Rockman Maniax Formally Announced, New Features

Hitoshi Ariga has formally announced his revamped edition of Rockman Maniax, which is set to release in Japan on July 11th. The cover features a Comic Bombom style arrangement in honor of the original publication where Rockman Maniax appeared. Announced contents include:

  • Colored pages, including content from 10 year anniversary encyclopedia Rockman Maniax special edition and color illustrations from the Comic Bombom magazine.
  • All of the Rockman Maniax stories, including an "episode 0" that was put out before Rockman Maniax was serialized.
  • Loads of 4-panel comics and other shorts.
  • The original "Destruction Order" story as well as Rockman X Megamissions that were featured in Rockman Remix.
  • Various concept drawings from Rockman Remix, Rockman Megamix and Rockman Gigamix.
  • A special interview with the original planner of the Rockman series, A.K, discussing 24 years of Rockman.

Furthermore, Ariga also announced that he will be implementing a new edition of "Dr. Rightot's Laboratory" and be taking submissions from fans for their Robot Masters. The deadline is June 19th and two submissions will be selected (this is certainly a Japan-only affair). The winners will receive an autographed postcard from Ariga.

This A5 format comic will be a whopping 420 pages and sell for ¥2,310 (roughly $28.80 US). Considering all their success with Mega Man, I'd say it's a good chance UDON will pick this one up too. Let's hope!

News via ArigaMegamix

Rockman Maniax the Next Manga Release

If you think we've been getting Mega Man comics out the wazoo, you still haven't seen anything yet. An updated listing on Wedge Holding's Brain Navi site has Hitoshi Ariga's "Rockman Maniax" slated for a release in Japan in June. Originally, Rockman Maniax was a serialized comic appearing in Comic Bonbon from 1997 to 1998 (and were reprinted in later releases of Rockman Megamix). According to CAP Kobun, it's planned this compilation would not just contain these gag comics, but also the original "Destruction Order" and "Rockman X Megamissions" comics from Rockman Remix, various other 4-panel comics, and a compilation of various concept arts for prize campaigns and such. Additionally, CAP also believes he heard Ariga mention on the Spiceman live stream (presumably where the rest of this info originated) that the compilation will also include the "For Whose Sake" mini-manga that was released with the Rockman 9 Arranged Soundtrack.

Details seem a touch sketchy, but at any rate it is more Hitoshi Ariga manga. And since it's coming from Wedge Holdings, there's a good chance this will be a future prospect for UDON to grab!

News Credit: CAP Kobun's Daletto Blog