First new ‘Cyborg 009’ episode in 18 years available online

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

After an 18-year hiatus, a new episode of “Cyborg 009” written by anime screenwriter Ryota Yamaguchi has been posted on comic magazine Club Sunday’s website.

Club Sunday is the free online version of Weekly Shonen Sunday comic magazine.

“Cyborg 009” is among the best-known works of late manga giant Shotaro Ishinomori. The manga series was first serialized in 1964, and Ishinomori continued to write stories for the series as his lifework. He died in 1998.

The title has spawned animated feature films and TV series, gaining popularity over several generations.

The new episode, titled “009 Toranpu Tower” (Tower of Playing Cards), is based on a story idea that won in the scenario category of the Cyborg 009 manga awards.

The awards are organized by Ishimori Production Inc. and Shonen Sunday and given to the best of previously unreleased original stories that feature the world of the comic and its characters. Awards are given in the manga and scenario categories.

Ishimori Production illustrated the manga that won in the scenario category.

The new episode adds modern elements, such as cellphones, to the “Cyborg 009” series, which is about a band of nine cyborgs with superhuman powers.

The episode is so good it seems like something that Ishinomori himself could have written.

The high quality seems to be the result of the winner’s background–Yamaguchi has written screenplays for many popular anime titles, including “Sailor Moon,” “Digimon Savers” (aka “Digimon Data Squad”) and the “Project Blue Earth SOS” animated TV series. Yamaguchi’s story is full of ideas and dramatic ups and downs that keep the reader interested.

While the new episode may surprise fans, many other projects from the title are in the works.

See (http://club.shogakukan.co.jp/) and (http://www.ishimoripro.com/).

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