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Gintama Manga Isn't Ending Yet Because Its Creator Screwed Up

September 14, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Previously, it was officially announced that the Gintama manga was slated to end in the September 15th issue of Weekly Jump. Now its creator says the popular manga isn’t actually ending.

As translated by Twitter user Kewl0210, Gintama creator Hideaki Sorachi write a one-page letter to fans explaining the situation.

While Gintama won’t be in Weekly Jump, Sorachi wrote, the manga isn’t ending. The reason, he continued, is that Jump has a system in which manga creator tells the editorial department half a year in advance that the story is coming to a close. At that point, it all starts wrapping up.

“But with Gintama, I misread this and for the past three years now I’ve been saying, ‘I don’t think I can wrap up quite yet,’” Sorachi wrote (via Kewl0210).

Thus, Gintama will be published in spin-off mag Jump Giga, where the manga can apparently get more pages, while Sorachi wraps up the story.

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“I honestly would’ve preferred to bring you the story all the way to the end in Jump,” Sorachi wrote (via Kewl0210), “so I really have to apologize for screwing the whole thing up.”

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Teacher Inspires Students With Chalkboard Art

September 12, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Naohiko teaches art at a junior high school in Japan. To inspire students during athletic day competition, the teacher drew some encouraging chalkboard art.

In Japan, a school’s athletic day is a big deal, with students divided up into different colour-coordinated teams. Naohiko’s class, it seems, was the green team.

As GameOver points out, here is some of the encouraging chalkboard art, with positive messages telling students to win the whole festival and triumph over the blue and red team rivals.

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According to Naohiko, he worked on art in the evening through late at night after the students went home. He spent hours doing this chalkboard art.

And he only used six different colors.

If you are interested in how Naohiko did the chalkboard art, here is the underdrawing for the My Hero Academia art.

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Best part? His class did well in the athletic festival, coming in as the runner-up.

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Conan O'Brien Visiting Japan Because He Says An Anime Ripped Him Off

August 29, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Conan O’Brien just announced that he is traveling to Japan. The reason? He claims the popular Detective Conan anime and manga have been ripping him off for years. Of course!

According to O’Brien, Detective Conan debuted a year after his first late night show debuted. Also, he says sleuth is a grown man in a boy’s body—an idea he says that mirrors his own predicament.

Clearly.

If only there was another person who was connected to mysteries named Conan, then this could all be easily cleared up.

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Momoko Sakura, One Of Japan's Most Famous Manga Creators, Has Died

August 27, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Momoko Sakura, creator of Chibi Maruko-chan, has died. Born Miki Miura, Sakura passed away on August 15 from breast cancer. Her office made the news public today.

Chibi Maruko-chan manga debuted in 1986 and went on to spawn one of Japan’s most beloved anime. The first Chibi Maruko-chan anime series ran from 1990 to 1992. The current second series first aired in 1995 and continues to this day. Chibi Maruko-chan is one of the most famous characters in Japan, and the anime is watched by young and old alike. The original manga, which ran from August 1986 to June 1996, was based on Sakura’s childhood.

Momoko Sakura also lent her talents to video games, including Sakura Momoko Gekijo Coji-Coji for the Dreamcast, Sakura Momoko no Ukiuki Carnival for the Game Boy Advance and Every Party for the Xbox 360. Microsoft hoped that last title, an Xbox 360 exclusive, would help its console appeal to a wide audience in Japan.

According to The Japan News, Sakura was 53.

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A Peek At The Upcoming Live-Action City Hunter Movie

August 22, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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France’s Philippe Lacheau is directing and starring in a live-action version of the detective manga and anime City Hunter. Let’s have a look at some of the still images floating around online.

The original manga debuted in 1985, spawning an anime as well as a live-action film by the same name starring Jackie Chan.

Its latest adaptation comes from France, where City Hunter is known as Nicky Larson, the localized name for main character Ryo Saeba.

Here are the some of the promotional pics and production photos from the film, which will be released next February in France.

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Gintama Manga Is Ending Soon [Update: It's Official]

August 20, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Debuting in December 2003, Gintama is one of Weekly Jump’s most popular manga. Like anything, it will come to an end. And that end could be soon.

Update August 20 – 5:01am: It’s official. The Gintama manga is coming to a conclusion in the September 15th issue of Weekly Jump.

Numerous major Japanese sites (here, here and here, for example) are publishing a two-page spread from the upcoming Weekly Jump, which states Gintama will end after five more installments. Kotaku has yet to confirm this report, but this could mean that the manga will come to a close in the next few weeks!

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Report: Gintama Manga Is Ending Soon

August 17, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Debuting in December 2003, Gintama is one of Weekly Jump’s most popular manga. Like anything, it will come to an end. And that end could be soon.

Numerous major Japanese sites (here, here and here, for example) are publishing a two-page spread from the upcoming Weekly Jump, which states Gintama will end after five more installments. Kotaku has yet to confirm this report, but this could mean that the manga will come to a close in the next few weeks!

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South Korean Web Comic Accused Of Copying From Famed Manga

August 3, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Online in South Korea, fans noticed that two panels in Kim Song-mo’s latest manhwa, the webcomic A Record of a High School Life, looked familiar.

Comparisons of the panels appeared to show the drawings seemed to mirror art from manga Slam Dunk, which ran from 1990 to 1996. (Of course, Slam Dunk’s manga artist Takehiko Inoue has also been called out for appearing to trace original NBA photos!)

According to mainstream news sites Joins and Naver, Kim released a mealy-mouthed statement about the allegations, saying that when he was a huge fan of the Japanese basketball manga and when he studying comic book art, he traced around 30 Slam Dunk comics. After that, Kim added, he’s been told that his work looks like that in Inoue’s manga.

Kim explained that he wanted people to understand that this was something his hand more than his brain had remembered. He apologized for creating this public brouhaha and said he is taking steps so this won’t happen again.

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I guess it won’t, because in a just-published article, Joins reports that Kim’s webcomic A Record of a High School Life is now going to end serialization.


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The One Piece Manga Is 80 Percent Finished, Says Eiichiro Oda 

July 23, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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The One Piece manga debuted way back in 1997. That was over twenty years ago. Wonder how much more story is left? Twenty percent, it seems.

In an interview with Yomiuri, Oda was asked about how the story has gotten long. “It’s because the characters are acting on their own,” Oda explained.

“It’s taken twenty years and the story has arrived at the 80 percentage point, but there’s still has nine members [in the crew].”

However, in another interview in the latest Weekly Jump, Oda also talked about when One Piece will end.

“If the time for One Piece to end comes, I don’t want to hear the editorial department say, ‘Please continue doing it longer.’ My ending [One Piece] is as I please.”

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According to Get News, Oda then said, “Well…it’s not ending [now], however. Because there’s more story to come.”

Back in 2016, Oda was quoted as saying that One Piece was around 65 percent finished in 2016. Though, he also said that it was 60 percent done in 2012.

This last twenty percent could take a long time.


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The New Gintama Live-Action Movie Looks Bonkers

July 13, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Well, it wouldn’t be Gintama if didn’t look zany, would it? Here is the first trailer for Gintama 2.

The movie is based on the popular manga of the same name. The previous live-action adaptation, released in 2017, was one of last year’s big domestic hits in Japan.

Shun Oguri returns as Gintoki Sakata, Kanna Hashimoto is once again Kagura, while Masaki Suda returns as Shinpachi.

Gintama 2 opens in Japan on August 17.


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