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Major 2nd Baseball Manga Goes on Hiatus

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Creator Takuya Mitsuda's physical condition recently worsened

This year's 52nd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Takuya Mitsuda's Major 2nd baseball manga will go on hiatus in the next issue. Although the manga just returned from a three-week hiatus from issues 49-51, Mitsuda said in a statement at the end of the 159th chapter in the current issue that his physical condition has slightly worsened. Therefore, the manga must go on hiatus for the time being.

Mitsuda launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in March 2015 as the first new installment in the manga series in five years. Shogakukan published the manga's 16th compiled book volume on November 16.

The sequel manga inspired an animated commercial in December 2015, and a television anime adaptation premiered this past April. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and it describes the story:

Shigeno Daigo is an elementary school student whose father, Goro, is a professional baseball player. Inspired by his father, who was once a Major League player, Daigo started playing baseball with the Mifune Dolphins, a youth league team. He was unable to live up to the expectations of being the son of a professional, however, and quit baseball after less than a year. Then, in the spring of his sixth-grade year, Daigo's school welcomes a transfer student who's just returned from America. The transfer student is Sato Hikaru, and it turns out his father is Sato Toshiya, a former Major League player and Goro's close friend. The fate of these two young men begins to move forward!

Mitsuda serialized Major in Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1994 until 2010. Shogakukan published 78 compiled book volumes for the series. The story begins when Goro Honda's father, a professional baseball player, dies in an accident. This gives him the motivation to try and become a pro baseball player himself.

The manga inspired its first television anime series in 2004, and the sixth television anime series ran in 2010. The manga also inspired an anime film titled Major: Yūjō no Winning Shot in 2008.

Source: Weekly Shonen Sunday issue 52

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