Nigerian artist Odunze Oguguo (aka Whyt Manga) released a video featuring a partially animated and dubbed version of Chapter 1: Freedom Day from his popular, eclectic manga, Apple Black. You can read the Apple Black manga exclusively on Saturday AM magazine or use the app to read the manga online.
Saturday AM is an ongoing English language international shonen manga anthology magazine founded by Frederick L. Jones and published by MyFutprint Entertainment. The magazine’s tagline is “The World’s Most Diverse Manga Anthology,” and its manga titles feature some of the most memorable African American characters to date.
Another black manga exclusive to Saturday AM that features a black heroine is Clock Striker. You can read more about Clock Striker here: Is the cast of Clock Striker the first black female protagonist in the manga Shonen?
You can watch the animated and dubbed manga chapter video on the official Whyt Manga YouTube channel here:
Apple Black currently has four graphic novel volumes and Volume 5 is available for pre-order now. Apple Black Volume 5 release date is November 8, 2022.
The graphic novel is distributed through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Bookshop.org, Waterstones, Book Depository and WHSmith. Be sure to do a price comparison as some booksellers may offer a special price for the graphic novel.
It should be noted that it appears that the first 3 volumes are original stories in their own right, while volumes 4 and 5 focus on Sano and his adventures.
What is the plot of Apple Black manga?
The story revolves around a young wizard named Sano who grew up in isolation because he was blessed by Merlin with the “Arm of God”, also known as Arodih’s Arm. He struggles to fulfill his prophesied destiny as the savior of the world known as “The Trinity,” but he fears he may be the exact opposite. As Sano ventures out into the world to train with other talented magicians, an evil emerges that threatens the entire world.
Ominous visions try to lead Sano down a darker path, but Sano perseveres and continues to try to protect the world from the fateful Infinite Night – an eternal night of chaos. Also, Sano tries to unravel the mysteries behind his father’s death and researches the immense power known as the Apple Black.
Thousands of years ago a tree descended from the sky and when humans consumed the “black” fruit, they became magicians. Although the tree no longer exists, humans have inherited sorcery from their ancestors. As generations come and go, the effects of black in the bloodline begin to fade and wizards are forced to use magical enhancement devices such as wands to harness their magical power.
Sanos Arodih’s arm is known as the “ultimate wand” and with his newfound freedom, he decides to join the young wizards’ guild on the island of Black Bottom. As Sano embarks on his quest with his new talented wizarding allies, the evil that has plagued most of Eden reappears to threaten the world.
One of his allies is a beautiful black girl named Opal who helps him make the right decisions and stay on the right path. He definitely has a crush on her, but what he doesn’t know is that it might just be mutual. Will Sano be the hero who saves the world or the villain who damns it?
About the Creator
Nigerian artist Odunze Oguguo is the creator of the hit manga series Apple Black and the manga Bacassi. Better known as his online personality Whyt Manga, Oguguo is a social media influencer.
Whyt Manga is also a co-founder of MyFutprint Entertainment, LLC. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a minor in computer science, and later earned his master’s degree from the same university. He currently resides in North Texas with his family.
While Apple Black isn’t anime yet, it looks like it would be a perfect fit for Netflix to fit into an anime series and add a little more variety to their anime collection!
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