The recent July edition of Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Flapper magazine featured the concluding chapter of Yuki Hijiri’s posthumous manga series, “Locke the Superman Aspiration” (Chōjin Locke Dо̄kei). The talented Sakura Sasakura, who had been Hijiri’s dedicated assistant for a considerable time, skillfully wrapped up the narrative using the original creator’s provided storyboard and plot.
A compiled volume containing this chapter is scheduled for shipment later this year. The manga made its debut in November 2020, and the fifth chapter, which preceded the finale, was released in July 2021.
On October 30, Hijiri sadly passed away from pneumonia at the age of 72.
Hijiri is renowned for creating the Chōjin Locke (Locke the Superman) manga series. Additionally, he served as the designer for characters and mecha in iconic series such as Voltes V, Fighting General Daimos, and Future Robot Daltanious.
The Locke the Superman manga initially launched in Sakuga Group’s dōjinshi in 1967, and later made its commercial magazine debut in Minori Shobō’s Monthly Out in 1977. It ran in Shonengahosha’s Shonen King magazine from 1979 to 1988 until the magazine ceased publication. Subsequently, works in the series appeared in various magazines, with the manga finding a new home in Monthly Comic Flapper in 2007. An anime film based on the manga was released in 1984, accompanied by a novel and radio dramas in the same year.
In November 2019, Hijiri introduced Chōjin Locke: Chaos Bringer (Locke the Superman: Chaos Bringer) in Young King Ours. The first compiled volume of the manga was published by Shonengahosha in September 2020.
Hijiri also serialized two other manga in different magazines: Chōjin Locke Kagami no Ori (Locke the Superman The Mirror Chamber) in Young King Ours and Chōjin Locke Gaia no Kiba (Locke the Superman The Fang of Gaia) in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Flapper magazine. Locke the Superman The Fang of Gaia commemorated the 50th anniversary of the original manga.
Source: Monthly Comic Flapper July issue