Shaman King The Super Star Manga Goes on 3-Month Hiatus

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga returns on April 17

The January 2019 issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Monday that Shaman King The Super Star, Hiroyuki Takei's new arc for his Shaman King manga, will go on hiatus in the February, March, and April issues so that Takei can recuperate. The manga will resume in the magazine's May issue on April 17.

The manga launched on May 17, after publishing three prologue chapters.

Viz Media published the Shaman King manga in English in the past, and it describes how the story began:

When he takes a shortcut through a cemetery, Manta Oyamada meets a strange kid with headphones — surrounded by ghosts. The kid is the teenage shaman Yoh Asakura. Tapping the supernatural swordfighting powers of samurai ghost Amidamaru, Yoh fights Bokuto no Ryu, a sword-wielding gang member. But an even more dangerous opponent is stalking Yoh and Manta — a Chinese shaman who wants to possess Amidamaru.

Shaman King began in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1998. The series abruptly ended in 2004, although a reprinting of the manga revealed a "true ending" in 2009. Takei drew a series of short stories titled Shaman King 0 in Shueisha's Jump X magazine starting in November 2011, and published a sequel series titled Shaman King Flowers in the same magazine from 2012 to 2014.

Takei has also worked on the Ultimo and Jumbor manga. He began Nekogahara, his first manga with Kodansha, in the then-new Shonen Magazine Edge in September 2015.

Japanese publisher Kodansha is now listed as the trademark owner for "Shaman King" in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Viz Media no longer holds the license to the manga. Shueisha originally held the rights to the manga in Japan.

Source: Shonen Magazine Edge January issue

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