Leiji Matsumoto, the esteemed creator of Space Battleship Yamato, Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999, has had his 1972 manga series Gun Frontier adapted for a reboot manga by Yuzuru Shimazaki. The new manga launched in Akita Shoten’s Monthly Champion RED magazine this month, titled Gun Frontier ~Harlock & Tochirou Seishun no Tabi~ (Gun Frontier ~Harlock & Tochirou’s Youthful Journey).
The series is set on a wasteland planet and follows our familiar space cowboy Harlock, as he journeys across the land with his samurai sword-wielding close friend Tochirou. But the story begins when they cross paths with a girl named Sinunora.
Matsumoto’s original manga was published in Akita Shoten’s Play Comic magazine from 1972-1975, and was the introduction of Tochirou, who would go on to become a recurring character in Captain Harlock’s adventures. The manga also inspired a 2002 anime series, which was released in North America in five volumes between 2003 and 2004.