Dear Boys Basketball Manga Gets 'Over Time' Epilogue Mini-Series

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21st volume of Dear Boys Act 3 manga slated for February 17

The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine announced on Wednesday that Hiroki Yagami will launch a new epilogue manga mini-series to his long-running Dear Boys manga in the magazine's next issue. The first chapter of the new Dear Boys Over Time manga will have a color opening page on February 5. The magazine further notes that Kodansha will publish the 21st and final compiled book volume of the Dear Boys Act 3 manga on February 17.

The epilogue manga will tell the stories of different characters after the events of the main Dear Boys Act 3 manga. The first story will center on the time after the finals.

Yagami ended his Dear Boys Act 3 manga on December 4, concluding the 23-year-long Dear Boys storyline.

Yagami's original Dear Boys manga focuses on Kazuhiko Aikawa, a transfer student to Mizuho High School. A lack of players and a coach quitting due to conflict with a student leaving the team has left the Mizuho High School basketball team gutted. Aikawa joins, and brings the team back to competitive shape through his love of the game. Eventually, the manga shares its focus between the Mizuho High School team and the teams and players of other schools.

Yagami launched the first manga in the series in 1989, and ended it in 1997. He followed this with the Dear Boys: The Early Days prequel manga from February to May 1997. He launched a sequel manga, Dear Boys Act II, in 1997, and ended it in 2008. He launched Dear Boys Act 3 in December 2008. Dear Boys Act II won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen manga in 2007. Yagami launched and serialized all of the Dear Boys manga in Monthly Shonen Magazine. Kodansha published Dear Boys Act 3's 19th compiled book volume on June 17.

The manga inspired a 26-episode television anime series, which premiered in Japan in 2003. Bandai Entertainment released the anime (retitled as Hoop Days) in English in 2005.

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