Hoshin Engi Gaiden Manga Ends on June 14
posted on by Karen Ressler
This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi Gaiden (Hoshin Engi Side Story) manga will end in the next issue on June 14.
The short series launched in the magazine on April 26. The manga will have a total of seven chapters.
Fujisaki's first 23-volume Hoshin Engi manga originally ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1996-2000. The fantasy manga is roughly based on the ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi, and the story takes place thousands of years ago. An evil sorceress has bewitched the emperor of a powerful dynasty and he has become a mindless puppet. The country is in shambles and evil spirits lurk everywhere. The Confederation of the Immortal Masters plan a bold mission: they send a young master wizard to hunt down the villains and evil warlocks in the devastated lands.
Viz Media published the original manga in English between 2007-2011.
The manga inspired a 26-episode television anime series in 1999. ADV Films released the anime on DVD in 2001-2004 under the title Soul Hunter. Discotek Media later released the anime under the same name on DVD in June 2016.
Hakyū Hoshin Engi, the new television anime of the original manga, premiered on January 12. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime with English subtitles, and Funimation is streaming it with an English dub.