The December issue of Shogakukan‘s Zōkan magazine revealed on Friday that Gunsmith Dave, the first ever spinoff manga of Takao Saito‘s long-running manga, will return with a new story arc in the magazine’s March 2024 issue on February 17.
The manga ended its first season last year.
The protagonist Dave is a constant helper who makes Duke Togo’s impossible shots possible, working an unseen job that he nevertheless draws pride from, and is one of the few people whom Duke Togo trusts. Saito and Saito Production are credited with creating the manga. The manga launched in Zōkan in July 2021. Shogakukan published the manga’s first compiled book volume in September 2022.
Saito passed away on September 24, 2021. remains the oldest manga still in publication. Shogakukan said that, before his death, Saito said that he wanted the manga to continue on without him, and the Saito Production group of artists will continue on the work with the assistance of the editorial department of Shogakukan‘s magazine and an additional scriptwriting staff.
Saito launched in Shogakukan‘s magazine in 1968. The manga broke the Guinness World Record for “most volumes published for a single manga series” in July 2021 when its 201st compiled book volume shipped in Japan. The manga’s 210th volume shipped on September 5.
A second spinoff manga titled G no Idenshi – Shōjo Fanette launched in Zōkan in July 2022. The manga centers on fan-favorite character Fanette, a multi-talented girl who somehow bears Togo’s genes.
Source: Zōkan December issue