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Masami Kurumada's Otoko-Zaka Manga Ends Latest Arc, Starts New Arc in Early Summer

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Latest arc launched in February

Manga creator Masami Kurumada ended the "Takeshima Honjin-hen" (Takeshima Stronghold Arc) of his Otoko-Zaka manga on the Shonen Jump+ app and website with its seventh chapter on Sunday. The chapter announced that a new arc titled "Honjin Shitō-hen" (Stronghold Death Struggle Arc) will launch in early summer.

Kuramada launched the latest arc on the website and app on February 9. Kurumada originally announced the arc a year ago in January 2019.

Otoko-Zaka's initial eight-chapter revival began in Shū Play News, the official website of Shueisha's Weekly Playboy magazine, in June 2014 after three decades of hiatus.

The manga moved to Shonen Jump+ in 2017 with the "Keikai Otome" arc. The next arc, "Tenkataihei-hen" (Peace and Tranquility Arc), then launched in August 2018 and ran for seven chapters. The arc was compiled in the manga's eighth compiled book volume in November 2018.

The manga's story is set in the town of Kujūkuri in Chiba. Jingi Kikukawa is the unrivaled alpha male of the Tōun Middle School student body, and he has never lost a fight in 13 years. However, he goes down in defeat against Shō Takeshima, the ringleader in Western Japan who has his sights on the entire country. Jingi undergoes dangerous training in the art of fighting with Kenka-Oni, a demon who lives in Oniyama.

Kurumada (Saint Seiya, Ring ni Kakero) first serialized the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1985. He said, "I became a manga creator to draw this manga." However, the series remained incomplete at three volumes for nearly 30 years. The manga never inspired an anime, but Seisei Ruten: Kurumada-ism, a 2005 CD of songs with lyrics written by Kurumada, featured an "Otoko-Zaka" song.

Source: Shonen Jump+

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