Hoshin Engi Fantasy Manga's New Series Slated for April 26
posted on by Egan Loo
The editors of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine reported on Thursday that Ryu Fujisaki will launch his brand-new short Hoshin Engi manga series in this year's combined 21st/22nd issue of the magazine on April 26. Shueisha announced the new manga series at Jump Festa 2018 in December.
Fujisaki's first 23-volume Hoshin Engi manga originally ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1996-2000. The fantasy manga is roughly based on the ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi, and the story takes place thousands of years ago. An evil sorceress has bewitched the emperor of a powerful dynasty and he has become a mindless puppet. The country is in shambles and evil spirits lurk everywhere. The Confederation of the Immortal Masters plan a bold mission: they send a young master wizard to hunt down the villains and evil warlocks in the devastated lands.
Viz Media published the original manga in English between 2007-2011.
The manga inspired a 26-episode television anime series in 1999. ADV Films released the anime on DVD in 2001-2004 under the title Soul Hunter. Discotek Media later released the anime under the same name on DVD in June 2016.
Hakyū Hōshin Engi, the new television anime of the original manga, premiered on January 12. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime with English subtitles, and Funimation is streaming it with an English dub.
[Via Hachima Kikō]