Peach Girl Manga Gets Peach Girl Next Sequel Starting on August 12
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
This year's 16th issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine announced on Monday that Miwa Ueda will begin serializing a new manga titled Peach Girl NEXT in the magazine's next issue on August 12. The manga is a sequel to her Peach Girl manga, set 10 years after the original story. The magazine teases the manga with the text, "It's been 10 years since Momo and Kairi got together. The two are counting the days until their wedding, but Sae suddenly appears, and Toji along with her. The love of the four 27-year olds begins again! Don't miss the love hurricane!"
The original Peach Girl manga centers on an average high school girl named Momo whom everyone thinks sleeps around because of her tanned skin. The actual reason she is so tanned is because she was on the swim team and tans very easily. She has a crush on Toji, a boy whom she's heard only likes non-tanned girls. Momo has low self-esteem and tries to remake herself into someone she thinks Toji would like, but she has a "friend" named Sae who enjoys going behind Momo's back and making her life miserable.
The original shojo manga ran in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from its October 1997 issue through its January 2004 issue. Ueda also published a spinoff manga, Peach Girl: Sae's Story, in 2005. Tokyopop published both the original manga and the spinoff in North America, but split the original manga into two separate series: Peach Girl and Peach Girl: Change of Heart. The series has over 13 million copies in print.
The series inspired a live-action drama in Taiwan in 2001 and a Japanese television anime in 2005. Funimation released the anime adaptation. A live-action film adaptation by director Kōji Shintoku will debut in Japan in 2017.
Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web