Hayao Miyazaki is perhaps best known as a director, and anime fans consider him a living legend. These days, the artist is busy working on his next film, and many are still working on his artwork. For die-hard fans, they’ve even read Miyazaki’s imprints, and one of his best manga is set to debut in the US.

Thanks to First Second, the imprint of the graphic novel brings Shuna’s Journey to American readers for the first time. This is the first time that Miyazaki’s very first manga will be available in America in an official capacity. Alex Dudok de Wit was assigned to oversee the translation, and they describe the piece as an homage to emonogatrari comics that were popular in Japan decades ago.

As for the creative and editorial director of the translation, Mark Siegel says that this manga will help fill in the gaps for fans curious about the growth of Miyazaki’s storytelling. “Fans of Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – millions of us – will be delighted to find the first hints of these masterpieces in beautiful watercolor pages by Miyazaki’s own hand.”

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As for the story itself, Shuna’s Journey tells the story of Prince Shuna who must leave his village to save his homeland and its people from ruin. During his adventure, the prince meets people from all walks of life including two slaves, leaving him to negotiate the needs of his people as well as his new companions. Shuna’s Journey was originally released in 1983, so it took almost forty years to arrive in the United States. But if you ask any Miyazaki fan, they’ll agree that the wait will be worth it.

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