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Complete “Death Note” manga series to be released as a one volume omnibus on October 4th


With the upcoming film “DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world”, to be released on October 29th in theaters in Japan, the 12-volume manga series will be released as a one volume 2400-page omnibus. It will be released on October 4th in Japan for Y2500.

Kochikame to receive a live stage adaptation


Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (Kochikame) to receive a live stage version.

Akimoto Osamu’s popular manga series was published in “Weekly Shonen Jump” since 1976 (issue 42) and will be celebrating its 40th year anniversary with its final serialization in 2016 (issue 42) which will be released on September 17th and the 200th volume of the graphic novel will also be released.

“Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) has achieved 60 million copies sold in Japan


Bessatsu Shonen Magazine announced on Twitter that “Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) has sold 60 million copies.

That’s a wonderful achievement by mangaka Isayama Hajime!

Nisekoi manga series comes to an end


Naoshi Komi’s Nisekoi” has been a popular romantic comedy since it was serialized back in 2011.

Naoshi Komi’s manga work is well-known for readers of Shonen Jump. From “Koi no Kami-sama”, “Williams” and “Double Arts”, Komi’s manga “Nisekoi” (False Love) was created as a one shot for Jump NEXT! in 2011 but then receiving the go-ahead as a weekly manga serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”.

It was also one of the first manga to receive an English translation online courtesy of Shueisha and a total of nine volumes have been released since then.

And now, Viz Media will be releasing the first volume of “Nisekoi: First Love” in the U.S. to coincide with the anime adaptation release of the series slated for January 2014.

“Nisekoi” revolves around high school Raku Ichijou. When Ichijou was a kid, he met a girl and he kept a lock, she kept the key and promised each other to get married if they one day find each other.

Since then, Ichijou has kept his promise and has worn the lock around his neck and has been hoping to meet her again.

But Ichijou’s life is a little complicated. While a good-natured individual, unfortunately for him, he is the son of the leader of the Shuei-gumi yakuza syndicate. He has no interested in become part of the yakuza but everyone expects him to be the next one to lead the syndicate in the future.

Meanwhile, while going to school, he sees a foreign girl jumping from a wall and landing on him. He loses the lock on his neck and is very upset of what had transpired. Next thing you know in class, that same girl becomes a new student in his class.

Chitoge Kirisaki just moved from the U.S. to Japan and since her mom is Japanese and her dad is America, she is fluent in both Japanese and English. And suffice to say, when both Ichijou and Kirisaki see each other, they start yelling at each other and she nails him with a hit after he calls her “monkey girl”. People see how tough she is but to make them get along, his teacher puts Ichijou in charge of showing her around school.

He tries his best but the two are like oil and water, they just don’t get along. For the next week of trying to assist her, the two end up arguing and getting in each other’s faces.

If anything, Ichijou focus is more on finding the lock that was lost when Kirisaki landed on him. And he wonders if Kosaki Onodera, the popular girl in school and a person who has treated him with nothing but kindness is the girl that he made the promise with. He hopes it is her.

But just when Ichijou is about to give up, Onodera pleads with him to keep his promise and Ichijou is reminded that a promise is a promise and he intends to keep it. But wants to ask Onodera if there is any chance she may be the girl he made the promise too.

What he doesn’t know is that Onodera does have a key and she has always liked Ichijou but doesn’t have the guts to tell him.

But as Ichijou wonders if Onodera is the girl he made a promise too and excited for the possibility that it might be, when he gets home, his father talks to him about something important.

The problem is that the Shuei-gumi and another rival yakuza gang are in the brink of all-out war that would damage both yakuza gangs, he and the other leader have come up with the plan. Ichijou must pretend to be dating the daughter of the leader of the opposing yakuza gang.

Ichijou doesn’t want to get involved and his father told him that he must forget dating any other girl and focus liking this girl they set him up with.

When the two are introduces, Ichijou is shocked that the girl is Chitoge Kirisaki. And for both of them, they must promise to be boyfriend and girlfriend for three whole years and be convincing to both yakuza gangs that they are truly in love.

Both don’t want to be involved with each other but they have no choice. But now they must find a way to co-exist with each other as both yakuza gangs are suspicious of their relationship especially Kirisaki’s guardian, Claude.

Meanwhile, Ichijou still wants to ask Onodera if she is the girl with the key and Onodera is about to let him know that she is. But before they can, the whole school are told that both Ichijo and Kirasaki are boyfriend and girlfriend.

And now it has made things tough for both Ichijou and Kirisaki, but can they keep this charade of being in love with each other, especially if they despite one another?

And since then, there are a few other complications as not only Chitoge and Onodera have fallen for Raku, but also Chitoge’s bodyguard Tsugumi and Marika Tachibana, who Raku’s father promised Marika’s father that they would marry?

But while Raku Ichijou and Chitoge Kirisaki are supposed to fake their relationship, Chitoge is starting to realize that with each moment spent with Raku, she is slowly falling in love with him.

The serialization (chapter 229) ended in the merged issue 36-37 of “Weekly Shonen Jump” and the final graphic novel volume 25 is expected to be released in October.

BLEACH manga to come to an end


Kubo Tite’s “BLEACH” will come to an end as the serialization in “Weekly Shonen Jump” #38 will be released on August 22nd.

With a total of 680 chapters, the final 74th volume of its graphic novel will feature the final chapters.

“BLEACH” began serialization in 2001 and the anime series began in 2004 and ended in 2012 with several theatrical animated films.

Yoshihiro Togashi’s “Hunter x Hunter” is back!


It has been over three years since a “Hunter x Hunter” chapter, but Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga makes its return to Shonen Jump.

Manga One to celebrate 3,000,000 manga download with entire series of “Ranma 1/2”, “Fushigi Yugi” and “Kyo Kara Ore Wa!!”


Shogakukan’s Manga One ( will be celebrating its 3 millionth manga download and starting today for a limited time, all “Ranma 1/2” manga volumes will be available for free (2/10-2/28) and will be followed up by free downloads of the entire “Fushigi Yugi” (2/18-2/28) and “Kyō Kara Ore Wa!!” (2/24-3/13) volumes.



The commercial for Manga One began airing today:

Kodansha and the JNSA collaborate to promote Cyber Security Awareness!


I know many of you grew up watching the “Ghost in the Shell” films.

Currently in Japan, there is a campaign from February through March to promote cyber security via the JNSA (Japan Network Security Association) and Kodansha.

In different train stations in Japan (especially at Shibuya Station), there are posters or big advertisements featuring the characters of “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”. A special manga release is available (it’s in Japanese). “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Human-Error-Traps”.


For those who are interested, the manga can be downloaded here:

For smart phones/tablets:…/ghost_in_the_shell-human-er…

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