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Daruma Matsuura's Taiyō to Tsuki no Hagane Manga Goes on Hiatus So Author Can Do Research

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Historical samurai manga launched in June 2020

This year's 21st issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine revealed on Friday that Daruma Matsuura's Taiyō to Tsuki no Hagane (The Steel of Sun and Moon) manga is going on hiatus so Matsuura can do research. The manga's Twitter account will reveal at a later date when the manga will resume.

Matsuura launched the manga in June 2020. Shogakukan published the third compiled volume in Japan on August 30. Toshiki Mizutani and Noboru Hisayama are supervisors on the series.

The manga features a large scale story stretching from Japan's Tenpō era (1830-1844) to the Bakumatsu period (mid-late 1800s) and beyond. The manga centers on the low-ranking samurai Kōnosuke Ryūdo. His late parents' wish was for him to live as a splendid samurai, but there is a certain reason that he cannot rise further in the ranks.

Matsuura launched her Kasane manga in Evening in April 2013 as her debut work, and ended it in August 2018. Kodansha published the manga's 14th and final volume in September 2018. The manga was nominated for the Kodansha Manga Awards and the Manga Taisho Award in 2015.

Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga digitally in English in 2017. The manga inspired a live-action film adaptation that had its first screening at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland in July 2018 and won the audience award in the international competition category. The film opened in Japan in September 2018 at #9.

Source: Big Comic Superior issue 21

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