Osamu Akimoto is widely known for his Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo manga, which will end its 40-year long serialization on September 17. The manga, which began serialization in 1976, has received various adaptations, including a 373-episode TV anime adaptation that was broadcast between 1996 and 2004. The series has also received both TV and movie live-action adaptations. The series recently received the Guinness World Record for most volumes published for a single manga series. A new TV special, titled Ryoutsu Kankichi Saigo no Hi, will air on September 18.
What a beast. After drawing the same thing for 40 years he still doesn't want to put the pen down. If I was him I'd definitely just retire, he has nothing left to prove, but if he's that passionate about drawing manga, then I wish him the best of luck.
I'm no special story or anything. I'm just a manga that wants to be read, like you could find anywhere. But, if, for argument's sake, you were to adapt me into an anime series, it would certainly be....a tragedy.
-The Tokyo Ghoul/Tokyo Ghoul:re manga, if they could talk
At those who wonder how he is going to make four series: In another source, I found them described as short series. I don't know if that is true, but it would be pretty logical that he just does one after another. Also, two of those magazines are monthly, one is biweekly. If he starts now to write the series(And I think this is a possibility. He never took even one week off in 40 years, I don't think he even knows how to take a break), he will have a good backlog of work until next year.
It's nice to see authors who were'nt burned by their super long manga series and don't seem lazy (I'm looking at you, Toriyama).
But it could take a long time before we actually see the start of all those series (who aren't really a lot for someone who made his career with a weekly manga), I am still waiting for Kishimoto's space adventure tale.