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Joshiraku/Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei's Kôji Kumeta Launches Kakushigoto Manga (Updated)

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga about lone manga creator debuts on December 5

The December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine is publishing a full-color four-page manga by Kôji Kumeta (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Joshiraku) on Friday. The manga is a preview of Kumeta's new manga series Kakushigoto (Hidden Things, but can also be read as Drawing Job). The manga's full first chapter will debut in the magazine's January issue on December 5.

The manga begins with a girl, and the text "What were you hiding in that Pandora's box?" The margin text reads, "The melancholy girl is heading to a new serialized series." In further panels, the girl takes a walk behind the train station of the town, which she describes as a major tourist attraction. She climbs a hundred steps to arrive at a shed. She unlocks the shed, revealing through her thoughts that she is 18-years old. On the last page, she discovers pages of manga strewn about and arranged on shelves. The margin text on the last page reads, "We will open the curtain back in time, to the story of one lone manga creator."

Kumeta launched Sekkachi Hakushaku to Jikan Dorobō (The Impatient Count and the Time Thief) manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in November 2013, and ended it in its seventh part in January. Kodansha published the manga's sixth and final compiled book volume on February 17. He launched his Studio Pulp manga series in Hakusensha's Le Paradis magazine on February 28. He also drew a one-shot manga titled "Offside Trap" in this year's sixth issue of Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine.

Kumeta and artist Yasu ended their Joshiraku manga in September 2013. Kumeta ended his Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei manga in May 2012. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei inspired three TV anime series and several OVAs, and Joshiraku also inspired a TV anime series.

Update: The four-page full-color preview is now available digitally on the Monthly Shonen Magazine website. [Via Hachima Kikō]

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