EXCLUSIVE: Dark Horse Manga Completes Shin’ichi Sakamoto’s Innocent Series with Release of 3rd Omnibus Volume

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© Shin’ichi Sakamoto, Dark Horse Manga/Shueisha

Dark Horse Manga has announced the release of the third omnibus volume for Shin’ichi Sakamoto’s historical manga drama Innocent. Pre-orders for the third volume are now open and will be sold in retail book stores as a trade paperback volume on October 29, 2024 and in comic shops on October 30, 2024. 

Anime Trending has exclusively been given a sneak peek at the cover for the upcoming volume.

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© Shin’ichi Sakamoto, Dark Horse Manga/Shueisha

The third omnibus volume of Innocent collects volumes 7-9 of Sakamoto’s critically acclaimed Japanese manga. The series is inspired by real historic figures and events, revolving around executioner Charles-Henri Sanson. Sakamoto’s manga is described as a series that “captures the beauty, romance, and brutality of 18th century France.” 

Dark Horse Manga describes the third omnibus volume as: 

Change is on the horizon as Marie-Joseph Sanson ascends the block.

The rivalry between Charles-Henri and his sister has hit a peak. With Charles-Henri accepting his position as head of House Sanson and Marie-Joseph rejecting all convention, the conflict threatens to shatter the family legacy. Meanwhile, Charles meets a young prince who invites him to the Palace of Versailles, but this is no place for an executioner.

Innocent was announced as a new license from Dark Horse Comics in November 2022 during the company’s Anime NYC industry panel. It is the first title of Sakamoto’s work to be available in the English language and has been released in 3-in-1 omnibus volumes. 

The first omnibus volume was released on November 22, 2023, while the second volume will be released on May 1, 2024. 

Innocent was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump on January 31, 2013, before concluding on April 16, 2015. A total of nine tankoubon volumes were released. A sequel series titled Innocent Rouge ran in Grand Jump magazine from May 20, 2015 to January 8, 2020. Twelve tankoubon volumes were released in total. 

Dark Horse Manga describes the general synopsis of the manga as: 

Born into a family of executioners, Charles-Henri Sanson must take up his father’s mantle as the Royal Executioner of Paris. Conflicted between his desire to honor the family name and rebelling against the longstanding practice, he chooses to follow tradition, but vows to be the last executioner–the last Sanson to spill blood in the name of justice.

Shin’ichi Sakamoto previously worked on Kokou no Hito from 2007 until 2011. His current series, #DRCL midnight children, has been serialized in Grand Jump magazine since January 20, 2021. Three tankoubon volumes have been released as of June 2023, with a fourth volume set for release on February 19, 2024. 

Source: press release

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