Kazue Kato's Blue Exorcist manga is about to take an extended break, but it's not due to the author's health or anything like that. Instead, the series will be on hiatus for eight months so Kato can work on a limited manga series adapting Fuyumi Ono's Eizen Karuyaka Kaiitan novel into manga.
Kato called the new opportunity a "dream come true," going on to say, "It would have been nice if I could have serialized both of them at the same time without taking a break, but I was worried that my body might have fallen apart, so I'm going to take a break [from Blue Exorcist] for a little over half a year and concentrate on Karukaya for a while!"
The Eizen Karukaya Kaiitan adaptation is set to kick off in the October issue of Jump SQ, which hits shelves in Japan this September. The series will run for around six months, telling a variety of short stories from the perspective of Ohata, who owns a shop haunted by its past of being home to a samurai.
Prior to this, Kato recently took a two-month break from Blue Exorcist to nurse fatigue. The series has been running since 2009, so no matter the reason we would imagine a break of any kind is much needed!