The official title of the original novel was Journey to Star Wars: the Force Awakens: Lost Stars, so you might be able to guess why people just started calling it Lost Stars now. The novel came out in 2015 and was written by Claudia Gray.
Think of it as a Romeo and Juliet story that reaches across the entire Star Wars saga. It begins before A New Hope and goes as far as the events that take place just before The Force Awakens. It tells the story of Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree, one just a normal farm boy and the other an aristocratic heiress. They both join the Imperial academy at a young age, but they both end up taking different paths; Thane rejects the Empire joining the rebellion and Ciena stays loyal to the empire becoming an officer.
In the wake of The Force Awakens, the creative team behind the Star Wars expanded universe put out a series of brand new tie-in novels to tell the stories in the background in-between all of the films. The novel has over 600 5-star reviews on Amazon and has become one of the most popular recent Star Wars tie-in novels. The manga adaptation will be illustrated by Yusaku Komiyama and begin TODAY, May 4. It will be released in bi-weekly chapters for free on the manga app known as Line.
The Star Wars franchise is enjoying a brand new rebirth in popularity after The Force Awakens and it has been almost a decade since the last officially licensed Star Wars manga publication, so this feels like a reach into a market that has been neglected. My question is, why has it been so long? I mean publications like this or the Beauty and the Beast manga are essentially retelling popular stories that are already known, so why isn’t rolling out multi-cultural versions of popular stories a standard thing? This particular book did well and was well reviewed so why did it take two years for them to figure out how to reach out to a Japanese audience now? Perhaps producers like Disney and properties like Star Wars should put more thought into expanding their perspective to a more worldwide outlook.
What do you think? Is it two years too late? Or should we just be happy for new artwork and more stories for a manga loving audience?