Yo-kai Watch: Shadowside voice actor Yudai Chiba, a self-professed fan of Rumiko Takahashi‘s manga, was appointed as the “PR ambassador” of her latest series MAO. Chiba will host a party for the release of the manga’s first volume at the Sanseido Bookstore in Ikebukuro on September 19.
Chiba will appear at the event dressed as the male protagonist M<>ao. Potential attendees can reserve a spot at the party at the bookstore’s official website beginning on September 6.
The first volume of Rumiko Takahashi‘s MAO manga will go on sale in Japan on September 18. Takahashi launched the series in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on May 8. The story follows a girl named Nanoka who has “died in the past”. One day on her way to school she meets a boy in a place where “two worlds intersect,” and starts a mysterious romance guided by fate.
In her career of over three decades, Takahashi has created manga such as Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, Ranma 1/2, One-Pound Gospel, and Inuyasha. Many of her works have become internationally popular and inspired anime and live-action adaptations. As of March 2017, her works have a combined 200 million copies in print.
Source: Comic Natalie