Hayao Miyazaki’s “Shuna’s Journey” Manga Finally Gets English Release for the First Time in Over Four Decades

After over 40 years since its original Japanese debut, acclaimed anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s “Shuna no Tabi” or “Shuna’s Journey” manga is getting an English translation and release in the United States for the first time.

Miyazaki published the manga in Tokuma Shoten’s Animage magazine back in June 1983. The New York City publishing company, First Second Books will print the graphic novel with translations by Alex Dudok de Wit. 

The story follows Prince Shuna, who leaves his village in pursuit of golden seeds to save his people from famine. During his travels, he meets two enslaved girls as well as gods.

Miyazaki is currently directing his upcoming animated feature film, “Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka” or  “How Do You Live?”, which will be half-finished in March.