Sunday GX comic magazine starts YouTube channel to promote manga

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

Shogakukan Inc. has launched an official channel on YouTube to promote manga stories published in its Gekkan Sunday GX monthly comic magazine.

The YouTube video-sharing channel is a subchannel of the magazine’s main ShoPro channel, which is run by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co. (ShoPro).

The ShoPro channel streams promo videos about titles in Shogakukan’s Gagaga Bunko novel series. The Sunday GX video site promotes the magazine’s lineup of manga stories in a cross-media approach. Sunday GX magazine, first published in 2000, is popular among teenage boys.

The magazine has produced popular manga titles such as Rei Hiroe’s “Black Lagoon” and Kazuhiko Shimamoto’s “Hoero Pen.”

On YouTube, the video clips feature manga titles from the magazine with links to Sunday GX’s official website and its official Twitter account.

To start, four video clips have been posted. They included a promo for the direct-to-video third animated series of the “Black Lagoon” and a shorter, updated version of the clip.

The remaining two are Hiroki Miyashita’s “Seigi Keikan Monju” (“Righteous Police Officer Monju”) and “Westwood Vibrato,” with original story ideas provided by South Korean manga artist Youn In-wan. An episode from each title is introduced in the form of webcomic with animated effects.

“Westwood Vibrato” is a new series that marks Sunday GX’s 10th anniversary. Youn is also known for “Shin Angyo Onshi.” With a musical soundtrack, the promo shows images from the manga about of a soul-healing journey set in South Africa.

See (http://www.youtube.com/user/SHOPRO), (http://www.youtube.com/user/SundayGXch) and (http://websunday.net/gx/).

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