Takehiko Inoue, the famous mangaka who gave the world series like Slam Dunk! and Great Teacher Onizuka is set to resume his current serialization of Vagabond, a story about Japan’s most iconic and famous kensai (sword saint). It will be the 323rd chapter of the manga which will be published in Kodansha’s Morning magazine’s 9th issue on 29 January 2015. Even the mangaka ruefully admitted that is “has been a while” since the last chapter was published about a year ago. His Twitter confirms the news here:
— 井上雄彦 Inoue Takehiko (@inouetake) January 6, 2015
The plan to resume the serialization was originally made around June 2014 after it was halted in Febuary 2014. However, it got delayed again for an unspecified reason.
The manga is an action, adventure, historical and chambara (samurai) manga that started around 23 March 1999. Based on a fictionalized story written by Eiji Yoshikawa’s novel about Miyamoto Musashi, the manga has 37 tankubon volumes so far. Currently, the story is on the post Yoshioka War arc.
Vagabond won Grand Prize for manga at the Japan Media Arts Festival 2000 and the Kodansha Manga Award in the general category the same year. Two years later, it then won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The manga is licensed by Viz Media USA and has been nominated for the 2003 Eisner Award for the Best Writer/Artist category. So far, 82 million copies have been sold worldwide.
Via Official Site
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