Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s intense manga series “Kaiji” is taking a temporary break. The 45th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine revealed that the manga will be on hiatus until the 49th issue, slated to ship in November. This break follows a hiatus that began in June, with Fukumoto taking time off to conduct research.
“Kaiji” follows the tumultuous life of Kaiji Itou, a man ensnared by the yakuza and forced into high-stakes gambling to secure his survival. As the bets escalate and the rules grow ever stranger, Kaiji must seize control of his destiny.
The manga, serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine since 1996, has captured readers with its gripping narrative. The 88th compiled volume was released recently, attesting to the enduring popularity of the series.
Denpa holds the English license for the manga, while Manga Planet offers it digitally. Denpa aptly describes the series as a tale where “the stakes grow higher and the rules become increasingly more bizarre.”
“Kaiji” has not only spawned two anime adaptations but also inspired three Japanese live-action films, a Chinese live-action film, and even a reality game show.
Fans of Fukumoto’s work can also delve into the “Mr. Tonegawa” anime, based on a spinoff manga from the “Kaiji” universe. The anime premiered in July 2018 and is available for streaming on HIDIVE, thanks to Sentai’s licensing efforts. The “Kaiji” series continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its high-stakes drama and Fukumoto’s signature storytelling style……..
Source: Weekly Young Magazine issue 45