Masayuki Ishikawa (Maria the Virgin Witch) to start new manga series


Masayuki Ishikawa (Moyashimon, Maria the Virgin Witch) announced on Twitter that he will launch a new series in the July issue of Kodansha’s Morning Two magazine, which will ship on May 22.

Kodansha ran an exhibit of Ishikawa’s work on Moyashimon, Maria the Virgin Witch, and the sequel series Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition in Tokyo in January. The exhibit will open in Fukuoka on March 11.



Ishikawa’s Moyashimon manga launched in Kodansha’s semimonthly Evening magazine in 2004, but it moved to the monthly magazine Morning Two in June 13. Kodansha published the 13th compiled book volume in 2014.

Del Rey licensed the manga and released two volumes before Kodansha Comics USA took over Del Rey’s titles in 2010. The first of two television anime series aired in Noitamina in 2007, followed by a live-action adaptation with lead actor Yūichi Nakamura in the same block in 2010.

Maria the Virgin Witch (Junketsu no Maria – Sorcière de gré, pucelle de force) ran in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine from 2008 to 2013, and the sequel ended this past December. Kodansha Comics is publishing both manga in North America, and Funimation is currently streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.


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