Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are to receive an anime make-over this November when a serial based on the popular BBC detective drama Sherlock begins in Japanese manga magazine Young Ace.
Manga-news.com, a French-run site tweeted (translated): “[Comic artist] Jay will draw a manga series adapted from the English Sherlock. Young Ace in the beginning of November (04/10)”
Jay. va dessiner un manga adapté de la série anglaise Sherlock. Début dans le Young Ace de novembre (04/10). twitter.com/manganewsjapon…
— Manga-news Japon (@manganewsjapon) September 1, 2012
The opening Young Ace story will be a rendering of the Sherlock episode A Study in Pink, which was the first show of Sherlock series one, originally broadcast in 2010.
Sherlock has already been the inspiration for a number of manga and anime titles such as Sherlock Holmes Whispers to the Shadow, which followed the adventures of youthful versions of Cumberbatch and Freeman’s Holmes and Watson.
However, Cumberbatch has spoken out in the past about feeling uneasy with some of the situations he’s seen depicted in online manga, telling the Daily Telegraph of his frustration with “weird fan fiction” on the internet, where people “write stories and do manga cartoons of what they think you get up to behind closed doors. Some of it’s funny. Some of it’s full-on sex.”
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