I’m Shiki Mizuchi, and once again, I’ve been busy at work this year rushing toward deadlines for my manuscript. By the way, I’m a Pisces born in March — chatter aside, I wonder if readers were satisfied with the great climax of the fourth volume? To me as the author, this is also something that I’ve wanted to write for a long time. All readers are welcome to share their opinions and thoughts!
Although this may be a bit sudden, I have some major news to share here. A manga version of [Seikoku no Ryuu Kishi] will finally be published! The magazine it will be serialised in is obviously the monthly Comic Alive. It is expected to begin serialisation starting in the June issue, at the same time that this volume will be released.
I am fortunate to have RAN-sensei drawing the manga for us. When I first saw the sketches that were drawn, I knew that they were the right person. I hope everyone can appreciate it alongside the original novel. Please witness the birth of Eco again through the manga!
Following this are my acknowledgements. The production of this volume has once again relied on the help of so many people. Editor Shoji-san, I always admire your meticulous attitude towards work. The plethora of suggestions that you have provided have been a great help to me.
Shimesaba Kohada-san, when I saw Anya on the cover, I almost fainted at her cute appearance. You have truly fulfilled my requests as the author again this time, so I sincerely express my gratitude. Please let me say once again that without Shimesaba Kohada-sensei’s illustrations, [Seikoku] would not be able to continue!
Manga artist RAN-sensei, I am looking forward to how you will express the world of [Seikoku] from here on! With the release of the manga version, I look forward to working with you two — editor Takahashi and editor Nakamura of the monthly Comic Alive.
Lastly, those I absolutely must not forget, my dear readers. I will carefully and excitedly read all of the letters, emails and mobile survey responses that you have sent to me. Due to the length of this volume, I would like to give my deepest gratitude to all those involved in the production of this book.
Well, let us meet again next time. The next volume will take place during the summer break. Will the Mother Dragon finally appear before Ash!?
April 2011, Shiki Mizuchi
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