It's Go Nagai's 50th anniversary of being a manga creator, and the anime and manga industry is celebrating with revivals of his classic series. Often resulting in new projects like Cutie Honey Universe, Mazinger Z/INFINITY, and most recently Devilman Crybaby on Netflix, this has also led to new ways of discovering Nagai's original works.
Including a huge omnibus collecting Nagai's entire Devilman series.
Seven Seas Entertainment has confirmed that they will be releasing Devilman: The Classic Collection. This series will be two hardcover omnibuses with over 600 pages each that collect the entirety of Nagai's original series. These deluxe re-releases will include brand new covers for the manga as well.
DEVILMAN: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION is Go Nagai’s original manga, compiled in two huge hardcover omnibuses of 600+ pages each! These deluxe editions will include brand-new covers. Volume 1 will debut in May. https://t.co/rB3NOhcpWV pic.twitter.com/anI0qwCh3G— Seven Seas (@gomanga) January 8, 2018
Devilman: The Classic Collection will be releasing in May, but was originally scheduled for a release in March. Seven Seas Entertainment has decided to delay the book to make sure that each book has the highest quality possible.
Now is the best time to be a fan of Devilman. Devilman Crybaby on Netflix is setting a fire among the anime fandom for its unflinching, incredibly stylized take on Go Nagai's original content (including the best running in anime since Naruto). It's also proving to be such a hit that a reboot manga titled Devilman: Grimoire and a sequel manga Devilman vs. Hades are getting published as well.
For those unfamiliar with Devilman, first created by Go Nagai, the series follows Akira Fudo, a young over achieving student without a violent bone in his body. When Yokai, who had been banned by God into an alternate dimension, began crossing over into the human realm, Akira fuses with the Devil Amon, and becomes Devilman. After fusing with Amon, Akira realizes that controlling the power isn't as easy as he hoped. Not only must Akira fight the demons, but he's got to fight to keep control of his own body.
Nagai's original manga started its run in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine in 1972, and an anime series was produced by Toei Animation and ran for 39 episodes. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga for its English release, and the series has spwaned numerous anime specials, and live-action films.