Naoki Urasawa's Asadora! Manga Goes on Hiatus

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga last went on hiatus in January after end of "1st arc," returned in May

This year's 39th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine revealed on Monday that Naoki Urasawa's Renzoku Manga Shōsetsu Asadora! (Serial Manga Novel Asadora!) manga will go on hiatus. The magazine did not reveal when the manga will resume.

Urasawa published the final chapter of the manga's "first arc" in January in the magazine's ninth issue, and the manga went on hiatus starting in the 10th issue. The series then returned on May 7.

Urasawa (Yawara!, Master Keaton, 20th Century Boys, Pluto) launched the manga in the same magazine last October. The manga is Urasawa's first new series for the magazine since 21st Century Boys ended 11 years ago. Shogakukan published the manga's first volume on March 29.

Notably, the manga is also the first of Urasawa's works to have a digital version (Shogakukan publishes the digital version through the digital version of Weekly Big Comic Spirits). Asadora! follows a woman from the postwar period to the present who lives a poor but sturdy life.

Viz Media has published Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, 21st Century Boys, Monster, and Pluto manga. Monster inspired a television anime series in 2004-2005, and 20th Century Boys inspired a live-action trilogy film adaptation in 2008-2009. Additionally, his Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl manga inspired an anime series in 1989-1992, an anime film in 1992, and an anime special in 1996. An anime project based on Pluto is in the works.

Viz Media also published Urasawa, Hokusei Katushika, and Takashi Nagasaki's Master Keaton manga in English. The series inspired a television anime adaptation in 1998, and an original video anime (OVA) continuation in 2004.

Update: The manga will return in the 45th issue of the magazine, which will ship on October 7. Source: Weekly Big Comic Spirits issue 40

Source: Weekly Big Comic Spirits issue 39

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