Manga creator Toshio Sako declared on Twitter on Thursday that his manga Batuque will finish the serialization in Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine after all the chapters that will be in the eighth volume of the manga are published. After that, the manga will continue online. Sako stated that they want to draw other diverse works and at the same time continue with Batuque, because of the freedom that the online manga publication gives. Sako made fun of a possible derivation of her Usogui manga.
Sako launched the manga at Young Jump in July 2018. Shueisha published the sixth volume on January 17, and will publish the seventh volume on April 17. The manga focuses on a high school girl who meets the headline Batuque at a chance meeting, and then takes off her shackles to move forward. The manga focuses on themes of hand-to-hand combat, music, philosophy, freedom and liberation.
Sako started with Usogui in 2006, and finished the series in December 2017. The series inspired an original video animation (OVA) that was included in volume 26 of the manga in 2012. A live-action film was announced in 2016, but has not yet been released.
Sako created the new character «Shiden» which debuted as part of a collaboration on Wright Flyer Studios’ Bukiyo Saraba smartphone game in September 2017.