The Pilot’s Love Song Manga to End In September 2015

The October 2015 issue of Shogakukan’s Shonen Sunday S magazine revealed on August 25 that Takeshi Kojima will end the manga adaptation of Koroku Inumura’s The Pilot’s Love Song light novel series in the magazine’s November 2015 issue on September 25, 2015. Kojima launched the manga in Shonen Sunday S in February 2014, and Shogakukan released the third compiled book volume on June 18, 2015.

The story of love and aerial combat follows a former prince who lost everything to a revolution, and a girl who became the symbol for the revolution. The orphaned prince, now renamed Kalel, embarks on a one-way journey to discover the ends of the heavens. Aboard the levitating island of Isura, he meets a girl named Claire.

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009 Re:Cyborg Manga Is Ending in September 2015

The September 2015 issue of Square Enix’s Big Gangan magazine revealed on August 25, 2015 that Gatou Asou’s manga adaptation of Kenji Kamiyama’s 009 Re:Cyborg film will end in the October 2015 issue on September 25, 2015. Asou also served as the character designer for the film. Asou had launched the manga in Big Gangan in May 2012, and Square Enix published the fifth compiled volume in Japan on March 25, 2015.

The story begins in 2013 when skyscrapers in London, Moscow, Berlin, and New York are destroyed by simultaneous bombings. The indiscriminate terrorism by an unknown group with unknown motives sets off widespread panic throughout the world.

There was once a group of nine cyborg fighters who rescued humanity from threats, but they had disbanded to their home countries. Now the man who created them, Dr. Gilmore, has summoned and assembled them back together again. However, the 00 Number Cyborgs’ former leader, a Japanese man named Joe Shimamura, is now living alone in Tokyo’s Roppongi with his past memories erased.

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World Trigger: Episode 44 – “The Battle in the Foul Weather”

World Trigger is set in Mikado City, where a “gate” to a different world opens one day and monsters known as Neighbors start appearing from it. Earth’s weapons don’t work against these monsters, but a mysterious group appears and starts fighting against the Neighbors. The group, known as the Border defense agency, creates a defense system against the Neighbors that emerge from the gates. Four-and-a-half years later, a 15-year-old boy named Osamu meets a strange boy named Yuma; Osamu is secretly a member of Border while Yuma turns out to be a Neighbor.

Episode 44 officially gets the next B-Rank Wars battle underway, which is a three-way battle between Tamakoma-2, Suzunari-1, and Nasu Squad. There’s more of a focus on the action in this episode, although there are still quite a few cutaways to commentary, both in the main B-Rank Wars area and at Tamakoma’s headquarters.

Chika does something that’s rather surprising, but it seems to minimize the advantage Nasu Squad had going into this battle. In addition to this, several important skirmishes seem to be set up over the course of this episode. But at this point, not a single competitor has been forced to bail out. This B-Rank Wars battle also introduces a new kind of Trigger that gets a small explanation from the commentators.

There was a scene early on at Tamakoma Branch that I have no real recollection of from the manga. However, what this scene leads up to is in the manga, so I know the entire scene wasn’t simply created for the anime. What I think happened here is that the anime decided to extend the scene in order to help fill up time in the anime so the storyline can be stretched out for 50 episodes.

The anime continues to get ever closer to catching up with the original manga source material. At this point, there are still six more episodes to go to reach Toei’s goal of 50 episodes. Obviously, this current battle in the B-Rank Wars will extend into Episode 45, but I’m not sure it’ll last for the entire episode unless they find ways to add scenes at Tamakoma Branch to help stretch it out. They might also find ways to stretch out the recap at the beginning of the episode as well. With Episode 44, they did the usual recap, and then backtracked to include about a couple of minutes of a scene that appeared at the end of Episode 43.

At this point, the main reason I’m continuing to watch World Trigger is to finish up this first series so I can say I’ve seen it in its entirety. If not for that, I probably would have already dropped it. I still feel no incentive to watch the next World Trigger series that’s supposed to launch in October 2015.

Staff Announcement for the Drifters Anime

The October 2015 issue of Shonengahosha’s Young King Ours magazine revealed the main staff for the anime adaptation of Kouta Hirano’s Drifters manga.

Kenichi Suzuki is directing. Hideyuki Kurata is handling series composition and co-writing the scripts with Yousuke Kuroda, and Ryoji Nakamori is designing the characters.

The story of the Drifters manga focuses on Shimazu Toyohisa, the real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world of magic with other famous warriors throughout history. These warriors are forced to fight each other in an endless battle.

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Tokyo Ravens Manga Goes on Hiatus

The October 2015 issue of Kadokawa’s Monthly Shōnen Ace has announced that Atsushi Suzumi’s Tokyo Ravens manga will go on hiatus starting in the next issue.

The manga adapts Kouhei Azano’s Tokyo Ravens light novel series. The original light novel focuses on Harutora, a boy from a branch of the Tsuchimikado family of onmyōdō occult practitioners. However, he lacks the ability to see spirit energy, so he is now just an ordinary high school student. Natsume, a girl who was Harutora’s childhood friend and the next head of the Tsuchimikado family, reunites with Harutora and changes his future.

Suzumi launched the manga in Monthly Shōnen Ace in 2010. Kadokawa published the manga’s 11th compiled book volume in Japan on March 25, 2015.

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Manga Creator Hinako Konno Passes Away

The website for the Sports Nippon newspaper has reported that manga creator, illustrator, and lyricist Hinako Konno passed away on August 18, 2015 from an acute heart disease.

Konno debuted in 1997 as a manga creator under the penname “Hina.” Under that name she wrote the Gyo!tto Paradise, 3-chōme no Kairanban, 1-Nen 3-Kumi Momo-chan-sensei., Di-Gi-Charat Gekijō Piyoko ni Omakase! (Di Gi Charat Theater: Leave it to Piyoko!), Chimachima Papetto, Di-Gi-Charat Piyo Piyo Piyoko-chan, Mahō no Onna no Ko Chami Chako-chan, and No ni Saku Bara no Yō ni manga.

She changed her penname to Hinako Konno in April 2010. Under this name she wrote the three-volume Imōto no Synthese manga based on Jūzen Fumihiro’s original work in Shueisha’s Grand Jump magazine from from 2011-2013. She launched the incomplete series Tosho Iinchō no Hinkaku in Futabasha’s Comic High! magazine in 2010, and Futabasha published the third compiled volume in November 2011. Konno had put the manga on hiatus in late 2011 due to poor physical health.

As a lyricist Konno wrote lyrics for the theme songs for visual novels, such as Princess Arthur, Clock Zero ~Shūen no Byō~, Will o’ Wisp, Will o’ Wisp ~Easter no Kiseki~, and Reine des fleurs.

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Kodansha Comics Adds Fairy Tail: Ice Trail and Noragami: Stray Stories Manga

Kodansha Comics announced at its WakuWaku+NYC panel that it has licensed Hiro Mashima and Yūsuke Shirato’s Fairy Tail: Ice Trail (Tale of Fairy Tail: Ice Trail) manga and Adachitoka’s Noragami: Stray Stories (Noragami: Shuishu) manga.

Fairy Tail: Ice Trail focuses on the boyhood of the character Gray Fullbuster, following him from when he loses his teacher until he joins the Fairy Tail guild. Shirato launched the spinoff series in the inaugural issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Fairy Tail magazine in July 2014, and ended the series in the magazine’s 13th issue on July 17, 2015. Kodansha Comics will release the manga during the 2015 holiday season.

Additionally, Kodansha Comics announced that it will release Fairy Tail: Masters Edition 2 in spring 2016. The volume, which collects the original manga’s volumes 6-10, will be 7 inches by 10.5 inches and will use high-quality paper. The first Masters Edition volume ships in October 2015. Each volume will retail for US$39.99.

Kodansha Comics describes Noragami: Stray Stories as “a collection of more lighthearted short stories from Noragami creator Adachitoka, featuring all the characters fans have come to love and root for.” The company will release the manga in November 2015.

Source: ANN