Chihayafuru Gets Spinoff Manga About Characters' Middle School Years

posted on by Karen Ressler
Manga adapts 4-volume novel series

This year's 20th issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine announced on Saturday that a Chihayafuru spinoff manga titled Chihayafuru Chūgakusei-hen (Chihayafuru Middle School Arc) in the next issue on October 13. Oto Tōda is drawing the manga.

The manga adapts Yui Tokiumi's spinoff novel series for Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga. Kodansha released a total of four volumes between 2012 and 2015. The novels feature a series of stories detailing various characters' lives in middle school. (The original manga begins when they are in elementary school and skips to high school.)

Suetsugu launched the ongoing manga in Kodansha's Be-Love magazine in December 2007, and Kodansha will publish the 36th compiled volume on November 13. Da Vinci magazine ranked it #7 in its "Book of the Year" list last year. Kodansha has released bilingual editions of the manga's compiled volumes in Japan, and Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English.

The manga has inspired two 25-episode television anime series and two live action films, and a third live-action film will open next year. Additionally, the 22nd volume of the manga bundled an original anime DVD when it shipped in September 2013. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime and released the first season with an English dub earlier this month.

Source: Mantan Web

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