Battle Angel Alita Manga Goes on 2-Month Hiatus

The on-going Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle manga will be taking a short break from publication. Kodansha announces that the publication will take a short, two-month long hiatus until August.

Kodansha’s Evening magazine latest issue states that no new chapters in the Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle manga will be published until Aug. 10. The new chapters will be release in the magazine’s 17th issue, which will go on sale the said date. No definite reason was given for the break.

Mars Chronicle is the third and final act in Yukito Kishiro‘s long-running series. The series delves deeper into the past of the amnesiac and immensely powerful cyborg Alita, alternating between stories of her early childhood at an orphanage and her current-day entanglement in a complex power struggle that will determine the future of Mars. The series has been published in Kodansha’s Evening magazine ever since 2014, picking up immediately from the end of Kishiro’s previous manga series, Battle Angel Alita: Last Order.

The original manga was first published in 1990. A two-episode anime based on the manga was released directly to video in 1993 and features significant differences from the original story. The manga was initially distributed in North America by VIZ Media, until the license was taken over by Kodansha USA, which reissued the manga in a series of special hardcover releases in 2017 to coincide with the release of the movie.

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BAA: Mars Chronicle is currently published by Kodansha Comics and is available via paperback, Kindle or on Comixology.

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Source: Evening issue 13

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