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Lion Books Series
Lion Books-01.jpg
Cover of volume 1 of Lion Books, from the Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition
ライオンブックス
(Raion Bukkusu)
Genre Fantasy
Manga
Lion Books
Written by Osamu Tezuka
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Omoshiro Book
Original run August 1956July 1957
Volumes 11
Manga
Lion Books II
Written by Osamu Tezuka
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run March 22, 1971February 19, 1973
Volumes 24
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Lion Books Series (ライオンブックス Riaon Bukkusu?) was a 1950s Japanese manga series published by Shueisha into the Omoshiro Book as a supplement. The same company would publish Lion Books II into Weekly Shōnen Jump in the 1970s, which would commonly be referred to as "The New Lion Books". The series was partially adapted into an experimental anime series in the 1980s and 90s.

Anime adaptations[edit]

Two of the stories in the manga were adapted into an experimental anime series titled the 'Lion Books collection'. The first adaptation came in 1983 using the story The Green Cat. It became the first OVA ever attempted by the industry, though it cannot be officially considered the first OVA like Dallos. The second story Adachi-ga Hara was adapted in 1991, and became the only movie in the series to be released to theaters.[1] 4 other stories were filled in from non manga sources.

Story Anime Release
1 The Green Cat 1983
2 Rain Boy 1983
3 Lunn Flies into the Wind 1985
4 Yamataro Comes Back 1986
5 Adachi-ga Hara 1991
6 Akuemon 1993

1950s manga series[edit]

There are no continuations or relations between any of the stories.

Subtitle List # Name Original Name Released
1 The Next Human Beings August 1956
2 The Black Space Ray September 1956
3-4 Spaceport Spaceport, Orion No. 137 October 1956 - November 1956
5 The Green Cat December 1956
6 Earthquake Predicting Old Lady Earth Theater 1 January 1957
7 Twin Murder Earth Theater 2 February 1957
8 The Crazy Border Earth Theater 3 March 1957
9 Multiple-Eyed Devil April 1957
10 Skipper Skeleton June 1957
11 Bullet Hole in the Wilderness July 1957

1970s manga series[edit]

There are no continuations or relations between any of the stories.

Subtitle List # Name Original Name Released
1 Adachi-ga Hara March 22, 1971
2 Mirage April 26, 1971
3 Serenade of Pig's Navel May 24, 1971
4 The Closed Classroom June 21, 1971
5-8 A Hundred Tales July 26, 1971 - October 25, 1971
9 Mosa, the Flying Squirrel November 22, 1971
10 Collapse December 27, 1971
11 The Moon and Wolves January 17, 1972
12 Mother River February 14, 1972
13 Mansion OBA March 20, 1972
14 Color of Full-blown Flower in Spring April 17, 1972
15-16 Mimigarasu Mimigarasu Dendekoden May 15, 1972 - June 19, 1972
17 Seven Men from Outer Space July 17, 1972
18 The March Covered with Mud August 14, 1972
19-21 ?
22 The Sweet Smell of Success December 18, 1972
23 The Distant Planet January 22, 1973
24 The Strange School February 19, 1973

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

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