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Gundam Thunderbolt Manga Goes on Hiatus Due to Artist's Health

posted on by Egan Loo
Yasuo Ohtagaki dealing with inflaming surrounding tendons

This year's 19th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine announced on Friday that Yasuo Ohtagaki is putting his Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga on hiatus due to tenosynovitis (inflammation surrounding the tendons). The magazine will announce later when the manga will return.

The manga's story is set in the same One Year War in UC 0079 as the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. It begins with the battles between two ace pilots of the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation at the "Thunderbolt Sector," a shoal zone with numerous wrecks of space colonies and warships.

Ohtagaki launched the manga in Big Comic Superior in March 2012, and Shogakukan published the 12th compiled book volume on July 30. Viz published the manga's eighth volume in English in August. The manga inspired two original net anime series, each of which received a compilation film. Ohtagaki also drew a Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Gaiden spinoff manga.

Ohtagaki created the Moonlight Mile manga which inspired a 2007 television anime. ADV Films (and later FUNimation Entertainment) released the Moonlight Mile anime in North America.

Source: Big Comic Superior issue 19

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