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Bleach Anime May Be In Its Last Season?

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Ichigo vs. Aizen may be the last battle that Bleach anime fans may see as a recent blog post has some fans questioning the status on the TV series.

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D recently blogged how the anime will start using their song as the new ending theme and commented how the song is fitting for the anime’s final season. The blog post was removed later on, but the wonderful world of internet was able to retain a web cache of the post.

With the manga still setting up the new story arc and the anime catching up in a quick rate, it does become something to think about. What I would like to see, since you know, I am the anime guy, is that Bleach go on a hiatus like the Gintama anime did. This way, we can at least prevent the filler hell that Naruto fans went through before Naruto: Shippuden started.

Who knows what will happen as no official announcement has been made. Either way, I don’t want to see a filler episode where Ichigo pees on somebody just like Naruto did when he pissed on Ino… yeah, that happened.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

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So a few weeks ago, there was a rumor going around that Akira Toriyama (DragonBall, Dr. Slump) is in talks with Shueisha in making more DragonBall manga. Here we are a few weeks before Shueisha releasing a new magazine titled Saikyo Jump, which is being aimed towards young children, and they announced a another manga that will be part of the magazine.

Dragon Ball SD will be a spin-off manga done by Naho Ooishi, who did the two part manga adaptation of the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special, Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return! (a special that introduced Vegeta’s younger brother, Tarble). Although not much has been revealed, it seems that the spin-off manga will feature both Son Goku and Kuririn and that it hints about other known characters showing up.

Just like Dragon Ball SD, Saikyo Jump features many spin-off titles, such as a One Piece spin-off that stars Tony Tony Chopper and a Naruto spin-off that stars Rock Lee. Of course, the spin-off’s are not done by the original author. There are a few original titles as well as other manga adaptation of what ever is popular, such as Monster Hunter.

While Ooishi hasn’t done anything major, Toriyama did approve of Ooishi’s work on the manga adaptation of the special and said that Ooishi did what he would have done with it. With that said, are you happy with this announcement? Does the news of it being a spin-off upset you or make y’all happy? As for me, I’m always open for a new DragonBall story and will give this one a chance.

Source: Daizenshuu EX, Shonen Jump Japan

Shonen Jump To Reboot For The New Year

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Back in January of 2008 (or December of 2007 for some folks), Viz released the monthly Shonen Jump to the US audience. It was a way for the fans to show their support for the titles they liked in a legal way but it of course never stopped the scans that would find its way on the internet but nonetheless, it was a start.

About.com talked senior editor Joel Enos about Viz’s attempt to revamp the monthly magazine, both paper and online. In the four page Q and A session, Enos revealed that the upcoming January 2011 issue, which will be available to subscribers December of this year, will feature the reboot by adding in few new manga titles such as Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Psyren.

Enos also revealed that subscribers will get special access on Shonen Jump’s website but didn’t reveal completely what it would be but that Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Nurarihyon no Mago). While the print version will feature a 2 chapter preview in the February issue, subscribers will be able to read new chapters online every month.

This is just a few things that Viz will be doing in order to keep the manga business alive here in the states and I think it’s heading in the right steps by adding an internet service to it. How about you manga readers? What would you like to see Viz and other publisher do in order to have you support them and the business?

Source: Siliconera, About.com:Manga

RUMOR: Toriyama To Draw More Dragon Ball Manga?

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Dragon Ball fans on the internet has been expressing mixed reactions to the news of Akira Toriyama possibly doing more Dragon Ball manga. Bleeding Cool reported the news this morning that it’s “confirmed” but did not cite any source as to where they got the news. Doing some research myself on the Japanese sites that would normally report something this big, nothing came up and thus why I’m labeling this as a rumor for now.

While no real information has been release, it seems that Toriyama will be releasing new chapters to coincide and promote the Japanese release of Dragon Ball Online, a Dragon Ball MMORPG. Dragon Ball Online is set 216 years after where the manga ended and Toriyama himself has been contributing and supervising the project. For you GT haters, this game’s timeline basically makes it where GT never happen, which I’m sure will make some of you happy.

Now being a Dragon Ball fan since 1990 (my mom introduced it to me when I was a really young boy), I kind of have an idea of what the new chapters may be. In Dragon Ball Online, there are “Time Machine Quests” where “Time Patrol Trunks” takes you back in time to certain memorable moments of the series and have you relieve it. This is what I think Toriyama will be doing, re-drawing certain part of Dragon Ball with Dragon Ball Online characters in there. This way, it promotes the game and count as a remake/restart since some sites are reporting that.

The last time Toriyama drew anything Dragon Ball related was 2006’s Cross Epoch, a one shot collaboration with Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece. After that, he has done other one shot chapters but had others do the art for him and couple years ago, he did say that he probably wouldn’t draw any more Dragon Ball manga. What do you all think about this? Any fans out there want new Dragon Ball chapters or should Dragon Ball stay over? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment after the break.

Source: AnimeVice, Bleeding Cool

The Straw Hat Pirates Are Back With A New Look!

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Last month, One Piece celebrated its 13th year anniversary and Eiichiro Oda ended it with fans wanting to know what will happen next before he took his month long break, which was the first time he has ever done since starting the series. The only thing fans knew was that for the first time, the story was going to time skip forward to two years and start the “New World” saga.

Well, the month has passed and this week marked the return of the manga and while I do my best to support the franchise, I had to at least check out the title page as I was told it was a full color spread of the crew with their new look. While the image is available after jump (since it’s a spoiler for folks out there who only follows the Viz’s release of the manga), I can’t help but get excited by it. Ever since late last year, One Piece has surpassed Dragon Ball as my favorite anime/manga of all time and the series has done nothing but make me love it more.

Check the image out after the break to see the more older Straw Hat Crew!

Source: Topless Robot

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