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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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Halfway between 2D and 3D, there’s 2.5D

Attack 00 Gakuen 25DManga and anime fans are known for their love of two-dimensional girls, but artist Muneo Saito is rounding things out a bit without going overboard: To create his “2.5D” comic Attack 00 Gakuen 2.5D, he arranges flat cutouts in three-dimensional space.

RocketNews 24 has a detailed explanation of how Saito, who is the artist for the manga Pokémon Gold and Silver Golden Boys and was a character artist for several Pokémon anime, creates his comic: He draws the figures, inks them, cuts them out, and attaches them to little clear plastic stands. While the characters are two-dimensional, their surroundings are not; Saito has painstakingly put together a model school with 3D desks and even (my favorite touch) a little model wastebasket with carefully constructed trash.

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‘Naruto’ spinoff to run in Viz Media’s ‘Shonen Jump’

Naruto announcementViz Media has confirmed that Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto spinoff miniseries Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring will debut April 27 in the North American edition of Shonen Jump.

That means English-language readers will get the story the same day as those in Japan, although in a different format, as Viz’s Shonen Jump is digital-only.

One of the top-selling manga in the United States for many years, the original series ended in November. However, Kishimoto said he had more Naruto stories to tell before moving on to a different series.

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Pamper your skin with a creepy ‘Attack on Titan’ face pack

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Being the Colossal Titan has its advantages. I mean, you’re a 200-foot-tall human-eating giant, so you can do pretty much anything you want. Plus, without any pesky skin to contend with, you’re not troubled by acne or an oily forehead.

And now, thanks to the Japanese fashion magazine VoCE, you too can be privy to the beauty tips of Attack on Titan. Crunchyroll reports the June issue comes complete with a “skin-rejuvenating face pack” that looks like the Colossal Titan from the hit manga, anime and (soon) live-action movies.

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‘One Piece’ Vol. 77 dips below 4 million for first printing

one piece-v77The 77th volume of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece shipped today in Japan with a first printing of 3.8 million copies, marking the first time in four years the manga has slipped below 4 million.

While American comics companies would be breaking out the champagne bottles with numbers like that, Anime News Network reports One Piece publisher Shueisha released a statement clarifying that, “Aside from print publications, [Shueisha] also distributes its comics digitally, and our sales channels are increasing.” A digital edition of Vol. 77 will be released next month.

The bestselling manga in the world, One Piece first reached the 4 million-copy mark in November 2011 with Vol. 64, setting a record in Japan. The series reached a peak in August 2012 with 4.05 million copies.

Debuting in 1997, as of last year Oda’s fantasy adventure had sold more than 310 million copies in Japan alone. Despite the growing popularity of Attack on Titan, One Piece clung to the top spot last year, selling 11.9 million copies.

Dark Horse to publish ‘Planetes’ omnibus edition

planetesDark Horse will release Makoto Yukimura’s acclaimed hard sci-fi manga Planetes in an omnibus format, debuting in December. The listing was spotted on Amazon by Brian Ruh, and then confirmed by Anime News Network.

The series centers on the crew of the Toy Box, orbital debris collectors tasked with snaring and disposing of any “trash” — from screws to old satellites — that could possibly damage or destroy space stations and spacecraft. Both the manga and its anime adaptation won prestigious Seiun Awards for speculative fiction.

Tokyopop previously licensed Planetes in North America, and published all four volumes between 2003 and 2005.

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‘Naruto’ spinoff unveils new character art

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The first illustrations have surfaced for Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month, the miniseries by Masashi Kishimoto debuting in the April 27 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

Posted on Comic Natalie, the character designs depict Naruto’s son and Sasuke’s daughter Boruto (Bolt) and Sarada (Salad), who appeared in the final chapter of Naruto, as well as Naruto himself. Kishimoto concluded his fantasy-adventure epic in November after 15 years.

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Detective Conan is so popular, he now has his own airport

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Superman may welcome arrivals to Cleveland Hopkins International, but now Detective Conan has his own airport.

On Sunday, Japan’s Tottori Airport reopened as Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport, named in honor of the popular manga and anime series Detective Conan (better known in North America as Case Closed). The manga’s creator, Gosho Aoyama, was born in Tottori Prefecture.

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‘Fairy Tail’ creator draws Jack Bauer for ’24’ ad campaign

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Considering the tone of his fantasy adventures Fairy Tail and Rave Master, Hiro Mashima probably isn’t the first artist I’d think of to promote the Blu-ray/DVD release of 24: Live Another Day in Japan, but what do I know?

Mashima, whom Crunchyroll reports is a fan of the American espionage thriller, was hired to do just that, drawing Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer for the March 4 issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine (which goes on sale the same day as the Blu-ray and DVD). The illustration will also be used for posters and point-of-purchase displays in stores across Japan.

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