Noted manga authors Naoki Urasawa (Yawara!), Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail), Eisaku Kubonouchi (Tsurumoku Bachelor Dormitory), Yōichi Takahashi (Captain Tsubasa) and Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita No Joe) have teamed up with wheelchair tennis star Shingo Kunieda, Japan's five-a-side football team, runner Saki Takakuwa, Japan's goalball team and their wheelchair rugby team for a "Be The Hero" campaign promo. Get a look after the jump.
Naoki Urasawa's Manben, a documentary style program exploring the lives and works of famous Japanese manga creators that is hosted by 20th Century Boys author Naoki Urasawa, is returning for a 2nd season in March of 2016 on NHK E TV. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new educational television program hosted by manga author Naoki Urasawa is coming to NHK in September of 2015. Hit the jump to learn more.
Just in time for the conclusion of the most recent re-release of Naoki Urasawa's break-out manga, Yawara!, Big Comic Spirits is releasing a collection of short comic stories featuring Jigoro, Yawara's overbearing, judo-wielding grandfather. Hit the jump to learn more.
Naoki Urasawa has joined Twitter. It's not the most personal acocunt, explicitly just being used to post information about releases and appearances. However, beyond the stated purpose, the acclaimed artist has also been treating fans to some iPad sketches. Get a look after the jump.
It was officially announced that a stage play adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's critically-acclaimed manga Pluto is in the works by Bunkamura for early 2015. The manga is based on the "The Greatest Robot on Earth" arc of Osamu Tezuka's classic manga series Tetsuwan Atom/Astro Boy. Hit the jump for more information.
Celebrating 40 years of Big Comic Original as well as 60 years of Godzilla, and leading into the July 25th Japanese release of the new Hollywood Godzilla, the works of 21 industry greats such as Rumiko Takahashi (InuYasha) and Naoki Urasawa (Monster, 20th Century Boys) have been collected in a special manga tribute to the King of Kaiju. Get a look after the jump.
This past weekend, Godzilla's international box office pushes Warner Bros. over the $1 billion mark for 2014. It was the first studio to cross that milestone for the year. On a somewhat smaller scale, co-producer Legendary Pictures has posted art of the king of kaiju by Naoki Urasawa, the Eisner Award winning manga artist of 20th Century Boys and Monster. Get a look after the jump.