According to Weekly Shounen Jump's early sales information, Death Note (Story by Tsugumi Ooba, Art by Takeshi Obata) will be ending in Shounen Jump issue 24, on sale May 15th.

Also from the early sales info regarding new Death Note products:

- TV Anime adaption
- Game adaption this winter
- Tribute album will be released in June

For weekly translation of Shounen Jump sales info, visit WeeklyJump.

Kyoto Seika University starts a new manga critique magazine

Kyoto Seika University has recently established the first manga faculty in Japan this spring. Moreover, they will be starting a manga critique magazine titled "KINO". Starting this month, it will be on sale throughout bookstores across the country.

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The first issue of Comic Seed! has been released.

Publisher Poplar, mostly known for its childrens' publications, bought out fellow publisher Jive, a subisidary of major toy & game maker Takara dealing primarily in novels and manga, as part of its continuing efforts to expand the scope of its business.

The release date of Takeshi Obata's Blanc et Noir has been moved from 5/2 to 5/31. The special edition Death Box's release date is still May 2nd.

imgAn interview with Hikaru Sato, whose manga Edomae no Shun is currently serialized in Weekly Manga Goraku:

This month, through writer Yoshihiro Takahashi'????s introduction, we interviewed Hikaru Sato. He is currently writing a long series called ??"Edomae no Shun"????, the theme of which is based on heart-warming sushi and humanity. It is currently published in Weekly Manga Goraku.

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img20th Century Boys, the latest manga from Naoki Urasawa (mankaga of Monster, Pluto), has been serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirit for 7 years. This month, without any announcements or promotion, the final chapter of 20th Century Boys was suddenly released in issue 21+22 of Big Comic Spirit.

While the ending may be a surprise to many, according to a note in the same issue of Big Comic Spirit, the next part of the series will resume in Spring 2007.

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According to Shounen Sunday, Detective Conan (Case Closed) will be on break for two months as its creator Gosho Aoyama takes a break.

Source: ANN

Kodansha will be starting a new free web comic, MiChao!, through its MouRa website, which will open on April 27th. MaChao!, updated every Saturday, will be providing its user with free manga and illustrations, along with other contents such as photogravure, fortune-telling, and novels. Unlike other web-based manga service before, MaChao! will serialize original titles, some will even be created by well-known authors.

V Asahi / ABC will be airing Dear Doraemon Specials on April 21st and 28th with the old Doreamon voice cast.