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Kanae Hazuki's Say 'I Love You'. Manga Ends Serialization on July 24

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

This year's August issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine revealed on Saturday that Kanae Hazuki's Say "I love you". manga will end in the magazine's September issue on July 24. The September issue will feature the manga on the cover, and the final chapter will include an opening color page.

The manga's 17th volume had revealed in October that the manga's 18th volume would be its last. The 18th volume is slated for this summer.

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 Dessert, and as of October the series had almost 7.2 million copies in print in Japan. The manga was nominated for Kodansha's 40th annual Manga Awards last year. Kodansha Comics released the manga's 17th volume in English on February 7.

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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