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Acclaimed manga creator Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Real) told the Nishi Nippon Shimbun paper that he thinks his award-winning Vagabond samurai manga will end "within one or two years." Inoue made his comments during an interview about the "Inoue Takehiko: Saigo no Manga-Ten" ("Takehiko Inoue: The Final Manga Exhibit") at the Contemporary Art Museum in the southwestern Japanese city of Kumamoto. In the interview which the newspaper published on Wednesday, Inoue cautioned that he cannot foresee everything about the ending yet, but acknowledged that the story has entered the final stages.
Inoue has been drawing the manga since 1998, and Kodansha published the 29th compiled volume in Japan in November. Viz Media will publish the same 29th volume in North America next month. Viz also publishes Inoue's Slam Dunk and Real manga.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government gave Inoue the MEXT Art Encouragement Shinjin Prize in the Media Arts category last month. Inoue won the separate Media Arts Festival Award in the Manga category for Vagabond in 2000. The same manga earned the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002.
Source: Techinsight Japan
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