A young girl who solves mysteries? Where have we heard that one before? If the setup for Kaoru Shintani’s Young Miss Holmes sounds familiar, well, give it a chance: It’s a manga adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, with the stories retold from the point of view of his niece Crystal “Christie” Margaret Hope. Seven Seas announced yesterday that they have licensed Young Miss Holmes, which goes under the title Christie: High Tension in Japan.
Christie is ten years old, brilliant, and left at loose ends when her parents (like typical parents in British children’s books) go off to India and leave her alone, in the care of the household servants. Naturally, she takes advantage of this freedom to go off and solve some mysteries. Here’s the official summary: “Along with her giant hound Nelson, Christie’s implacable curiosity leads her from one dangerous adventure to another, often joining forces with Uncle Sherlock and Doctor Watson on their famed investigations. Christie may look pint-sized, but her clever mind is never to be underestimated!” Seven Seas is publishing this story in two-in-one omnibus volumes, and the first one, Young Miss Holmes Casebook 1-2, involves retellings of The Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, and The Adventure of the Dancing Men, among others.
Christie: High Tension runs in the same Japanese magazine as another Seven Seas series, Nozomu Tamaki’s Dance in the Vampire Bund, and the first volume includes a crossover between the two: Mina Tepes, the heroine of Bund, appears in The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, and the volume concludes with an epilogue by Tamaki that adds a bit of background about the Vampire Bund characters.
Ogiue Maniax praises Christie: High Tension for its 1970s-style shoujo manga art, which it characterizes as being in the same vein as Rose of Versailles and Candy Candy.
The Seven Seas edition will come out in March 2012, about the same time as the video release of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Coincidence? I think not.