Shinbun Saturday: Sherlock Gets a Manga Adaptation

Happy Saturday, dear readers! Can you believe February is over? I certainly can’t, but I’m excited about the coming of spring.

The manga world lit up this last week with the news that BBC’s Sherlock will be getting a manga adaptation. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this happen. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had manga tie-ins, as has Rooster Teeth’s RWBY. What makes it interesting to me is that Titan Comics will be releasing the English localization of the original Japanese manga adaptation. Titans Comics isn’t a North American manga publisher. Are they going to publish it in the right-to-left format that manga readers are used to, or will they mirror-image it in anticipation of non-manga fans picking up the series because it’s Sherlock?

The Japanese crackdown on online piracy continues. Police arrested 44 people for illegally uploading anime and anime music. Seems like a lot for one week, right? Get this: they arrested all of those people in three days. Looks like things are getting serious on that side of the Pacific Ocean. I wonder how this will affect the thriving scanlation community, if at all.

A documentary series hosted by none other than Monster mangaka, Naoki Urasawa, is coming back for another season. The TV series focuses on manga creators in their workspaces. Among the mangaka scheduled to appear this season is Moto Hagio, the creator of The Heart of Thomas and other seminal shoujo manga titles.

As a fan of Gangsta, I’ve been dealing with the manga hiatus due to Kohske’s poor health. I wish her the best for a speedy recovery. But for Gangsta fans wishing for more new content, let’s all be glad that we’re not Hunter x Hunter readers! (Then again, if you read both series, I’m so sorry?) To illustrate Togashi’s hiatuses from the manga, fans created a website that uses charts and graphs. It’s one thing to know that Togashi takes a lot of breaks. It’s another thing to see those breaks visualized. I’m sure this is agony for HxH fans, but if Weekly Shonen Jump editorial lets him do this, what can you do?

And that’s all for this week. See you next time!

Vernieda Vergara

Vernieda Vergara

Writer. Manga and webtoon aficionado. I hail from Washington D.C. where I consume too much media and cause only a little trouble. Tweet me @incitata.