Kadokawa has tantalizingly hinted at the impending conclusion of the Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn manga. The 25th volume, released on a recent Friday, left fans with the cryptic message “to be concluded” in its final pages, setting the stage for the series’ grand finale.
This science-fiction manga embarked on its final narrative arc with the 24th volume, which graced readers on February 10. The dynamic duo behind this work of art, Masamune Shirow (renowned for Ghost in the Shell) and Koushi Rikudo (famous for Excel Saga), originally introduced the manga in Kadokawa Shoten’s Newtype Ace magazine back in 2012.
While Shirow masterminded the story, Rikudo lent his artistic prowess to bring it to life. Following Newtype Ace’s discontinuation in 2013, the manga found a new home on Kadokawa’s Niconico Ace website before finally settling into Comic Newtype in 2016.
English-speaking readers have been fortunate to enjoy this tale, thanks to Seven Seas Entertainment, which has been steadily releasing translated volumes. The 16th volume hit the shelves on July 4, offering fans a glimpse into the captivating narrative.
The story unfolds as Nanakorobi Nene, a cybernetically-enhanced girl-next-door, embarks on a journey to the island metropolis of Cenancle to reside with her aunt.
Little does she know, fate has intriguing twists in store for her. A serendipitous encounter entwines her destiny with that of the affluent inventor, Uzal Delilah, and her endearing yet somewhat irritable companion, Clarion, who happens to be a cyborg like Nene. While Nene is overjoyed to find a friend, she soon discovers that there is much more to Uzal, Clarion, and the enigmatic island of Cenancle than meets the eye.
As a super-powered terrorist threat looms over Cenancle, Uzal asserts that the only way to avert disaster is for Nene to join forces with Clarion and harness their combined powers – abilities Nene never knew she possessed.
This manga has left an indelible mark on its audience, inspiring a 12-episode television anime that graced Japan’s screens in January 2016. Funimation ensured that fans worldwide could follow the series as it aired in Japan, providing both subtitles and an English broadcast dub.
Furthermore, a theatrical anime special captivated audiences in December 2015, cementing the manga’s status as a beloved and enduring work of fiction.
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