Manga creator Takehiko Inoue revealed on Wednesday that he is planning to resume his Vagabond series next month. The next installment is now being colored.
Inoue put Vagabond on indefinite hiatus due to his health in August of 2010. While he reported later that month that the brain and heart tests revealed that he was fine, he continued to rest his body and delayed Vagabond's return. He later explained in December of 2010 that the hiatus will not end until he regains his enthusiasm for working on the series.
He then revealed last November that he was drafting the layouts for the return of the manga. Being mindful of his health, he is also finding a good pace for himself and consulting with his editors.
Inoue launched Vagabond in Kodansha's Morning magazine in 1998, and Kodansha published the 33rd compiled volume in Japan in May of 2010. Viz Media published the 33rd volume in North America in October in 2010.
Viz also publishes Inoue's Slam Dunk and REAL manga. The 11th volume of REAL shipped in Japan on November 11, and Viz published the 10th volume on November 15. The 20th volume of Viz's edition of Slam Dunk shipped this week.
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