Sorry, sorry, I'm a week late with this news, but what can I say? There were parties to be had and hangovers to survive.
In the meantime, the English language version of Weekly Shonen Jump has been having a field day with Death Note related items. By which we mostly mean 'things drawn by the same bloke who drew Death Note'.
Though there are a couple of items less tenuously linked.
The first big news concerns the one-shot RKD-EK9, which Death Note artist Takeshi Obata created with NisiOisiN. There's a double connection here for our fandom, as this was the author of Another Note.
RKD-EK9 was announced in October 2014 and it's already been published in a December edition of the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump. For English readers, it constituted a special dual chapter stop-gap publication of the US Weekly Shonen Jump - issue No. 05-05 - which came out on December 29th 2014.
Just around the time that I was opening my first bottle of wine.
We gave you the heads up about this in November, when it was due to begin its run in the Japanese edition of the respected manga magazine. But English readers get to discover the delights too. The publishers have promised that all stories will be released in the US on the same day as in Japan.
Obviously give or take RKD-EK9...
It actually began on December 1st 2014 (issue No. 1). By the manga's very nature as a serial, Gakkyu Hotei continued on through every edition thereon, and will do until the tale is told. Though the special edition on the 29th didn't feature a chapter. All of the serials paused for that one.
I did promise some actual Death Note news rather than just what its artist is up to now.
Weekly Shonen Jump has also featured work from a second Death Note artist. Didn't know there was another? You obviously haven't factored in the fan art of a lady named Sara E.
A week later, there was more Obata fan art. This time from Toshiyaka M. recreating Bakuman's The Detective Trap. No, not Kira. Totally different story.
Finally Weekly Shonen Jump also ran with a feature about the release of the new box set - Death Note: The Complete Series.
But you already knew about that, as I actually managed to report it in a timely fashion, a month before Shonen Jump did. And shoved the actual product in our Death Note box set section of the website.
And there you are - all up to date with all things Death Note related from Weekly Shonen Jump. Well, recent things anyway. We'd be here all day if I had to return to the start.