After the success of their recently released danmei novels from Chinese author Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, Seven Seas Entertainment has announced a license agreement for a new manga whose roots are once again outside of Japan, this time from Taiwan. In collaborations with the famed Butcher in Japanese media, Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass, Fate/Zero) has joined forces with artist Yui Sakuma to create the manga adaptation of Urobuchi’s recently finished TV series, Thunderbolt Fantasy.
Originally a collaborative project with Taiwanese studio, Pili International Multimedia, Thunderbolt Fantasy was a stop-motion/puppet animation project that ran from 2016 to 2021. Although the series has wrapped up production, more adaptations have spawned, including a live-action film and a lite-novel. Now, Gen Urobuchi has moved on to retell the story as a manga.
The series, as described by Seven Seas:
In an ancient kingdom, a vicious warlord is on the hunt for a magic sword. Dan Fei has spent her whole life guarding the coveted Sword of Divine Retribution — legends say its power is great enough to smite demons and shake the heavens. The master of the evil Xuan Gui Zong sect will stop at nothing to possess it, and dispatches his warriors to steal the holy blade. Fleeing their pursuit, Dan Fei must rely on the unexpected help of two unusual strangers, who are powerful swordsmen themselves. Like a thunderbolt from the blue sky, a thrilling wuxia fantasy saga begins!
Seven Seas Entertainment will be publishing Thunderbolt Fantasy starting in October 2022 as deluxe two-in-one omnibus volumes for $19.99, in print, and digitally.