Masami Kurumada, the renowned manga artist, made an exciting announcement on his website recently, sending waves of anticipation through the manga community. The news that has fans buzzing is the impending conclusion of his beloved manga series, “Otoko-Zaka” (Man’s Hill).
In this article, we’ll delve into the details of this significant development, tracing the journey of “Otoko-Zaka” from its inception to its upcoming conclusion.
The Resurgence of “Otoko-Zaka”
The story of “Otoko-Zaka” is as intriguing as the manga itself. After a hiatus spanning three decades, the manga made a triumphant return with an eight-chapter revival in June 2014.
These chapters were initially published on Shū Play News, the official website of Shueisha’s Weekly Playboy magazine. This revival marked a momentous occasion for fans who had been eagerly awaiting its return.
Moving to Shonen Jump+ and Beyond
In 2017, “Otoko-Zaka” found a new home in Shonen Jump+, where it continued to captivate readers with its compelling storyline. Notably, the manga introduced the “Keikai Otome” arc during its tenure in Shonen Jump+.
As the manga progressed, fans eagerly anticipated each new chapter, immersing themselves in the world of “Otoko-Zaka.”
Otoko Zaka Final Chapters
The excitement reached its zenith when the 10th compiled book of “Otoko-Zaka” was released in November 2020. What followed was an announcement that tugged at the heartstrings of long-time fans: the 11th volume would mark the conclusion of this legendary series.
Masami Kurumada had decided to bring his masterpiece to a close, leaving readers both exhilarated and nostalgic for the adventures of Jingi Kikukawa and his journey in the town of Kujūkuri.
The Plot of Otoko Zaka
“Otoko-Zaka” takes place in the picturesque town of Kujūkuri in Chiba. The story revolves around Jingi Kikukawa, an unrivaled alpha male of Tōun Middle School. For an astounding 13 years, he remained undefeated in every fight he took on.
However, his streak of victories comes to a dramatic halt when he faces off against Shō Takeshima, the formidable ringleader in Western Japan with grand ambitions of conquering the entire nation.
Jingi’s journey takes an intriguing twist as he embarks on perilous training in the art of combat, guided by none other than Kenka-Oni, a mysterious demon residing in the treacherous Oniyama.
The Unfinished Epic
Masami Kurumada, best known for his iconic works like “Saint Seiya” and “Ring ni Kakero,” originally serialized “Otoko-Zaka” in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1984 to 1985.
He once shared his passion for the series, stating, “I became a manga creator to draw this manga.” However, despite his dedication, the series remained incomplete for nearly three decades, spanning only three volumes.
Interestingly, “Otoko-Zaka” never found its way to the realm of anime adaptations. Nevertheless, fans of Kurumada’s work did get a taste of “Otoko-Zaka” through “Seisei Ruten: Kurumada-ism,” a 2005 CD featuring songs with lyrics penned by Kurumada himself, including the memorable “Otoko-Zaka” song.
Frequently Asked Questions
As of now, there has been no official announcement regarding an anime adaptation of “Otoko-Zaka.” Fans can only hope for the possibility in the future.
Kurumada’s deep passion and desire to create “Otoko-Zaka” were the primary driving forces behind this manga. He once expressed that becoming a manga creator was a means to bring this story to life.
While “Otoko-Zaka” is a captivating manga, it contains themes of combat and rivalry. Therefore, it is best suited for a mature audience or readers who enjoy action-packed stories.
Yes, English translations of “Otoko-Zaka” are available through official channels. You can explore digital platforms and manga retailers to access the series in English.
Source: Kurumada’s Official Website