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    Award-Winning Manga Creator Jiro Taniguchi Passes Away



    Passed Away Saturday At Age 69

    Kodoku no Gourmet, passed away on Saturday. He was 69. His family is planning a private funeral service.

    Taniguchi was born in Tottori City in western Japan in 1947. After working at a Western clothing wholesaler in Kyoto, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his aspirations of becoming a manga creator. At the age of 24, he made his debut with the manga Kareta Heya, and developed his signature style of fine line art and shading without ink. He published many works for grown-up readers, depicting the everyday lives of ordinary people.

    The Times of Botchan, Taniguchi and writer Natsuo Sekikawa's fictionalized account of real-life Botchan author Soseki Natsume, earned the...

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    Final Fantasy's 1st Original Manga



    Marking Franchise's 30th Anniversary

    The Final Fantasy franchise's 30th anniversary event announced on January 31 that the series is inspiring its first original manga this spring. Hazuki Minase (C³) is providing the story for the manga, titled "Final Fantasy Lost Stranger", and Itsuki Kameya (Kaidan Tochū no Big Noise) is illustrating the series.

    The March issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine is confirming the manga adaptation on Friday. Minase's C³ light novel series inspired an anime adaptation in 2011. He also wrote scripts for all four of the Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya television anime series.

    The upcoming issue of Monthly Shonen Gangan is also revealing...

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    New York Times to Stop Publishing Bestseller Lists For Manga, Graphic Novels



    Weekly Bestseller Lists Stoped

    The New York Times newspaper announced on Thursday that it will stop publishing weekly bestseller lists for its three graphic book categories on February 5. The categories include hardcover graphic books, softcover graphic books, and manga. The newspaper has not yet announced any plans to fold these books into other categories.

    Danielle Rhoades Ha, New York Times vice president of communications, stated that some of the newspaper's book lists were introduced "as an experiment" and that the lists being discontinued "did not reach or resonate with many readers." The newspaper plans to "devote more space and resources to [its] coverage beyond bestseller lists" while still covering news about all book genres in print and online.

    The New York Times began publishing its graphic book best seller lists in March 2009. The newspaper...

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    Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night Manga



    Licensed By Seven Seas

    Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Hitoshizuku-P × Yama△ and Tsubata Nozaki's Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night manga. Seven Seas will release the manga in single volume editions printed with an oversize trim, beginning with the first volume on May 2.

    The manga follows newcomer actress Miku, who is cast in a lead role, but things get complicated when she enters the "world of the stage." In that world she comes across the same mansion that appeared on stage, and the seven dwellers of the mansion. In order to find her way to the real world, Miku must help them find the stolen pages of the script.

    The manga, titled Bad ∞ End ∞ Night ~Insane Party~ in Japanese...

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    The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Rockin' Girl Manga Ends



    Ending This Month

    This year's first issue of Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine announced on December 24 that Hamatyon's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Rockin' Girl manga will end in the next issue on January 25. The manga launched in October 2012, though it has frequently been on hiatus. Square Enix released the first compiled volume in April 2013. The story focuses on Riina Tada, Kanako Mimura, and Rika Jōgasaki.

    Cygames developed the original The [email protected] Cinderella Girls game app, a spinoff of Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] game franchise, focusing on a different idol agency and characters. The app inspired its own...