Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: April 15, 2021 at 4:20 PM PHT (GMT+8)
📷 (c)Hiroyuki Takei, Kyou Nuesawa/KODANSHA, Shaman & a garden
The first volume of the new spin-off manga series of Hiroyuki Takei's "Shaman King" manga franchise titled "Shaman King & a garden" has been released in Japan today by Japanese publisher Kodansha. The story focuses on the past stories of the Hana group waitresses Matilda Matisse, Marion Phauna, and Kanna Bismarch.
The spin-off series is illustrated by Kyou Nuesawa with the original story by Hiroyuki Takei. It was serialized since December 1, 2020 in the January 2021 issue of Kodansha's shoujo manga magazine Nakayoshi. The story revolves around Kanna, Matilda, and Marion, the three daughters of the Hao group led by the popular character Hao. Kanna, the only daughter of the Bismarch family, was feared by the surroundings as a "baquemono", but she was supported by her kind parents and an understanding maid. However, in an attempt to change that situation, Kanna courageously steps out into the outside world. The series depicts their pasts as to why the three waitresses, feared to be "witches" by others and living a lonely life, have begun their path as shamans.
The Shaman King manga series was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump between June 1998 and August 2004. The individual chapters were collected and released in 32 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. In 2017, Kodansha acquired the rights to the series and re-launched it on 35 e-book volumes in 2018, also published in print since 2020.
The series inspired a TV anime series adaptation that was co-produced by TV Tokyo, NAS, and Xebec, and aired for 64 episodes on Japan's TV Tokyo network from July 2001 to September 2002. A reboot anime television series adaptation titled "Shaman King (2021)", produced by Bridge, premiered on TV Tokyo in April 2021.
Source: Comic Natalie