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  1. Amazon.co.jp I guess? It's usually listed on there each month...
  2. Thanks for sharing. It's definitely a bit of a rubbish song though, innit?
  3. I don't really have much to say on the above, but as somebody who has lived here in Japan for 20 years now, I can say that Jess' comments about how Japanese people conduct themselves is pretty accurate. A lot of people know what's really going on, but they aren't spilling the beans because to do so would be inappropriate. I know many creators in the industry and could probably get a scoop but like Jess has said, I wouldn't dream of asking as it would be mighty impolite. We will find out when the time is right, and Takaya alone gets to choose the timing and method in how he reaches out. That's just the way things go. Anyway, as Sully says, LOOK AT THEM PANTIES!!
  4. I hear what you're saying but anybody can say they're close to him. Unless it comes directly from the man himself, I'm gonna reserve judgement. If that makes me foolish, so be it. We have literally zero concrete proof of any legalities. We can only confirm he was looking for an assistant (not a partner) due to his ads in Shonen Ace. If "Yoshiki Takaya" is a pen name it's possible that anything released under that name was done by a combination of two people (though the net has done very well in hiding the existence of a secondary partner). If it's just him though, he would own the copyright and the work exclusively. My own personal conjecture would be that he's waiting for Kadokawa's distribution rights to expire so that he can take his creation elsewhere. Then again, I, like everyone else here, have no idea what's actually going on with him/them. Happy New Year btw.
  5. Sounds like conjecture to me. I'm not even so sure there are legal issues tbh. This kind of legal issue is extremely rare in the manga industry so I'm inclined to think otherwise. If he's had a falling out with Kadokawa he'll either have to wait until their publishing contract expires, or look for a new publisher if he's already been released from their employment. He's probably just chilling and enjoying other things in life.
  6. I don't know guys... I hope so too, but it's really not looking good is it? I think it's done tbh. If it comes back that will be a very welcome surprise but I'm not holding my breath anymore.
  7. No it's long been out of print. No worries, I'll try and find a used copy on amazon marketplace or something. Thanks anyway man!
  8. Is the original novel available in Japanese somewhere on these boards? Wouldn't mind reading it on my commutes to work...
  9. I dunno man. I think there might be a lack of understanding when it comes to how manga is actually created. Takaya may well have had somebody else writing the story, or drawing the names for him, but when such a person isn't credited, it makes it all the more easier to replace them without drawing attention. If the series has been cancelled, his publisher would very likely announce the fact. If he is lacking some kind of creative direction regarding the story narrative, his assigned editor would help him with that. We know he was advertising for an assistant, but such adverts are 99% of the time for assistance in drawing backgrounds, clothes etc. I think, whatever the reason is, it's more than likely a personal one that has really snuffed out his desire to continue the story right now. I'm usually quite despondent when it comes to this thread, but his publishers obviously want to see it resume, and if there's any way they can help him along regarding creative assistance be it art or narrative, you can be sure they are doing what they can. I'm hopeful he'll back, but he obviously has other bigger fish to fry right now I guess....
  10. This. I'm not sure if everyone here is familiar with the typical process involved in creating manga, but creators usually don't get paid for their final inked pages until after the chapter is published. 99% of manga creators are paid on a commission basis by the publisher and receive an agreed upon fee per page of completed manga. I say this because it seems there may be some people out there hoping that he's busily drawing up the conclusion of the manga during this hiatus. I'm sorry to say this, but the chance of that being the case is miniscule at best. Kadokawa, like any publisher, are in business to make money, and they aren't gonna ask him to toil away and not publish what he's done - they'll publish a chapter the moment it's ready! Even if the royalties are good for Takaya, I highly doubt it's enough to live on. Whatever is going on with him though, I think it's pretty obvious that he's not inking anything at the moment. Is he working with his editor and planning out the story? Possibly. Is he working on some storyboards? Possibly. Is he and his editor happy enough to proceed with inking? Not right now. That's pretty much as far as we can speculate I reckon...
  11. Funnily enough, I saw both volumes in a used book store today. I might just pick them up and give em a read...
  12. Kadokawa are no more awkward than any other company. If anything, like most publishers, they will want more content to keep an established series alive. I have a feeling the problem lies more with Takaya than with his publisher. Then again, there's no real way of telling unfortunately... Yes, I completely agree. I think Takaya's involvement on these figures is grossly over exaggerated. From what I understand, the creators pretty much leave most of the leg work to the manufacturers. So, yeah, I highly doubt he's been "busy" meticulously looking over the finer details of these statues. If he's got time to do that, his editors will wanna know where the next chapter is. All we can do is speculate, but unless he's literally directing a movie or some other massive project that has somehow remained a secret, I think he's probably just taking a creative "break" for a while...
  13. Yes, but not saying a singe thing about why your serialization has abruptly stopped is also very un-Japanese too, so I guess it's just par for the course with this guy. Knowing how the business works, there could be a few reasons why the manga has been AWOL for so long. 1) His editor, or the editor in chief at ACE is not happy with his work, and doesn't deem it good enough to run. 2) The title has been dropped all together. (Not an entirely far-fetched theory. Regardless of whether it's still listed or not, this could very well be the case.) 3) Takaya is in poor health and has been unable to draw. 4) Takaya has had enough, and can't be bothered to continue anymore. Where most established manga creators with a large following have assistants to help draw the manga each week/month, it's possible that he is working alone. That would certainly justify the paltry number of pages each month even when it was being serialized. I recall seeing him placing an add for assistants (which he certainly wouldn't have had trouble finding since there are so many out there looking for work these days) so perhaps he found a few, but even if he did, he's barely done anything. Whatever the reason behind the hiatus, the fact that NOTHING has been said via the appropriate channels by Takaya himself is by far the biggest disappointment. Like many of you, I enjoy reading the Guyver, but it isn't THAT spectaular that its creator can just sit in silence and keep his fans in the dark without some kind of explanation. By mangaka standards here in Japan, he's been most unprofessional regarding the hiatus and the treatment of his fans. Personally, I think the reason might be a combination of 3 and 4.
  14. Wow, just saw all of this! Great thread and awesome research into the franchise!
  15. Just thought I'd drop by and see if anything has happened over the last few months since I last posted. As I kinda expected, Takaya still hasn't delivered any new content. My only guess is that maybe his editors are having a back and forth with him and Takaya's being stubborn. Of course, I have no basis for that conclusion, but working in the industry I certainly hear stories about creators and editors falling out... Maybe he'll finish, maybe he won't. It's certainly not guaranteed either way unfortunately...
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