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Drawn & Quarterly to Release Yokai: Art of Shigeru Mizuki Book in October
Publisher Drawn & Quarterly announced on Friday that it will release the Yokai: The Art of Shigeru Mizuki book in October. The company is hosting a 12-page preview of the book.
The publisher describes the full-color hardcover book:
Yokai: The Art of Shigeru Mizuki showcases his expertise of not only folklore, but celebrates him as a naturalist. Elements of Mizuki’s lush compositions—flora, fauna, and everything in between—showcase his mastery of form and love for nature. These popular renderings of a disappearing, rural Japan are his contribution to the preservation of a cultural heritage that would have otherwise been forgotten. The grotesque realism central to his body of work is offset by the ingenuity of his fancy for the macabre. Pieces in this deluxe, full-color edition call to mind the playful pop-sensibility of Maurice Sendak informed by the technical prowess of traditionalists like Dürer and Doré. And like any other Mizuki classic, each oeuvre is a unique snapshot of spirit, human or otherwise, in constant transition.
The book will feature supplementary writing from Mizuki scholar and translator Zack Davisson.
North American publisher Drawn & Quarterly has released many of Mizuki’s works in English, such as NonNonBâ, Hitler, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, and Showa: A History of Showa Japan (Comic Showa-Shi), the latter two of which were nominated for a Harvey Award in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Mizuki’s Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan and Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan manga won the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia. The company more recently published Mizuki’s manga adaptation of Kunio Yanigata’s Tono Monogatari collection of recorded folk legends in March 2021.
Mizuki is famous for his manga about yōkai — Japanese supernatural creatures. His manga and research into yōkai is largely responsible for the popularity that yōkai stories have today. Mizuki’s supernatural manga Kitaro (GeGeGe no Kitarō) began in 1959 under the name Hakaba Kitarō. The stories center on an inhuman boy who straddles the line between the human and supernatural worlds. Drawn & Quarterly has also published a selection of the manga in English.
Mizuki passed away in November 2015 at 93.
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Classroom for Heroes Anime’s 1st Video Reveals More Staff, Theme Song Artists, July Debut
The official website for the television anime of Shin Araki‘s Eiyū Kyōshitsu (Classroom For Heroes) light novel series unveiled a new promotional video and a new visual for the anime on Wednesday. The video reveals more staff, July premiere date, and theme song artists for the anime.
VTuber Kaede Higuchi is performing the anime’s opening theme song. Akane Kumada is performing the anime’s ending theme song. The anime’s website did not reveal the titles of the songs.
The newly announced staff members include:
The cast includes:
Reiji Kawashima as Blade
Misuzu Yamada as Arnest Flaming
Nao Tōyama as Sophi
Hina Kino as Cú Chulainn
Keiichiro Kawaguchi (Sket Dance, Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, Shadowverse) is directing the anime at Actas. Naoki Hayashi (Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU, Citrus, Black Fox) is writing and supervising the scripts. Kōsuke Kawamura (OniAi, ISLAND, Remake Our Life!) is the character designer and chief animation director.
The academy fantasy novel series is set in Rosewood Academy, a school that trains future heroes destined to protect mankind. The school accepts only those with the most potential. Arnest Flaming, a girl who boasts the top record in the academy, is assigned to guide a mysterious but cheerful new student named Blade who rivals her own power.
Araki published the first volume under Shueisha‘s Dash X Bunko light novel label in January 2015, with illustrations by Haruyuki Morisawa (The Princess and the Pilot, The Pilot’s Love Song, Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne). The 13th volume will ship on Friday.
Koara Kishida launched a manga adaptation of the novels in Shueisha‘s Ultra Jump magazine in February 2015.
Araki previously wrote the GJ Club light novel series. which had nine main volumes from 2010 to 2012, and a sequel middle school series that ran for eight main volumes from 2012 to 2014. The novels inspired a 2013 television anime. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.
Sources: Classroom For Heroes anime’s website, Comic Natalie
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Juri Ueno Returns as Nodame for Nodame Cantabile Musical
The staff for the first ever stage musical adapatation of Tomoko Ninomiya‘s Nodame Cantabile manga announced on Monday that Juri Ueno is returning from the live-action series and film adaptations of the manga as Megumi “Nodame” Noda in the musical, while Hiroki Miura will play Shinichi Chiaki.
Ikko Ueda is directing the stage musical, while oboist Daisuke Mogi returns from the live-action series and film as classical music supervisor. The musical will debut in Tokyo’s Theater Creation in early October.
The original manga series centers around Nodame and Chiaki, two music students who drive themselves and each other to greater artistic heights, and find themselves on parallel paths in Japan and later Europe.
Ninomiya launched the manga in Kiss in 2001, and ended it in 2009. Kodansha published 23 compiled book volumes for the series. Del Rey published 16 volumes of the manga in North America until the publisher ceased releasing manga. Kodansha Comics later released the full series digitally in English.
The manga was adapted into three television anime series, and has also received several live-action series and film adaptations.
Source: Comic Natalie
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Anonymous;Code Game’s Trailer Reveals English Dub for September 8 Launch
Spike Chunsoft began streaming a new trailer for the Anonymous;Code game on Tuesday. The trailer reveals the game’s September 8 release date in the West for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam, and also reveals the game’s English dub, a first for MAGES.‘ Science Adventure visual novel series.
The announced English dub cast for the game includes Max Mittelman as Pollon, Anairis Quiñones as Momo, and Y. Chang as Cross. Andrew Hodgson (“Steiner”) is translating the game. Spike Chunsoft‘s release will have a steelbook launch edition.
Spike Chunsoft describes the game:
2037. Nakano, Tokyo.
Pollon Takaoka is caught up in a tangle of plots as a result of his encounter with the mysterious girl Momo and faces major events that shake the world. Live the experience with Pollon, help him hack the myriad branches of reality and “load” the ending that saves the world!
The game released in Japan in July 2022 for Switch and PS4. Kanako Itou performs the game’s opening theme song “Game Over.”
MAGES. president Chiyomaru Shikura had teased in October 2020 that the game might have a release for the PlayStation 5, but there is currently no planned release for the platform.
The game was originally planned for PS4 and PlayStation Vita, but MAGES. announced in 2017 that the game will also release for Nintendo Switch. MAGES. will no longer release the game on PS Vita.
The game is the latest “Science Adventure” game after the Chaos;HEAd, Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Chaos;Child, and Occultic;Nine projects. Shikura originally announced the game in 2015, and the game has seen multiple delays in its release.
Sources: Spike Chunsoft via Gematsu, Andrew Hodgson‘s Twitter account
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