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Goodbye Ryo-san! Manga “Kochikame” Is Ending after 200 Volumes in 40 Years

“Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo (This is the Police Station in Front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward.)” has been a popular manga across generations in Japan, and it is known as “Kochikame”. An announcement was made that the story will end with the final episode on Weekly Shonen Jump Vol. 42 of 2016 to be released on September 17. The long-running manga that celebrated its 40th anniversary is finally coming to an end in the 200th volume.

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the series, the author Osamu Akimoto illustrated a huge picture scroll from scratch and dedicated it to Kanda Myojin Shrine. During this dedication ceremony held on September 3rd, 2016, he announced the completion of the series. Immediately afterwards, many words of regret for the end of the series started to crowd in on Internet.

 

What is “Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo”?

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The story is staged at a police station called “Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo”, which is located in Katsushika Ward in Tokyo. It is a gag comic with a main character who is a policeman called “Kankichi Ryotsu, known as “Ryo-san”. His personality is lovable but crazy since the day he was born, and he creates unbelievable troubles one after another and involves people around him.

Since the series started in 1976, this manga continually offered fresh topics to the readers for 40 years until 2016, cleverly incorporating the mood of the time and transitions in social conditions and fads. Episodes sometimes charmed the readers with plenty of human touch and chivalry, and other episodes made fans laugh uncontrollably with big events beyond anyone’s imagination. There are some topics in particular that “Kochikame” has picked up on that are so esoteric that it surpasses the normal expectations of manga, and such stories are still handed down today as legends among the fans.

 

A Number of Unique Characters

1. Kankichi Ryotsu

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Ryo-san was a ridiculous policeman in the beginning part of the series and he was a rowdy fellow who fired his gun whenever there was something he didn’t like. He has mellowed down somewhat as the series continued. He has grown to be a popular character to many people, with his humane personality and fairness in treating everyone.

2. Daijiro Ohara

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And we cannot forget Ryo-san’s friends who work at the police station. These characters have also gone through various changes during the long series as Ryo-san did.

Chief Ohara had been born in the Taisho era (1912~1926), and a former army officer during WWII. However as the series has prolonged, his character setting was changed to a person born after WWII.

3. Keiichi Nakagawa

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4. Reiko Catherine Akimoto

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Additionally, Nakagawa and Reiko, who are one of the richest people in the world, used to have personalities that are far from ordinary when they first appeared in the story. But as the series continued, they have gradually become people with common sense. However their abnormal financial sense still remains outside of the common realm even today.

 

“Kochikame” Holds a Guinness World Record

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Kochikame holds a Guinness world record as “the longest series in boys’ magazine”. During the long series spanning 40 years, it has continued without ever missing a week.

 

The Final Volume Is the 200th Volume

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The final volume of Kochikame, which fans are anxious for, will be released on September 17, 2016. It is on the same day as the sales of Weekly Shonen Jump Vol.42 of 2016, in which the final episode will be published. It is very difficult for fans to decide which medium to choose to read the final episode of Kochikame. Or better yet if you buy and open both at the same time, you probably won’t have to regret.

 

I am sure there are many fans that have enjoyed the world of Kochikame for 2 generations or 3 generations in the family. The Kochikame world that kept unfolding in the series for as long as 40 years is surely to keep living in the fans’ hearts across generations in the future, too. Official Website

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Favorite genres are various aspects of Japanese otaku culture. Having been away from Japan for some time, there are many scenes where Azuki realizes the differences between international culture and Japanese culture. Through her own experience and knowledge, she hopes to deliver useful information to the international community who are interested in Japan.

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