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'Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!' Spinoff to Be Published After Author's Passing

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Tomohiro Matsu wrote the "After 1" manuscript as he struggled with illness

Shōichi Nagata, the editor-in-chief of Shueisha's Dash X Bunko imprint, confirmed on Friday that the imprint will publish a new spinoff volume to the Listen to Me Girls, I'm Your Father! (Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!) light novel series. The series' creator Tomohiro Matsu passed away on May 2.

Nagata acknowledged the many messages of condolences from fans and those involved in Matsu's works, and said the entire editorial staff must move forward with Matsu's last wishes. He noted that the Dash X Bunko editors had announced on Twitter on January 22 that they will publish a spinoff to Listen to Me Girls, I'm Your Father! this spring.

However, immediately after the announcement, the editors learned that Matsu had become afflicted with a grave illness. Matsu continued to write even as he struggled with the illness. He left behind a manuscript about the novel series' three grown-up Takanashi sisters before passing away.

Upon receiving the manuscript, the staff prepared and edited it, and Nagata reported that it is now ready for publication. They plan to publish the volume, tentatively titled Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! after 1, on July 22. They will announce more details when they can and asked for the fans' patience.

Matsu is perhaps most well known for his Mayoi Neko Overrun! (Stray Cats Overrun!) and Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! light novel series, both of which inspired television anime series. He published 12 volumes of the Mayoi Neko Overrun! novels from 2008 to 2012, and the anime premiered in 2010. He launched the Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! novels in 2009, and ended the main story in 2015 after 18 volumes. Its anime premiered in 2012.

[Via Otakomu]


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