It has officially been confirmed that Saejima Toshiyuki of GTO and Shonan Jun’ai Gumi will be taking the lead as protagonist of Fujisawa Tohru’s latest manga series, the title of which has
also been announced as Ino-Head Gargoyle.
To re-cap, Fujisawa has been leaving small tidbits of information related to this series through both his twitter account and blog since early-November. All up, it became apparent that the series would begin publication in January in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine, that it would be a policeman story, and that the protagonist of the series could possibly be Saejima due to suggestive comments and an accompanying image left on his blog.
A home page for the series has been opened by Kodansha on their Kodansha Comic Plus website, which features the banner presented above. This banner contains text which announces that Saejima will indeed be taking the lead role in this series. This text appears on the upper right hand side of the image, and roughly translates to:
“The main character is that man, “Mad Dog of Kamakura” Saejima Toshiyuki! As a dark (headed) hero (he plans to be), the angry man from “Shonan Jun’ai Gumi” and “GTO” joins the fray in Young Magazine!!”
The title Ino-Head Gargoyle is essentially a Japanese play on words. It is presented as 井の頭ガーゴイル, which would normally be read “Inokashira Gargoyle”. Inokashira refers to the name of an area in Musashino City in Tokyo, specifically Inokashira Park, a location that appears throughout GTO continuously. The characters that make up Inokashira however, are accompanied by a furigana reading guide, which indicates that the character that would normally make up “kashira” should be read as “heddo” instead. “heddo” is a Japanese interpretation of the English word “head”. This borrowed phonetic word is typically used to refer to a chief or leader-type figure in Japanese, often at times one that leads a group involved in criminal activity or the underworld. The “Gargoyle” in the title may be a reference to Saejima having an ugly and particularly frightening face, which has been running gag since Shonan Jun’ai Gumi.
The release date for the first installment of the series has now been confirmed. The series will indeed commence publication in January, in Young Magazine’s 7th issue of 2012 which will reach shelves on Monday the 16th. The opening chapter will consist of 47 pages, including some in colour.
The home page of Ino-Head Gargoyle on Kodansha Comic Plus can be found here:
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