MF Ghost (Japanese: MFゴースト, Hepburn: MF Gōsuto) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine since September 2017, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes as of May 2022. An anime television series adaptation by Felix Film is set to premiere in 2023.

MF Ghost
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Cover of the first volume, featuring Kanata Katagiri
MFゴースト
(MF Gōsuto)
Manga
Written byShuichi Shigeno
Published byKodansha
English publisher
Kodansha USA (digital)
ImprintYoung Magazine KC
MagazineWeekly Young Magazine
DemographicSeinen
Original runSeptember 4, 2017 – present
Volumes14 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTomohito Naka
Written byKenichi Yamashita
Music byAkio Dobashi
StudioFelix Film
Licensed by
Original run 2023 scheduled

As of January 2022, the manga had over 3.2 million copies in circulation.

PlotEdit

The series takes place in the 2020s, where self-driving electric cars have replaced internal combustion ones. However, in Japan, there is a large organization called MFG, founded by Ryosuke Takahashi (from the Initial D series), who does street racing with internal combustion cars. A new rookie, Kanata Livington (カナタ・リヴィントン, Kanata Rivu~inton) who is competing with the pseudonym Kanata Katagiri (片桐 夏向, Katagiri Kanata), a 19 year old Japanese-British young man, has showed up on the scene driving a Toyota 86, and beating European top-tier cars, such as the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lotus Exige, Alfa Romeo 4C, Lexus LC500 and Porsche 911 Carrera. Kanata has been trained by legendary downhill and rally racer Takumi Fujiwara (protagonist from the Initial D series) at the Royal Donington Racing School in the UK and is a Formula 4 world champion. He has only one motive: to find his long-lost father.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

MF Ghost is written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. The manga began in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine on September 4, 2017.[1][2][3] The series is connected to Shigeno's previous work Initial D.[4][5] In October 2018, Shigeno stated that the manga is 1/5 finished.[6] Kodansha has compiled its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was published on January 5, 2018.[7] As of May 6, 2022, fourteen volumes have been released.[8]

Kodansha USA and Comixology announced that they would publish the manga digitally starting on January 11, 2022.[9]

Volume listEdit

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 January 5, 2018[10]978-4-06-510707-2January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-432-1
2 May 7, 2018[12]978-4-06-511451-3January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-433-8
3 September 6, 2018[13]978-4-06-512819-0
978-4-06-513567-9 (LE)
January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-434-5
4 January 4, 2019[14]978-4-06-514160-1
978-4-06-514770-2 (LE)
January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-435-2
5 May 7, 2019[15]978-4-06-515459-5
978-4-06-515460-1 (LE)
January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-436-9
6 September 6, 2019[16]978-4-06-516937-7
978-4-06-516990-2 (LE)
January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-437-6
7 January 6, 2020[17]978-4-06-518212-3January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-438-3
8 May 7, 2020[18]978-4-06-519539-0
978-4-06-519540-6 (LE)
January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-439-0
9 September 4, 2020[19]978-4-06-520686-7January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-440-6
10 January 6, 2021[20]978-4-06-522013-9January 11, 2022 (digital)[11]978-1-63699-441-3
11 May 6, 2021[21]978-4-06-523334-4
12 September 6, 2021[22]978-4-06-524746-4
13 January 6, 2022[23]978-4-06-526477-5
14 May 6, 2022[8]978-4-06-527778-2

AnimeEdit

An anime television series adaptation was announced on January 4, 2022. It is produced by Felix Film and directed by Tomohito Naka, with Kenichi Yamashita supervising the scripts co-written by Akihiko Inari, Naoyuki Onda designing the characters, and Akio Dobashi composing the music.[24] The series is set to premiere in 2023.[25] Medialink licensed the series in South and Southeast Asia.[26]

ReceptionEdit

As of January 2019, the manga had over 1 million copies in circulation.[27] As of January 2022, the manga had over 3.2 million copies in circulation.[28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 28, 2017). "Shuuichi Shigeno's MF Ghost Manga Launches on September 4, Reveals New Visual". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  2. ^ 週刊ヤングマガジン40号. magazine.yanmaga.jp. Kodansha. Archived from the original on September 8, 2020. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 4, 2017). "Shuuichi Shigeno's MF Ghost Manga's Story, 1st Page Previewed". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  4. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (April 9, 2018). "MF Ghost Manga Hints Connection to Initial D's Takumi". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  5. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (September 8, 2018). "Initial D's Keisuke Appears in MF Ghost Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. ^ Ressler, Karen (October 8, 2018). "MF Ghost Manga by Initial D's Shigeno is 1/5 Finished". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  7. ^ 「頭文字D」しげの秀一が近未来の新たな公道レース描く「MFゴースト」1巻. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. January 5, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
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  9. ^ Mateo, Alex (January 10, 2022). "Exclusive: Kodansha Comics, ComiXology Publish Initial D Successor Manga MF Ghost". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  10. ^ 【1月5日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. January 5, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mateo, Alex (January 11, 2022). "North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 9-15". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  12. ^ 【5月7日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. May 7, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  13. ^ しげの秀一「MFゴースト」ロゴのみを使用したコラボグッズ、86着限定生産. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. September 6, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  14. ^ 【1月4日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
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  17. ^ 【1月6日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. January 6, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  18. ^ 【5月7日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. May 7, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  19. ^ 【9月4日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. September 4, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  20. ^ 【1月6日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  21. ^ 【5月6日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. May 6, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  22. ^ 【9月6日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. September 6, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  23. ^ 【1月6日付】本日発売の単行本リスト. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. January 6, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  24. ^ Loo, Egan (May 5, 2022). "Initial D Successor Anime MF Ghost Reveals Staff, Eurobeat Soundtrack With 2nd Video". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  25. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (January 4, 2022). "TV Anime of Initial D Successor MF Ghost Confirmed With Teaser". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  26. ^ "《MF GHOST》anime confirmed! The legendary street racing is back!💨 The sequel of 《Initial D》, written by Shuichi Shigeno, another car racing manga《MF GHOST》is turning into anime in 2023!". Facebook. January 4, 2022. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  27. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (January 8, 2019). "Initial D Creator's MF Ghost Inspires Limited Edition Hachiroku". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  28. ^ 『頭文字D』後継作・しげの秀一氏原作の『MFゴースト』2023年TVアニメ化決定!「TOYOTA 86」が疾走するティザービジュアル&リアルな走行音が収録された特報PV公開. Animate Times (in Japanese). January 4, 2022. Retrieved January 4, 2022.

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