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“One Piece” Manga Becomes a Guinness World Record Holder

(C)Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga has taken another milestone as it was recently awarded by the Guinness World Record for having “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” The manga has printed 320,866,000 copies worldwide as of December 2014. The official website for One Piece shared the announcement on Monday.

Weekly Shonen Jump editor Yoshihisa Heishi received the award in behalf of Oda who couldn’t make it in the awarding ceremony held in Tokyo. The series has been serialized on Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since 1997, and has also been published in several countries worldwide. Its anime adaptation began airing in 1999 and is still ongoing.

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(Source: Oricon via ANN)

Congratulations to Oda and all the staff behind the success of One Piece! 

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Cast of Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play in Full Costume Revealed

©石田スイ/集英社 ©舞台『東京喰種トーキョーグール』製作委員会

The official website for the stage play adaptation of Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga recently revealed the names of the cast, led by Yūki Ogoe who will portray the manga’s protagonist Ken Kaneki. And just last week, the website also updated its visuals of the cast in their costumes!

Yūki Ogoe as Ken Kaneki

Aya Tabata as Tōka Kirishima

Shōgo Suzuki as Nishiki Nishio

Shūto Miyazaki as Hideyoshi Nagachika

Yuri Hamada as Rize Kamishiro

Mitsu Murata as Uta

Tomokazu Yoshida as Renji Yomo

Yoshitaka Yamagami as Yamori

Masaaki Okuno as Asaki Fueguchi

Yūki Kimisawa as Kōtarō Amon

Jiyū Arima as Kureo Madō

Tadayoshi Katō as Yoshimura

The show, which will be directed by Isamu Kayano, will take place at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from July 2-8 and at the Kyōto Gekijō from July 18-20.

Tokyo Ghoul was first published on Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2011 and it recently concluded last year. A sequel  entitled Tokyo Ghoul:re has been serialized by Shueisha in addition to Sui Ishida’s prequel story Tokyo Ghoul: JACK. An anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot was aired in 2014. The 12-episode series is then followed by Tokyo Ghoul √A. The second season started its broadcast in January this year and concluded in March.

(©Sui Ishida/Shueisha/Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Production Committee)

Tokyo Ghoul Unveils Main Character’s Visual for Stage Play Adaptation

©石田スイ/集英社 ©舞台『東京喰種トーキョーグール』製作委員会

It was previously announced on Shueisha’s 17th issue of Weekly Young Jump magazine that Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga is going to have a stage play adaptation. And last Thursday, the official website for the said play released a character visual of the main character Ken Kaneki, which is portrayed by Yūki Ogoe. Other details like the schedule and ticket information are also included in the website. The show will take place at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from July 2-8 and at the Kyōto Gekijō from July 18-20. Pre-reserved tickets will be on sale on May 8 until May 14, while regular tickets will be sold beginning on May 23.

©石田スイ/集英社 ©舞台『東京喰種トーキョーグール』製作委員会

©石田スイ/集英社
©舞台『東京喰種トーキョーグール』製作委員会

Isamu Kayano will direct the stage play, and Chūji Mikasano will write the script. Joining Yūki Ogoe in the cast are:

  • Aya Tabata as Tōka Kirishima
  • Shōgo Suzuki as Nishiki Nishio
  • Shūto Miyazaki as Hideyoshi Nagachika
  • Yuri Hamada as Rize Kamishiro
  • Mitsu Murata as Uta
  • Tomokazu Yoshida as Renji Yomo
  • Yoshitaka Yamagami as Yamori
  • Masaaki Okuno as Asaki Fueguchi
  • Yūki Kimisawa as Kōtarō Amon
  • Jiyū Arima as Kureo Madō
  • Tadayoshi Katō  as Yoshimura

Tokyo Ghoul was first published on Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2011 and it recently concluded last year. A sequel  entitled Tokyo Ghoul:re has been serialized by Shueisha in addition to Sui Ishida’s prequel story Tokyo Ghoul: JACK. An anime adaptation by studio Pierrot was aired in 2014. The 12-episode series is then followed by Tokyo Ghoul √A. The second season started its broadcast in January this year and concluded in March.

(via ANN)

“Ace of Diamond” Stage Play Rescheduled to August

©Yuji Terajima/Madhouse, Production I.G

The stage play adaptation of Yūji Terajima’s Ace of Diamond manga, which was supposed to run in January, is rescheduled to be performed on August 1-9 this year. The announcement was unveiled in Kodansha’s 23rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The play will take place at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi, contrary from the original venue which was supposed to be at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Kinokuniya Southern Theatre. Shintarō Asanuma, the voice actor of Yōichi Kuramochi, will serve as the director and scriptwriter under the production of Office ENDLESS. Ren Ozawa will act as Eijun Sawamura, and Tomoki Hirose (Satoru Furuya) and Takuma Wada (Kazuya Miyuki) will join him in the cast. The actors who will play the roles of Haruichi Kominato, Ryōsuke Kominato, Yū Chris Takigawa, Jun Isashiki, Yōichi Kuramochi, and Tetsuya Yūki will be revealed in the next issue of the magazine.

(via ANN)

“Haikyuu!!” Anime to Release Two Compilations Films

The anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyuu! manga was previously confirmed to air its second season this year, and Shueisha recently reported that it will begin its broadcast this fall! In addition to that, it will also have two anime compilation films that will also be released this year. The first movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari (Haikyu!! the Movie: Ending and Beginning), which will open on July 3, will be followed by the second installment titled Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha (Haikyu!! the Movie: Winners and Losers), which will be screened on September 18. This year’s 17th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine unveiled the news.

©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha

A stage play adaptation, which will begin at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in November this year, is also confirmed to take place. The “hyper projection performance” will then travel to Osaka’s Theater Brava! in late November, and finally to the Tagajō Shimin Kaikan’s Great Hall at Miyagi’s Tagajo City Cultural Center in early December. More details will be announced soon regarding the movies and the stage play’s tickets.

©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha

Check out the film’s website for more info!

(via ANN)

Live Spectacle NARUTO Unveils a Complete Visual for the Upcoming Musical

A complete visual for the upcoming stage musical adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto’s world-renowned manga reveals all the characters that were already previously unveiled for the upcoming play which is scheduled to run from March until June, including its international shows.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Kōdai Matsuoka will play the protagonist Naruto, and he will be joined by Ryūji Satō, Yui Itō and Kimisawa Yūki as Uchiha Sasuke, Haruno Sakura and Hatake Kakashi, respectively.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Gaara will be portrayed by Kenta Suga and Umino Iruka by Hidekazu Ichinose.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Asahi Uchida will act as Zabuza Momochi, and Miho Imamura will be Haku.

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Others who are also included in the cast are Kazuhiro Hirakawa (The Third Hokage), Hiro Yūmi (Orochimaru), Yoshiaki Umegaki (Jiraiya) and Tatsunari Kimura (Kabuto Yakushi).

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

Team 8 is comprised of Saki Takahashi as Hinata Hyūga, Yūta Iiyama as Kiba Inuzuka and Shinichirō Ueda as Shino Aburame, while Anju Inami (Ino Yamanaka), Tsubasa Hattori (Shikamaru Nara) and Ryō Katō (Chōji Akimichi) complete the Ino–Shika–Chō Trio of Team 10. 

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

©Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Live Spectacle Naruto Production Committee 2015

The Live Spectacle NARUTO” will be filled with drama, songs, dance, and acrobatics and the story will cover the manga’s first volume up to the 27th one. The complete schedule of the musical, including the world tour and the ticket information can all be found on their website. Here is a short PV to get you hyped for the upcoming stage play!

(via ANN)