Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Ibun Manga Goes on Hiatus
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The 32nd issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine revealed on Saturday that Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Ibun manga is going on indefinite hiatus. The story's first compiled book volume will include the latest chapter and ship in Japan on April 25.
Minekura launched the historical adventure series in 2009. Saiyuki Ibun recounts the early life of the man who would become the pivotal character Kōmyō, Genjō Sanzō's mentor, years before the first Saiyuki fantasy adventure manga's storyline.
The series resumed this past November after a previous 28-month hiatus. Minekura had put her manga series work on hiatus in 2010 due to surgery for ameloblastoma, a noncancerous tumor on her right upper jawbone.
The current issue of Monthly Comic Zero-Sum also revealed that Minekura's Wild Adapter "hard-boiled action" manga will resume in the next issue on May 16. The magazine announced in August that Minekura planned to resume the series this spring.
The manga originally launched in Tokuma Shoten's bimonthly Chara magazine in 2000, but then it switched publishers to Ichijinsha in 2011. Ichijinsha has since republished the six compiled volumes of Wild Adapter.
In the mystery boys-love story, a young gang leader named Makoto takes in Minoru Tokitō, a boy with an enigmatic past. Minoru has been exposed to the drug "W.A." which has transformed his right arm into a monstrous limb. The two investigate the origins of the drug that is devastating the city's underground.