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Papuwa the Southern Boy
Built One Line in the Monthly Gan-gan!
Date:05, Nov, 2018
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Papuwa the Southern Boy, it is a Japanese manga written by Shibata Ami. I believe that it established a line of "Monthly Gan-gan." Gan-gan is a Japanese popular monthly magazine that a lot of popular manga as Fullmetal Alchemist had serialized in.

First of all, I must tell you what built the monthly magazine. It was first published in 1991 March. Enix (at the time) was just a video game company. They tried to get into the comic business, and published the monthly magazine.

Papuwa the Southern Boy was there in 1991 March as a member of those that consisted of the Monthly Gan-gan. When the initial two episode was written, it's said the author Shibata Ami'd belonged to another company as an office worker. This is her first step as a pro manga writer, in other words.

I suppose that the editors didn't count on Shibata the fresh one at first. Papuwa the Southern Boy was written based on no video games, no novels. And it was natual it didn't get so popular. They considered so, I think. But it got popular as becoming a TV animation program.

That established a line of the Gan-gan, I guess. Papuwa Island is the stage of Papuwa the Southern Boy. Shin-taro drifted ashore there. He met Papuwa an impassive boy and some mysterious creatures like a chattering snail. What is the islnad which belongs to no nation? Then, Shin-taro got to be embroiled in the magestic mystery.

Somewhere in the world, some time we can't define, one fantasy goes on with comical daily scenes. The structure was not invented by Shibata, but I believe she established it in the Gan-gan. Without popularity, it couldn't be a line. And there's Fullmetal Alchemist on the line.

About Papuwa the Southern Boy

・Written by Shibata Ami
・Published by Square Enix
・Original Run: 1991 March – 1995 May





 

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