Takeshi Obata Draws New Death Note One Shot Manga

The June 2019 issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine has announced that Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note manga is getting a new one shot manga chapter by Obata. The magazine teases that the story will be related to what Shinigami bring about when they descend to the earth. Part of the complete manuscript will debut at the “Kagyō 30-Shūnen Kinen Obata Takeshi-ten Never Complete” (30th Work Anniversary Takeshi Obata Exhibition: Never Complete) event, which will run at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo from July 13-August 12, 2019.

In addition, Obata’s completely original work that shares the “Never Complete” title with the exhibition will debut at the event.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Delivers the First Volume of the Platinum End Manga Series

VIZ Media offers a paranormal dark fantasy about humans and angels by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, creators of Death Note and Bakuman。.

Platinum End launches on October 4, 2016, and is rated “M” for Mature Readers. The series will be published under the company’s Shonen Jump imprint. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. The series also will be available digitally from VIZ.com/read and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the ongoing series will be published twice a year.

In Platinum End, as his classmates celebrate their middle school graduation, troubled Mirai is mired in darkness. But his battle is just beginning when he receives some salvation from above in the form of an angel. Now Mirai is pitted against 12 other chosen humans in a battle in which the winner becomes the next god of the world. Mirai has an angel in his corner, but he may need to become a devil to survive.

Platinum End‘s digital-exclusive chapter releases have been thrilling readers and we are very excited to now launch the series on its own,” says Alexis Kirsch, Editor. “Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s latest creation showcases the duo’s characteristic crisp artwork and edgy storyline. We look forward to manga fans diving into the launch of the opening volume next month!”

Writer Tsugumi Ohba is the author of the hit series Death Note and Bakuman。.

Takeshi Obata first achieved international recognition as the artist of the wildly popular Weekly Shonen Jump title, Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei “New Hope” Award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga Award. He went on to illustrate the smash hit supernatural crime thriller, Death Note, as well as the hugely successful manga Bakuman。 and All You Need Is Kill.

VIZ Media to Release Limited Edition Art Book Blanc Et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations

VIZ Media announces the release of Blanc Et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations, a limited edition art book collecting the work of manga artist Takeshi Obata.

Blanc Et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations will be released on May 3, 2016 in an oversized slipcase hardcover edition under the Art of Shonen Jump imprint. This limited edition art book will be released in a print run of only 10,000 copies. Blanc Et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations will carry an MSRP of $99.99 U.S. / $119.99 CAN.

Experience a masterful presentation of Takeshi Obata’s works from 2001–2006, including definitive illustrations from Death Note and Hikaru no Go, as well as surprises (video game design), original works created for this art book and rare novel illustrations. This oversized art book is encased in a silver-stamped slipcase and is stuffed with 132 pages of full-color art, several massive foldout posters, deluxe paper stock and 12 pages of artist commentary, including a “how to draw” section. The edition also includes three large double-sided laminated posters.

Blanc Et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations is an extraordinary art book with a beautiful, high-end treatment befitting its limited edition run. It will be a wonderful addition to any ardent Death Note fan’s personal collection,” says Hope Donovan, Managing Editor. “Takeshi Obata is one of Japan’s foremost manga artists and is internationally acclaimed for his elegantly designed characters and crisp style. We invite fans and collectors to savor this special release!”

Manga artist and illustrator Takeshi Obata first achieved international recognition as the artist of the Weekly Shonen Jump title, Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei “New Hope” Award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga Award. He went on to illustrate the supernatural crime thriller, Death Note, as well as Bakuman。 and All You Need Is Kill.

OBATA TAKESHI ILLUSTRATIONS -Blanc et Noir- © 2006 by Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

The Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment and Cyborg Roggy Manga Are Ending in Weekly Shonen Jump

This year’s 24th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish the final chapter of Yū Miki’s Cyborg Roggy (Kaizō Ningen Roggy) manga. The issue is also ending its serialization of Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata’s “shocking court mystery” manga series Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment.

The issue noted that Shueisha will publish the end of the “Bloody Class Meeting” arc of Gakkyū Hōtei in Shueisha’s Jump+ digital magazine at the end of May 2015 and also in the third compiled volume of the manga.

The story of Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment is described as:

As problems continue to plague the elementary school system, a new solution is enacted in the form of the School Judgment System. Now the young students themselves will be responsible for solving the issues that befall them. But are they up to the task?

The series relaunched in Japan on December 1, 2014. Enoki originally ran the first version of this manga under the same title in the Jump Live smartphone manga service in 2013. VIZ Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English in its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine as a part of its “Jump Start” initiative in November-December 2014, and then the company added the series as a permanent part of its lineup in December 2014.

The story of Cyborg Roggy is described as:

10 years ago, artificial biological implants known as “augmentation parts” were introduced into society. At the time, no one suspected the sinister turn of events that would come about because of body augmentations. And as the politicians and police stood by, the world watched as cyborg criminals, otherwise known as “augs,” turned the world on its head…

Miki launched the manga on February 23, 2015. VIZ Media also published the first three chapters of Cyborg Roggy in English in its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine as a part of its “Jump Start” initiative.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Spotlights Takeshi Obata and Details New Digital Manga Debuts and Updates for October 2014

VIZ Media announces a substantial digital manga update to open the Fall 2014 reading season with a host of new titles and a special promotion celebrating the work of artist Takeshi Obata for his first-ever U.S. appearance at New York Comic Con 2014.

VIZ Media highlights several updates this month including the digital debut of the sci-fi action series, World Trigger, with the first two volumes available on October 7, 2014, as well as more than 20 other VIZ Media series.

Takeshi Obata is the seminal artist/creator of smash hit manga series such as Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, Ralograd and All You Need Is Kill. He is scheduled to appear at several events during New York Comic Con 2014, taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

VIZ Media marks his appearance with a special Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes that runs from October 6-31, 2014 and offers fans two ways to enter. Visit the VIZ Media Booth #1944 during New York Comic Con and submit your email address to receive a FREE Takeshi Obata art poster and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes listed below. Or to submit your entry remotely and for more information including rules and regulations please visit www.vizmanga.com/obata.

Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes Prizes Include:

  • ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Omnibus Edition (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Black Edition Volume 1 (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Manga Poster (Signed)
  • BAKUMAN。Volume 1 (Digital Edition)
  • HIKARU NO GO Volume 1 (Digital Edition)
  • RALΩGRAD Volume 1 (Digital Edition)

VIZ Media will also highlight Takeshi Obata with special digital pricing available for a limited time from October 6-31, 2014 on all of his aforementioned series available from VIZManga.com. Also check VIZ Media’s partner sites for promotional pricing on Takeshi Obata digital manga titles during October 2014.

New Digital Manga Series Debut:

WORLD TRIGGER Volumes 1-2
Rated “T” for Teens
DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN)
Available Now

Destroy thy Neighbor. A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

Additional notable October 2014 digital updates to several other popular continuing manga titles include the stunning series conclusion to the paranormal gothic drama, Vampire Knight (Volume 19, available Oct. 7, 2014), as well as the latest editions of My Love Story!! (Volume 2), Naruto (Volume 67), Deadman Wonderland (Volume 5), Sunny (Volume 4), Toriko (Volume 24) and an array of new updates to several titles from the VIZ Select imprint such as Trinity Blood (Volume 7), Lucky Star (Volume 4), Suki (Volume 2), Future Diary (Volume 7), Trinity Blood (Volume 8), Lagoon Engine (Volume 4), and Kyo Kara Maoh (Volume 2).

Readers can enjoy these latest manga updates that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7″ tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the NOOK, Kindle, Kobo, comiXology, iBooks and Google Play stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans more than 2,300 volumes across over 200 different series.

Don’t miss special digital pricing on the following Takeshi Obata manga titles October 6–31, 2014:

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Volumes 1-2
Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Volumes 1-2 $4.99 each (U.S. / CAN)

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

BAKUMAN。Volumes 1-20
Rated “T” for Teens
Volumes 1-2 $1.99 each (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-20 $4.99 each (U.S. / CAN)

Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?

DEATH NOTE Volumes 1-12
Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Volumes 1-2 $1.99 each (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-12 $4.99 each (U.S. / CAN)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?

HIKARU NO GO Volumes 1-23
Rated “A” for All Ages
Volumes 1-2 $1.99 each (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-23 $4.99 each (U.S. / CAN)

After stumbling across a haunted go board, Hikaru Shindo discovers that the spirit of a master player named Fujiwara-no-Sai has taken up residence in his consciousness. Sai awakens in Hikaru an untapped genius for the game, and soon the schoolboy is chasing his own dream–defeating the famed go prodigy Akira Toya.

RALΩGRAD Volumes 1-4
Rated “M” for Mature
Volumes 1-2 $1.99 each (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-4 $4.99 each (U.S. / CAN)

In the midst of a war, a child is born during a bloody battle at the cost of his mother’s life. From this baby comes forth a huge and powerful dragon born of Shadow. Within minutes the dragon lays waste to the landscape, but a quick-thinking knight locks the baby in a cage of darkness, where he grows to be a young man, knowing only the kindness of his young female tutor. Until the day the Shadows attack and he is set free…

VIZ Media and ReedPOP Present Takeshi Obata at New York Comic Con 2014

VIZ Media and ReedPOP welcome manga artist Takeshi Obata for his first-ever U.S. personal appearance. His visit is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

Obata, the artist behind such series as Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, and All You Need Is Kill will appear at several events during New York Comic Con 2014, which is taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

During the convention, Takeshi Obata will appear in person in two panels, on October 9, 2014 as part of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel and on October 10, 2014 with an overview of his incredible catalog of works. He will make an exclusive signing appearance at the Javits Convention Center on the evening of October 8, 2014.

Takeshi Obata will also make a pair of additional appearances around New York as part of ReedPOP’s New York Super Week on October 10, 2014 at Kinokuniya Book Store and October 11, 2014 at Barnes & Noble.

Fans are invited to stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1944) on October 9, 2014 for details and to secure advance tickets for the exclusive New York Comic Con Takeshi Obata signing, taking place the same day at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Javits Center. Signing tickets will be distributed on a first come/first served basis promptly at 1:00 p.m. EDT and again at 4:30 p.m. EDT There will be no advance line-up until 15 minutes before ticket time. Each attendee that secures a ticket will receive an exclusive shikishi signing board that Obata will autograph.

Fans may also select from a wide array of Obata manga titles available for purchase at the VIZ Media booth, including special advance copies of his newest work, All You Need Is Kill, a deluxe omnibus manga treatment of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s hit sci-fi novel that inspired the action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. It will debut under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Advanced imprint on November 4, 2014. Other acclaimed Obata manga titles including Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go and Ralograd will also be available for purchase.

VIZ Media, ReedPOP and The Japan Foundation welcome Takeshi Obata at the following New York Comic Con Panels:

THE FUTURE OF WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel Featuring Takeshi Obata
October 9, 2014
6:00–6:45 p.m.
Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join the staff of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump as well as editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball as well as Obata’s Bakuman. and Death Note series.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: Manga Artist Takeshi Obata
October 10, 2014
5:00–5:45 p.m.
Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join special guest Takeshi Obata along with his editor, Koji Yoshida, for an insightful conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industry, and the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity.

Takeshi Obata also will participate in a pair of special off-site signings as part of New York Super Week. New York Super Week takes place October 3–12, 2014 immediately preceding New York Comic Con and is a unique immersive pop culture event where the entire island of Manhattan becomes a playground for a colorful array of superheroes, villains, cosplayers, artists, celebrities and passionate fans of from all over the world that gather to take part in a variety of themed events all over the City including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings.

Information & tickets to New York Super Week events are available now at: www.NewYorkSuperWeek.com.

Takeshi Obata Kinokuniya Signing Event
October 10, 2014
8:30 p.m.

Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

Attend a special free evening event with Takeshi Obata, a pivotal figure from Japan’s vibrant manga industry. All participants must secure a Super Week event ticket and will receive a free autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

Free tickers to this event can be secured at:
http://sw14.mapyourshow.com/6_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=207

Takeshi Obata Barnes & Noble Signing Event
October 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. EDT

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca, 97 Warren St, New York, New York

Barnes & Noble and VIZ Media welcome Takeshi Obata for another free exclusive appearance as part of New York Super Week. All participants must secure a free Super Week event ticket in advance and will receive an autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

More information on this event can be viewed at:
http://sw14.mapyourshow.com/6_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=208

“We’re very honored to welcome Takeshi Obata, creator of some of the most popular and beloved manga worldwide, for these very special live events as part of the 2014 New York Comic Con,” says Leyla Aker, Vice President, Publishing, VIZ Media. “From the paranormal suspense of Death Note, to an insider’s story of the manga industry in Bakuman。, to the sci-fi thriller All You Need Is Kill, Obata’s work has consistently drawn wide acclaim and captivated millions of readers around the world. Please join us to celebrate his first-ever U.S. appearance!”

DEATH NOTE © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

Takeshi Obata to Appear at New York Comic Con

It has been announced that manga artist Takeshi Obata will be a guest at this year’s New York Comic Con and that he will be appearing as part of autographing and panels the Thursday and Friday of the show.

Obata’s credits include Hikaru no Go, Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G, Death Note, Bakuman., and All You Need Is Kill.

“Our vision for New York Comic Con is to bring a wide range of pop culture content from all over the world to fans every year,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “Takeshi Obata is one of the leading manga artists in the world and one of the best creative forces in entertainment today. We couldn’t be more excited about his participation in New York Comic Con this year.”

New York Comic Con will be taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York City.

VIZ Media Announces a Simultaneous Digital Release With Japan of Takeshi Obata’s All You Need Is Kill Manga

VIZ Media offers time-loop sci-fi military action from one of the biggest names in manga with the debut of Takeshi Obata’s All You Need Is Kill on June 19, 2014, the same day it is available in Japan. The new manga will release digitally across all platforms serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga app, and will also be available on the storefronts for the Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, and NOOK.

All You Need Is Kill Volumes 1 & 2 are rated “T+” for Older Teens and will each carry a digital MSRP of $6.99. VIZ Media plans to release a deluxe omnibus print volume on November 4, 2014 under its Shonen Jump Advanced imprint (MSRP U.S. $14.99 / CAN $16.99).

Takeshi Obata’s All You Need Is Kill ran in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In the rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

The bestselling All You Need Is Kill novel also inspired a new live-action summer blockbuster – Edge of Tomorrow – starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton that is scheduled to premiere in U.S. theatres on June 6, 2014.

Andy Nakatani, Editor, says, “Takeshi Obata interprets this critically acclaimed novel in a new way with his manga treatment of All You Need Is Kill, and we can’t wait for fans to discover the exciting new digital release in June, debuting just after the highly anticipated premiere of the Edge of Tomorrow film. Riveting characters and climactic action tale are depicted with Obata’s signature flair. Don’t miss this special new release from one of the most renowned creators of the manga genre!”

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Is Releasing a Special Takeshi Obata Issue

VIZ Media announced in the 6th/7th combined issue of Weekly Shonen Jump that it will be releasing a special issue devoted to Takeshi Obata’s All You Need Is Kill manga adaptation. The issue will be released on January 11, 2014, followed by a regular issue the following week on January 20, 2014.

This special issue will include the first chapter of All You Need Is Kill, as well as previews of Obata’s other works.

Source: ANN