The Twitter account of Takashi Shimada, co-creator of the manga Kinnikuman (Ultimate Muscle in English), shared some important news on Sunday.
Takashi announced that the manga will be on hiatus due to him undergoing knee surgery.
— ゆでたまご嶋田 (@yude_shimada) October 15, 2023
Although the return date of the manga was not announced, the text story, Deep of Muscle!! Kinnikuman Real Novel, will be published.
Shimada shared that he had been suffering from knee pain for two years and had decided to have pre-operative surgery on his knee.
Kinnikuman is a Japanese manga created by Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada, together known as Yudetamago.
The manga was published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1979 to 1987.
In 1983, the manga also inspired an anime adaptation. Later in 2011, the series was republished in Shueisha’s web magazine, Shu Play News, and also has spin-off manga series, anime films, video games, and merchandise.
The manga has released 83 volumes in Japan, and the latest volume will be in Japanese bookstores on September 29.
Source: Takashi Shimada’s Twitter