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Keiko Suenobu Launches Life 2 Manga

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Tokyopop published part of original manga in English

The June issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine revealed on Monday that Keiko Suenobu (Limit) is launching a sequel to her Life manga. The Life 2: Giver/Taker manga will launch in Monthly Afternoon's August issue on June 25.

The issue also revealed that the original manga has more than 10 million copies in print. Kodansha is releasing a new 13-volume edition of the manga starting on June 23, and it will publish two volumes every month.

The original 20-volume manga ran in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from 2002-2009, and it won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōjo category in 2006. Tokyopop published nine volumes of the series before it shut down its North American publishing division in 2011. The manga inspired a live-action television series in 2007.

The original manga revolved around a female middle school student named Ayumu. Ayumu's friend Shii helps her with her high school entrance exams, but Ayumu is devastated when she gets higher scores than Shii and gets into her high school of choice while Shii doesn't. Ayumu starts cutting her wrists as a result of not being able to go to the same high school as Shii, but eventually meets a new friend in high school named Minami. Minami, however, may not be the friend Ayumu really needs.

Vertical published all six volumes of Suenobu's Limit manga in 2012-2013. Limit also received a live-action television series in 2013. Suenobu ended her Hope manga last year.

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