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Parting Shot: BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ Gets Manga Adaptation

Fans of BBC’s Sherlock series (myself included), the modern day update on Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless tales of the adventures of the brilliant Sherlock Holmes, have been eagerly anticipating the show’s return after the event’s of last season’s finale. But with the third season not slated to start production until January 2013 at the earliest, there’s going to be a bit of a wait for the series’ much anticipated new installment. The good news for fans, however, is that Kadokawa’s Young Ace magazine has announced that they’ll be debuting a manga adaptation of Sherlock, starting in October. The sad news for some, of course, is that you’ll need to be able to read Japanese to enjoy it.The first story will be an adaption of the series’ first episode, “A Study in Pink,” which itself is based on “A Study in Scarlet,” the first ever Sherlock Holmes story. No word yet on how long the series will last, but since there are only six episodes to date (each season only features three 90 minute long episodes), it’s hard to imagine they won’t adapt each one.

And who knows? With the tv series being as popular as it is, maybe the manga version will eventually be brought to the U.S.A. in some form, if demand seems large enough. Dare to dream, Sherlock fans.

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