Blue Exorcist anime promotional image. Photo credit: IMDB

The Blue Exorcist hiatus finally came to an end as the Ao no Exorcist manga resumes serialization after a 9 month hiatus.

This discontinuation of serialization by the manga’s writer and illustrator, Kazue Katobegan in July 2021. The manga is expected to return in April 2022.

However, the return period was shifted to one month and has returned in May 2022.

Blue Exorcist manga hiatus and more

The news of the hiatus was announced last year by Kazue on her Twitter page

She said she was unable to work on two serials at the same time and decided to focus on another project. This is an edit by the author Fuyumi Ono‘s Eizen Karukaya Kaitan (Strange Stories from the Handy Shop Karukaya) horror novels.

This project was completed in April, and Kazue took a month-long hiatus before ending the Blue Exorcist’s months-long hiatus.

Rin and Yukio return with a new chapter of Blue Exorcist in the June 2022 Jump SQ, which was published in Japan on May 2.

New Blue Exorcist Chapter Cover in June 2022 Jump SQ
New chapter cover of Blue Exorcist manga. Pic credit: Crunchyroll.

The manga is set in a two-dimensional world. These are the human world, Assiah and the demon world Gehenna. The story revolves around twin brothers Rin and Yukio Okumura with Rin as the protagonist.

Both brothers were raised by a powerful exorcist, Father Fujimoto. Rin did not know the true identity of their biological father.

Rin’s contact with a demon brings Father Fujimoto’s revelation that the demon Lord Satan is the real father of the twins.

Unfortunately, Satan himself kills Father Fujimoto in an attempt to return Rin to the demon world.

Before that, Fujimito gave Rin a demon-killing sword that saves his life.

From then on, the series largely follows Rin’s quest to become the strongest exorcist, joining the mysterious True Cross Academy to defeat Satan.

The Blue Exorcist manga publication, adaptations and more

Ao No exorcist is an action-comedy fantasy manga that began serialization in Shueisha’s Jump Square monthly manga magazine in 2009.

The series has 26 volumes and also began localized serialization with chapter 33 of the manga in its Shonen Jump Alpha magazine will launch on July 30, 2012. Since then, Viz media has published chapters in English in North America.

The manga has since inspired an animated film, an OVA, two seasons of an anime series, and video games.

The manga was first adapted into an anime television series directed by Tensai Okumaru. It is produced by A-1 Pictures and aired from April to October 2011.

After that, a movie was produced by the same studio, titled the Blue Exorcist: The Movie, which premiered in December 2012.

A second season of the anime was released in January 2017. The English Sub and Dub of the anime series are available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Funimation.

What do you think of this manga’s massive comeback? Have you missed the manga since the break? Let us know in the comments.


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