The Summit of the Gods

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The Summit of the Gods
The Summit of the Gods.jpg
Cover of the first volume of The Summit of the Gods, as released by Shueisha
(Kamigami no Itadaki)
GenreHistorical, Drama
Written byJiro Taniguchi
Published byShueisha
English publisher
MagazineBusiness Jump
Original run20002003
Live-action film
Everest: Kamigami no Itadaki
Directed byHideyuki Hirayama
Written byMasato Kato
Music byTakashi Kako
StudioKadokawa Corporation
ReleasedMarch 12, 2016 (2016-03-12)
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The Summit of the Gods (Japanese: 神々の山嶺, Hepburn: Kamigami no Itadaki) is a manga series written and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi. Based a 1998 novel by Baku Yumemakura,[1][2] it follows Fukamachi, a photographer who finds a camera supposedly belonging to George Mallory, a mountaineer who went missing on Mount Everest, and goes on a mountain-climbing adventure along with his friend Habu Joji.[3]


The manga was originally serialized in the magazine Business Jump by Shueisha between May 2000 and July 2003 issues.[4] It was collected into five tankōbon published between December 15, 2000 and March 20, 2003,[5][6] then re-released in bunkoban between October 18, 2006 and January 18, 2007.[7][8] An English-language version was licensed by British company Fanfare/Ponent Mon in 2007.[9] On July 23, 2009, its first volume was released,[10] and the last was released on July 31, 2015.[11] It has also been published in French by Kana in 2004-2005,[12] German by Schreiber & Leser,[13] and Spanish by Ponent Mon.[14]


In 2001, it was awarded a prize for excellence by the Agency for Cultural Affairs at the Japan Media Arts Festival, which praised its "powerful illustrations [that] seem to transport the reader right up into the mountains."[1] Its English adaptation received a nomination for Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel and Outstanding Series in 2010.[3] The fourth English volume also was nominated at the 2014 Eisner Award in the category "Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia".[15]


Live-action film[edit]

The manga was adapted into a live-action film, Everest: Kamigami no Itadaki (エヴェレスト 神々の山嶺, Everesuto Kamigami no Itadaki), directed by Hideyuki Hirayama and starring Junichi Okada, Hiroshi Abe and Machiko Ono.[16][17] Distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment and Toho, it was released on March 12, 2016,[18] and grossed ¥1.26 billion.[19]

Animated film[edit]

In January 2015, an international co-production was announced between French Julianne Films, Belgian Walking The Dog and Luxembourg Mélusine Productions to create an animated film based on The Summit of the Gods.[20] Éric Valli and Jean-Christophe Roger will direct the film produced by Didier Brunner.[21]


  1. ^ a b "Excellence Award - Kamigami no Itadaki". Japan Media Arts Festival. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Summit of the Gods - House of 1000 Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Red Snow, Summit of the Gods Nominated for Ignatz Awards". Anime News Network. August 19, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  4. ^ "神々の山嶺(いただき)" (in Japanese). CiNii. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  5. ^ "神々の山嶺 1 / 愛蔵版コミックス" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on May 1, 2003. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "神々の山嶺 5 / 愛蔵版コミックス" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on July 17, 2003. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "神々の山嶺 1 / 集英社文庫(コミック版)" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "神々の山嶺 5 / 集英社文庫(コミック版)" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Fanfare Adds to List of 2007 Releases". Anime News Network. April 27, 2007. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Summit of the Gods Vol.1". Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Summit of the Gods, The: Volume 5". Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  12. ^ "Le Sommet des Dieux tome 1" (in French). Kana. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "Gipfel der Götter 1 – Kamigami no itadaki" (in German). Schreiber & Leser. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  14. ^ "La cumbre de los dioses" (in Spanish). Ponent Mon. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  15. ^ "Suehiro Maruo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island Manga Nominated for Eisner Award". Anime News Network. April 15, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "阿部寛が「岡田准一になりたい」 「エヴェレスト 神々の山嶺」撮影秘話". Asahi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). February 9, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "岡田准一、エヴェレストに挑戦! 夢枕獏「神々の山嶺」映画化で主演" (in Japanese). February 19, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  18. ^ "岡田准一、感激 皇太子ご一家が主演映画観賞 ネパール大地震復興チャリティー". Oricon. March 9, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  19. ^ "2016年 上半期作品別興行収入 (10億以上)" (PDF) (in Japanese). Toho. July 25, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  20. ^ "Summit of the Gods Manga Gets French CG Animated Film". Anime News Network. January 20, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  21. ^ "Premières images du film du Sommet des Dieux" (in French). Catsuka. March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016.

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