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Zipang Ends as Kaiji Kawaguchi Plans Next Manga in 2010

posted on by Egan Loo
Creator began naval alternate-history story in 2000; newest work slated for spring

Zipang, the time-traveling naval epic from manga creator Kaiji Kawaguchi, has ended in this year's 49th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on Thursday after nine years and three months of serialization. In this alternate-history story, the modern Japanese destroyer ship Mirai is sent back in time to World War II.

Kawaguchi began his longest manga series in 2000, and it has since sold 15 million copies. It won the 26th Kodansha Manga Award in the General Manga category in 2002, and it was adapted into a television anime series in 2004. Kawaguchi took a short break from the manga this past spring after breaking his arm in an accident. Kawaguchi is already planning to launch his newest work next spring.

Before Zipang, Kawaguchi drew the Eisner Award-nominated Eagle manga, The Silent Service, and A Spirit of The Sun. Viz published the Eagle manga in North America, Central Park Media released The Silent Service anime special, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released the Zipang television anime.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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