Manga based on Shōtarō Ikenami’s novel about Edo assassin released in 2016
The ninth volume of Yuji Takemura’s Shikakenin Fujieda Baian manga revealed on July 13 that the manga will end with the 10th volume, and will publish in early spring 2022.
The original novel, set during the historical Edo period, revolves around the famous Fujieda Baian, a physician-cum-doctor by day, but a ruthless hired killer by night. His trading tools are all the same at work: acupuncture needles leave no trace.
Takemura launched the manga in LEED Publishing’s Comic Ran Twins magazine in May 2016.
Manga by Takemura ;à Gifū Dōdō !! The Naoe Kanetsugu -Maeda Keiji Tsuki-gatari manga with authors Nobuhiko Horie and Tetsuo Hara got a television anime adaptation in 2013. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.
From 1972 until his death in 1990, Ikenami published seven novels in his Shikakenin Fujieda Baian series, which remained unfinished due to Ikenami’s death. The series has also adapted live-action series and films. An earlier manga adaptation by Golgo 13’s Takao Saito was serialized from 2001 to 2015 with 35 volumes.
Ikenami’s Onihei novel was also the inspiration for the 2017 anime of the same name.