Manga about high school girl who plays competitive karuta inspired 2 anime series
The wraparound band on the 27th volume of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga is revealing on Monday that the manga is getting a live-action film adaptation.
The preview image for this year's ninth issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine had teased that the issue would have an "important announcement" for Chihayafuru. The issue will ship on April 15.
Suetsugu's manga follows a schoolgirl named Chihaya who competes in the Japanese card game of karuta. Suetsugu launched the manga in Kodansha's Be Love magazine in December 2007.
The manga won the Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) award in 2009, and also won the Best Shōjo Manga award at Kodansha's 35th Annual Manga Awards in 2011.
Kodansha released a bilingual edition of the first two volumes in Japan in 2011-2012.
The series inspired the first 25-episode television anime season from October 2011 to March 2012, and the second 25-episode season aired in Japan from January-June 2013.
Additionally, the 22nd volume of the manga bundled an original anime DVD when it shipped in September 2013.
Crunchyroll streamed both television anime series outside Japan as they aired.