Kayaharuka, the creator of The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga, passed away on July 6th, 2021. Previously, it was announced that the manga would be put on indefinite hiatus, due to the author’s worsening health.
Square Enix posted a press release but didn’t state the cause of death. However, Kayaharuka has been battling pancreatic cancer since 2019. Misfit of Demon King Academy manga adaptation was their first major work.
The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga is based on a light novel by Shuu, with Yoshinori Shizuma’s illustrations. The light novel started serialization in Dengeki Bunko in 2018, with manga following in MangaUp! magazine. An anime adaptation of the series came out in 2020 and had 13 episodes. Studio SILVER LINK produced the anime and season 2 is in the works. The anime is based on the light novel, so manga hiatus shouldn’t have an effect on it.
Square Enix licensed the manga and describes the plot as:
Anoth, the Demon King of Tyranny, has defeated humans, spirits, and gods alike. But even demon kings get tired of all the fighting sometimes! Hoping for a more peaceful life, Anoth decides to reincarnate himself. When he wakes two thousand years later, though, he finds the world has become too peaceful–his descendants have grown weak and magic is in serious decline. Intending to reclaim his rightful place, he enrolls in Demon King Academy, where he finds that his magical power is off the charts. Literally. And because they can’t measure his power, the faculty and other students regard Anoth as a misfit. With the support of Misha, the one student he manages to befriend, the misfit (Demon King) begins his climb up the demon ranks!
Source: MangaUp/Square Enix
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