Kameari Station Says Goodbye to Kochikame Manga
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Osamu Akimoto's Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") manga officially ended on Saturday in Weekly Shonen Jump and the series' 200th compiled volume. The series followed the daily exploits of Ryotsu "Ryo-san" Kankichi, a police officer in Kameari, in Katsushika Ward of Tokyo. The actual Kamaeri Station train station is bidding farewell to the series in a special way: by turning its stairs into manga book spines, displaying manga cover artwork on the ground, and framed panel drawings.
A banner is also on display at the station's entrance congratulating Akimoto on a job well done.
Visitors can check out the display until the end of September by hopping on the Jōban Line.
Kochikame ran uninterrupted in Weekly Shonen Jump for 40 years since 1976. The manga inspired a 1996-2004 television anime adaptation and two anime compilation films in 1999 and 2003, along with an anime special in 1985 and then various other anime specials that aired between 2005-2008. Additionally, the manga inspired two live-action films in 1977 and 2011, and a live-action drama adaptation in 2009.
The Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo THE FINAL: Ryōtsu Kankichi Sai special aired on Sunday. Shueisha's Jump+ app and website launched a comic on September 12 starring Hello Kitty's alter ego Ichigoman. The comic's sixth chapter will go up on September 17 and feature a character to commemorate the launch of the "Kochikame × Hello Kitty" collaboration goods at Takashimaya Nihombashi Store on September 14. The store is also hosting a Kochikame exhibition that will tour Japan throughout the year.
Source: Oona McGee at Rocket News 24