Shuho Sato's The Isle of TOKKOU Manga Ends on December 8

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Series by Umizaru creator tells stories of soldiers in Japanese Army, Navy during World War II

The "December 15" issue of Houbunsha's Weekly Manga Times magazine revealed on Friday that Shuho Sato's The Isle of TOKKOU (Tokkou no Shima) manga will end in the magazine's next issue, which ships on December 8.

The manga deals with the stories of soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy during 1944 and 1945, particularly with the training of the pilots of Kaiten manned suicide torpedoes. The Kaiten suicide torpedoes were one of a number of suicide attack units that the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy dubbed "Special Attack Units" or "tokkō-tai (from which the "TOKKOU" the title originates).

Sato launched the manga in Weekly Manga Times in 2004, and publishes chapters of the manga irregularly. Houbunsha published the manga's eighth compiled book volume (seen right) in November 2015. The ninth volume is slated for February 16.

Sato is also known for the Say Hello to Black Jack and Umizaru manga. Umizaru ran in Weekly Young Sunday magazine, and it follows the lives of divers in the Japanese Coast Guard. Four live-action films and two live-action television series based on the manga have been produced.

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