The Wallflower's Hayakawa Draws 1st New Manga in Bessatsu Friend in 13 Years

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Tomoko Hayakawa's "Real Face" 1-shot follows handsome detective & female rookie

The Wallflower manga creator Tomoko Hayakawa is drawing her first new manga in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine in 13 years. Hayakawa will publish the one-shot "Real Face" in the November issue of the magazine on October 12. The 42-page manga with a color opening is based on an original story by Tomihiko Tokunaga (Akahori).

The story follows the unusual buddy relationship that forms between an ikemen (handsome) detective of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's 1st Criminal Investigation Division and a naive female rookie detective.

Hayakawa is still drawing The Wallflower (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge), which premiered in Bessatsu Friend in 2000 and has 33 collected book volumes so far. Kodansha Comics began releasing the series in North America after taking over publication rights from Del Rey in 2010. The 31st volume shipped in North America last month. The Wallflower inspired a 2006-2007 25-episode television anime series, which ADV Films released on DVD. The story also inspired a live-action television drama in 2010.

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