Sirou Tunasima has written on his online diary that he has received over 10 mails offering to continue his Jinki: Extend manga series.

Idol Master XENOGLOSSIA, a manga based on the yet-to-be-released anime, will begin serialization in Comptiq Ace Vol 12 (2/26). My-Re Kurosaki will be in charge of the art. This manga is different from Idol Master relations which is based on the game version of Idol Master and began serialization in the March issue of Ichijinsha's Comic REX.

imgFebruary marks the 1 year anniversary of Hunter X Hunter's hiatus in Shonen Jump. Created by the (in)famous Yoshihiro Togashi in 1998, Hunter X Hunter has experienced many breaks during its serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump. Toward the end of 2005, Hunter X Hunter's serialization stopped for over a month due to Togashi's illness. The manga returned in January 2006 only to go on hiatus again 4 chapters later. While the announcement in Jump stated that the series would resume serialization in early April, a year later the series has yet to return.

From TV Anime Resource Center comes information on Hunter X Hunter's irregular schedule, as well as its effect on the anime version of HxH. Also included is a chart that lists all the Hunter X Hunter-related announcements in Shonen Jump from 1998 to 2004, and more.

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Two new series will start in Weekly Shonen Champion No.12, on sale 2/15:

Mighty Heart by Seishirou Matsuri
OutlawTaxi - Red Lightning by Yu Yagami

topGokusen, a popular josei manga by Kozueko Morimoto, will be ending in YOU No.5, on sale 2/15.

Gokusen follows the story of Yamaguchi Kumiko, the granddaughter of a Yakuza boss, who tries to become a high school teacher. The manga was adapted into a drama in 2002, and later an anime series in 2004.

topJapanese fans recently pointed out similarities between Rin Yoshii's manga Switch and photographs from the November 06 issue of the fashion magazine Sweet. This week the editorial department of Cookie (the magazine Switch is serialized in) sent out a letter confirming the plagiarism. As a result Switch will be dropped from Cookie, Rin Yoshii's two other series, Kurabeyou mo Nai Hodo ni (So Incomparable) and silent summer snow, will also be temporarily suspended to be checked for possible plagiarized content.

The images in question appeared in 2007 Issue 1 of Shueisha's Cookie magazine, some comparison can be seen here:

[ Original Image ] [ Switch Image ]
[ Comparison 1 ] [ Comparison 2 ] [ Comparison 3 ] [ Comparison 4 ]

The apology letter from the Cookie Editorial Department:

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topIn the March issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace, an announcement was made that Guyver, the long-running sci-fi manga by by Yoshiki Takaya, will finally resume serialization in the April issue of the magazine.

Guyver first began serialization in Tokuma Shoten's Shonen Captain in 1985. It moved to Kadokawa Shoten's Shonen Ace after Shonen Captain was discontinued.

Due to its irregular release schedules, Guyver is dubbed by many fans as one of the four kings of hiatus (the other three being Bastard!!, The Five Star Stories, and Hunter X Hunter).

A month ago PEACH-PIT's Rozen Maiden went on hiatus in Gentosha's Comic BIRZ magazine, with a message from PEACH-PIT that said: "Our work has been suspended, if the editorial team decides to explain the situation, it will be in the next issue [of Comic BIRZ], until then we cannot disclose any details regarding the matter, it is very regrettable."

The March issue of Comic BIRZ has been released, and while Rozen Maiden did not appear in the magazine or the preview for the next issue, the only explanation available was a small message in the TOC (Table of Contents): "Suspension due to circumstances."

Shonen SiriusStarting in the March issue (1/16) of Shonen Sirius of Kodansha's Shonen Sirius is a manga titled Route 225, based on the novel of the same name written by Chiya Fujino and illustrated by Takako Shimura.

Also starting in the same issue is a new manga titled Kaidan to Odorou Soshite Anata ha Kaidan de Odoru. The new manga is illustrated by Nozawa Beam and written by Ryukishi07, the original creator of 07th Expansion's popular doujin game Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

Kaidan to Odorou Soshite Anata ha Kaidan de Odoru was originally published in volume 6 of Kodansha's magazine Faust as a novel written by Ryukishi07.

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In the latest issue of MediaWorks' Dengeki Maoh, an announcement was made that Persona 3, a popular RPG game from Atlus, will be adapted into a manga series. The new series will begin in the April issue of Dengeki Maoh (2/27), and the artist will be Sokabe Shuuji.