Fantasy "comicalization" returns to bookstores today.
After many years away, it looks like Yoshinobu Akita's Sorcerous Stabber Orphen is finally back in print:
The new Orphen manga, illustrated by Muraji, has been serialized online via Kadokawa's Comic Clear since August of last year.
Volume 1 will be available in print form starting today, with many retailers offering bonuses such as artist message papers, bromides, and exclusive illustration cards.
The original Sorcerous Stabber Orphen light novel series was a massive hit, with cumulative sales exceeding 10 million copies. The new manga is a "comicalization" of the original work.
The new manga, and the fact that it's coming to print, has made some fans speculate over whether this means a new Orphen anime is in the works. Others are wondering about the status of Slayers, as the two series have crossed over in the past. No official word has been given on any plans for either of them minus the currently running Orphen manga.
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