Project ARMS Writer, Phantom Master Artist's Area D Manga Ends

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
"Prison survival action" story launched in 2012

This year's combined sixth and seventh issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that writer Kyoichi Nanatsuki and illustrator Kyung-Il Yang will end their Area D - Inōryōiki manga in the magazine's next issue, which Shogakukan will publish on January 20.

The "prison survival action" story is set after the sudden emergence of special powers in certain pockets of humanity. To deal with these so-called "Altered," a mysterious remote island prison named "Area D" was built.

Nanatsuki (Project ARMS) and Yang (Blade of the Phantom Master, Defense Devil) launched the manga in 2012. Shogakukan published the manga's 13th compiled book volume in November 2015, and will publish the 14th volume on February 18.

Tokyopop published Yang's Blade of Heaven and Island manhwa series in North America, while Viz Media published his March Story manga. Funimation released the Blade of the Phantom Master anime movie based on Yang's Shin Angyo Onshi manhwa after ADV Films had previously licensed the film. Yang also illustrated the Defense Devil manga, which ran in Shonen Sunday from 2009 to 2011.

Nanatsuki's Project ARMS manga was also serialized in the Shonen Sunday from 1997 to 2002. Viz Media released both the Project ARMS manga and anime.

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