VIZ Media has announced the release of author Housuke Nojiri’s science fiction adventure, Rocket Girls: The Last Planet, the second in the Rocket Girls series, which is being published under the company’s Haikasoru imprint. Haikasoru is the first publisher in North America with a dedicated focus on Japanese science fiction.
In Rocket Girls: The Last Planet, the Rocket Girls accidentally splash down in the pond of Yukari Morita’s old school, and it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile – she’s intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite – Akane is soon recruited by the Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: to do what NASA astronauts cannot and save a probe headed to the minor planet Pluto and the very edge of the solar system.
Author Housuke Nojiri published his first work, The Blind Spot of Veis, based on the video game Creguian, in 1992. He gained further popularity with subsequent works in the Creguian series and for the Rocket Girls series. In 2002, he published Usurper of the Sun, also from Haikasoru, which ushered in a new era of space science fiction in Japan. After first appearing as a series of short stories, Usurper won the prestigious Seiun Award for the best Japanese science fiction novel of 2002. Nojiri’s other notable works include Pendulum of Pinieru and Fuwa-Fuwa no Izumi.
For more info on Rocket Girls: The Last Planet and the Haikasoru imprint, visit haikasoru.com.