In celebration of Mario's 35th anniversary, Viz Media presents this collection of stories from Yukio Sawada's Super Mario-kun manga, which puts its own unique spin on some of Mario's iconic adventures.
I really enjoyed your review, @Onosume. I didn't actually know before reading it that the stories for this single-volume release were chosen by Sawada himself.
I've got the book on order from Waterstones and will hopefully finally get to collect it once my local branch re-opens. I was honestly rather disappointed when I first learned that we were only getting the one volume, but at least I now know that the stories included were picked by the author.
I know full well that it's something that's never going to happen, but another Mario manga adaptation I would love to see released in some form in English is the so-called "KC Mario" strips that ran in Japan for a decade from 1988 to 1998. I first learned of them from videos like this one on YouTube:
Those strips cover Mario games that are more of my kind of era. The most recent Mario game I've played all the way through is actually Super Mario 64 from 1997, so some of the content in Manga Mania might indeed be a bit lost on me. I love Mario, though, and bought a copy of Viz's Super Mario Adventures as well, so this book was still an easy sell to me.