Samurai 8 Hachimaruden Chapter 1 will consist of 72 pages

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Scan from WSJ issue 22
Scan from WSJ issue 22

Masashi Kishimoto’s new manga Samurai 8: Hachimaruden will release on May 13th in 24th issue. A recent scan from the coming release has confirmed that the first chapter will consist of 72 Pages.

Scan from WSJ issue 22
Scan from WSJ issue 22

Majority of weekly manga debuts with around 50-70 pages which later switches to 25-35 pages in few initial chapters. Later they resort to normal 15-20 pages per issue.

A preview will also be shown in the Weekly Shonen Jump’s combined 22nd and 23rd issue. The preview will consist of 4 pages, including in color page and three black-and-white pages.

In the coming project, Kishimoto will team up with his former assistant and illustrator Akira Ōkubo. Akira will be in charge of illustrating and further the story will be provided by Kishimoto.

Here is what Kishimoto said regarding his upcoming project Samurai 8 Hachimaruden

“BEING A LOVER OF BOTH JAPANESE RICH CULTURE AND DECOR AND THE SCI-FI THINGS, I DECIDED DEPICT THEM TOGETHER IN THIS WORK. I WORK AS HARD AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE INTERESTING THAN THE NARUTO SERIES.”

Originally created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump for 700 chapters. The story follows a young ninja, with a sealed demon within him.

He wishes to become the leader of his village. The sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations is set several years after the events of the original Naruto story and features the children of many of its key characters such as Naruto and Hinata.