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Altair: A Record of Battles Spinoff Manga Tōkoku no Subaru Ends in 7th Volume

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Spinoff manga set in eastern land launched in 2016

Manga creator Chika Katō revealed on Twitter on Friday that the Shōkoku no Altair Gaiden: Tōkoku no Subaru (Subaru of the Island Nation) spinoff manga will end in its seventh volume. Katō also added that the manga was planned to end sometime last year at around the fifth volume, but was able to go on until the seventh volume due to the support of fans.

The manga is a spinoff of Kotono Katō's Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair) manga. While the main manga is set in the continent of Rumeliana, and is roughly modeled on the historical political tensions of the Ottoman Empire and its European neighbors, Tōkoku no Subaru is set far to the east, in the island nation of Kusanagi. The land is a shadow of its former self, after being annexed by the neighboring continental power of Cinili, and its people enslaved. But the return of the country's Miko (Prince) to his homeland sparks the embers of insurrection that will grow into the flame of reconquest.

Hirokazu Kobayashi and Chika Katō launched the manga in Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine in January 2016. Kodansha published the manga's sixth compiled book volume on Friday.

Kotono Katō launched the main Altair: A Record of Battles manga in Monthly Shonen Sirius in 2007, and the 21st compiled book volume shipped last September. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga digitally. The series inspired the Shōkoku no! four-panel manga on Sirius' official website in 2012. The magazine serialized Shiina Soga's Shōkoku no Altair-san (Altair of the Tiny Nation) spinoff manga from 2012 to 2013.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that premiered in July 2017. Amazon Prime Video streamed the anime, and its now-defunct Anime Strike channel streamed it in North America.

Source: Chika Kato's Twitter account

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