Basara's Yumi Tamura Ends 7SEEDS Manga After Nearly 16 Years
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The July issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine published the final chapter of Yumi Tamura's 7SEEDS manga on Saturday. The manga's 34th volume will ship on June 9, and the 35th and final volume will ship on August 10. A limited edition of the 35th volume will include a drama CD.
Tamura will launch a spinoff manga in the magazine's October issue on August 26. The magazine didn't specify if the manga will be a short work of a few chapters or a longer series.
The manga centers on Natsu, who suddenly wakes up one day to find herself in the middle of the ocean. She's with six other strangers, and none of them remember how they got into their current situation. They end up stranded on an island, where a "guide" explains to them that they are part of a government project to cryogenically preserve groups of people to ensure humanity's survival after scientists predicted the destruction of the world. Natsu's group finds that they are in Japan after a catastrophe, and must learn how to survive in their new post-apocalyptic reality.
Tamura launched the series in 2001 in Bessatsu Shōjo Comic magazine, before eventually moving it to Monthly Flowers. The manga won the Shōjo Category of the 52nd Annual Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2007. The manga has about 4.9 million copies in print.
Tamura's 27-volume Basara manga ran in Bessatsu Shōjo Comic from 1990-1998. Viz Media published the manga in English in 2003-2008. The manga inspired the 13-episode Legend of Basara television anime series in 1998.
Viz Media also published Tamura's two-volume Chicago manga in 2002-2003, and her one-volume Wild Com manga in 2004.
Tamura's Tomoe ga Yuku! manga inspired an OVA series in 1991-1992.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web