The September issue of Kadokawa‘s magazine published the final chapter of Ark Performance‘s MSV-R: Johnny Ridden no Kikan (The Return of Johnny Ridden) manga on Wednesday. The manga’s 26th and final compiled book volume will ship on September 26.
The story begins in U.C.0090 with a Federation investigative committee that is doing research on little known mobile suits used towards the tail end of the One-Year War, as well as their pilots. One such pilot is the Zeon ace Johnny Ridden.
The manga features and showcases mobile suit designs from the franchise‘s MSV-R (Mobile Suit Variations R) project, which is not a story, but instead a series of variations on existing U.C. mobile suit designs, or original designs by mecha designer Kunio Okawara. The designs have been compiled in a number of sourcebooks, and featured narratively in some spinoff manga, of which Johnny Ridden no Kikan is a part of.
MSV-R: Johnny Ridden no Kikan launched in in April 2010. Kadokawa published the manga’s 25th volume on March 25.
Ark Performance and Koujirou Nakamura produced the novel in Yatate Bunko — Sunrise’s light novel imprint — in November 2016. The novel inspired six-episode series of net anime shorts. The first episode debuted with English subtitles in June 2017. The novels also inspired a manga.
Ark Performance launched the ongoing manga in Shonengahosha‘s magazine in 2009. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in print in North America, and Crunchyroll is publishing the manga online. The manga inspired a television anime, which Crunchyroll streamed as it aired in Japan in 2013, and two anime films.
Source: September issue
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