Unsurprisingly. Zerosum editors are even so blase about the whole thing that they didn’t bother putting up a notice about Loveless being dropped this month. It just isn’t listed anywhere.
Interestingly Kouga Yun doesn’t even appear along with other leading Zerosum authors in the list of artists who have drawn a signed art print to be are sold by mail-order in this issue of the magazine at the occasion of the celebration of 12 years of Zerosum, but seeing that Kouga Yun is due to have a signing session and a drama CD made as a special bonus for the release of the second volume of Blood highschool in June of this year, it doesn’t look like it’s Ichijinsha that is totally giving up on promoting her. Still I don’t know if it means nothing or Kouga Yun is searching to dissociate herself from Zerosum. (Also, in my limited experience with Ichijinsha authors, series hiatus are announced only in the author’s blog, but Kouga Yun’s is as bereft of updates as ever.)
As it says on the lid, Kouga Yun has committed herself to working on yet another series with the twist that she’ll be drawing the art this time and Kurumada Masami of Saint Seiya fame will write the scenario. The name of this new series is Kurumada Suikoden - Hero of Heroes (車田水滸伝～HERO OF HEROES～) and it’s a crossover between “Saint Seiya,” “Ring ni Kakero” and “Fuuma no Kojirou.” Unbeknownst to us, a prologue chapter has already been published back in December of the last year (preview+color pages/LQ raws in the last post of the second page), and the serialization officially started in the May issue of Champion Red that went on sale March 19 (full chapter raws here). It’s already down to a 16 page length from the 20 pages of the prologue, but a notice in the magazine says that there will be another chapter in the next month’s issue. (And scanning through that last chapter without any prior knowledge of Saint Seiya, I can’t shake the feeling that it’s actually Nisei and a short-haired Natsuo who are teaming against a golden knight with Ritsuka losing a spell battle in the background.)
Now, Kouga Yun is a big fan of Saint Seiya and her pen name is even supposed to be based on one of Kurumada’s works, so I understand that this is maybe an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and by the look of it, it’s just a special short project to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kurumada’s career—though we don’t have any information on the planned length of this series. But I guess that still means that Loveless (and Satou-kun to Tanaka-san -The Blood Highschool- and Akuma no Riddle) will be put on the back burner again? And now that I think about it and if it comes to that, I’d gladly take a temporary hiatus over the string of random extra chapters that Loveless is becoming lately.