Kochikame, the longest continuously running manga in history, will be receiving an adaptation into a TV drama, reveals the latest Weekly Shonen Jump.

Shingo Katori, the youngest member of famous Japanese band SMAP will be playing the role of  lazy police officer Kankichi Ryotsu.


Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen Mae Hashutsujo (This Police Station in front of Kouen Park, Katsushika Prefecture), usually shortened to こち亀 / Kochikame, has been continually serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 1976, making it the single longest running manga series in history.

The story deals with Kankichi Ryotsu, the lazy and undisciplined patrol cop and his equally bizarre police officer co-workers at the Kameari police station. A TV anime began in 1996 producing two theatrical films before ending in 2005.

Details on the TV drama are scarce, but the casting of Shingo Katori (pictured above) as Ryotsu is receiving its good share of attention.

Since SMAP is essentially a male idol group, created by famed talent agency Johnny’s and mostly popular among Japanese women, the choice of Katori for the manly Ryotsu has generated a fair amount of criticism.

As expected, 2ch’s reaction can be charitably described as somewhat negative…

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    Comment by liveevil
    16:56 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHA! This is gonna be funny, although i must say, the 3d actor lacks GAR.

    Comment by Riiku
    18:53 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, for longest running you would expect somthing more.... epic

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    live action of KochiKame eh....

    guess I'll give it a shot...

    although, I really wanted to watch the animated version of this but unfortunately, most of 'em aren't subbed and stuff.... oh well...

    Comment by Aldwin30
    16:23 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He?? what's this thing???
    (Obviously an anime noob)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If only the real reiko looked that hot O_O

    Is ecchi totally exempt from this manga, though? Would anyone here know that has checked out some of this manga? Is it even possible that someone has checked out all of this huge ass manga? lol

    But no wonder it's so popular. Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, this... what do they all have in common?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're all published in Shounen Jump. Same with Death Note and Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:39 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A retarded main character?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, I was thinking "hundreds of episodes" but I think you're on with something there! Is this hugely eyebrowed dude retarded too? Then there's also Sailor Moon... and Usagi was the most retarded of the bunch in that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should've gotten the other SMAP member who got drunk and ran around a tokyo park at wee hours of the morning in the nude to play the main role, just for the "What's wrong with being naked?" references that could be done.

    Comment by sevenskyfever
    15:57 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I exactly know who you are mentioning....LMAO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:39 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why using yound actor? they should just have a 50 years old "jiji" and more suited.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:22 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always wonder what plot could still be possible to tell in this uber-long mangas that has not been told before already?

    Could it still be funny to read?

    Comment by overlord
    12:57 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought Golgo 13 was longer running, didn't it come out in the late 60's?

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    13:11 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Read above, the longest continuously running manga in history

    Comment by Ivory
    13:14 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And wich is the Longest running anime till nowdays?
    Kitarou? Doraemon? Conan? .....

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Naruto =^__________^=

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by SyaoranLi
    10:30 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, narutard

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate long-running anythings...

    but is that incredibly hot babe in it? Oh wait, this is live action... :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you also hate jojo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I only like the game from Capcom, but I'll probably stay away from the anime/manga if it's long as hell too.

    The only long anime I don't hate is Sailor Moon, but that's because I watched it on TV as a kid, though I've only seen 2 or 3 seasons of it. Don't hate it but don't really love it either. It still tops other long running crap like DB or Naruto, though, cuz at least Sailor Moon never spent more than one or two episodes on one battle.

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    Comment by Palmtop Tiger
    12:34 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Longest running, huh? I thought Doraemon held that title.

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    Comment by Deth
    15:23 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I may add this from wiki...

    Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo, nicknamed - (Kochikame) is a manga by Osamu Akimoto, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump, which was adapted into an animé series, produced by Studio Gallop, which was broadcast across Japan by the anime satellite television network Animax, and Fuji Television.

    The title literally translates to (This Is the Police Station in Front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward).

    In continuous publication since 1976 with over 1500 chapters, Kochikame is the longest-running manga series in history (Golgo 13 and Doraemon have been around longer, but neither has been in continuous publication).

    As of volume 158 the series has sold over 135 million copies[1]

    Kochikame takes place in the present day, in and around a neighbourhood police station (kōban) in the downtown part of Tokyo, and revolves around the misadventures of a middle-aged cop, Kankichi Ryotsu (Ryo-san).

    and now we all know...

    and (now) you know (why) I type like (this)...

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    Comment by Toiski
    20:06 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kameari Park sounds right, the article says Kouen Park (park park). Must be a brain fart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What Quen said ^

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    Comment by Quen
    12:46 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's been around longer, but not continuously published.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    13:10 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kochi Kame held that title because it never missed an issue of JUMP, week after week since it started

    Comment by BB
    17:24 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the dude looks a bit like the wolverine actor minus the sideburns... and him being asian

    Comment by King of Hentai Gods
    16:10 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i never watched that manga but i like that busty blonde blue eyes girl, so i'm gonna find download source for it =]

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 18/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do u mean Hugh Jackman?

    Comment by Brook
    14:03 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Longer how? From what I see, Doraemon was brought to an "incomplete" ~27 yr run(RIP). Older yes, but not longer publication wise. Sazae-san is even longer.

    Comment by Brook
    07:57 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... note the word publication. Also learn what 164 is.

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    Comment by Mr.Demon
    05:35 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kochikame is the oldest and Longer MANGA!... not anime!

    Sazae-chan and Doraemon dont have the same years and Voles as this... (More tha 500vol.) running weekly...

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    Comment by Obsidian
    12:41 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember reading pages of this comic when my friend brought a Shounen Jump Magazine from Japan. That was years ago.

    I didn't really understand the humorous concept of this one, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice, this manga deserves it ^_^

    Comment by *shrug*
    13:33 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Translation Fail.

    The title, in English, would read "This is the Police Station in front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward [of Tokyo]".

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    14:15 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy crap, the Chapters must be over NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAND!!

    Comment by K
    14:19 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shingo's fine, he's the only one who actually branches out of the pretty boy stuff anyways (given that he isn't exactly pretty boy anyways). I approve.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 29/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    SMAP has been around for way too long to be pretty boys.

    And yes, LOL SHINGO MAMA.

    Comment by heyjey
    14:06 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    needs moar eyebrows...

    Comment by Cerenado
    14:05 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Longest running manga heh...
    Kankichi's actor needs a bushy unibrow, doesn't he?

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    Comment by sunshinesan
    13:51 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember watching this when I was seven years old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:38 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you from the future?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I gotta admit the smap dude does a freaking amazing job imitating ryotsu's face

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 28/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Expect some crazy Johnny's fan to fap over him...

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