Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jikogu Manga Goes Back on Hiatus

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Manga to return in August issue

The April issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Beam magazine announced on Monday that Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku (Tomino the Damned) manga will go back on hiatus. The editorial staff noted that the manga's return is planned for the August issue, which will ship on July 12. The staff also noted that the reason for the hiatus is because the labor and organization involved in the manga's climax is more large-scale than originally planned, and the staff decided on the hiatus after discussing the situation with Maruo.

The third compiled volume of the manga revealed in April 2017 that the manga's fourth volume would be its last. The manga returned from hiatus that summer and began its "final phase."

The manga centers on a set of twins with an older brother and younger sister. The twins were born with a set of odd matching birthmarks on their sides. After their mother abandoned them their stepfather sold them off to a freak show. The story tells what becomes of the twins afterward.

Maruo launched the manga in Monthly Comic Beam in February 2014.

Hiroshi Harada adapted Maruo's 1984 erotic horror manga Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show (Shojo Tsubaki) into an anime film in 1992. The manga also inspired a live-action film adaptation in May 2016. Blast Books published the manga's one compiled volume in North America in 1993. Maruo won the "New Artist Prize" of the 13th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes in 2009, although he has been drawing manga professionally since 1980.

Last Gasp Publishing released Maruo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island manga in 2013. The manga was nominated for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

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