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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.