Osamu Tezuka wrote his manga Barbara back in the 1970s, and in 2021 it’s getting a new chapter thanks to mangaka Go Nagai, who created Devilman, Cutie Honey and Mazinger Z. Nagai is working on Barbara with his company, Dynamic Production, and the new chapter will be released in Big Comic magazine on May 10.
Nagai is also debuting a brand new manga the same day called Yagyūra Shinken. Yagyūra Shinken will be published in Weekly Post magazine. Nagai is additionally having a Virtual Reality Exhibit for his Devilman franchise right now.
Barbara has been published in America as a single volume by Digital Manga Publishing. The publisher gave this description for the story:
“Barbara opens with famous author Yosuke Mikura wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, where he makes a strange discovery: a drunk woman, her rags caked in mud, who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara. He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura’s shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no benevolent guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings – all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.