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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, is based on the Hatsune Miku song and video "Bad ∞ End ∞ Night," composed by Hitoshizuku-P x Yama△ and illustrated by Suzunosuke. Ichijinsha's Zero Sum Online web magazine launched the series in December 2014. The manga ended in June. Ichijinsha shipped the third and final compiled volume on June 25. Ischijinsha also published two novels based on the video in 2014.​


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 television anime.

The game has also inspired multiple manga adaptations, including seven manga in Square Enix magazines. Besides The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Rockin' Girl, the other manga Square Enix has launched since 2012 include the following:​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - New Generations, with art by namo in Square Enix's Gangan Jokermagazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Ensemble!, written by Haruki Kashiba and with art by Sadoru Chiba in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Idol of the Day (Honjitsu no Idol-san) and The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Honjitsu no Dereraji-san, with art by Saya Kiyoshi in Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Shuffle!! anthology manga by multiple artists, launched in Square Enix's Gangan Online web magazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Dereraji-san, with art by Ajiichi in Gangan Online​

Sō Ueto launched a The [email protected] Cinderella Girls manga in Ichijinsha's Comic Rex in December 2015 after several delays, though the magazine announced in July that the manga was suspended due to the artist's health. Kyōno launched a manga titled The [email protected] Cinderella Girls U149 on Cygames' Cycomi manga website in November. Sako Misaki's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Wild Wild Girl manga runs in Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine. Kuma-Jet's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater) manga, which is irregularly serialized in the [email protected] Cinderella Girls social mobile game app itself, is inspiring its own anime adaptation.

Ichijinsha has also published multiple The [email protected] Cinderella Girls manga anthologies.​


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 television anime.

The game has also inspired multiple manga adaptations, including seven manga in Square Enix magazines. Besides The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Rockin' Girl, the other manga Square Enix has launched since 2012 include the following:​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - New Generations, with art by namo in Square Enix's Gangan Jokermagazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Ensemble!, written by Haruki Kashiba and with art by Sadoru Chiba in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Idol of the Day (Honjitsu no Idol-san) and The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Honjitsu no Dereraji-san, with art by Saya Kiyoshi in Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Shuffle!! anthology manga by multiple artists, launched in Square Enix's Gangan Online web magazine​
The [email protected] Cinderella Girls - Dereraji-san, with art by Ajiichi in Gangan Online​

Sō Ueto launched a The [email protected] Cinderella Girls manga in Ichijinsha's Comic Rex in December 2015 after several delays, though the magazine announced in July that the manga was suspended due to the artist's health. Kyōno launched a manga titled The [email protected] Cinderella Girls U149 on Cygames' Cycomi manga website in November. Sako Misaki's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Wild Wild Girl manga runs in Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion magazine. Kuma-Jet's The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō (The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Theater) manga, which is irregularly serialized in the [email protected] Cinderella Girls social mobile game app itself, is inspiring its own anime adaptation.

Ichijinsha has also published multiple The [email protected] Cinderella Girls manga anthologies.​


Fate/Zero Manga Ends



14th Volume To Be It's Last

The 13th volume of artist Shinjirō's Fate/Zero manga announced on Saturday that the manga will end in its 14th volume, which is slated to ship in 2017.

Shinjirō began the manga in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in 2011. The Fate/Zero TV anime aired that same year.

The anime and manga adapt the prequel Fate/Zero light novel series by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Phantom - The Animation, Blassreiter) to Type-Moon's Fate/stay night visual novel software. The story is set a decade before Fate/stay night and reveals the 4th Holy Grail War that sets the stage for the war in the visual novel.

Dark Horse Comics licensed the manga in 2014, and released the manga's third compiled volume in October.

Aniplex of America previously released the Fate/Zero anime in North America in two Blu-ray Disc box sets that were imports of the Japanese release with English subtitles and a translation booklet. The company then followed up the release with a new Blu-ray Disc box set with an English dub that shipped in November 2013. Fate/Zero streamed on Neon Alley with an English dub, and the series streamed on Crunchyroll as it aired.​


D.Gray-Man Manga Resumes From Hiatus



Resuming January 20th

Next year's February issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine revealed on Saturday that Katsura Hoshino's D.Gray-man manga will resume in the winter 2017 issue of Jump Square Crown magazine on January 20, after taking a brief hiatus in October's autumn issue. The autumn issue didn't state at the time if Hoshino would resume the manga in the winter issue.

Hoshino originally launched her D.Gray-man manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2004, but the manga went on hiatus numerous times due to the author's health. The series then resumed in Jump Square magazine in 2009. More recently the series went on hiatus again in 2013, but resumed in the new Jump Square Crown quarterly magazine when the magazine launched in July 2015. Shueisha published the manga's 25th volume on June 3; the company had published the 24th volume in November 2013. The manga has more than 22.5 million copies in print.

Viz Media is releasing the manga series in English, and it released the 24th manga volume in August 2014.

The manga inspired a 103-episode television anime series that aired from 2006-2008. Funimation released the first half of the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America, and recently licensed the second half of the anime. The manga also inspired a new 13-episode television anime titled D.Gray-man Hallow, which premiered on July 4. Funimation streamed the series with English subtitles and an English broadcast dub.​


Isuzu Shibata's Mawaru Penguindrum Manga Reaches Climax



Ending January

The Twitter account for the editorial department of Gentosha's Monthly Comic Birz magazine announced on Tuesday that Isuzu Shibata's manga adaptation of the Mawaru Penguindrum anime will end in the March issue on January 30. An image from the February issue, which goes on sale in Japan on Thursday, revealed that the story is reaching its climax.

Isuzu launched the manga in the magazine in 2013, nearly two years after the anime premiered. Gentosha released the fourth compiled book volume in Japan on June 24.

The original anime from director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yuri Kuma Arashi, several Sailor Moon television series) aired in 2011. Otome Yōkai Zakuro manga creator Lily Hoshino handled the original character designs for the 24-episode television series.

The psychological drama story begins when a girl named Himari Takakura who passes away after going out on a trip with her brothers Kanba and Shōma. A spirit in a penguin hat appears and miraculously saves her. However, in exchange for saving Himari's life, the brothers must search for the Penguindrum for the spirit. A trio of strange penguins accompany the siblings on their quest.

Sentai Filmworks released the anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America.​


Hiyokoi's Moe Yukimaru Ends Suisai Manga



Ending In March

The February issue of Shueisha's shōjo magazine Ribon is revealing on Wednesday that manga artist Moe Yukimaru (Hiyokoi, Sweet 16) will end her Suisai manga series in the magazine's March issue, which will ship in February.

The magazine's website describes the series:

Urara Sano, a track-and-field star up through middle school, decides that she wants to try something new after entering high school. She meets Minato, a saxophonist, and enters the wind instrument club as a flutist. She grows captivated by the flute and faces difficult practice sessions everyday.

Yukimaru began the series in August 2015. Shueisha published the manga's third compiled volume on November 25.

Yukimaru launched her Hiyokoi manga series in Ribon magazine in December 2009, and ended it in November 2014. Shueisha published the 14th and last compiled book volume of the manga in January 2015. The manga inspired an anime adaptation for the The "Natsu Doki– Ribon–kko Party 5" event in 2010.​


New 3x3 Eyes Manga



Launched by Yuzo Takada

The January 2017 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed that Yuzo Takada is launching a new manga titled 3x3 Eyes: Kiseki no Yami no Keiyakusha based on his 3x3 Eyes manga in Kodansha's E-Young Magazine online manga magazine this Thursday. The manga is set 12 years after the last battle with Kaiyanwang, and will once again center on Pai and Yakumo.

The manga notes that the entire 3x3 Eyes manga franchise has 33.33 million copies in circulation.

King Records previously streamed a video with anime footage of the 3x3 Eyes franchise in September 2015. The video previewed Megumi Hayashibara's then-upcoming 3x3 Eyes single "Samhāra ~Sei Naru Chikara~" (Samhāra ~Holy Power~, with the description noting that the video is related to a "secret" new 3x3 Eyes project under development, and that "Samhāra ~Sei Naru Chikara~" would serve as the theme song for the new content. The description did not detail what format the new content will take.

Takada's 3x3 Eyes manga ran from 1987 to 2002. The manga inspired two OVA adaptations in 1991 and 1995. Hayashibara voiced the role of main character Pai in both OVAs. Takada launched a sequel manga titled 3x3 Eyes: Genjū no Mori no Sōnansha (3x3 Eyes: Survivor of the Forest of Mythical Beasts, pictured right) in February 2015 in Kodansha's online magazine Young Magazine Kaizokuban, and ended in August. Kodansha published the manga's fourth and final compiled book volume on October 20.​


RWBY Manga Enters 'Climax'



Coming January

The January 2017 issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Shirow Miwa's manga adaptation of the RWBY web animated series will enter its "climax" in the magazine's next issue, which Shueisha will publish on January 19. The word "climax" written in phonetic katakana often indicates a manga series' final chapter.

The original RWBY web animated series by the late creator Monty Oum follows four girls with unique weapons and powers who are training to hunt supernatural "Creatures of Grimm." The manga is a prequel about these four girls who would eventually make up Team RWBY upon enrolling in Beacon Academy. The manga's story, supervised by Rooster Teeth, reveals "the mystery hidden in four trailers" presented in Japan.

The manga series debuted in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine in November 2015. Viz Media had announced in July that it would release books based on RWBY. The company later announced at New York Comic Con in October that it will publish the manga, and then began publishing the manga in the English edition of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on October 31.​


Rei Hiroe Resumes Black Lagoon Manga in Spring



Also Working On Original Anime

The January 2017 issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX is announcing on Monday that Rei Hiroe's Black Lagoon manga will resume in spring. The manga has been on hiatus since early 2014. The magazine is also announcing that Hiroe is working on an original television anime project titled Re: Creators that will premiere in 2017.

Hiroe is credited with providing the original concept and character designs for the anime. The magazine announced in November that Hiroe was planning a "big new dimension project."

Ei Aoki (Aldnoah.Zero, Fate/Zero) is directing the anime at his studio TROYCA. Aoki and Hiroe are working together on series composition.

The first visual for Re: Creators features a character with long white hair and red eyes. A teaser trailer will debut by the time the magazine ships on Monday. Shogakukan and Aniplex will debut the full first promotional video at Comiket 91 on December 29.

Hiroe is best known for his Black Lagoon action manga, which tells the story of a four-man team of mercenaries who operate in Southeast Asia, smuggling goods with their World War II PT boat and performing odd jobs that often involve and end up in shootouts. Hiroe launched the manga in Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine in 2002. Shogakukan published the manga's 10th volume in May 2014. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America, and it released the 10th volume in April 2015.

Madhouse adapted the manga into two television anime series in 2006, and the Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail OVA in 2010. Geneon released both series on DVD in North America in 2007-2008, and Funimation re-released the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2012, and again in 2015.​