In the latest update of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, it was revealed that the manga “Retropolis Scratch,” created by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, is set to conclude in the upcoming issue on September 8.
The manga, which began its run in July 2022, focuses on Tsukimichi Dōri, a specialist in evading situations. His unconventional choice leads him to Kyoto, only to unveil a perplexing mirror world where norms are reversed.
Here, the art of tattooing transforms into the “Bokusenkon” battle. As Tsukimichi steps into this realm, his knack for escapism becomes a crucial asset as he embarks on a tumultuous journey through the contrasting phases of youth.
The prolific duo, Kataoka and Kondou, previously introduced the “steampunk action” manga “Smokin’ Parade” in Kadokawa’s Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine in August 2015. The series, characterized by its unique setting, concluded its run in April 2021 with the release of its tenth volume in July 2021.
Their artistic prowess also gave life to the 13-volume “Deadman Wonderland” manga, which debuted in 2006 in Monthly Shōnen Ace and wrapped up in July 2013. Notably, the manga experienced publication transitions, but its impact remained undiminished, bolstered by a 12-episode anime adaptation and subsequent distribution by Funimation. Additionally, Kataoka and Kondou’s creative synergy extended to the “Eureka Seven” manga.
This creative pair’s journey encompasses a diverse range of narratives, each bearing their distinct signature, from the enigmatic realms of “Retropolis Scratch” to the mechanized wonder of “Smokin’ Parade” and the riveting intensity of “Deadman Wonderland.”
With their legacy extending across multiple dimensions of storytelling, Kataoka and Kondou continue to leave an indelible mark on the world of manga.
Source | Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine September issue