Clover's Tetsuhiro Hirakawa Launches New Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Himawari manga centers on 3 childhood friends in rural Hiroshima

This year's 29th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Tetsuhiro Hirakawa is launching a new manga titled Himawari (Sunflowers) in the magazine's 42nd issue on September 14. The magazine teases the manga's story as centering on Ren Minami, a second-year high school student in the rural town of Yamaai, Hiroshima, who lives an everyday life full of brawling alongside his childhood friends Kiyoharu and Kagura. Ren, Kiyoharu, and Kagura's lives are greatly changed after one day.

Hirakawa posted a preview image of the new manga (pictured at right) on Friday.

Hirakawa launched the Clover manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion in 2007, and ended it in October 2015. Akita Shoten published 43 compiled book volumes for the manga. The manga received a live-action drama adaptation that aired on TV Tokyo from April to June 2012. Hirakawa's manga is unrelated to two similarly named Clover shōjo manga series from CLAMP and Toriko Chiya.

Hirakawa launched the Crows Zero II: Suzuran × Housen spinoff of Hiroshi Takahashi's manga in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine in 2012, and ended it last September. Akita Shoten published the manga's 11th and final volume last November.

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