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Dragon Ball Super, One Piece TV Specials



Teased in Joint Ad

A joint commercial for October's One Piece and Dragon Ball Super television anime specials began streaming on Monday. A new visual of "Jump's Two Great Heroes" also debuted on Monday to promote the specials. The tagline on the visual reads, "The thrills and adventures don't end."

Tokyo's Seibu Shinjuku and Seibu Ikebukuro train stations are posting a panoramic version of the poster visual on their platforms for one week only, starting on Monday. In addition, the official Twitter accounts of both series are holding a retweet campaign to give away posters signed by voice actresses Masako Nozawa (Goku) and Mayumi Tanaka (Luffy).

The one-hour special for One Piece will air on Sunday, October 1 starting at 9:00 a.m. The one-hour special for Dragon Ball Super will air one week later on October 8 at the same time. Dragon Ball Super and One Pieceusually air back-to-back on Sundays from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Each one-hour special will feature two episodes of the television series.

One Piece also received a two-hour "Episode of East Blue" (One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken) special that aired on August 26 from 9:00 p.m to 11:10 p.m. Crunchyroll is streaming the special now and Funimation will stream the special starting at 3:00 a.m. EDT on Monday. The special is a completely new work, featuring reanimated scenes from the beginning of the series through when the crew enters the Grand Line.


Terraformars Manga Goes on Hiatus



Due to Yū Sasuga's Health

This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine is revealing on Thursday that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana are putting their Terraformars manga on hiatus on March 9 due to Sasuga's health issues. (This year's 15th issue of Young Jump ships on March 9th.) The magazine's editing staff added that the two creators are aiming to resume the manga this fall.

In addition, the manga's 21st compiled book volume has been delayed indefinitely from its planned May 19th release. Pre-orders for the limited edition of the volume, which was slated to include an original anime DVD, have been halted, and all previous pre-orders are being cancelled. The magazine, as well as its website and Twitter account, will announce an exact date for the manga's return, and for pre-orders of volume 21, at a later date.

Sasuga and Tachibana launched the original Terraformars manga in 2011. Shueisha shipped the manga's 20th volume on February 17th. Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America, and shipped the manga's 14th volume in September.

The first 13-episode television anime series adapting the Annex 1 arc of the manga premiered in September 2014, while the Terraformars Revenge sequel TV anime premiered last April. Crunchyroll streamed both series as they aired in Japan. The manga also inspired a two-episode OVA series in 2014 that adapted the manga's Bugs 2 arc. The episodes shipped with the manga's 10th and 11th volumes.

The manga also inspired a live-action film that opened in Japan last April.​


Fairy Tail Manga Is Already in 'Last Arc



60 Million Copies in Print

The official website of the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film revealed in its introduction page on Wednesday that the manga is in its "last arc." It also revealed that the manga has over 60 million copies in print worldwide.

The manga follows the adventures of world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. The manga launched in 2006 and has inspired two television anime, several original video anime projects, and spinoff manga. The franchise's first anime , Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, opened in Japan in August 2012.

The manga reached its 500th chapter in September.

The Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry film will open in Japan on May 6. Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine had announced in May 2015 that Fairy Tail was getting a second anime film. The television anime series also revealed in March that a new project is in the works.

Del Rey published the first 12 volumes of the original manga in North America, and Kodansha Comics resumed publishing the manga in English with the 13th volume in 2011. Crunchyroll streamed the second television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan, and Funimation has been releasing DVD/Blu-ray Disc sets.​


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 Japan Cartoonists Association Awards' Excellence Award and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes' top honor. Taniguchi and story creator Masayuki Kusumi also published the Kodoku no Gourmet manga about a solitary salesman named Gorō Inagashira as he travels all over Japan and samples the local cuisine found on street corners. This manga inspired a popular live-action television series that just revealed a sixth season last month.

Overseas, Taniguchi's works received an Ignatz Award nomination in 2010 and several Eisner Award nominations from 2007 to 2010. Taniguchi himself was "knighted" as a chevalier in France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011. Taniguchi's admirers include acclaimed film director Guillermo del Toro, and Taniguchi collaborated with another award-winning artist, Moebius, on the manga Icaro (Icare).

Taniguchi's manga with overseas editions include Guardians of the Louvre (Les Gardiens du Louvre), The Summit of the Gods (inspiration for a Japanese live-action film and a planned French CG film), A Distant Neighborhood (made into a live-action European film), The Walking Man, A Zoo in Winter, The Ice Wanderer, The Quest for the Missing Girl, Samurai Legend, Hotel Harbour View, and Benkei in New York.​


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 that Tsutsushi Sakurai (Classmate, Kamimura Yūka wa Kō Itta.) will launch the Ore Tsue erotic comedy manga series in the April issue on March 11. Daisuke Takashima will illustrate the series. The story follows a man who is reincarnated in another world as the most powerful staff. He forces a girl who dislikes him to become a magical girl and acts as her "producer."

The Final Fantasy franchise's is celebrating its 30th anniversary with game collaborations, a snow sculpture at Sapporo Snow Festival, and release of the Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 game this July.​


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 has been compiling the lists from "hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands" as well as "unit sales reported by retailers nationwide that specialize in graphic novels and comic books."

ICv2 publishes a monthly list of the Nielsen BookScan's top 20 adult graphic novels. BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Amazon, Walmart.com, and some other venues.​


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.​