Yahoo! Japan has opened a special commemoration website to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kodansha's Afternoon. The anniversary website will be open from December 25th to February 26th 2007.

The official site for the animated movie version of Piano no Mori - The perfect world of KAI by Madhouse has opened at www.piano-movie.jp.

Piano no Mori is a seinen manga by Isshiki Makoto. It was first serialized in Kodansha's Young Magazine Uppers, and was moved to Weekly Morning.


Update (2007-01-12): Please check the official rules page for the most up-to-date information.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its manga anthology Morning, Kodansha has announced a new International Manga Competition to look for new manga talents from around the world.

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Asa Higuchi's baseball manga Ookiku Furikabutte will be adapted into an anime TV series in 2007. More information will be available in the January issue of Animedia (1/10). Ookiku Furikabutte, which won the 10th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Award's New Ho

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Official versions of Oh! Great's popular manga Air Gear has been announced in China. The manga can also be purchased through China's online DigiBook Service.

Source: Sina Anime

The Japanese government is running a full-page advertisement in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine No.52 (on sale November 29th), which read "Stop! Bullying." This is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed that the ad be published in both shonen and shoujo manga magazines for the very first time, stating that "children will not read the ad if they are run in newspapers."

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img2006 marks the 25th anniversary of Kodansha's seinen magazine Weekly Morning. To celebrate, Kodansha has announced the "Weekly Morning's 25th Anniversary Campaign."

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Two new artbooks from Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond) were released on October 23rd. The two artbooks, "WATER" and "Sumi," contain artwork from Takehiko's latest manga Vagabond. "WATER" is a collection of colored artworks, and "Sumi" is a collection of monochrome pictures. Each artbook contains different artworks.

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A new series from Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock) titled Hotaruna You will debut in the December issue of Kodansha's Monthly Comic Bon Bon, on sale on 15th November 2006.

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Kodansha has announced that it plans to revive the 6 volumes of "Gundam Magazine," which ran from December 1990 - June 1991. Kodansha will be releasing the magazine in a complete boxset on sale in December for 8000 yen.

Source: Manga Jouhou