The Yona of the Dawn author Mizuho Kusanagi notified her Twitter followers last Friday that the next chapter of the manga would be held back indefinitely, as she couldn’t finish the manuscript due to the effects of the second Kumamoto earthquake. On Monday, the series’ hiatus will be officially announced in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine, though it will still feature on the 11th issue’s cover.
Kusanagi lives in Kumamoto Prefecture, but Hana to Yume‘s editorial department has confirmed that she hasn’t been injured. The mangaka’s said she’ll do her best to get back to work quickly. Also the creator of Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush and NG Life, her Akatsuki no Yona series has inspired a 24-episode anime, besides original anime DVDs and a stage play. Viz Media has licensed the manga with the first volume set for August, and they describe the story:
The fantasy adventure Shōjo Manga series that also inspired the fan favorite anime about a princess who’s on a quest to reclaim her throne! Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder!
Update: After Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine confirmed Yona of the Dawn‘s hiatus last Monday, the magazine’s official Twitter account announced some good news on Sunday. Mizuho Kusanagi will resume her manga series in the 12th issue of Hana to Yume, following the setback by the damage of the second Kumamoto quake on April 16th, so the chapter which was delayed will now run on May 20th.