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Tsukasa Hojo's Angel Heart Manga Ends in May

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Series related to City Hunter debuted in 2001

The June issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine announced on Tuesday that Tsukasa Hōjō's Angel Heart 2nd Season manga will end in the next issue on May 25. The announcement image includes the messages "Angel Heart, conclusion" and "Thank you, City Hunter."

The issue also announced the first part of a project to commemorate the end of the manga. The next three issues of the magazine will bundle clear files that feature famous scenes from Angel Heart. The "History of XYZ" feature of the magazine will "introduce all of the 17 years of XYZ." Creators of other works in the magazine will contribute to the "Watashi no Angel Heart" (My Angel Heart) illustration compilation.

Angel Heart is a "what-if" story set in a parallel world with Ryō Saeba and other characters and concepts from Hojo's signature detective comedy action manga City Hunter. In this spinoff, Ryō lost his partner Kaori Makimura in a sudden accident, and he meets a girl who receives Kaori's transplanted heart.

Hojo began the Angel Heart manga in 2001 in Shinchosha's Comic Bunch. The manga relaunched with Angel Heart 2nd Season in Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon after Comic Bunch ceased publication in 2010. Tokuma Shoten released the 15th compiled book volume of Angel Heart 2nd Season on February 20. SMAC! Web Magazine released 13 chapters of the manga in English before the Comic Zenon International section of the website halted updates on December 25, 2016.

The Angel Heart manga inspired a television anime in 2005 and a live-action television series in 2015.

The original City Hunter manga celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. The 1985 manga inspired four television anime series, one anime film, and several video and television specials. ADV Films released most of these anime projects in North America. Jackie Chan also starred in a 1992 live-action film that very loosely adapts the original manga. Actor Lee Min-Ho starred in a 2011 live-action Korean television series of City Hunter, and that version streamed with English subtitles on Hulu. "Ryō no Propose" (Ryō's Proposal), the 2015 original anime DVD for the manga, reunited four of the main cast members from the earlier City Hunter television anime. A live-action film adaptation of the manga has been green-lit for release in China in December 2018 or later.

Gutsoon! Entertainment's Raijin Comics published part of the first City Hunter manga in English.

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