The 45th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine for this year has just unveiled some important news regarding Nobuyuki Fukumoto’s manga, Kaiji.
It’s been revealed that Kaiji will be taking a temporary hiatus until the 49th issue of the magazine, which is expected to hit shelves in November.
This hiatus follows a previous break that started in June and was originally slated to end in September, as Fukumoto needed time for research.
For English-speaking fans, Denpa is the publisher responsible for bringing Kaiji to the English-speaking world, while Manga Planet handles the digital release.
Denpa provides this description of the manga: Kaiji Itou, a notorious ne’er-do-well, finds his aimless life upended when the yakuza pays him an unwelcome visit. Struggling under a heavy burden of debt and resentment, Kaiji is forced into a high-stakes gambling showdown for his very existence.
As the bets get higher and the rules grow increasingly bizarre, Kaiji must finally seize control of his own destiny.
Nobuyuki Fukumoto initiated this seinen manga series in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine back in 1996, and as of now, the manga has reached its 88th compiled volume, which was released recently.
Beyond the manga, the Kaiji franchise has seen adaptations into two television anime series, three Japanese live-action films, a Chinese live-action film, and even a reality game show.
Furthermore, the Mr. Tonegawa anime, a spinoff of Kaiji, made its debut in July 2018. Sentai, a licensing company, acquired the series and began streaming it on HIDIVE in August of the same year.
Source | Weekly Young Magazine issue 45