Okinawa’s homegrown superhero ‘Ryujin Mabuyer’ gets manga adaptation in Shonen Champion magazine

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

“Ryujin Mabuyer,” a superhero TV series aired in Okinawa Prefecture since autumn 2008, will be adapted into a manga series in Akita Publishing Co.’s Shonen Champion weekly manga magazine, the publisher said.

The manga will be carried from the 51st volume of the publication, which will hit store shelves on Nov. 17, the company said.

A feature film adaptation titled “Ryujin Mabuyer The Movie: Nanatsu no Mabui” (The seven souls) hit theaters in Okinawa Prefecture on Oct. 29. The movie is set for nationwide release on Jan. 7.

The first season of the original TV series is currently airing on the Tokyo Metropolitan Television Broadcasting Corp. (Tokyo MX) network.

Manga artist Tetsuhiro Maruyama will pen the manga adaptation.

“I’ll draw the manga to make those who already know ‘Mabuyer,’ and others who don’t know it, love ‘Mabuyer’ and Okinawa even more!”

The artist became so caught up in the adaptation that he moved to the southernmost prefecture to develop story ideas.

Takafumi Sawa, editor in chief of the magazine, said he decided to go ahead with the manga adaptation because there were no heroes like Mabuyer, a superhero who “forgives his enemies.”

With the characters speaking in local Okinawan dialect, and a storyline incorporating its distinctive culture, “Ryujin Mabuyer” has proved hugely popular among all age groups.

More than 400 items of related merchandise are being marketed.

In Okinawa alone, at least 100,000 Mabuyer-themed T-shirts have been sold.

Currently, the third season of the action series is airing in Okinawa Prefecture.

Visit the TV series’ official website at (http://www.mabuyer.com/). The film’s website is at (http://www.mabuyer.jp/).

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