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Viz Media to roll out ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ movie tie-ins

AYNIK-GraphicNovel-CoverWith Tom Cruise poised to battle aliens (again and again and again) in Edge of Tomorrow, Viz Media has announced the May 5 release of the graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired the sci-fi action film.

Written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by alt-manga artist Yoshitoshi ABe, All You Need Is Kill is a 2004 light novel about a new recruit to the United Defense Force who’s killed in his first fight against Earth’s mysterious invaders — only to find himself caught in a time loop: He wakes up the day before that fateful battle, only to die and be resurrected time and again.

Adapted by sci-fi author Nick Mamatas and comic artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury), the graphic novel will be available in print for $14.99 or digitally across multiple platforms for $8.99.

On April 29, Viz will also release a new movie tie-in edition of Sakurazaka’s light novel, which in 2009 launched the publisher’s Haikasoru imprint, with a new title (Edge of Tomorrow) and a covering bearing the poster of stars Cruise and Emily Blunt. It’s priced at $7.99.

In January, Viz began serializing Takeshi Obata’s (Hikaru No Go, Death Note) manga adaptation of the original novel in its digital magazine Shonen Jump. (ROBOT 6 spoke with the English edition’s editor, Alexis Kirsch, at the time.)

“The All You Need Is Kill graphic novel stays very true to the original source novel,” the title’s editor, Joel Enos, said in a statement. “We made a conscious effort to create something unique that could stand on it’s own away from both the original novel, the film and the upcoming manga, but would nicely complement and pay respects to all three! Lee’s retro-futuristic art style especially puts All You Need Is Kill as a comic into its own orbit!”

Directed by Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6.




Hmm is this the start of a comeback for Japanese manga and anime? Also a part of me wants this film still be called “All You Need Is Kill”.

With the amount of people in the US buying manga and watching anime these days, I would say it never really went away in the first place. Doesn’t look like it’s ever going to get back to where it was in the late 90s/early 00s, but its definitely huge right now.

The hype for Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, and Space Dandy over the past year definitely shows that US anime fans are still going strong. Also the anime app Crunchy Roll has been growing exponentially since they released their app on PS3 and 360 last year. :)

Gah…American and European artists need to leave mech and powered armor design to the Japanese. Should have just instructed them to copy the armor design from the manga adaptation.

@Red Comet: Red, the American graphic novel for AYNIK was started way before Obata’s manga adaptation. So there’s no way they could have copied the armor design.

I do agree with you though, that we do need to take a few more pointers for mecha design from the Japanese. To me, PACIFIC RIM got it right.

The movie was fantastic! Probably the best action film I’ve seen in the past decade. I am going to read the novel now to find out how close they stuck to the story, other than the white-washing and placing the story in Europe, of course… I actually like the twist with the Tom Cruise character’s way of joining the mechanized infantry. I am practically positive that is a Hollywood modification, but it worked really well.

There is very little of the book in the movie script. While Kiriya is the main character, he is not in the entire book. There is an entire chapter devoted to Rita that is only briefly discussed in the movie. Tom Cruise is in very scene in the movie.

Young, new recuit Kiriya (Japanese) was changed to a middle aged, cowardly, officer Cage (Caucasian). 19 year old, short, red hair, flat chested Rita was changed to a 30 year beautiful statuesque blonde. I think using Emily Bunt to protray Rita was some sort of in joke. TIn the book Rita spoke of a movie they made about her using a good looking tall blonde instead of a skinny red head like herself.

The Mimics are changed a lot. In the book they resemble large bloated frogs with four legs and a tail. They shoot missiles from ports in their bodies and have an exoskeleton. The Mimics in the movie are completely different.

Several minor but significant charactors are left out of the movie such as Shasta and Rachel. Sgt Farrell’s role is greatly reduced.

The Jackets the soldiers wear and much different.

The ending in the book is tragic while the movie ending is typical Hollywood crap.


June 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

@Red Comet: Yeah, the design is fugly. It looks like from some bad sci-fi novel from the 60s or something. They realy should have copied the original design….

@Marc McKenzie: The manga was published later but the light novel already head art for the armors.

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