New Material Puzzle Manga is Series' Last Arc
posted on by Karen Ressler
This year's July issue of Kodansha's Morning Two magazine published the first two chapters of Masahiro Totsuka's new Material Puzzle ~Kaminuki Sekai no Mahōtsukai~ (Magic User of a Godless World) manga on May 22, and Totsuka revealed on Twitter that the manga is the "last arc" for Material Puzzle.
The original manga's story begins when Mikaze, a boy who lives in a village in the frontier, undertakes a quest to travel to find three great wizards and ask that they save his village from a certain threat. However, when Mikaze finds their home, the only one of the wizards left is the girl Aqua. She agrees to travel with him back to his village. However, on their travels, Aqua perishes, but is revived again with a different personality. Mikaze finds out that the souls of the three wizards Aqua, Tito, and Prisela all reside in a single body, and they switch out and revive the body whenever it dies.
Totsuka (Bamboo Blade, Kare Baka: Wagahai no Kare wa Baka de R) published the original manga in Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine from 2002 to 2008, and spawned 20 volumes. Totsuka then launched a short manga titled Material Puzzle: Ayami Shōnen in Shonen Gangan when the original manga ended, and also ended it in the same year. Kimitake Yoshioka launched a prequel manga titled Material Puzzle: Zero Kreuz in Shonen Gangan in 2008, and ended it on the Gangan Online website in 2012 with nine volumes. Totsuka also drew a one-shot for the series titled "Material Puzzle - Gaiden" in Morning Two on January 23.
Source: Masahiro Totsuka's Twitter