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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.​


Mengo Yokoyari's Scum's Wish Manga Ending



Ending Spring of 2017

Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block revealed during a livestream event on Thursday that Mengo Yokoyari's Scum's Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) manga is ending in spring 2017. Additionally, both the anime series and the live-action series will adapt the entire manga series.

Yokoyari launched the manga in Square Enix's Big Gangan magazine in 2012, and Square Enix will publish both the seventh volume (pictured at right) and a "volume 7.5" official fanbook on December 24. The manga's eighth volume will have a limited edition when it ships on March 25, and will bundle a "premium visual collection."

Crunchyroll is publishing the manga digitally in English, and Yen Press is publishing the series in print in North America.

Crunchyroll describes the story:

Hanabi and Mugi are bathed in envious gazers from all around as a beautiful couple with excellent moral conduct. But these two apparently perfect people in an apparently perfect relationship share a secret they can't tell anyone.

Amazon Prime Video will exclusively stream the anime series in Japan and abroad, and will premiere the first episode on January 11, before the anime premieres on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block on January 12. The anime will premiere on Fuji TV on January 12 at 25:10 (effectively January 13 at 1:10 a.m.), although subsequent episodes will air at 12:55 a.m.

Yokoyari's manga is also getting a live-action series adaptation that will premiere on Fuji TV on January 18.​


Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Spinoff Manga



Getting A Anime

The official website of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine revealed on Thursday that an anime adaptation of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō spinoff manga has been green-lit. The website does not reveal the anime's format (such as film, television, video anime, or net anime,)

Champion RED teased last month that it will have an important announcement for the Saint Seiya franchise.

The manga is set immediately after the main storyline's Sanctuary arc after the defeat of Gemini Saga from Masami Kurumada's original Saint Seiya manga, but before the Posieidon arc. However, whereas the original manga followed a boy named Seiya and other Saints who fight to protect the goddess Athena, the new series follows a female "Saintia" named Shō who fights evil deities to protect Athena.

The manga launched in Champion RED magazine in 2013. Akita Shoten published the manga's eighth compiled book volume (seen right) on June 8, and will publish the ninth on December 20.

Kuori's previous works include Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: The Edge, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: The Edge Desire, and the manga adaptations of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack film and the Sengoku Basara games.​


Dragon Ball Gets Spinoff Manga About Yamcha



Yamcha Reborn!

Shueisha's Shonen Jump + web manga site published a spinoff manga of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga on Monday titled Dragon Ball Gaiden: Tensei Shitara Yamcha Datta Ken (Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha). Dragon Garow Lee drew the manga, and Toriyama is credited for the original work.

In the manga, a high school boy gets into an accident by falling down a stair, and reincarnates in the Dragon Ball world as Yamcha. Armed only with his knowledge of the later events in the comic, he sets out to make Yamcha the hero of the story.

The manga's title is a parody of Fuse's Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (The Case of Being Reincarnated as a Slime) novel series, where a man is murdered and wakes up in a fantasy world as a slime monster. The series ranked #8 in the 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! (This Light Novel Is Amazing!) guidebook.

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New Bleach Novel by Durarara's Ryohgo Narita



Slated For Spring

Shueisha reported on Tuesday that the upcoming Bleach novel by Ryohgo Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!!) is slated for next spring. The announcement also revealed the cover art (seen below) for Makoto Matsubara's separate December 27 Bleach: WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU novel based on Tite Kubo's manga.

Narita's novel centers on Shūhei Hisagi. Shūhei must throw himself into a new fight as the mystery that Kaname Tōsen left behind resurfaces. The story will reveal more details about the four noble families, the Soul King, Arrancar, and Fullbringers. Narita previously wrote the two-volume Bleach: Spirits Are Forever With You novel series, which Shueisha published in 2012.

Matsubara's novel will center on Rukia and Renji's wedding ceremony in Soul Society. Matsubara previously wrote the Bleach: The Death Save The Strawberry novel, which Shueisha published in 2012.

Kubo launched Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, and ended it on August 22. Viz Media published the manga in North America digitally in English as Shueisha published new chapters in Japan. Viz Media is also publishing the manga in print.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that ran for 366 episodes from 2004 to 2012. Viz Media obtained the television and home video rights to the anime in 2006. The series premiered with an English dub on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block that same year, and eventually aired all the episodes by 2014. Viz Media is also releasing the television anime series on Blu-ray Disc.

The manga has also inspired four anime films, a series of novels, and several video games. A series of stage musical adaptations launched in 2005, with the latest entry finishing its run on August 4.

The manga is inspiring live-action film adaptation slated for 2018. Sōta Fukushi (live-action Toshokan Sensō/Library Wars' Hikaru Tezuka, live-action Strobe Edge's Ren Ichinose, live-action Kami-sama no Iu Toori's Shun Takahata) will star in the film as Ichigo Kurosaki, and Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer films, Oblivion Island anime film) is directing the film.​


2 Upcoming Bleach Novels



More Details Revealed

The combined second and third issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing more details on Monday for the novels that Makoto Matsubara and Ryohgo Narita (Baccano!, Durarara!!) are writingfor Tite Kubo's Bleach manga.

Matsubara is writing the Bleach: WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU novel, which will center on Rukia and Renji's wedding ceremony in Soul Society. The novel will ship on December 27. Matsubara previously wrote the Bleach: The Death Save The Strawberry novel (pictured at right), which Shueisha published in 2012.

Narita's novel centers on Shūhei Hisagi. Shūhei must throw himself into a new fight as the mystery that Kaname Tōsen left behind resurfaces. The story will reveal more details about the four noble families, the Soul King, Arrancar, and Fullbringers. The novel is slated for 2017. Narita previously wrote the two-volume Bleach: Spirits Are Forever With Younovel series, which Shueisha published in 2012.

Kubo launched Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, and ended it on August 22. Viz Media published the manga in North America digitally in English as Shueisha published new chapters in Japan. Viz Media is also publishing the manga in print.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that ran for 366 episodes from 2004 to 2012. Viz Media obtained the television and home video rights to the anime in 2006. The series premiered with an English dub on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block that same year, and eventually aired all the episodes by 2014. Viz Media is also releasing the television anime series on Blu-ray Disc.

The manga has also inspired four anime films, a series of novels, and several video games. A series of stage musical adaptations launched in 2005, with the latest entry finishing its run on August 4.

The manga is even inspiring live-action film adaptation slated for 2018. Sōta Fukushi (live-action Toshokan Sensō/Library Wars' Hikaru Tezuka, live-action Strobe Edge's Ren Ichinose, live-action Kami-sama no Iu Toori's Shun Takahata) will star in the film as Ichigo Kurosaki, and Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer films, Oblivion Island anime film) is directing the film.​


Nakaba’s Nanatsu Creator of "The Seven Deadly Sins" Hospitalized



Manga Hiatus Until January

The first issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine for 2017 is announcing that Suzuki Nakaba’s Nanatsu no Taizai manga will be going on hiatus until January. The manga will be taking a break due to surgery which Nakaba will be undergoing. As such there is no chapter scheduled for Nanatsu no Taizai in the upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine. As a replacement however the magazine will carry a special 4 page omake in lieu of the chapter.

Message to Nanatsu no Taizai readers:

Like always, thank you very much for reading “The Seven Deadly Sins”. Due to Nakaba-sensei hospitalization as a result of surgery, “The Seven Deadly Sins” will be in hiatus for a while. Please, do not be worried, his medical condition is not serious and he is fine.

Also, despite the main series being on hiatus for a while, the special side stories will continue being published. The main series serialization is schedule to be resumed in Issue 7 of 2017 (It will be available on January 18, 2017) (Wednesday)

Weekly Shonen Magazine Editorial Department. Also pictured right is a handwritten message from Nakaba that says the following:

I’m sorry to have to pause, but I plan to resume editing as soon as the medical allows. But we’ll be also keeping in touch at the mini series! Thank you so much for continuing to read and we’ll see each other very soon!


Black Lagoon Manga Creator Plans 'Big New Dimension Project'



What Is Rei Hiroe Planing?

The December issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine revealed on Saturday that manga creator Rei Hiroe is planning a "big new dimension project." The magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will ship on December 19, will contain more information on the project, as well as a preview of the project's visual, and a poster with art by Hiroe.

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. The manga has been on hiatus since early 2014.

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.​


J-Novel Club Licenses New Light Novel Series



The Faraway Paladin

Digital publishing company J-Novel Club announced on Thursday that it has licensed the The Faraway Paladin (Saihate no Paladin) and Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension (Isekai Konyoku Monogatari) light novel series. The beginnings of both series are now available on J-Novel Club's website, with new installments planned for weekly release. J-Novel Club plans to eventually release the novels as e-books.

Kanata Yanagino launched The Faraway Paladin light novel series with illustrations by Kususaga Rin on March 25, and Overlap Bunko published the second volume on July 25.

J-Novel Club Describes The Story:

In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he's being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: "Who am I?"

Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man's land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin.

"I promised you. It's gonna take a while, but I'll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It's the story of how we died, and it's the reason you grew up here."​


World Trigger Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus



Due To Daisuke's Poor Health

This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga is going on an indefinite hiatus due to Ashihara's poor physical health. The manga won't appear in the 51st issue, nor will it appear in the 52nd issue slated for November 28. The editorial staff said that the manga will be on hiatus "for a while," and currently the manga's return date is undecided. The staff added that it will announce the date for the manga's return in a future issue.

The 50th issue had announced on Monday that the manga didn't appear in the issue because of Ashihara's sudden illness. The magazine's editorial staff had said at the time that the series would continue in the 51st issue.

Ashihara took a one-week break in September 2014 to treat the nerve roots affected by cervical spondylosis (wear and tear on neck area of spinal column), and has since taken several one-week breaks due to sudden illness.

Ashihara debuted the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2013, and Shueisha published the manga's 16th volume on September 2. Viz Media publishes the series simultaneously in its digital anthology version of Weekly Shonen Jump, and it published the 13th volume in print on November 1.​


Viz's Shonen Jump to Preview Demon's Plan Manga



First Chapter Comes November 21st

Viz Media's English digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump announced on Monday that it will publish the first chapter of Yoshimichi Okamoto's Demon's Plan manga on November 21 as part of its "Jump Start" initiative. The manga will begin on the same day in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan.

The first chapter of Demon's Plan will have 54 pages with a color opening page. The story will involve a "Demon's Plan" that can grant people's wishes. Okamoto previously published a "Brain Breaker" one-shot as part of the 9th "Gold Future Cup" contest in the magazine in 2014.

In the "Jump Start" initiative, Viz Media's Shonen Jump publishes the first three chapters of a new manga simultaneously with the Japanese release.​


World Trigger Manga Takes 1-Week Break



Due to Author's Poor Health

This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will not print a new chapter of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga on Monday due to Ashihara's sudden illness. The magazine announced that the series will continue in the 51st issue on November 21.

Ashihara also took a one-week break in September 2014 to treat the nerve roots affected by cervical spondylos is (wear and tear on neck area of spinal column), and has since taken several one-week breaks due to sudden illness.

Ashihara debuted the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2013, and Shueisha published the manga's 16th volume on September 2. Viz Media publishes the series simultaneously in its digital anthology version of Weekly Shonen Jump, and it published the 13th volume in print on November 1.​


Toriko Gourmet Battle Manga Ending



Ends November 21st

This year's 50th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro's Toriko manga will end in the magazine's next issue on November 21. The last chapter will have a color opening page. The manga previously announced that the chapter appearing in the 50th issue will be a "climax" chapter with 31 pages.

Viz Media publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the manga:

In a savage world ruled by the pursuit of the most delicious foods, it's either eat or be eaten!

Gourmet Hunter Toriko! This is the great era of gourmet food! And only Toriko can hunt down the ferocious ingredients that supply the world's best restaurants. As a gourmet hunter, Toriko tracks and defeats the tastiest and most dangerous animals with his bare hands.

Shimabukuro launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2008, and Shueisha published the manga's 41st compiled book volume on October 4. Viz Media publishes new chapters of the manga digitally simultaneously with the Japanese release in its digital English version of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, and also published the manga's 35th volume in print on August 2.

The manga inspired a 147-episode television anime series in 2011-2014. Crunchyroll streamed the series, and Funimation released part of the series on DVD. The manga also inspired several anime specials and crossover specials, and an anime film in 2013.​


English Dub Cast for K: Missing Kings Film



Revealed by Viz Media

Viz Media announced the English dub cast for the K film, K: Missing Kings, at New York Comic Con on Friday.

The cast, recorded at Studiopolis under director Suzanne Goldish, includes:

Sam Regal as Tashiro Isana
Matthew Mercer as Kuroh Yatogami
Stephanie Sheh as Neko
Patrick Seitz as Reisi Munakata
Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Anna Kushina
Robbie Daymond as Nagare Hisui
Chris Hackney as Yukari Mishakuji
Quinton Flynn as Kotosaka
Cheremi Leigh as Douhan Hirasaka
Keith Silverstein as Mikoto Suoh
Lucien Dodge as Tatara Totsuka
Todd Haberkorn as Izumo Kusanagi
Ben Diskin as Misaki Yata
Grant George as Rikio Kamamoto
Johnny Yong Bosch as Saruhiko Fushimi
Kirk Thornton as Daikaku Kokujoji
Christopher Smith as Shohei Akagi
Steve Staley as Himori Akiyama
Carrie Keranen as Seri Awashima
Janice Kawaye as Kukuri Yukizome
Seth Walther is handling the adaptation.

The film premiered in Japan on July 12, 2014. Eleven Arts screened the film in theaters in North America, starting in Los Angeles in July 2015.

The official website for the film outlined the story:

The “Academy Island Incident” in which all four “kings” cross paths... Since then, Silver Clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Shiro. Without finding any clues to Shiro's whereabouts, the two became disheartened.


Escaflowne English Dub Clip Shows Van Awakening Escaflowne



Released By Funimation

Funimation's official YouTube channel began streaming a clip on Wednesday for its new English dub of the The Vision of Escaflowne television anime series. The clip previews a dubbed scene from the show's second episode, showing Van awakening and riding the titular machine Escaflowne for the first time.

Funimation will release a Blu-ray Disc collector's edition that will include both the television series and the film, and will also release the film and both halves of the television anime on separate Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs. All releases are slated for October 18.

The original anime series aired in Japan in 1996 and Bandai Entertainment previously released the series with an English dub. Funimation launched a Kickstarter in February to gauge interest in a new English dub that would cover the director's cut of the series. The Kickstarter reached its goal of US$100,000 within three days of launching, and ended in March with US$318,784 raised by 2,058 backers.

The anime centers on high school student Hitomi. One day, Hitomi is transported from Earth to the magical world of Gaea, where she meets boy prince Van Fanel, and is caught up in his quest to unite the countries of Gaea against the ominous Zaibach empire. On the way, she discovers a hidden ability and strives to unravel layers of mystery surrounding Van, his past, and the giant machine known as Escaflowne.​