Kazue Kato’s Blue Exorcist manga has extended its hiatus until June. As this was said in March’s edition of Shueisha’s Jump SQ, the manga will ship in early May. Along with this announcement, Kazue Kato’s horror manga (Strange Tales from the Handy Shop Karaukaya) will also take a break until May. Shueisha will publish the sixth and latest chapter of the manga in the May edition of the magazine.
The Blue Exorcist manga has been on hiatus since July 2021. Since the first announcement of this hiatus, Kato stated that they would pursue a new project. Initially, the last published chapter of the manga noted that the story would return in May 2022’s Jump SQ (which would ship in early April). It is unknown if Kato wants to finish their horror series first before picking Blue Exorcist back up.
Blue Exorcist: Leading Up to the Hiatus
Kato first published the Blue Exorcist manga in Jump SQ in 2009. Since then, the manga has inspired two anime seasons, an animated film, several OVA’s, and a series of stage plays. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North American production.
The Blue Exorcist manga tells the story of Rin Okumura and his twin brother Yukio. Together, they are the sons of Satan, born from a human woman. However, Rin is the interior of Satan’s powers. When Satan kills their guardian, Rin enrolls at True Cross Academy to become an exorcist and defeat Satan once and for all.
Even though the anime has taken a large break as well, the Blue Exorcist manga has had mountains of support from its loyal fanbase. Since its release, it has become the first manga to have one million copies in circulation for Jump SQ.
Blue Exorcist’s animated series consists of two seasons and a parallel film to the overall plot. Both the sub and dub are currently available on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu for streaming. It is also available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray.