Saturday, September 25, 2010

Satoshi Kon/ Mamoru Oshii manga to be reprinted in Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Ryū

by Chris MaGee

The world of anime and manga have yet to finish honouring the legacy of the late Satoshi Kon. The latest piece of good news for fans still grieving the loss of the "Perfect Blue" and "Paprika" director is that selected issues of a mid-1990's manga that Kon co-authored with none other than Mamoru Oshii will be reprinted in an upcoming issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Ryū. Yes, you heard that correctly - a Satoshi Kon and Mamoru Oshii co-authored manga!

Titled "Seraphim: 266,613,336 Wings" the manga originally appeared in Animage Magazine between 1995 and 1996. It told the story of a futuristic world where a lethal pandemic called "The Angel Disease" has ravaged society, killing nearly everyone it has infected. It is left to a band of survivors led by a girl named Sera to travel to Central Asia to find the cause or the cure of this terrible plague. Apparenly the original story idea came from Oshii who then gave it to Kon to polish up and turn into a full-fledged manga. The two men had at that point already worked together on Oshii's 1993 "Patlabor 2: The Movie".

Monthly Comic Ryū's Satoshi Kon Memorial Book will hit Japanese newsstands on October 19th, so if you're in Japan pick it up... and if you're not then get a friend in Japan to mail you one or start surfing eBay!

Thanks to Anime News Network for thios exciting piece of news.

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