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Kannagi Manga to Return on July 27 in Japan

posted on 2011-06-23 13:15 EDT
Eri Takenashi draws 3 consecutive chapters, followed by chapters on irregular schedule

Manga creator Eri Takenashi confirmed in a Friday blog entry that she will resume her Kannagi series in the September issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine on July 27. A commercial ran during a rerun of the Kannagi television anime at midnight to also announce the manga's return. Not only will the September issue of Comic Rex feature the manga with a color opening page, but Takenashi will also illustrate the cover.

Takenashi added that the manga will return for three consecutive chapters at first. After that, the schedule will be irregular depending on her health; she will aim to create a new chapter every two months or every three months. She apologized for the less frequent release schedule.

Her hiatus began in January of 2009 due to poor health; Takenashi had been recovering after her debilitating illness and resulting surgery in December of 2008. She wrote in an August 2009 blog entry that she was slowly going back to the routine of normal life, but she added that she would rest from drawing for at least one more year. Shinichi Yuhki, a manga creator who happens to be Takanashi's brother, launched a Kannagi spinoff manga called Kanpachi in Comic Rex last year. The return of Takenashi's own manga was first announced last year.

The manga's story centers around Nagi-sama, a goddess who comes to life before an art student when he carves a statue from a Kannagi tree. Takenashi had been serializing the manga in Comic Rex since the magazine debuted in December of 2005. Ichijinsha has compiled and published six volumes, and 2 million copies are in print.

Bandai Entertainment is releasing both the 2008 Kannagi anime and the original manga in North America, and ANN is streaming the anime episodes.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web


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