News An Nakahara Ends Kirarin Revolution Manga in Japan
posted on 2009-05-01 11:25 EDT
After five years, manga creator An Nakahara has ended her Kirarin Revolution series in the June issue of Shogakukan's Ciao shōjo magazine on Friday. The romantic comedy centers on Kirari, a teenaged girl who aspires to be a singing idol after being inspired by different members of a boy idol group. To commemorate the ending, the magazine is offering the 53 color opening illustrations from the different manga chapters over the years, along with a photo frame signed by Nakahara, to 30 readers in a drawing.
The next issue of Ciao magazine will ship on June 3 with a spinoff one-shot manga called Miracle Revolution by Rio Fujimi. The manga will recount the real-life rise to stadom of "miracle idol" Koharu Kusumi, the single-charting voice of Kirari in the Kirarin Revolution television anime series and a member of the Morning Musume girl group. The anime version just ended last month after three years and 153 episodes. Viz Media has been pitching the anime (under the names Kirari and Kilari) to potential overseas distributors at trade conventions. Kusumi and the rest of Morning Musume will be performing at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this July.
Another manga creator, Yuki Morita, is launching a new series called Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo (The Boyfriend, the Girlfriend, and the [Other] Girlfriend) in the June issue. The story centers on Amika, a girl who likes a boy named Kenta. Unfortunately for Amika, Kenta and a stunningly beautiful schoolmate named Misuzu have officially announced that they are a couple.
Source: Comic Natalie