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Otoko-Zaka Manga Begins Next Arc on August 18

posted on 2018-08-15 19:30 EDT by Karen Ressler
Saint Seiya's Kurumuda to relaunch series on Shonen Jump+

The official website of manga creator Masami Kurumada announced on Tuesday that Kurumuda will begin the seven-chapter "Tenkataihei-hen" (Peace and Tranquility Arc) of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app on August 18.

Otoko-Zaka's initial eight-chapter revival began in Shū Play News, the official website of Shueisha's Weekly Playboy magazine, in June 2014 after three decades of hiatus. The first eight of the new chapters were compiled in the manga's fourth volume.

The manga moved to Shonen Jump+ last year with the "Keikai Otome" arc. Shueisha shipped the the arc in the seventh compiled volume (pictured right) in November 2017.

The manga's story is set in the town of Kujūkuri in Chiba. Jingi Kikukawa is the unrivaled alpha male of the Tōun Middle School student body, and he has never lost a fight in 13 years. However, he goes down in defeat against Shō Takeshima, the ringleader in Western Japan who has his sights on the entire country. Jingi undergoes dangerous training in the art of fighting with Kenka-Oni, a demon who lives in Oniyama.

Kurumada (Saint Seiya, Ring ni Kakero) first serialized the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1985. He said, "I became a manga creator to draw this manga." However, the series remained incomplete at three volumes for nearly 30 years. The manga never inspired an anime, but Seisei Ruten: Kurumada-ism, a 2005 CD of songs with lyrics written by Kurumada, featured an "Otoko-Zaka" song.

Thanks to George Horvath for the news tip.

Source: Masami Kurumada's website (link 2)


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