Friends, this is the sort of comic book movie news I enjoy writing about: Naoki Urasawa (Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto) can now add the honor of becoming the first manga author to have his work adapted into film in Spain. Spanish director Javier Yañez obtained the rights to one of Urasawa's early short stories, Mighty Boy, from publishers Shogakukan, gaining approval from the master himself in the process. Although the film was largely privately financed, Yañez took the initiative to crowd-funding platform IndieGogo in order to raise the final $10,000 it required, and now it's finished and available to watch in full, for free (subtitled in both English and Japanese).
I spent a bit of time trying to track down Urasawa's original story online, with no luck (it's not been translated in English, and was published as part of an anthology volume), so I'm unable to comment on how the adaptation translates, or how faithful it is, but I can tell you what the film is about and if it's any good.
Under normal circumstance, a publisher announcing that it got the rights to a foreign series with plans for a US printing later in the year wouldn't be cause to get more than the usual amount of excited, but when the series is a classic from Naoki Urasawa that's described as a "post-Cold War thriller" about a world-traveling archaeologist/insurance investigator? I mean, that's like six different things that I'm into in one sentence, so rest assured that I am pumped about this news.
The series in question is Master Keaton, which debuted in 1988, set for release in 12 deluxe edition volumes as part of the Viz Signature line this December, and cannot get here fast enough.
Once it was announced that Guillermo del Toro was working with HBO on a television adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's Monster, it was only a matter of time before the series, for which several volumes have long been unavailable, was fully returned to print. And it became official this weekend at Otakon, where Viz announced that the acclaimed horror manga would be made available again in the form of 2-in-1 deluxe omnibus volumes.
Eight years after the end of the anime based on writer/artist Naoki Urasawa's acclaimed horror manga Monster, the story is coming back to TV under the guidance of Hellboy and Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro.
Along with screenwriter Steven Thompson, whose credits i
Since its creation in 1952, Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" manga has become a certified worldwide phenomenon, featured in multiple television series, movies, and books. 2009 alone saw the introduction of two new takes on the "Astro Boy" mythos: a CGI "Astro Boy" movie aimed squarely at the brainpans of American children, and "Pluto," a new manga for adults who want a little bit more from their cartoon characters
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