Tsutomi Nihei, author of two famous science fiction manga series, Blame! and Knights of Sidonia, will apply their talents to the realm of fantasy with a new manga series to be published by Kodansha in Monthly Comic Sirius magazine. Tsutomu Nihei has garnered many fans for his cyberpunk-inspired aesthetic that shines through in the hit manga Blame! in 1997 and then the Knights of Sidonia in 2009.
With Shueisha’s Shonen Jump releasing new manga to replace their most popular works like One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen, Kodansha must follow suit if it wants to maintain its position as Shueisha’s biggest competitor. The company will begin publishing a new fantasy manga series, Tower Dungeon, which looks very promising and will be written and drawn by none other than Tsutomu Nihei. Having launched two award-winning sci-fi manga series, Nihei is ready to change the genre and hopes to take the industry by storm for the third time.
Tsutomu Nihei moves away from science fiction to create a promising fantasy manga
According to information from the prestigious X account MangaMogura, the new manga series titled “Tower Dungeon” will launch on October 6 in issue 12 of Monthly Comic Sirius magazine. Other major manga published in that magazine include That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime and The Masterful Cat Is Depress Again Today, which were recently adapted into anime. The plot of Tower Dungeon revolves around an evil wizard who killed the king, kidnapped the princess and hid in a tower with monsters wandering everywhere. A task force is formed to recover the princess and a young farmer gets involved.
The plot seems almost similar to the popular manga Tower Of God, in which a seemingly unlikely man ventures through a mysterious tower to find a woman. Nihei is an expert in drawing buildings and architecture because he once worked in this field. His stunning and incredibly detailed landscapes have won him many awards and his name often appears in conversations about the best comic artists. With the series likely set entirely inside a giant tower, it’s safe to say the artwork will be nothing short of astonishing.
This manga has been gaining traction online, and that’s no surprise. Nihei is obviously very popular in Japan, but he also foresees the popularity of manga and anime spreading overseas. He lived in New York for a year, attended many comic conventions, and even did a short series for Marvel Comics, Wolverine: Snikt!, that gained widespread international recognition. Tsutomi Niheinew fantasy manga by, Tower Dungeon, is getting a lot of attention and the first chapter will clearly attract a lot of readers, but only time will tell if the series will live up to the expectations set by Blame! and the Knights of Sidonia.