Tokyo Ghoul Creator Debuts Official Moon Knight Art

Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida partners with Marvel to create a special piece of Moon Knight art to promote the Disney+ series’ release in Japan.

Moon Knight art by Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida

Disney and Marvel released new Moon Knight artwork by Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida.

As reported by Mantan Web and translated by Crunchyroll, Ishida created a new illustration that shows the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest hero alongside Ken Kaneki, the protagonists of his own manga. The collaboration is being done to promote the release of the new Disney+ series in the region. Ishida expressed his excitement for the new show, stating that Moon Knight‘s “dark world, beautiful images” attracted him to the property. The artist praised the new series, stating “I could feel the dark charm of the world filled with fast action scenes and rough violent scenes that make it hard to call [Moon Knight] a hero. I also liked the comical and sorrowful personality of the main character, Steven.”

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Moon Knight was originally created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin in 1975. The new Disney+ series, which stars Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, X-Men: Apocalypse) as the titular hero, premiered on March 30. The series tells the story of Marc Spector, a Jewish-American mercenary with dissociative identity disorder who becomes the new avatar of the ancient Egyptian god Khonshu. The show is set to run for six episodes and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews so far.

Sui Ishida’s most well-known work, Tokyo Ghoul, was serialized in Weekly Sh┼Źnen Jump from 2011-2014. The manga was praised for Ishida’s evocative artwork and gritty storytelling. The series is set in a world where powerful ghouls live secretly among humans. Despite some violent subject matter, the series was recommended by the Young Adult Library Services Association of America as a “Great Graphic Novel for Teens.” An anime adaptation by naruto and BlackClover studio Pierrot was released in 2014, though the anime received a significantly less positive reception than Ishida’s original manga.

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This is not the first time Disney and Marvel have partnered with a famous manga creator to promote their work in Japan: the companies previously teamed up with Bleach creator Tite Kubo to promote the premiere of the Loki series in the region, and also collaborated with Sword Art Online to sell Japanese audiences on The Eternals. Competing studios have also adopted the same promotional tactics, with Warner Bros. tapping The Promised Neverland artist Pozuka Demizu to create Dunes‘s Japanese movie poster.

Moon Knight is available for streaming exclusively through Disney+. Tokyo Ghoul’s anime adaptation is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The manga is distributed in North America by VIZ Media.

Source: Mantan Web via Crunchyroll

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