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Something to look forward to: Ultimo!

+ posted by njt in Manga News on Apr 16, 2008 14:43
EDIT: Catch all the news and updates for Ultimo at the Ultimo discussion thread!

JUMP SQ II (pronounced Jump Square Second) is an extra issue of JUMP SQ (something like Akamaru JUMP is to Weekly Jump) and the inaugural issue will be released on April 18th with a huge bang!

The issue will come with a special Book in Book (also known as, an extra booklet), Stan Lee the Book. Inside you'll find:

- The world's first America-Japan collaboration project between Stan Lee and Takei Hiroyuki (mangaka of Shaman King) titled Karakuri Douji ULTIMO (機巧童子ULTIMO).
- A detailed profile and introduction of Stan Lee.
- Stan Lee Heroes Tribute Illustration!!! Featuring original art by Katsura Masakazu (I"s, Video Girl Ai), Murata Kousuke (Eyeshield 21), Minowa Yukata (animator for Madhouse), Yamamoto Yamato (Kure-nai), Endou Tatsuya (Tista) and MORE!!

Some known facts about the Stan Lee and Takei Hiroyuki collaboration, Karakuri Douji ULTIMO:

* It's a prologue chapter (i.e., there will be more chapters to come)
* 32 pages in the starting chapter
* 3 color pages (a single color page and a double color page spread)

Summary of the story:

High above Farmless City, citizens are stunned by the sudden appearance of two floating figures. Are they human boys, monolithic robots, or something much more strange? As the battle ensues between them, destruction and devastation falls on the hapless city. One figure is Vice, and seems to be as evil as his name implies. The other is Ultimo, intent on trying to stop Vice from wreaking more havoc. But who are Vice and Ultimo really? Where did they come from? A new mystery begins with the fate of the world possibly hanging in the balance!

More information about Karakuri Douji ULTIMO can be found at the Viz Press Release.

The rest of the SQ II magazine will feature extra chapters of SQ series such as Kure-nai, Tista, Gag Manga Biyori, Tegami Bachi and Rozario and Vampire, as well as gag manga extra chapters for Tsumikabatsu, Sekai no Chuushin and Chaos Kitchen. There will also be furoku (gifts) included with the magazine, such as a clear file for Embalming, a poster for Kure-nai (which is joined to the poster that came with SQ #5), and a collage poster for Musical Tennis no Oujisama.

The rest of the magazine, which forms the majority of the pages, will contain one shot stories by newcomers as well as Jump mangaka. So look forward to some great manga!

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#1. by DeepEyes (Intl Translator)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
Ultimo looks so great! *-*... I want to read it =D ~DE
#2. by Leo Seta (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
Sounds cool! Plus all of the extra stuff that comes with it... Quite interested in the Stan Lee & Takei Hiroyuki collab! Will be interesting to see what they come up with ^.^
#3. by Succubus (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
have heard of it.. character design looks awesome hell yeaa! hiroyuki is going to be famous over the world <3 hehe
#4. by kaloo (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
from the creator of the Fantastic Four comes a manga the likes of which you've never seen before... For some reason that was the first thing that popped into tme head
#5. by Waeyen (Scanlator)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
ohh men i can`t wait >_< Hiroyuki Takei ftw ^^
#6. by Maxis (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
Sounds freaking Awsome!!!!:D
#7. by myth0logy (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
looks interesting. to say the least,
#8. by zenozatch (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
Wow this looks awesome. I love the character design, and it all sounds so good. I can't wait to read it.
#9. by AfterMath (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 17, 2008
awesome..its interesting collaboration.. does Claymore will have extra chapter too?
#10. by Viewtiful (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 17, 2008
Jump Square II will be monthly or weekly?
#11. by hirakox (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 17, 2008
wow reaallly looking foward to it ^^
#12. by Succubus (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 18, 2008 ^ in interview, Takei said "stan lee choose me" wow... that is good to hear
#13. by BleuVII (Registered User)
Posted on Apr 19, 2008
This is not a weekly or monthly mag. It's an extra magazine that will appear off and on whenever there is something really special happening with Jump SQ. And don't get too excited about the "extra chapters". They are all 2-4 pages long.

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