(Last updated on: September 22, 2023)
Publisher Scholastic’s Graphix has revealed an exciting development: the release of “Unico: Awakening” (Unico: Mezame no Ohanashi), a new manga adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s beloved Unico series. Mark your calendars for August 6, 2024 as this much-anticipated manga series, inspired by the original work, will captivate readers.
Comprised of four volumes, a handbook and an activity book, “Unico: Awakening” invites fans into a world where the art unfolds from left to right, echoing the traditional format of the original Unico manga Tezuka.
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The creative talents behind this project are none other than illustrator duo Gurihiru, known for their exceptional work on Marvel Comics’ “The Unbelievable Gwenpool”, the Power Pack comic series and the comic book “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, along with many other series.
Collaborating with them is Samuel Sattin, co-author of “Crunchyroll Essential Anime: Fan Favorites” and “Memorable Masterpieces.” Their journey began with a Kickstarter campaign launched in May 2022, and within a remarkable 24 hours, they reached their initial fundraising goal of $50,000. By the end of the campaign, they had raised an impressive total of $179,794.
At the heart of “Unico: Awakening” is a reimagined story inspired by Tezuka’s original story, “The Cat on the Broom.” Here, Unico forms an unlikely friendship with Chloe, a stray cat with a tendency to mistake an old woman for a witch. When Chloe discovers Unico’s magical abilities, she begs him to give her a fleeting experience of being human for brief moments every day, on one condition—she must never lose touch with her identity. my cat.
However, their idyllic existence is threatened when a formidable enemy, along with the Goddess Venus, seeks to destroy Unico. The spirit of the West Wind embarks on a cosmic quest to break Unico’s eternal cycle of suffering.
The core of Unico’s story revolves around a unique unicorn given the power to assist those who hold it dear. Our titular hero traverses time and diverse lands in search of new friendships.
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For fans, this manga brings back fond memories of the animated film “The Amazing Adventures of Unico” (1981), directed by Toshio Hirata, and “Unico in the Island of Magic” (1983), directed by Moribi Murano. With “Unico: Awakening,” a new chapter beckons, promising to captivate both longtime fans and newcomers to this enchanting world.
Source | Press Release
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