Star Wars has been branching out into the manga scene for a while now. So it makes sense that Leia would get her own manga, and now we even get a sneak peek at the upcoming English translation of Yen Press’s Leia: Princess of Alderaan.
Leia: Princess of Alderaan is actually the manga adaptation (art by Haruichi) of the young adult novel of the same name by Claudia Gray. If you think that name sounds familiar in this context, you’re not alone. One of her other young adult novels, Star Wars: Lost Stars, also got a manga adaptation. It was by a different artist than Leia: Princess of Alderaan, but the quality is similarly high. With such a pedigree, I think we can safely say that this will be a good manga too.
A New Hope for a Star Wars Anime?
Leia: Princess of Alderaan basically depicts Leia’s childhood on the planet in manga format. You know, before the Death Star explosively remodeled it. It starts with Leia as a hyperactive toddler running away from attendants trying to get her to take a bath. It then ends with Leia on her 16th birthday, where she undergoes a ceremony to formally declare her intention to take up the crown of Alderaan eventually.
Of course, Leia: Princess of Alderaan doesn’t only show those events. There’s everything in between, from Leia snuggling with her parents as a frightened child, to Leia trying (and failing) to learn arithmetic in her early teens. The whole story really gives us a complete look at Leia’s life, and thus how she became the person she is today. Well, today as in A New Hope-kind of today. We’ll not talk about what happens in the sequel trilogy.
There’s no word on how many volumes Leia: Princess of Alderaan will run to, but it does give us anime fans hope. Does this mean that we’ll eventually see an anime adaptation of Leia: Princess of Alderaan, and other Star Wars manga? Well, we’ll just have to see if Disney will give it the greenlight.
Leia: Princess of Alderaan is the second of Claudia Gray’s novels to be adapted into manga, and it looks like another good one. The manga will hit shelves on October 27, 2020; and is in fact available for preorder right now from Amazon. The e-book version is $6.99, and the paperback is $13.00. Yes, the e-book is much cheaper, but there’s nothing like the feel of paper between your fingers. It’s why I strongly urge you to get the paperback if you have the money for it.