This year’s 20th issue of Shogakukan‘s Big Comic magazine revealed on Friday that Go Nagai‘s new short manga for Osamu Tezuka‘s Barbara manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on October 25. The manga’s one compiled book volume will ship on November 30.
Barbara opens with famous author Yosuke Mikura wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, where he makes a strange discovery: a drunk woman, her rags caked in mud, who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara. He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura’s shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no benevolent guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings – all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.
The manga inspired a live-action film adaptation that premiered at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival in November 2019. The film is an international co-production between Third Window Films, Japan’s TheFool (River’s Edge), and Germany’s Rapid Eye Movies (Ruined Heart). Tezuka’s son Macoto Tezka directed the film, and the project marked his first time directing a live-action film adaptation of one of his father’s works.
Tezuka’s original manga ran in Shogakukan‘s Big Comic magazine from 1973 to 1974. Digital Manga’s English release of the manga was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2013.
Nagai debuted as a manga artist in 1967 with Meakashi Polikichi and went on to create many classic and genre-defining works, including Cutie Honey, Devilman, Mazinger Z, and Harenchi Gakuen. In recent years, he has continued to pen new spinoffs, such as his ongoing Devilman Saga manga. He has also serialized the autobiographical Gekiman! manga about the creation of his various notable titles.
Source: Big Comic magazine’s website