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Gurazeni Spinoff Manga Takes Break for Artist's Health

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Gurazeni: Natsunosuke no Seishun manga launched in March 2020

This year's 15th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine announced on Tuesday that Yūji Moritaka and artist Yōsuke Uzumaki's Gurazeni: Natsunosuke no Seishun (Gurazeni: Natsunosuke's Youth) spinoff manga is taking a break due to Uzumaki's health. The magazine will announce the manga's return in its next issue.

The manga debuted in Evening in March 2020. The manga's third compiled book volume shipped on March 23, and the fourth volume will ship on July 21.

Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni baseball manga focuses on a baseball team that operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player's performance determines his annual salary. The story follows an eight-year relief pitcher with an odd left-handed side-arm throw named Natsunosuke Banba as he fights to survive under the team's strict system.

Writer Moritaka and artist Adachi began serializing the series in 2010. The manga series ended in 2014 with 17 volumes, but the creators launched the Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome-hen sequel manga that same year. Tokyo Dome-hen ended in February 2018, a new series titled Gurazeni: Pa League-hen launched in March 2018.

The original manga inspired two television anime series, which premiered in April 2018 and October 2018. Crunchyroll streamed both anime as they aired.

Source: Evening issue 15


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