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Manga Briefs Roundup: December 2018

posted on by Karen Ressler

Editor's Note: While our news staff strive to bring as much of the most important manga, anime, and video game news to our readers as possible, we sometimes find that we have news items that we aren't able to publish in a timely manner, and in the end discard them. Most of these news items are ones found in various manga magazines that don't get picked up by other news outlets. In an attempt to help get more of these news items out into the public, we're publishing a roundup in one fell swoop.

The below news items are sorted by the date the news was announced.


The January issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine announced on December 19 that Etsuya Mashima will end the Kotonoha-san ga Koishiteru manga in the next issue on January 19.

Mashima (Chitose Get You!!) launched the manga in August 2015.

Source: Sunday GX January issue


This year's February issues of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine announced on December 19 that the "climax" of Leiji Matsumoto and Kōichi Shimahoshi's Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage (Captain Harlock: Jigen Kōkai) manga will be in the next issue on January 19.

Matsumoto and Shimahoshi launched the manga in Champion RED in 2014. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga.

Source: Champion RED February issue


The second issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine ended the "first part" of Hiroshi Motomiya's Kōun Ryūsei [Jofuku] (Floating With the Tide [Xu Fu]) manga on December 19. The second part will begin in the magazine's seventh issue on March 6.

Motomiya (Salaryman Kintaro) launched the manga in Grand Jump in January 2017.

Source: Grand Jump issue #2


The first 2019 issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on December 21 that four new manga will launch in coming issues:

  • Hyū Saitō launched Jidōhanbaiki no Mae de, (In front of the vending machine) in the second issue on January 4
  • Original creator Ume Matsutake and artist Brocco Lee will launch Gokudō Parasites in the third issue on January 18
  • Tsutomo Oono (Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning) will launch the tentatively titled Tetsuwoberutta ~Tetsu no Moto ni Kita no wa Nagagutsu o Haita Neko dewa Naku Doberman Datta~ (The One That Came Under Tetsu is not a Cat Wearing Boots But a Doberman) in the fourth issue on February 1
  • Itto Itō will launch the tentatively titled Gunslingers in the fifth issue on February 15

Source: Young Gangan issue #1


The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine announced on December 26 that Hikaru Araki will launch a new series titled Raising Hell in the next issue on January 26. The manga will be Araki's first work in a shonen magazine.

Araki's Bokutachi ga Yarimashita manga (pictured right) inspired a live-action television drama in 2017.

Source: Monthly Shonen Sirius February issue


The February issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine published the final chapter of Kozueko Morimoto's Ashi-Girl on December 28. The next issue on January 28 will have a side-story chapter, and the issue after that will begin a sequel series.

Morimoto (Gokusen, Kōdai-ke no Hitobito) launched the manga in the inaugural issue of Cocohana in November 2011. The manga inspired a live-action television series in 2017 and a sequel television special in 2018.

Source: Cocohana February issue


The February issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine published the final chapter of Mina Itaba's Tora-san on December 28. A side story chapter will run in the March issue on January 28. The manga's third compiled volume will ship on January 25.

The manga launched in Shueisha's You magazine in 2014 and later relaunched in the same magazine in March to commemorate the upcoming live-action film adaptation. The manga moved to Cocohana in November after You ceased publication. The live-action film will open on February 15 in Japan.

Source: Cocohana February issue


The February issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine announced on December 28 that Hiromu Shinozuka's PriPri Chi-chan!! will end serialization in the next issue on February 1. The seventh and final volume will ship this spring.

Shinozuka launched the manga in Shogakukan's Ciao shōjo magazine in March 2015. An anime adaptation premiered in April 2017, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.

Source: Ciao February issue


The February issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine published the final chapter of Kahori Orito's Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katori no Nazotoki File (Layton Mystery Detective Agency: Kat's Mystery-Solving Files) manga on December 28. The second and final volume will ship on January 31.

The manga launched in spring 2018. Both the manga and the anime of the same name are based on Level 5's Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy game.

Source: Ciao February issue


The February issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine announced on December 28 that Nao Maita will draw a new one-shot manga titled "Junjō Girlfriend" (Pure Heart Girlfriend; pictured right) in the next issue on February 1.

The magazine also announced that Maita's Age 12 (12-Sai.) manga will enter a new arc titled 12-Sai. ~Sotsugyō~ (Age 12 Graduation) in the magazine's April issue. The magazine describes the new arc as a "finale."

Maita launched Age 12 in 2012, and it inspired the 12-Sai: Chiccha na Mune no Tokimeki (Age 12: A Little Heart-Pounding) television anime, two original video anime series, and a live-action DVD special.

Source: Ciao February issue


The sixth volume of Ken Saito's Kawaii Hito (Cute Person) manga announced on January 4 that the manga will end in the seventh volume, which is slated to ship in winter 2019.

Saito launched the manga in 2014, and the manga has run in Hakusensha's Ane LaLa and LaLa DX magazines. Hakusensha also publishes the manga on its "Hana to Yume Ai" website. The manga has 650,000 copies in print, including digital sales.

CMX Manga previously published Saito's The Name of the Flower and Oh! My Brother manga in English.

Source: Kawaii Hito volume 6



This article has a follow-up: Manga Briefs Roundup: January-March 2019 (2019-04-01 07:30)
follow-up of Manga Briefs Roundup: June 2018
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