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Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun Manga Goes on Hiatus Until October

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga to resume in Grand Jump's 21st issue

This year's 16th issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine revealed on Wednesday that Yōichi Takahashi is putting his Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun soccer manga on hiatus until the magazine's 21st issue, which Shueisha will publish on October 3.

The manga last went on hiatus around the same time last July, and returned that October.

Rising Sun revolves around Tsubasa as he aims to participate in the Olympics as a representative from Japan. Takahashi launched the manga in the magazine in December 2013, and Shueisha shipped the ninth compiled volume in Japan on June 4.

The original soccer manga revolves around 11-year old Tsubasa Ōzora, a boy who loves soccer and is recognized by his coach Roberto due to his skill of the sport. Tsubasa goes with his coach to Brazil in order to train for the World Cup.

Takahashi's original 37-volume Captain Tsubasa manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1981 to 1988, and it inspired three television anime series, four anime films, several OVAs, and an upcoming stage play. The manga is available in about 20 countries.

The manga spawned additional sequels and spinoff series, including Captain Tsubasa: World Youth Tokubetsu-hen Saikyō no Teki! Oranda Youth, Captain Tsubasa: World Youth, Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002, Captain Tsubasa Golden-23, Captain Tsubasa: Kaigai Gekitō-hen in Calcio, Captain Tsubasa: Kaigai Gekitō-hen En La Liga, the ongoing Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun, and the new Captain Tsubasa: Kids Dream. In total, the manga series has 100 compiled volumes and 70 million copies in print as of June 2017. The manga has also spawned three novel volumes.

The franchise inspired a new television anime that premiered on April 2 on TV Tokyo and other stations. The anime retells the story of Takahashi's original manga from the beginning. Viz Media has licensed the anime. The license includes digital streaming, electronic sell-through (EST), home video, and merchandise rights for North America and Latin America. The anime began airing on Primo TV in the United States on July 7.

Source: Grand Jump 16th issue

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