With the film adaptation of author Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill coming to theaters this June (under the title Edge of Tomorrow), Warner Bros. is no doubt hoping for a box office blast for the science fiction action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. A new cross-promotional graphic novel based on the original source material will also be hitting bookstores a month before the feature film is released. Now a new manga from Japan is offering fans of the novel a new look at the story and characters featured in Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s best-selling book.
As reported on Crunchy Roll, new images from the manga showoff the story’s humongous mechsuits and time travel elements. Takeshi Obata adapted Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s original novel into a the manga and will be featured in the magazine Weekly Young Jump in seven double issues. The images look great! I’m a big fan of manga and anime and these images fall in line with this current new wave of manga art. You can just feel how bloody and brutal the story and action will be in All You Need Is Kill.
While American audiences probably aren’t familiar with Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s work, it’s extremely popular in Japan. The new graphic novel from Viz Media will be more faithful to Sakurazaka’s original novel than the film. From how the graphic novel is presented, I’m getting a real Ender’s Game vibe from it.
As for the film adaptation, Edge of Tomorrow takes place in the distant future, after an alien race known as Mimics have attacked the Earth. Tom Cruise plays Col Cage, an army officer who is thrown into combat with very little training and experience. He is killed within minutes, but is caught in a time loop that forces him to re-live the battle again and again. Throughout the film, Col. Cage has to fight and die, until he figures out a way to stop the cycle and defeat the invading alien race with the help of Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt.
Screenwriters Joby Harold, Steve Kloves, Christopher McQuarrie, Tim Kring, Jez Butterworth, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci all had a hand in adapting All You Need Is Kill for the big screen, while Doug Liman directed the film. In addition to Cruise and Blunt, the film also features Lara Pulver, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jeremy Piven, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Riley, and Jonas Armstrong.
The first part of the All You Need Is Kill manga is out now in the magazine Weekly Young Jump, with the next six parts due to come out week after week. Read it for FREE on MangaHere.com.
The All You Need Is Kill graphic novel will hit comic book retailers, physical and online, some time in May 2014. Edge of Tomorrow will hit theaters everywhere on June 6, 2014.