The manga magazine Monthly Shounen Sirius has announced that Ryukishi07 will be writing a new series for them in 2016. Yukari Higa will be illustrating it. The title is currently unknown, and details on the story are scarce, but we can at least tell it has plenty of bishoujo.
It’s possible that this also adapts a TRianThology story, like the just-announced series Country Girl. The art does make me think of that “galge-like” setting. But Country Girl specifically mentioned TRianThology in it’s announcement, whereas this manga doesn’t.
So in total, Ryukishi07 has 4 projects that will be (or have been released) in 2016, including 2 VNs and 2 original manga:
- TRianThology (hopefully, unless it ends up releasing next year)
- Hotarubi no Tomoru Koro ni
- This series
It’s almost hard to keep track of it all! Of course he’s been working on Iwaihime and TRianThology well before this, but there’s a lot of stuff coming to fruition this year.
Chapter 0 of the Hotarubi no Tomoru Koro ni manga has now been translated, and can be downloaded here. The translation was done by Tarable Translations, who also did an excellent translation of the prologue short story. I scanned the raws and did the typesetting…so if something is screwed up, just let me know and I’ll fix it!
It’s basically like the trailer for a movie, with a very cinematic feel. On one hand, I find it rather intriguing. On the other hand, it doesn’t get into the story proper at all, and the series won’t be continuing until 3/25/2016. So for me this is a teaser trailer, with emphasis on the word “teaser.”
Disclaimer: If you enjoy reading these scanlations, please consider supporting the official English releases of 07th Expansion manga! Yen Press has published the manga for Higurashi, Umineko, and Rose Guns Days, and they’re all fine adaptations. Hopefully they’ll continue to get enough sales to release new series and spin-offs from Ryukishi07 in English.
The Iwaihime manga adaption has been picked up by the scanlation group Hot Chocolate Scans. They just released the 1st chapter, which you can read here. I won’t give any spoilers, but the end sure takes an interesting turn…
For those who can read Japanese, the Iwaihime VN was also released on Friday, and can be downloaded from DMM’s site. They also have preview CGs, a demo, a free 20-page guidebook PDF, and desktop and mobile wallpapers. The question for me is whether I read the manga, or wait for the VN to be translated.
I just learned today that 07th Expansion is releasing a manga adaption of a story from their upcoming game, TRianThology, for free online. It’s part of a collaboration between 07th Expansion and Nico Nico Seiga, the manga side of Japanese website Niconico, which is better known for online videos and tons of bizarre memes.
As we learned at last year’s ACen Panel, TRianThology will be made up of three linked stories:
- School friends from the country drifting apart after moving to new places, and then coming back together.
- A science fiction war story.
- A galge-like setting ala To Heart.
It looks like this manga, titled Country Girl, is based on the first story. Despite Ryukishi07’s other forays into manga, it’s clear that TRianThology will definitely still be a game, since the artist’s comments hope we can “look forward to the game while reading leisurely.”
The 1st and 2nd chapters are posted now on Nico Nico Seiga, and it says that new chapters will be posted on the third Thursday of each month. Unfortunately, it’s only in Japanese so far, though it’s just begging for a fan translation. Skimming through the 72 pages posted so far, it reminds me a bit of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. Sort of an “alas, the care free innocence of our youth has been replaced by such jaded cynicism” sort of plot. This is the story written by Tanaka Romeo, so maybe it’ll get as a dark as A Drug That Makes You Dream did (not the best VN out there, but a nostalgic gateway drug for me!).
Art by 塩素 on Pixiv
I was already intrigued by Ryukishi07’s new manga series, but now I’m approaching a critical mass of hype. Turns out it will be explicitly connected to the When They Cry series, through the antics of our favorite fragment-hopping voyager witches. Check this translation of background text on the book’s product page, kindly emailed to me by Isae (who has an excellent Higurashi blog and tumblr, check them out!):
“The way to play with this Fragment is very easy. And the conditions for winning are also very simple. If you can escape alive, you win. See? Even for you, this should be easy to play, right?”
“Ah this is nostalgic. The stage of this is the Japanese countryside. Reminds me of Hinamizawa.”
“In that case, I’ll go with this piece. Let’s go, my other self.”
Also, a Japanese fan who’s read the prologue tweeted that the story is a challenge between Bernkastel and Lambdadelta. Takano Miyo is the main character. Higanbana and Rose Guns Days might have had expy characters, but nothing on this level of explicit connection.
It might not be a sprawling epic like the VNs, but I’m glad to see that the When They Cry story isn’t over yet! The meta-fiction setting it’s established has so much untapped potential. I can’t wait to see what new characters get caught up in their immortal struggle against eternal boredom. My question now: can we only expect short VNs and manga in the immediate future, or is this just an interlude before WTC5?
The manga magazine Gekkan Action has just announced a new series written by Ryukishi07 and illustrated by Nokuto Koike. It’ll be called Hotarubi no Tomoru Koro ni (When the Fireflies Burn)…not quite the next “When they Cry,” but close!
The series will be previewed by a prologue in the upcoming Umineko book, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ~The Last and First Gift~. That’s coming out on December 16, according to Amazon.co.jp.
The last manga by Ryukishi07 (Higanbana) was somewhat disappointing, until he ended up expanding its story into a VN. Still, this series looks rather intriguing, even if I know basically nothing about it’s plot. The artist has a cool, mature art style, and it is being printed in a seinen magazine. In an odd coincidence, just a few days ago we saw the first ever English print licensing from this magazine, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.
EDIT: While digging through the magazine’s Twitter, I found some of the original character designs drawn by Ryukishi07 for the series:
Iwaihime will be getting a manga adaptation starting in September, slightly before the game’s released. It’ll be published by Square Enix in Shounen Gangan, one of their seinen magazines. This bodes well for a US release: all other manga versions of Ryukishi07’s VNs published by Square Enix have been licensed by Yen Press (Higurashi, Umineko, and Rose Guns Days). The only thing missing is the manga for Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni, which was published by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan instead.
Other Iwaihime stuff:
- The official site has updated with some more character designs. Looks like your cliche galge route-less characters of “teacher” and “flamboyant male friend.”
- There was a panel for the game at the summer Comiket last month. with Ryukihi07 and a bunch of others creatively involved. They were selling a beautiful tapestry for autographing. I’m not sure if the limited edition‘s coming with the same tapestry, but I’d be plenty happy if so!