The manga will be supervised by Naomi's older sister Mari
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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, the first Japanese Tennis player to win the US Open Grand Slam (against Serena Williams), is inspiring a manga series titled Unrivaled NAOMI Tenkaichi from Futago Kamikita, the duo behind the Pretty Cure manga adaptations in the monthly magazine, Nakayoshi. The official Twitter account for the magazine announced the series with a drawing of the main character, based on the image of Osaka but with pink hair!
????BIG NEWS????— なかよし編集部 (@nakayosi_manga) November 28, 2020
新連載???????? 監修はなおみ選手の姉の #大坂まり さん、漫画は #上北ふたご さん✨✨
ワールドワイド????な超BIGプロジェクトをお楽しみに！#NAOMIOSAKA #MARIOSAKA #NAKAYOSI pic.twitter.com/r02VSTstnm
Naomi Osaka commented on Unrivaled NAOMI Tenkaichi by quote tweeting Nakayoshi's tweet, saying that Mari and herself grew up reading manga, so "this is really exciting for both of us." Mari Osaka is supervising the manga series.
Growing up reading manga/watching anime was something that bonded me and my sister immensely so this is really exciting for both of us ???? https://t.co/mmzJ5k17x8— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) November 28, 2020
Unrivaled NAOMI Tenkaichi starts in the February issue of Nakayoshi, which goes on sale inside Japan on December 28.
Source: The Tennis Daily
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.