This year’s 21st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine has announced that AZU’s Magical Sempai (Tejina Senpai) manga will take “around” a one-month break. Kodansha will announce the manga’s return once preparations are finished on the magazine’s official website and Twitter account.
The editorial department explained that AZU had previously taken a few breaks in order to raise a child (or children), but this new break will be in order to “stabilize the publication.” AZU will also be organizing their work environment in order to prepare for the upcoming television anime adaptation of the manga.
AZU launched the manga in Young Magazine in February 2016, and Kodansha published the fifth volume in November 2018.
This year’s 21st issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that the new Samurai 8: Hachimaruden manga by Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and manga artist Akira Ōkubo will have a “preview version” in the magazine’s combined 22nd and 23rd issues on April 27, 2019.
Shueisha stated that the combined 22nd and 23rd issues on April 27, 2019 will be the final issue in Japan’s Heisei era, and Samurai 8: Hachimaruden will be the first new serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in the new Reiwa era. The magazine did not reveal the specific premiere date for the full serialization, but the first issue in the Reiwa era will be the 24th issue on May 13, 2019.
Kishimoto is in charge of the original work, and Ōkubo is drawing the manga. Okubo is a former assistant to Kishimoto. Shueisha had revealed at the Jump Festa ’19 event in December 2018 that the manga will launch in Weekly Shonen Jump in Spring 2019. During the event, Naruto voice actress Junko Takeuchi read a comment from Kishimoto, which stated that the new manga will combine his love for Japanese culture and clothing, and science-fiction.
FUNimation Entertainment stated at its panel at Anime Boston that it has reached the 3,000 pre-orders necessary to produce the 30th anniversary Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Disc collector’s edition set. The company added that it will produce 6,000 copies of the set. The official website for the set lists that there are 2,813 copies remaining as of Saturday evening, and pre-orders are available until May 5, 2019.
The company announced the set in March 2019, stating it needed 2,500 units pre-ordered in order to produce the set. The company later added that the original 2,500 number was a mistake, and 3,000 pre-orders would be needed. FUNimation began taking pre-orders for the set on April 6, 2019.
The set includes: 37 Blu-ray Discs featuring Dragon Ball Z in 4:3 aspect ratio, an 11-inch Goku Grandista figure by Banpresto, a hardcover artbook, a certificate of authenticity, and a box for the set. The set will also feature new bonus content.
The Asahi Shimbun paper has announced the winners for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition.
- Jitterbug The Forties (Sono Ko, Jiruba) by Shinobu Arima
New Creator Prize
- Areyo Hoshikuzu by Sansuke Yamada
Short Work Prize
- Little Miss P (Seiri-chan) by Ken Koyama
The committee also awarded the Special Prize to Takao Saito for his contributions to manga culture over the years. Golgo 13, his seminal work about an assassin for hire, marked its 50th anniversary last year.
This year’s committee – consisting of actress Anne Watanabe; author Kazuki Sakuraba; manga creators Osamu Akimoto, Machiko Satonaka, and Tarō Minamoto; professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō; manga critic Nobunaga Shinbo; and author and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada – selected 11 nominees from titles recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2018.
Asahi Shimbun will host an awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 6, 2019. The Grand Prize winner will receive a bronze statue and 2 million yen (about US$18,000), while the other winners will each receive a bronze statue and 1 million yen (about US$9,000).
This year’s 20th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine has announced that Takuya Mitsuda’s Major 2nd manga will resume in the magazine’s combined 21st and 22nd issues on April 24, 2019.
The manga went on hiatus again in November 2018, after just returning from a three-week break. Mitsuda said that his physical condition had slightly worsened, and so the manga would go on hiatus again.
Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga series in five years.
Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf has announced that its license to the Cat’s Eye anime has expired. The anime’s home video release is going out of print, and Right Stuf is offering the anime at 60% off, although the complete collection set featuring both seasons is no longer available.
The Cat’s Eye television anime series is based on Tsukasa Hojo’s manga of the same name. The first 36-episode season aired between 1983-1984, and the second 37-episode season aired from 1984-1985. Yoshio Takeuchi directed the first season and Kenji Kodama directed the second season. Tokyo Movie Shinsha animated the series.
J-Novel Club has announced that it has licensed the following five manga: Mutsumi Okuhashi and Kanata Yanagino’s The Faraway Paladin (Saihate no Paladin), Haiji Nakasone and Yū Okano’s The Unwanted Undead Adventurer (Nozomanu Fushi no Bōkensha), Nozomu Koryū and Seriko Iida’s Sweet Reincarnation (Okashi na Tensei), Yūri Shibamura and Daisuke Kimura’s Marginal Operation, and Riichi Ueshiba’s Discommunication.
All except Discommunication are manga adaptations of light novels, and J-Novel Club plans to release all the manga digitally. The first chapters of all the manga except The Unwanted Undead Adventurer are available now, and J-Novel Club plans to start its release of The Unwanted Undead Adventurer manga “in just a week or two.”