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Shaman King: The Super Star Manga Delays Return by 2 More Months to June

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Hiroyuki Takei's health cited as Red Crimson spinoff's return is also delayed

The May issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge revealed on Wednesday that Shaman King: The Super Star, Hiroyuki Takei's new arc for his Shaman King manga, did not return from its hiatus as planned. It will instead extend the hiatus by two more months, with a planned return on June 17. The magazine noted that Takei is still focusing on recovering his health.

The magazine added that Jet Kusamura's Shaman King: Red Crimson manga is also delaying its return, but to the magazine's next issue on May 17. The spinoff manga launched last June.

The Shaman King: The Super Star manga launched last May, after publishing three prologue chapters.

Viz Media published the original 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 May issue


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