Shinobu Ohtaka’s Orient Manga Gets New TV Anime Adaptation

Orient manga

Publishing company Kodansha made an announcement that the Orient manga series by Shinobu Ohtaka is being adapted into an anime series. Kodansha simultaneously streamed a teaser video for the series. The anime series does not yet have a premiere date for the first season.

Furthermore, the manga publishing giant also revealed that the Orient manga series’ Weekly Shonen Jump magazine run will come to an end in its 113th chapter in the 6th issue of the year, which just came out this past week. From now on, all future chapters of the manga will move to monthly Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. The next issue of Bessatsu shipping on February 9th will contain the series’ 9th chapter.

Kodansha Comics is also publishing the Orient manga in English-speaking territories and describes the plot as follows:

At age 10, best friends Musashi and Kojiro sat in excited silence as Kojiro’s father spun tales of evil demons who preyed on the innocent, and the warriors who defeated them. Practicing swordplay, the two swear an oath to become the strongest in the world. But as they grow up, Kojiro turns cynical, and Musashi comes to realize that he can’t turn back 150 years of demon rule on his own. He’s being called a prodigy with a pickaxe, and he’s almost ready to settle for a life of labor. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that he still has a responsibility to act…and, soon, the injustices of his world will force his hand…

The manga was originally launched by Ohtaka in Weekly Shonen Jump in May 2018, to great fan success. Kodansha published all of the manga’s 11 compiled book volumes last November and has shipped them around the world. Kodansha Comics published the seventh volume of the manga in English last October.

Ohtaka has various other works. Her first manga called Magi premiered in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2009 after her five-year run working on Sumomo Momomo. The manga for Magi ended in October 2017. The series was popular enough to inspire a two-season anime series of 25 episodes. The series was titled Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, which debuted on TV in 2012. The series eventually had a sequel series called Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, which was released the year after in 2013. The series also had a spin-off manga series illustrated by Yoshifumi Otera titled Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, which debuted as a bonus that shipped with the first series of the Magi anime’s home video release before launching as a fully published series. The spin-off in turn inspired its own original adaptation as a full series of which an original video anime series and television anime series was produced.

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