A Jose Rizal manga is soon to be released and you can read it for free

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED June 18, 2018 01:53 pm | UPDATED June 18, 2018 03:13 pm
The first volume will be released in time for the national hero’s birthday anniversary.

(Inside Manila) Our national hero’s story is landing the pages of a Japanese comic, a.k.a. manga, in time for his birthday on June 19th.

The idea came to Takuro Ando, representative of manga publisher TORICO, upon seeing a bronze statue of Rizal in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, the site of the former Tokyo Hotel where the hero resided in the springtime of 1888 for about a month and a half. Curious, he gathered info on Rizal; amused, came the fruition of a project. As Ando noted in a press release, “Japan, too, was affected by the genius of Rizal, who had changed his country not through violence but through his knowledge and hard work.”

Working on the manga are award-winning manga artist Ryo Konno and writer Takahiro Matsui. There will be a total of 100 pages in the four-volume illustrated comics about Rizal’s work during the Spanish colonization period. Rizal was also said to have fallen in love with a Japanese woman named Seiko Usui during his stay in the country, hence it would be interesting to see this part of Rizal’s already tangled romantic life.

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The first volume will be released on June 19, and a new chapter follows every Tuesday. It can be read online for free in English on www.manga.club or in Japanese on www.sukima.me. Filipino translations, though not yet confirmed, are also in the publisher’s plans.



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