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‘One-Punch Man’ fights a monster, thirst with clever paper cup comic


If you’re not familiar with One-Punch Man, the Japanese webcomic turned manga and anime sensation, what better way to be introduced than with this animated comic cleverly created using paper cups?

It’s the work of Japanese artist Sinrashinge, who used a pen, an X-Acto blade and three paper cups to tell a (literally) moving story depicting Saitama battling a monster.

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Masashi Kishimoto to draw ‘Boruto’ one-shot, oversee new series


If you thought that after 15 years Masashi Kishimoto was truly done with the world of Naruto, think again.

It was announced over the weekend that Kishimoto will write and draw a Boruto one-shot manga, featuring the son of Naruto, and supervise a new Boruto series written by Ukyō Kodachi (Boruto: Naruto the Movie) and drawn by Naruto assistant Mikio Ikemoto.

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Brace yourselves, ‘Human Centipede’ has inspired a manga


After horrifying audiences the world over, the infamous film franchise The Human Centipede has inspired a new manga series in Japan.

Crunchyroll reports this week’s issue of Nemesis magazine debuted Centipede Human: Final Liberation, by Ryuta Yoshinaga, author of the vampire manga Chinomi. Although writer/director Tom Six’s 2009 original film was set in Germany, the manga transplants the story to a remote mountain village in Japan.

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Viz Media issues response to digital-piracy arrests

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Manga publisher Viz Media has issued a statement reaffirming its stance on digital piracy following the arrests in Japan of four men accused of illegally uploading a chapter of One Piece to a scanlation website.

Police in Japan say a delivery company employee stole a copy of Weekly Shonen Jump while it was en route from the printer to the retailer and sold the magazine to three other men, who then uploaded the comic to an English-language pirate site. Here’s Viz’s statement:

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‘Higanjima’ creator tackles del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ for Japanese release


Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s television series The Strain is spreading to Japan, where it will be greeted with illustrations by manga artist Kōji Matsumoto.

Crunchyroll reports that Matsumoto, creator of the vampire manga Higanjima, has drawn a series of illustrations to mark the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Strain in Japan. They’ll appear next week in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine, alongside an interview with Matsumoto and an introduction to the TV show, which is based on del Toro and Hogan’s vampire novels.

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Unstoppable ‘Attack on Titan’ now has 52 million copies in print


There’s seemingly no stopping Hajime Isayama’s juggernaut Attack on Titan, with Yahoo! Japan reports now has more than 52 million copies in print worldwide. That’s an increase of about 2 million from the figures released in early August.

For comparison, the manga reportedly had 44 million copies in print just six months ago, when the 16th volume was released in Japan.

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Police assure parents ‘Death Note’ doesn’t pose a threat

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Police and school officials in Nashua, New Hampshire, held a public forum Wednesday night to soothe concerns about a Death Note-inspired notebook discovered last week at a local high school.

The list, found Oct. 9 at Nashua High School North, reportedly contained the names of 17 students, along with a description of how and when they would die. In Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s hit manga turned anime and live-action movie franchise, a high school student sets out to rid the world of evil using a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it.

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New Hampshire high school shaken by ‘Death Note’ scare

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The discovery of a Death Note-inspired notebook at a New Hampshire high school has left parents rattled.

According to NH1, administrators at Nashua High School North met Tuesday with the parents of 17 students who were listed in the book, along with a description of how and when they would die.

“This book was found by a student with the ways, times and dates 17 students were going to die,” one unnamed parent said. “My daughter in particular was pretty horrific, disturbing and explicit.” School officials maintain that no one was ever in any danger.

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NYCC: Kodansha reveals teaser image for ‘Attack on Titan’ panel

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Art by Tomer Hanuka

Just ahead of New York Comic Con, Kodansha Comics it teasing its “Biggest ‘Attack on Titan’ Manga Announcement Ever” panel with the release of art by artist Tomer Hanuka.

No additional details were provided, leaving fans to try to discern clues from the art itself. Hanuka only offered, “This is massive.”

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‘Death Note’ creators reveal first color art for ‘Platinum End’


Death Note and Bakuman creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata have debuted the first color art for their new collaboration Platinum End.

Described as “a story of a human and an angel,” the manga centers on Mirai Kakehashi, a boy who can’t find a hope in living. It will launch Nov. 4 in the December issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine, following a special preview Oct. 5 in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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‘Death Note’ creators reunite for new manga ‘Platinum End’

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Death Note and Bakuman creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata are reuniting for Platinum End, a new manga described as “a story of a human and an angel.”

According to Anime News Network, the official announcement will be made Monday in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. The manga is set to launch Nov. 4 in Jump SQ, following a special preview in Weekly Shonen Jump on Oct. 5.

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‘Attack on Titan’ has about three years of story left

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In the six years since its debut, Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has become a seemingly unstoppable force, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide, and inspiring spinoffs, animated and live-action adaptations, video games and truckloads of merchandise. However, the end of the manga is in sight.

In an interview with Japan’s Antenna magazine, series editor Kawakubo Shintaro said there are about three years’ worth of chapters left, confirming recent comments by Isayama that Attack on Titan is about “60 percent finished.”

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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

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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