Otoko-Zaka Manga by Saint Seiya's Kurumada to Resume in December

posted on by Emma Hanashiro
Manga's 4th volume — the 1st in 3 decades — to ship on Friday

Shueisha posted a special Otoko-Zaka manga prologue by Masami Kurumada (Saint Seiya) online on Monday. The prologue announced that Kuramada will continue the series with the "[Yoko]Hama no Julie" arc in December.

Otoko-Zaka's initial eight-chapter revival began this past June. The manga's fourth volume will ship on Friday with compilation of these chapters.

The manga's story is set in the town of Kujūkuri in Chiba. Jingi Kikukawa is the unrivaled alpha male of the Tōun Middle School student body, and he has never lost a fight in 13 years. However, he goes down in defeat against Shō Takeshima, the ringleader in Western Japan who has his sights on the entire country. Jingi undergoes dangerous training in the art of fighting with Kenka-Oni, a demon who lives in Oniyama.

Kurumada first serialized the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1985. He said, "I became a manga creator to draw this manga." However, the series remained incomplete at three volumes for nearly 30 years. The manga never inspired an anime, but Seisei Ruten: Kurumada-ism, a 2005 CD of songs with lyrics written by Kurumada, featured an "Otoko-Zaka" song. Sayuri Setoguchi performed this final track on the album.

Source: Weekly Play News

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