Ablaze revealed a 4-page preview of the upcoming English release
Publisher Ablaze launched a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday for the planned release of Masaaki Ninomiya’s horror manga Gannibal.
The Kickstarter will offer a limited edition hardcover version of the manga as a complete 13-volume box set. Other bonuses include a digital version of the first volume, a hardcover version plus a digital version of the first volume, a digital collection of volumes 1 to 6, a hardcover collection volumes 1 to 6 and a complete digital collection of all 13 volumes. Masaaki Ninomiya will also draw the initial sketches for the top two reward tiers. Other rewards include a book plaque and backer names on the back of book releases.
The Kickstarter campaign is offering an early bird offer for the first 24 hours of launch.
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Ablaze provided ANN with the covers of the first three volumes of the manga series and four preview pages.
Ablaze plans to release the manga’s first volume in North America in November and the second volume in February 2024. The manga will still be available digitally and physically outside of the Kickstarter campaign, but the cover version hardware exclusively on Kickstarter.
Ablaze describes the story:
In GANNIBAL, Daigo Agawa is a resident police officer who has just been assigned to the remote mountain village of Kuge. At first he was warmly welcomed by the villagers, but with the suspicious death of an old woman, he gradually realized the abnormality of the village and began to suspect that “The people in this village are eating people. ”
Ninomiya launched the manga in Nihonbungeisha’s Weekly Manga Goraku magazine in October 2018 and ended it in November 2021. The manga’s 13th and final compiled book volume was published in Japan in February 2022.
The manga inspired a live-action series that premiered in December 2022 and aired seven episodes. Disney+ and Hulu are streaming the show worldwide. According to entertainment news website Variety, Disney+ said it was the most-watched domestically produced original series on Disney+ Japan based on hours streamed.
The series will have a second season with returning cast and crew.
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