Cross Manage's Kaito Ends Buddy Strike Manga in Shonen Jump
posted on by Jabulani Blyden
This year's 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump will publish the final chapter of Kaito's (Cross Manage) baseball manga Buddy Strike on Monday. The manga's final page also mentions that Shueisha will publish the manga's one compiled volume in Japan in April.
The manga, which launched last November, follows a "no control" pitcher and a catcher who is called a "god of death."
Viz Media published the first three chapters of the series simultaneously in English in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital anthology as part of its "Jump Start" initiative. The company describes the series as follows:
It is said that there is a legendary catcher who can turn any pitcher he forms a battery with into a star. But this catcher requires something in return — the pitcher's soul. That is why the catcher is also known as the Grim Reaper. The pitcher will throw his soul into each pitch until that pitcher dies. But for down-on-his-luck pitcher Ryo Arakami, this may be the deal he was looking for after all!
Kaito published the five-volume Cross Manage lacrosse manga in Weekly Shonen Jump from September 2012 to July 2013. Kaito had originally published the manga as a one-shot in both Jump Next! and Weekly Shonen Jump before turning it into a series.
Viz Media published the manga digitally in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga anthology. The company also published the manga's extra chapter in English digitally simultaneously with the chapter's release in Japan. Viz Media also released the five compiled volumes digitally.
Weekly Shonen Jump is launching two new manga in February. Tadahiro Miura will launch Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san (Yūna of Yuragi Manor) in the 10th issue, and Koyoharu Gotōge will begin Kimetsu no Yaiba (Blade of Demon Destruction) in the 11th issue on February 15.