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Saturn Apartments' Iwaoka Ends Narihirabashi Denki Shoten Manga Series (Updated)

posted on 2013-08-28 15:30 EDT
Story follows 18-year-old woman through 4 years of college in Tokyo

This year's 18th issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine revealed on Tuesday that Hisae Iwaoka will end her Narihirabashi Denki Shoten (Narihirabashi Electric Appliance Store) manga series in the magazine's 20th issue on September 24. Kodansha shipped the second compiled volume in the series in Japan last month.

The story centers around Hatsune Mori, an 18-year-old who is heading off to Tokyo for college this spring. She moves into her grandmother's home in Tokyo's Narihirabashi neighborhood, right next to the newly constructed Tokyo Sky Tree tower. The manga covers the next four years of Mori's life in college.

Iwaoka first published "Narihirabashi Denki Shoten" as a one-shot manga in last year's seventh issue of Evening in March 2012 before launching it as a full series that May.

Iwaoka's Saturn Apartments won the Grand Prize in the Manga Division of the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2011. The series was also honored by the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division as one of the the top 10 graphic novels for teens in 2012, and received an Eisner nomination in 2012. Viz Media published the seven-volume series in English.

Update: The 18th issue of Evening noted that while Narihirabashi Denki Shoten has been compiled and published into two book volumes so far, Kodansha does not have plans to publish further compiled book volumes of the manga. [Via Comic Natalie]


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