Hoshin Engi Gaiden Manga to End on June 14, 2018

This year’s 27th issue of Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine has announced that Ryu Fujisaki’s Hoshin Engi Gaiden (Hoshin Engi Side Story) manga will end in the next issue on June 14, 2018.

The short series launched in the magazine on April 26, 2018. The manga will have a total of seven chapters.

Fujisaki’s first 23-volume Hoshin Engi manga originally ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1996-2000. The fantasy manga is roughly based on the ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi, and the story takes place thousands of years ago.

Source: ANN

New Manga Shorts in Weekly Shonen Jump in April 2018

Shueisha has announced that Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro will publish a new one-shot manga titled “Build King” in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine’s combined 21st and 22nd issue on April 23, 2018. In addition, the company announced that Ryu Fujisaki’s new Hoshin Engi short will debut in Weekly Young Jump‘s combined 21st and 22nd issue on April 26, 2018.

Shueisha also announced that Yū Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana will resume their Terra Formars manga in the combined 21st and 22nd issue of Weekly Young Jump on April 26, 2018. The manga has been on hiatus since March 2017, while story creator Sasuga recuperates from unspecified health issues.

Source: ANN

Ryu Fujisaki to Draw New Short Hoshin Engi Manga

It has been announced that Ryu Fujisaki will draw a new short Hoshin Engi manga in Weekly Young Jump magazine. The manga will debut in Spring 2018. Weekly Young Jump will reveal more information about the manga at a later date.

Fujisaki’s 23-volume manga originally ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996-2000. The manga is roughly based on the ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi.

Source: ANN

Ryu Fujisaki Launches New Legend of the Galactic Heroes Manga

This year’s 44th issue of Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine is announcing that Ryu Fujisaki will launch a new Legend of the Galactic Heroes manga in the magazine’s next issue, which Shueisha will publish on October 8, 2015.

The manga is based on Yoshiki Tanaka’s space opera novel series of the same name.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Hoshin Engi” Volume One

Article first published as Manga Review: Hoshin Engi Volume One by Ryu Fujisaki on Blogcritics.

Hoshin Engi Volume One is a manga by Ryu Fujisaki, and it was published by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2007. The series is rated “T” for teens; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.

Hoshin Engi Volume 1
Written by: Ryu Fujisaki
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 5, 2007

The story presented in Hoshin Engi is based on the classic Chinese fantasy novel, The Creation of the Gods, which was written by Xu Zonglin. This telling of the story takes place in China during the Yin dynasty, which was ruled by a good king named Chu. Unfortunately, Chu was taken in by a temptation jutsu cast by Dakki, a beautiful and evil sennin. Through Dakki’s manipulation, the country has fallen into disarray, and the people live in poverty.

The main character of Hoshin Engi is Taikobo, a young man who was taken in as a disciple in the sennin world after the rest of his family was killed through actions ordered by Dakki. Taikobo has the title of “doshi,” which means he is still in training. Unfortunately, the great sennin are not happy with how Taikobo has been training, so he is sent on a special session.

Taikobo is placed in charge of The Hoshin Project, where he must defeat the sennin causing trouble in the mortal world; he needs to send them to a new dimension and seal them there. He is given a scroll with a list of 365 sennin who must be sealed away. The story follows Taikobo and the adventures he has as he’s looking for the sennin he needs to defeat in order to complete the project.

While Hoshin Engi is based on a Chinese novel and Chinese history, I did also catch at least one reference to Western history early on in this volume. Near the beginning, there is an exchange between Dakki and one the king’s men that made me think of Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. In addition to history, Hoshin Engi also has plenty of action to keep fans of the shonen genre interested in what’s going on.

I really like how Taikobo, the main character, is a source of comedy in addition to being the hero. Part of the humor comes from the fact that Taikobo keeps tricking the audience into thinking he’s not thinking his plans through when in reality, he is.

My 14-year-old daughter tried reading this manga volume, but gave up about halfway through. I think for her, it was a combination of two things: the fact that she’s not a big fan of shonen along with not having much of an understanding of the history that the story is based on. However, I think that if you’re a fan of shonen manga, the lack of historical knowledge isn’t going to be as much of a hindrance.

I wrote this review after reading a copy Hoshin Engi Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.