Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
To mark the 55th anniversary of “Tetsujin 28-go,” the fifth and latest comic book collection set has been released.
Known as “Gigantor” outside Japan, the classic robot manga series was created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama in 1956.
Reprinted in its original colors, these limited edition box sets are faithful reproductions of the manga published in the 1950s and 1960s, original copies of which are hard to find.
The new box sets are published by Shogakukan Creative Inc. and released by Shogakukan Inc.
The first three sets contain all 20 volumes of the original manga comic series released under Kobunsha Co.’s Kappa Comics label from 1964 to 1966.
They are B5-size format, the same as the original manga, which first appeared in Shonen comic magazine.
The last two sets are reprints of the first hardcover comic book series that spanned seven volumes between 1958 and 1961.
They are based on the original manuscripts used for Shonen magazine, but Yokoyama edited scenes and added drawings.
The five box sets of “Tetsujin 28-go” will please both past fans and manga collectors today looking to gain knowledge of the classic.
The sets also feature stories, commentaries and articles.
The first three include a short novelized version of the manga, written by sci-fi author Hideaki Sena, mystery writer Taku Ashibe and anime screenwriter Masaki Tsuji.
The stories, essays and commentaries are by anime critic Haruyuki Nakano, anime historian Nobuyuki Tsugata, retro Japan researcher Tetsuya Kurosawa, manga artist Jun Ishikawa, and writers Yuki Nomura and Hiroaki Ikeda.
Interviews with Yokoyama and his essays are also included.
The third box set comes with a special gift pack that includes all 20 cover illustrations from the original Kappa Comics editions. A special feature of the fifth set is a collection of color illustrations used in supplements that came with the original magazine.
In addition, those who purchase all five sets will receive a bonus collection of Shonen magazine cover illustrations.
The first three box sets cost 10,500 yen ($130), including tax. The last two sets are 7,770 yen each.
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