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Kochikame Manga Returns to Shonen Jump for Special 1-Shot

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The second 2020 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the magazine's third issue on December 16 will publish a special one-shot chapter for Osamu Akimoto's Kochikame manga.

The special chapter is in commemoration of Akimoto receiving the 2019 Medal with Purple Ribbon honor in November. The medal is awarded to "individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments."

Akimoto launched the Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo police comedy manga in 1976, and he ended the series in September 2016 after 40 years of serialization. The manga is Weekly Shonen Jump's longest-running manga series.

The manga series had approximately 150 million copies in print as of June 2016 when the 199th volume shipped. The manga has inspired a television anime series, anime films, anime specials, live-action films, a live-action series, and several stage plays. Akimoto then launched four new manga after Kochikame ended.

Akimoto previously published a new chapter for Kochikame in Weekly Shonen Jump in September 2017.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 2 and magazine's website

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