Manga creators Rumiko Takahashi and Satoru Noda sat down to talk about one another's work in two interviews published in Weekly Shonen Sunday and Weekly Young Jump. The interviews commemorate the upcoming volume releases of Takahashi's MAO and Noda's Golden Kamuy manga series on September 18 and September 19. The series bare a few similarities; MAO includes time-hopping between the present day and the Taisho era in Hokkaido. Golden Kamuy also takes place at the end of the Taisho-era in Hokkaido.
In the interviews, Takahashi and Noda talk about various topics, from the attractiveness of each other's works to the way they approach manga creation.
Weekly Shonen Sunday and Weekly Young Jump issues will include an autographed shikishi that has been signed by both artists.
Shogakukan's manga app, Sunday Webry, also released the full version of the interview. The first part can be read from September 18 and the second part from September 25.
Viz Media is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the first volume:
In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.
The anime's first season premiered last April. Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed it with an English dub. The second season premiered last October. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation began streaming an English dub last October.
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.
Source: Comic Natalie