'Big Hero 6' manga adaptation to end in March

The manga adaptation of Disney's Big Hero 6 will conclude with the March 20 issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special magazine, Anime News Network reports.

Announced in July, the manga by Haruki Ueno marks the first time Disney has used a full-fledged series, rather than a one-off story, to promote a movie release in Japan. Called Baymax, after the film's Japanese title, the adaptation debuted Aug. 20, following a preview.

Shortly afterward, Yen Press announced it acquired the rights to the manga, which is scheduled for North American release next month.

Loosely based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name, the Oscar-nominated Big Hero 6 has earned more than $520 million since its Nov. 7 premiere, and over the weekend inched past Beauty and the Beast to become Walt Disney Animation Studios' third-highest grossing domestic release of all time.

Here's Yen Press' description of the manga:

Hiro’s a genius, but what he really wants is to be like his inventor big brother, Tadashi–but one day, Tadashi vanishes while saving Hiro’s life. The only thing left behind to console the grief-stricken Hiro is Tadashi’s last invention, the health-care companion robot Baymax. But the friendship that grows between the gentle bot and the lonely boy is only the beginning of their adventure…

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