Yuu Watase’s Fushigi Ygi: Byakko Senki manga will return in the fall of 2023, the Shogakukan Monthly Flowers magazine said on Wednesday.
For Watase’s Fushigi Yûgi manga, a new one-shot was released in the same November issue of Monthly Flowers. The new one-shot was not related to the manga Fushigi Ygi: Byakko Senki, Watase had previously stated on Twitter.
In August 2017, Watase published the most recent issue of the manga Fushigi Ygi: Byakko Senki. Because of Watase’s failing health, the manga was put on hold in August 2018 and has since been put back on hold. In April 2018, Shogakukan released the manga’s first volume. The show has a license from Viz Media.
The “Four Gods” plotline from Fushigi Ygi will end with the manga. Earlier, Watase stated that she was keeping an eye on her health and endurance and promised to put up a lot of effort to complete the novel.
She previously released a 51-page one-shot manga in February 2015 called Fushigi Ygi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko).
From 1992 through 1996, Watase published the original Fushigi Yûgi manga in serial form in Shogakukan’s Shjo Comic (Sho-Comi) magazine. Shogakukan then produced 18 collected book volumes. Afterward, from 2003 to 2013, she illustrated Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. Both of these older manga series, along with other Watase works, were released in North America by Viz Media.
A 52-episode television anime series was produced in 1995–1996 based on the original manga. Three original anime shows for video were also inspired by the manga. The television show and three OVAs were initially distributed in North America by Geneon Entertainment. The television show was then re-released on DVD by Media Blasters in 2012–2013 and once again in 2015. In 2013, Media Blasters also made the three OVA series available on DVD. The three OVAs and the TV show started streaming on Crunchyroll in February 2016.
Along with stage musicals, Fushigi Yûgi served as inspiration for three stage play performances.
2008 saw the publication of Watase’s Arata: The Legend (Arata Kangatari) manga debut. The manga had a five-year break before making a comeback in May 2021 with newly published chapters and fresh chapters in July 2021. The manga was previously placed on hold for a month by Watase after being resumed in July 2015 (after an earlier 17-month break).
2013 saw the release of a 12-episode anime series based on the manga, which Crunchyroll streamed live.
In August 2016, Viz Media released the manga’s 24th volume in English.