Hey there! Here’s another manga by Satomi Mikuriya. You may notice this character from an OVA that has gained a bit of infamy recently for being super terrible, but the manga it was based on actually seems to be comparable to the rest of his work in terms of quality. I haven’t read it, as I’m not fluent in Japanese, but the art itself is not bad.
There were a few different volumes of Nora which were published, actually.
The first was a volume titled “Nora no Hakobune”, published in 1979. It seems as though it’s an anthology of one-shots, one of which is the title story, “Nora no Hakobune”, or “Nora’s Ark”, originally serialized in Big Comic Original in 1977.
The other one-shots included in this volume, according to Wikipedia, were titled “Weapon X”, “De-Composer”, and “Fantasia Café Noir”, serialized in 1976, 1977, and 1978, respectively.
The two volumes included in this release are just titled “Nora”, and were published by Sun Comics. It includes two more stories featuring Nora. The main one of these is titled “Ryuka Kairyu”, loosely translated to “Sulferized Current”, which was originally serialized in Gekkan Manga Shonen and is split up into multiple parts, forming the first portion of each volume. There is also a story titled “Nora no Nagareboshi”, or “Nora’s Shooting Star” published at the end of volume 1, which was originally serialized in Manga Action in 1978. “Nora’s Ark” is then re-published at the end of volume 2 of this edition.
There is also a volume called “Twinkle Nora”, which seems to be a sequel, and features a completely different set of stories, just like how the Twinkle Nora OVA was somewhat separate from the first one.
There was then a 403-page bunko edition, published in 2002 by Media Factory, which I assume just re-collects the first three Nora stories into a single volume (it seems as though not any of Twinkle Nora is collected in it, judging by the page-count).
In any case, I hope everyone enjoys this release, and I’ll look into buying and scanning the other Nora volumes in the future.