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Rin Kimura Ends K: The First Before K: Dog & Cat Launches

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Latest K anime-inspired manga to debut on May 18

The May issue of Square Enix's Monthly G Fantasy magazine published the final chapter of Rin Kimura (Maigoya) and GoRA member Hideyuki Furuhashi's K: The First manga (pictured right) on Saturday. The magazine also announced that the duo's K: Dog & Cat manga (pictured below) will launch in the next issue on May 18.

K: The First launched with Kimura's art and Furuhashi's story in 2013. The manga's story takes place in a world where seven people with unusual powers are crowned as “kings,” and revolves around the “bonds” and “fate” between the people involved.

The K: Dog & Cat manga takes place after the first season of the television anime series, and will focus on the new character Kizuna in a quiet story. The series tagline says, "Following spinning emotions, search for Kizuna who is linked." (In Japanese, "kizuna" is a female name as well as the word for bonds or relationships between people.)

Jiro Suzuki's (Higurashi When They Cry: Curse Killing Arc; I, Otaku - Struggle in Akihabara; Magical Musō Tenshi Tsukisase!! Ryofuko-chan) Gakuen K (Academy K) spinoff series launched in 2014. GoRA member Suzu Suzuki (Kyūketsuki no Oshigoto) wrote the story. A drama CD version went on sale with angela's "This is Love" and "Shunkashūtō" (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) songs in July.

Kodansha's ARIA manga magazine published the prequel manga K: Memory of Red in 2013. Yui Kuroe's spinoff manga K: Days of Blue ran in the same magazine from 2013 to 2014.

GoRA and GoHands' original K television anime premiered in 2012, and Viz Media streamed it in North America as it aired. An English dub streamed on Viz's Neon Alley service. Viz released the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

The second television anime season, K: Return of Kings, will premiere in Japan in October. Shingo Suzuki is returning from the K: Missing Kings sequel film to direct the series.

Anime Expo in L.A. and Japan Expo in Paris hosted the world premieres of K: Missing Kings last July before it opened in Japan later that month. Eleven Arts also screened the film in Canada in September.


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