Friday, May 10, 2024

Takako Shimura Launches New Manga in Weekly Big Comic Spirits

This year's combined 21st and 22nd issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Takako Shimura will launch a new series Sōiu Ie no Ko no Hanashi (A Story of the Children of That House) in the magazine's 26th issue on May 27.

The story follows childhood friends Ema, Kōichi, and Sachiko, who were raised in the same religious household. Years later, at the age of 28, the three find themselves at a crossroads as they confront issues of marriage, work, and independence.

The manga will serialize in the magazine monthly. Sōiu Ie no Ko no Hanashi marks the fourth new series announced by Shimura recently. The artist announced last month the previously published one-shot Futari de Hitorigurashi (Living Alone Together) manga is getting a regular series. The first chapter released in the spring issue of Bungeishunju's Bunshun Woman magazine that released on March 21.

Shimura recently announced the Koiiji spinoff manga Hatsukoi no Tsugi (What's Next After First Love). The series begins serializing in Kodansha's Kiss magazine on April 25. Shimura will also launch a new manga titled Only Talk with original work by Michi Ichiho in the 70th issue of Shodensha's OnBLUE boys-love magazine on April 25.

Shimura launched the Awajima Hyakkei manga (pictured at right) in Ohta Publishing's PocoPoco online magazine in July 2011, but the manga later moved to Ohta Web Comic. The manga's fourth compiled book volume released in August 2022. The manga ended on March 15.

Shimura is best known for her Wandering Son and Sweet Blue Flowers manga, both of which have inspired television anime series adaptations in 2011 and 2009 respectively. She also drew the original character designs for the Aldnoah.Zero anime, Battery the Animation, and the Overtake! racing anime. She drew a short-run manga adaptation for the Battery novels. Fantagraphics Books is releasing her Wandering Son manga in North America, and Viz Media is releasing Sweet Blue FlowersSeven Seas is releasing Shimura's Even Though We're Adults (Otona ni Nattemo) manga digitally and in print.

Shimura's Happy-Go-Lucky Days (Dōnika Naru Hibi) manga inspired an anime film that opened in Japan in October 2020.

Source: Big Comic Spirits issue 21/22

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