Jigokudō Reikai Tsūshin Manga by Elegant Yokai Apartment Life's Kōzuki, Higurashi's Mimori Enters Final Arc of 1st Season

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Kōzuki's original novels inspired anime, live-action film in 1996

This year's May issue of Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine announced on April 7 that Hinowa Kōzuki and Mimori's Jigokudō Reikai Tsūshin (Jigokudō Spiritual World Communication) manga will enter the final arc of its first season in the next issue on May 7.

Mimori launched the manga based on Kōzuki's novel series in the inaugural issue of good! Afternoon in November 2008. Kodansha published the tenth compiled volume on April 9.

The supernatural fantasy novels follows three elementary school troublemakers who open the door to another world. The first novel, Warugaki, Yūrei ni Bibiru! (Brats, Afraid of Ghosts!), debuted in 1994 and won Kōzuki the Japan Juvenile Literature Writers Association's "Rookie of the Year" award.

The novels inspired a two-episode original video anime from Toei Animation and Trans Arts in 1996. Junichi Sato (Kaleido Star, Aria the Animation) directed the anime with scripts by Miyuki Takahashi. The anime starred Urara Takano, Minami Takayama, and Miki Nagasawa.

The novels also inspired a live-action film from director Hiroyuki Nasu (live-action Devilman) in 1996.

Kōzuki also wrote the Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series from 2003 to 2009. The novels inspired a 26-episode anime adaptation last year and an ongoing manga adaptation that launched in Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine in 2011. Kōzuki passed away in December 2014.

Mimori drew the manga for Higurashi When They Cry: Beyond Midnight Arc. Yen Press published the two-volume series in North America as part of the Higurashi: When They Cry series.

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