Takehiko Inoue Resumes ‘REAL’ Sports Manga in February – News

Manga with 16 million copies in print also gets digital version in Japan

This year’s 52nd issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Takehiko Inoue‘s REAL wheelchair basketball manga will have its next chapter in the magazine in February. The issue also revealed that the manga has 16 million copies in print, and that the manga is getting a digital edition.

The manga returned from hiatus with a new chapter in the 39th issue in August, and then had a new chapter in the 52nd issue on Thursday. Before that, the manga had been on hiatus since 2014. Inoue launched the manga in 2000 as an irregular serialization.

Shueisha published the manga’s 14th compiled volume in December 2014. Viz Media publishes the manga in English, and it describes the manga’s first volume:

A motorcycle accident, bone cancer, a speeding truck crashing into a boy on a stolen bicycle–tragic life-changing events turn the worlds of three young men upside down. These three very different personalities have only one thing in common–their passion for basketball.

Viz Media published the manga’s 14th volume in English in March 2016.

The manga won an Excellence Award at the 5th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2001.

Viz Media has also published Inoue’s 31-volume Slam Dunk basketball manga in English. Additionally, the company is releasing Inoue’s Vagabond manga in English. Vagabond has been on hiatus since early 2015. The manga’s 37th volume shipped in Japan in July 2014.

Source: Weekly Young Jump issue 52

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