Bamboo Blade's Masahiro Totsuka, Artist Akira Takahashi End Master Grape Manga

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga about boy who learns about various weapons launched in 2016

The September issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine published the final chapter on Saturday of Masahiro Totsuka (Bamboo Blade) and Akira Takahashi's Master Grape manga.

Totsuka and Takahashi launched the manga in Monthly Shonen Sunday in October 2016. Totsuka was in charge of the story, and Takahashi drew the series. The manga's seventh volume shipped on May 10, and the eighth and final volume will ship this fall.

Monthly Shonen Sunday's official website describes Master Grape as an action comedy fighting manga with a variety of weapons, such as swords, spears, sticks, and staffs. The story follows Yūta Sakura, a third-year middle school student who boasts about his "invincible strength" in arcade fighting games. At the game center he meets another boy named Takemichi Umesaki, and then gets entangled with a group of delinquents. A swordsman, Azuya Momoyama, happens to pass by. The delinquents are defeated by a strange weapon and a strange fighting style. Yūta is inspired, and along with Takemichi, begins to learn about weapons.

Totsuka and artist Aguri Igarashi (Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A) ended the first Bamboo Blade manga series in 2010, and Yen Press published it in North America. Totsuka and Studio Neko ended the second manga series, Bamboo Blade B, in Monthly Shonen Gangan in November 2013. Totsuka and Jingu Takao's Bamboo Blade C manga ended in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine in August 2016.

AIC A.S.T.A. adapted the first manga into a television anime series in 2007-2008, and Funimation released the anime in North America.

Source: Monthly Shonen Sunday September issue

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