Popular Classic “The Great Gatsby” Gets a Manga Adaptation by Masterpiece Comics

It’s about time that some of literature’s greatest works are introduced to a whole new world. The Great Gatsbya literary classic, is among the first to be confirmed for its manga adaptation, thanks to Kadokawa’s latest series, Masterpiece Comics. The company’s new manga collection will adapt several of literature’s greatest books into manga.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kadokawa made an announcement about the creation and release of Kadokawa Masterpiece Comics. The manga label was created to adapt global literary classics into manga. The Masterpiece Comics team, comprised of seasoned editors and mangakas, has painstakingly selected a few notable releases, ensuring that each adaptation stays true to the original work’s themes, characters, and plot. The Great Gatsby is also going to be the part of the ‘Masterpiece Comics’ lineup.

Get ready for a literary revolution as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is set to be transformed into a manga, with a release date set for March 2025. This is just the beginning of an exciting journey as Kadokawa plans to adapt several more classics, including The Silent Miaow, The Legends of Tono, The Alchemist, and Lipstick on an Afterimage. The anticipation is palpable as fans eagerly await these unique adaptations.

Kadokawa’s Masterpiece Comics Initiative

Kadokawa Masterpiece Comics | Source: Official Website

The world of anime and manga is rapidly spreading across the globe, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries. It is no longer restricted to a particular audience but is accessible to the general public. Kadokawa, with its rich and diverse portfolio of manga, light novels, and magazines, has taken the initiative to bring these mediums closer to the general public. Mangas have been adapted into many forms for decades now, and their popularity continues to grow, thanks to initiatives like Kadokawa’s ‘Masterpiece Comics’ that are introducing manga to a global audience.

The company have launched a new line of manga revolving around classic literature worldwide, a project they’ve dubbed the ‘Masterpiece Comics Initiative’. This ambitious endeavor aims to bring famous works that have left an impression on the world to a new audience, and then adapt them into manga formats. This would help bring out different sides of renowned tales, giving them the sort of imagery that can only be brought to life through manga. Also, it is a significant step in the evolution of manga and literature, bridging the gap between these two beloved mediums.

The Silent Miaow

The current lineup of the project (via Crunchyroll) would start with the adaptation of The Silent Miaow by Paul Gallico, which would be published on 20th July. Then, in September, a manga adaptation of The Legends of Tono by Kunio Yanagita. Following the two would be Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in November and Yasutaka Tsutsui’s Zanzo ni Kuchibeni wo in January 2025. Lastly, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby will be making its manga debut in March 2025. The release schedule is designed to offer a diverse range of stories and genres, ensuring that there’s something for every manga and literature fan.

Each of these titles holds great importance in the world of literature. These are only a few names of what seems to be a big project. Once the first wave of mangas passes, another will surely come.

A New Era of Manga

Classic Literature Books | Source: GoodReads

Various adaptations of games, movies, and even popular literature have been created over the past few decades. Graphic novels and manga also often collaborate with popular shows and movies to bring either extracts or different adaptations of many projects. However, Classic literature, for that part, stays untouched. Although there have been many movie adaptations, some popular while others not really talked about, manga adaptations are little to none.

With the news of Kadokawa’s Masterpiece Comics announcement, fans have been ecstatic, claiming that it was high time works of literature got their chance at getting manga adaptations. While there have been comic book adaptations, there are fewer manga adaptations. This allows for expansion, working on not just the novels mentioned earlier but many others as well.

‘The Silent Miaow’ in the Works | Source: Twitter

As you can imagine, this new manga collection has piqued interest, but it is not the first time literary classics have explored the medium. Several high-profile novels have okayed manga adaptations before now. From Les Miserables and Frankenstein to Pride and Prejudice, classic literature have a lot to offer. And now, Kadokawa is ready to release several more manga adaptations.

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