Sora Inoue's Mai Ball! Soccer Manga Moves to Young Animal Arashi Magazine

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga about childhood friends who join high school girl's soccer team launched in 2012

This year's 17th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on August 25 that Sora Inoue's Mai Ball! manga will move to Hakusensha's Young Animal Arashi magazine. The next chapter of the manga will appear in Young Animal Arashi's 11th issue on October 6.

The manga centers on childhood friends Mai Miyano and Kunimitsu Hasuga. Kunimitsu has loved soccer since childhood, and Mai has always been his practice partner. As they grew up, both of them grew to become good at the sport. Soon after entering Kijiyama North High School, their schoolmate Reika Hakurai sees them practicing and immediately invites Mai to the girl's soccer team. Mai initially declines, since she has a problem where she can't play soccer in front of people unless Kunimitsu casts a "charm" on her. When Kunimitsu joins the soccer team as their coach, Mai finally joins.

Inoue launched the manga in Young Animal in July 2012. Hakusensha published the manga's 11th compiled book volume (seen right) on April 28.

Inoue collaborated with the writer Reiji Saiga on the Samurai Girl Real Bout High School manga. Tokyopop released the manga series and anime adaptation in English. Inoue's concluded the ecchi martial arts series Zeroin in 2011. Inoue also drew the character designs for the Vandread anime.

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