'Midori no Makibao' Writer Tsunomaru Ends The Makibao Series: One Piece And Naruto Writers Commemorate
One Piece and Naruto are massively successful mangas, with readers being counted in the hundreds of millions all over the globe. Recently, mangaka Eiichiro Oda of One Piece and Masashi Kishimoto of Naruto showed support for their long-time competitor and colleague Tsunomaru, the mangaka of "Midori no Makibao".
They showed their support for Tsunomaru in the 11th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Playboy magazine this Monday. Tsunomaru is the mangaka of "Taiyo no Makibao W" (The Rising Sun From the Ocean) and he ending his manga on its 20th volume this February 17. The 20th volume serves as the final goodbye to the Makibao series which first started releasing in 1995. The first manga in this series was the "Midori no Makibao."
Among popular mangakas like Eiichiro Oda and Masashi Kishimoto of One Piece and Naruto fame, others also chimed in with their own illustrations to send off the "Midori no Makibao" manga series. The artists include Yedetamago of Kinnikuman manga, Akira Miyashita of Sakigake!! Otoko Juku, Masanori Morita of Rokudenashi Blues, Kyosuke Usuta of Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar, Yuusuke Murata of One-Punch Man, Kousuke Masuda of Gag Manga Biyori, Kouji Oishi of Inumarudashi, Shuuichi Asou of Saiki Kusuo no Psi Na, Gatarou Man of Dragon Ball Gaiden and Jigoku no Misawa of Kakko-Kawaii Sengen!
The issue also has interviews with the original "Midori no Makibao" anime cast. Inuko Inuyama who voiced Makibao, Tesshou Genda and Shigeru Chiba all have interviews in the issue and voice their congratulations.
"Midori no Makibao" is a manga that is focussed on the world of horse racing and jockeys. Midori Makibao is a racehorse that is reminiscent of a small pony or a donkey but has high spirits.
Through his guts and speed, he is determined to make the race track his own and win every race. He also wishes to defeat his long-time rival Cascade and unbound his mother who was taken into captivity as a debt payment.