Gurazeni Ends Tokyo Dome-hen Manga, Starts Pa League-hen Manga
posted on by Bayleigh Baker
This year's 11th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine published the final chapter of Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome-hen on Thursday. The same issue announced that a new series titled Gurazeni: Pa League-hen (Pacific League Arc) will start in the magazine's 17th issue, which ships on March 29.
Writer Moritaka and artist Adachi began serializing the original Gurazeni manga in 2010. The manga ended in 2014 with 17 volumes, but Moritaka and Adachi launched the Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome-hen sequel manga in September that same year. Kodansha published the 13th compiled volume of the sequel manga on October 23. The 14th volume will ship on February 23.
The original manga won the best general manga award in the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2013. The series also ranked #2 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's 2012 list, and earned a nomination in the 5th Manga Taisho Awards.
The "baseball money survival" story focuses on a baseball team that operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player's performance determines his annual salary. The story follows an eight-year relief pitcher with an odd left-handed side-arm throw as he fights to survive under the team's strict system.
The manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in April.