YouTube and Shogakukan have teamed up to fight off an unexpected form of manga piracy. The strategy, recently used on the series Ushijima the Loan Shark, has required the companies to clarify their definitions of piracy even further. What's happening? Get the story after the jump.
The final volume of Q Hayashida's beloved cult fantasy / adventure / science fiction manga Dorohedoro has been published in Japan, but the adventures of a lizard-headed fellow named Caiman and his friends are only just beginning, because Dorohedoro is going to be adapted into a TV anime. Hit the jump to learn more.
Kubota Corporation, a company that specializes in manufacturing agricultural equipment, has teamed up with Japanese publishers Shogakukan in a rice-appreciation promotion that stretches verbal punnery to its absolute limits and that includes a music video mash-up featuring scenes from 5 romantic comedy manga engraved on 137 grains of rice. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new key visual and four more cast members have been revealed for Kengan Ashura, an upcoming TV anime adaptation based on the digital manga written by Sandrovich Yabako and illustrated by Daromeon about pit-fighters who compete in underground fighting matches at the behest of their mega-rich corporate sponsors. Hit the jump to learn more.
Four more cast members have been revealed for Bakutsuri Bar Hunter ("Burst-Fishing Bar Hunter"), an upcoming children's TV anime about a boy who discovers an entire digital ocean to explore on the other side of commercial barcodes. Hit the jump to learn more.
Critically acclaimed manga author Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys) is returning to the pages of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits weekly seinen manga magazine with a new series for the first time since the conclusion of 21st Century Boys in 2007. Hit the jump to learn more.
Children's anime is nothing if not creative and strange, and in October it only gets weirder with Toei Animation's adaptation of Bakutsuri Bar Hunter ("Burst-Fishing Bar Hunter"), an upcoming TV anime about a young boy with a fiery passion for fishing who discovers an entire ocean to challenge on the other side of commercial barcodes. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tokusatsu Gagaga, a comedy seinen manga by Niwa Tanba about an office lady who tries to hide her obsession with special effects hero shows from her friends and co-workers, is being adapted into a seven episode live-action TV drama that will broadcast on NHK in January of 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tonikaku Cawaii, the latest manga from author Kenjiro Hata (Hayate the Combat Butler), is celebrating the Japanese release of its second volume with a special teaser video featuring the voice talents of Earphones, a vocal unit composed of Marika Kouno, Rie Takahashi, and Yuki Nagaku. Hit the jump to check it out.
Kumamoto's official regional mascot Kumamon is joining the ranks of such historical luminaries as Osamu Tezuka and Steve Jobs, because Shogakukan has published an educational, biographical manga about Kumamon for their "Shogakukan Edition Study Manga" line. Hit the jump to learn more.
The life of a writer is tough, and it's even tougher when the author in question is a brilliant but emotionally volatile 15 year old girl. Hit the jump to check out the official movie poster and trailer for HIBIKI, an upcoming live-action film based on the seinen manga by Mitsuhara Yanamoto.
The central cast has been announced for Kengan Ashura, an upcoming TV anime based on the violent seinen martial arts manga written by Sandrovich Yabako and illustrated by Daromeon about hot-blooded fighters who participate in illegal underground fighting tournaments at the behest of their corporate sponsors. Hit the jump to learn more.