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Kanae Hazuki's Say 'I Love You'. Manga Ends in 18th Volume Next Summer

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series about 1st love inspired anime, live-action film

The 17th volume of Kanae Hazuki's Say "I love you". manga revealed on Thursday that the manga's 18th volume will be its last. The volume is slated for "around" summer 2017. The 17th volume's wraparound jacket band also revealed that the series has almost 7.2 million copies in print.

The story of first love centers around Mei Tachibana, a girl who has never made friends or had a boyfriend in 16 years. One day, she accidentally injures Yamato Kurosawa, the school's most popular boy. For some reason, Yamato becomes interested in Mei and starts a one-sided friendship with her. He even protects her from a stalker — by kissing her.

Hazuki launched the manga in 2008 in Kodansha's Dessert magazine. The manga was nominated for Kodansha's 40th annual Manga Awards earlier this year. Kodansha Comics released the manga's 16th volume in English on October 11.

The manga inspired a television anime series that Crunchyroll streamed as it aired in Japan in 2012. Sentai Filmworks released the anime on home video in North America. The manga's 11th volume in Japan shipped with an original anime DVD in 2013.

The manga additionally inspired a live-action film that premiered in July 2014.

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