Sakuran) and tabloid scandal plagued actress Erika Sawajiri:

Through round after round of extensive plastic surgery and vigorous maintenance, Ririko has become the absolute manifestation of beauty, and becomes a wildly successful model, actress, and singer. However, soon, her body, unable to withstand the burdens of surgery, begins to crumble, and along with it so does her mind, as she plummets towards a frightening and inevitable end.

Helter Skelter won the 2003 excellence prize at the Japanese Media Arts Festival, and the 2004 Osamu Tezuka Culture Prize.



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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