Few manga artists have had as much of a deep impact on my fandom as Kenichi Sonoda. As the artist behind Bubblegum Crisis, Riding Bean, Gunsmith Cats and more, in the early 90s his works defined the way I thought character designs should look...and instilled in me an unnatural desire to find a girlfriend just like the gun-toting Rally Vincent. (You find them at NRA meetings, by the way.)
With his Gunsmith Cats saga all wrapped up in both Japan and America fans of the artist will be happy to hear that Kodansha's August issue of Monthly Afternoon has announced Sonoda's new series beginning in its next issue, Bullet the Wizard. While no details are available just yet the "Bullet" part of the title implies a return to his gunslinging ways, but the "Wizard" bit...who knows. Is that "Wizard" as in pinball wizard, or Harry Potter the wizard? Astute followers of Japanese manga anthology rags will known July 23 when the next issue of Monthly Afternoon drops.