Pastel Romantic Comedy Manga Ends After 15 Years

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
44th volume slated for February 17

The February issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special, the magazine's last issue, published the final chapter of Toshihiko Kobayashi's Pastel manga on Friday. The manga's 44th and final compiled book volume is slated for February 17.

Del Rey previously published the manga in North America, and it described the story:

Poor Mugi Tadano... The sixteen-year-old is heartbroken after his girlfriend moves away. To ease he troubled state, Mugi takes a summer job at his friend Kazuki's beachside snack bar/hotel on a tropical island. It seems like the perfect plan - until Kazuki sets Mugi up on a date with Yuu, who's supposed to be, well, a little less than perfect.

When Yuu arrives, however, she's not the monster that either of the boys had imagined. In fact, Yuu is about the cutest person the Mugi has ever seen. But after Mugi accidentally walks in on Yuu in the bath, the girl is steamed. When trying to apologize the next day, he discovers that Yuu has left the shores of paradise. Mugi vows to search high and low for the beautiful Yuu, but will he ever see her again?

Kobayashi launched the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2002, and later switched to Magazine Special. Kodansha published the manga's 43rd volume (seen right) last October. Del Rey published the manga's first 14 volumes before shuttering its manga publishing business in 2010.

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