Natsuki Takaya Launches Fruits Basket another Sequel Web Manga (Updated)
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Fruits Basket manga creator Natsuki Takaya will launch the Fruits Basket another sequel manga on the free "HanaLaLa online" website on September 4. The manga will take place after Tohru has graduated high school, and will feature a girl named Sawa who has just entered the high school. Hakusensha will publish new chapters every Friday on the site.
Hakusensha is also streaming a commercial for the new series.
Also on September 4, Hakusensha will publish the first two volumes of a collector's edition of the original manga. The new edition will have 12 total volumes, and Takaya is drawing new cover images (see gallery below) for the new edition. The new volumes' trim size will be B6, and the new editions will include color cover pages from the manga's original magazine serialization. Hakusensha will publish new volumes in the collector's edition monthly. Hakusensha is currently streaming a commercial for the new edition.
Animax will also start rebroadcasting the television anime adaptation starting with the first episode on September 2, and the second episode will air on September 27, with future episodes airing on Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
Takaya originally serialized Fruits Basket in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine from 1998-2006. The manga has more than 18.5 million copies in print. Tokyopop published the 23-volume series in North America starting in 2004.
Director Akitaro Daichi and Studio Deen adapted the story into a 2001 television anime series that Funimation began releasing in North America the following year. After Takaya ended Fruits Basket in 2006, she drew Hoshi wa Utau (Twinkle Stars Like Singing A Song) from 2007-2011.
Takaya then launched Liselotte to Majo no Mori in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine in May 2011, but Takaya put the manga on an extended hiatus in December 2013 to recover from an illness. Hakusensha published the fifth compiled volume of that manga in November 2013.
Update: Hakusensha will publish new chapters of Fruits Basket another online every Friday. Additionally, Takaya posted an entry on her blog on Friday revealing that Fruits Basket another is only planned to be 2-3 volumes long. Takaya said that the sequel manga is meant to commemorate the release of the collector's edition. Takuya added that while those who have never read the original will be able to read the sequel, those who have read the manga will get a good laugh out of the new series.
Takaya added that the main cast (Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo) will not appear in the new series, although they might be mentioned in conversation.
Finally, Takuya said she currently has no plans to resume Liselotte to Majo no Mori just yet. She said that she will try hard to resume her work little by little, and thanked fans for their continued support.
Images © Natsuki Takaya / Hakusensha
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