The chapters of the manga Black Cat
were written and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki
. They were published by Shueisha
in Weekly Shōnen Jump
from 2000 to 2004. Black Cat
s plot follows Train Heartnet, a former assassin known as the Black Cat, who now lives as a bounty hunter, dubbed Sweeper.
The 185 chapters from the manga were collected in 20 tankōbon
volumes that were published from January 11, 2001 to October 9, 2004 by Shueisha. It was licensed in English in North America by Viz Media
as they first announced it in the 2005 San Diego Comic-Con International
. The twenty volumes were published from March 7, 2006 to May 5, 2009 under Viz's Shonen Jump
label. Madman Entertainment
published Viz's English release in Australia and New Zealand. Black Cat
was also adapted into a 24-episode anime
series with the same name by Gonzo
. Directed by Shin Itagaki, the anime aired in Japan from October 6, 2005 to March 30, 2006.