Ribon Magazine Editor-in-Chief Praises Aoi Makino's New Sayonara Mini Skirt Manga
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Manga creator Aoi Makino (REC -Kimi ga Naita Hi-, Sekai no Hate, HAL) launched the new Sayonara Mini Skirt (Good Bye My Mini Skirt) series in the September issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine on Friday. Although it just debuted, the manga has already left an impression on readers, and chief among them is the magazine's own editor-in-chief Sōichi Aida.
Shueisha launched a special website for the manga that features a message titled "Exceptional." from Aida. In the message, which the Ribon editorial department also posted on its Twitter account, the editor-in-chief praised the new manga. He said, "This series will continue no matter what. In order to deliver it to you." Aida said that the story moved the editors and noted that it can appeal to "not only girls, but also those who are girls at some point, and former Ribon readers who are adult women now."
The manga's story begins at a handshake event for the idol group Pure Club, who are known as "the best mini skirt idols in the world." Only Pure Club member Karen Amamiya has a huge line at the event. Eventually, a rain-soaked male fan comes to the front of the line. When Karen goes to shake his hand, he cuts her with a knife.
A half year later, high school student Nina Kamiyama is the only girl at school who wears the uniform pants instead of a skirt. She is disconnected from her fellow students and always alone. When classmates start to talk to her, she brusquely cuts them off.
The teacher suddenly tells Nina's class that all club activities for female students are cancelled for the time being. A suspicious person was reported going after a girl at a nearby school as she returned home. In light of the incident, female students return home in groups without participating in after-school activities. However, Nina leaves alone. A figure with a knife appears out of nowhere.
The manga's website is streaming a video (embedded above) with a preview of the manga's first chapter. An extended preview is also available to read on the site.