Star Wars has a huge and dedicated following in Japan – eagle-eyed viewers can also see the influence Akira Kurosawa had on George Lucas during the original trilogy’s production. That fandom is about to get a manga adaptation of Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan young-adult novel. Haruichi is in charge of drawing the manga.
LINE begins free serialization of the adaptation on May 4th, which is known as “Star Wars Day.” The story explores Leia’s youth living with the Alderaan royal family, who adopted her at the end of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It highlights Leia’s journey in becoming a princess and a former lieutenant. LINE also teases a romantic subplot with an original character named Kier Domandi, who was in Gray’s novel.
This isn’t the first time LINE has published a Star Wars manga. Last year, an adaptation of Gray’s Star Wars: Lost Wars was drawn by Yusaku Komiyama (Ixion Saga).
LINE will release the serialization on their messager app for free and a print version will follow later this year.