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Bootleg ‘Assassination Classroom’ T-shirt triggers petition, outrage

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Nearly 10,000 people have signed an online petition demanding Amazon remove a bootleg T-shirt with the slogan “Keep Calm and Kill Your Teacher,” inspired by Yūsei Matsui’s popular manga Assassination Classroom.

Debuting in 2012 in Weekly Shonen Jump, the supernatural comedy-adventure centers on a class of misfits devoted to killing their new teacher, an alien octopus with incredible powers who has just destroyed most of the moon and is threatening to do the same to Earth.

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‘Attack on Titan: Before the Fall’ manga has 1.4 million copies in print

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The Attack on Titan manga spinoff Attack on Titan: Before the Fall has more than 1.4 million copies in print, Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine announced over the weekend.

Based on the series of light novels by Ryō Suzukaze and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto, the prequel to the bestselling manga centers on Kuklo, a young man who was found as a baby inside the stomach of one of the fearsome Titans.

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‘Attack on Titan’ sales stomp past 50 million copies worldwide

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Hajime Isayama’s smash-hit manga Attack on Titan has surpassed 50 million copies in print worldwide, according to the Japanese entertainment site Eiga.com.

For a bit of context, Anime News Network notes that in April, when the 16th volume was released in Japan, that figure was at 44 million. Kodansha Comics USA, the North American subsidiary of Japanese publisher Kodansha, announced last month that 2.5 million copies of the English-language editions are in circulation (the translation of the 16th volume will be released later this month).

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Viz to release ‘Death Note’ artist’s high-end art book

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Viz Media will publish Blanc et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations, the high-end art book by acclaimed artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go.

Originally released by Japanese publisher Shueisha, the oversize book collects Obata’s work from 2001-2006, including illustrations from Death Note and Hikaru no Go. Within the silver-stamped slipcase are 132 pages of full-color art, foldout posters and artist commentary, including a “how to draw” section. There are also three double-sided laminated posters.

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First look at ‘Boruto: Naruto the Movie’ one-shot by Masashi Kishimoto

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Fans have received their first peek at a new manga one-shot by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto that will be given away next month in Japan during screenings Boruto: Naruto the Movie.

Japanese website Comic Natalie has posted a preview of “The Day Naruto Became a Hokage,” which depicts Kakashi presenting Naruto Uzumaki as the Seventh Hokage. The story is part of an official book that also includes a reprint of the final chapter of Naruto, in full color. Two million copies will be distributed.

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SDCC: Udon licenses Rose of Versailles, Sugar Sugar Rune

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Udon Entertainment announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego that it has acquired one of the most sought-after manga licenses ever, Ryoko Ikeda’s “Rose of Versailles,” as well as two other series: Moyoco Anno’s “Sugar Sugar Rune,” which was previously published by Del Rey Manga, and “Stein’s Gate” based on the “Steins;Gate” video game.

“Rose of Versailles,” set in the court of the French queen Marie Antoinette, is one of the most popular and influential manga of all time, and became a shared experience for a generation of Japanese women. The main character in the story is Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, the youngest daughter of the leader of the palace guard, who is raised as a man so she can succeed her father. The story mingles real historical events with romance, drama, and palace intrigue, with Oscar in the center and Marie Antoinette, her paramour Count Axel von Ferson, and Oscar’s childhood friend Andre Grandier all playing major roles.

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‘Attack on Titan: Lost Girls’ novel to get manga adaptation

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The Attack on Titan novel Attack on Titan: Lost Girls will receive its own manga adaptation, debuting in the Aug. 9 issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Ryōsuke Fuji will author the manga.

Written by Hiroshi Seko and published in December in Japan, Lost Girls is based on mini-visual novels included with the Japanese Blu-ray release of the hit Attack on Titan Anime. The book collects three short stories focusing on Mikasa and Annie: “Lost in the Cruel World,” “Wall Sina, Goodbye” and “Lost Girls.”

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Viz Media to release ‘Naruto’ spinoff in print

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Viz Media will publish Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto spinoff Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring as a single volume early next spring.

Set shortly after the conclusion of the original manga, the miniseries centers on Sasuke’s daughter Sarada, and serves as a prelude to Boruto: Naruto the Movie. The story was serialized earlier this year simultaneously in Japan and in North America — although the latter only in digital form.

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New ‘Legend of Zelda’ manga in the works by Akira Himekawa

zelda-phantom hourglassThe creative team of Akira Himekawa has announced a return to The Legend of Zelda manga series following a seven-year absence.

“2015, after 7 years … The Legend of Zelda manga series returns! Please support it!” the duo wrote on their website, as translated by Anime News Network. “Which version of me can you meet this time? Look forward to finding out!!” They also posted a new piece of art, below.

Akira Himekawa produced serialized adaptations of The Legend of Zelda video games, from 1999’s Ocarina of Time to 2009’s Phantom Hourglass. They returned to Hyrule in 2011 with a stand-alone prequel to Skyward Sword.

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Connecticut police investigate seventh-grader’s ‘Death Note’

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The Connecticut State Police are investigating a seventh-grader who allegedly created a Death Note-inspired booklet containing the names of classmates. The student won’t be permitted to return to Griswold Middle School for the remainder of the year, which ends Friday.

In an email sent Tuesday to parents, Griswold Public Schools Superintendent Paul K. Smith said that although students had been aware of the booklet’s existence, it wasn’t brought to the attention of the administration until Monday. The police were called immediately.

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‘One Piece’ sets a Guinness World Record

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Eiichiro Oda’s popular manga One Piece has set a Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” As of December, more than 320 million copies of the fantasy adventure have been published worldwide.

According to The Japan News, Weekly Shonen Jump Editor Yoshihisa Heishi attended a ceremony today in place of Oda to accept the certificate from Guinness. The author drew a new illustration of One Piece‘s Monkey D. Luffy to commemorate the occasion.

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‘Boruto: Naruto the Movie’ will get a comedy manga tie-in

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The upcoming Boruto: Naruto the Movie will receive its own manga tie-in, drawn by Kenji Taira.

Anime News Network reports the comedy, featuring super-deformed versions of the characters, will appear in the September issue of Shueisha’s Saikyo Jump magazine, which goes on sale Aug. 1, just ahead of the film’s Japanese release.

According to the Saikyo Jump announcement, in the manga, “Boruto enters the SD Naruto world. Naruto’s son stars in lively and hilarious gags! (Sasuke also appears!?)”

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First look at Goku from ‘Dragon Ball Super’ manga [Updated]

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The first image has surfaced of Goku from Toyotarō’s manga adaptation of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super, the first Dragon Ball television anime in 18 years.

Announced this week, the manga will launch in the double-sized August issue of Shueisha’s V Jump. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who’s credited with the “original story and character concepts” for the new anime, also provided the manga’s story.

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Seven Seas snags dark ‘Pokemon’ parody ‘Tomodachi x Monster’

tomodachiSeven Seas Entertainment has acquired the license to Tomodachi x Monster, the “ultra-violent” Pokemon parody by Yoshihiko Inui.

Debuting in June 2014 in Japan’s Manga Action magazine, the series is set in a small, mountainous village where strange creatures dwell. There, a young boy named Wataru discovers a hidden world of monsters that befriend children, and together enter a horrifying death match.

Tomodachi x Monster is like a certain pocket-monster story gone horribly wrong,” Seven Seas Publisher Jason DeAngelis said in a statement. “With this series you get to watch what really happens when kids with no conscience get hold of monstrous friends to do their bidding. Cute, yet macabre and gory. Tomodachi x Monster is to kids-and-their-monsters series what Magical Girl Apocalypse is to magical girl series.”

Seven Seas will release the first of three volumes of Tomodachi x Monster in February.

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‘Dragon Ball Super’ manga to accompany new TV anime

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When the first new Dragon Ball television anime in 18 years debuts in July, it will be accompanied by a manga adaptation by Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission author Toyotarō.

According to the announcement in Shueisha’s V Jump the Dragon Ball Super manga will launch in the magazine’s super-sized August issue. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who’s credited with the “original story and character concepts” for the new anime, is also credited with the manga’s story.

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