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Viz Confirms Gintama Manga 23 Is Final N. American Volume (Updated)

posted on by Gia Manry
Retailers' descriptions call 23rd volume "final"; manga still ongoing in Japan

North American anime and manga distributor Viz Media has confirmed with ANN that volume 23 of Gintama is the last one that the company intends to publish.

Amazon, Anime Castle, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Buy.com, and other retailers list the 23rd volume of Hideaki Sorachi's manga Gintama as the series' "final volume" in North America from Viz Media, even though the manga's Japanese publisher, Shueisha, just released the 39th volume on April 4 in Japan. The 23rd volume will ship in North America on August 2.

The company's Twitter account acknowledged the matter publicly but did not provide further information.

Viz launched the Gintama manga in the United States in 2007. The media distribution site Crunchyroll began streaming the television anime adaptation in 2009, and is currently simulcasting the anime's return to television, which began in Japan on April 4. Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films are releasing the anime on DVD.

[Via Toukochan]

Update: Added information about Viz Media's confirmation.

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