Orange's Ichigo Takano Launches New Manga on April 25

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Manga inspired by Kobukuro band's new song

The official website for Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine revealed on Saturday that manga creator Ichigo Takano (Orange, Yume Miru Taiyō) will launch a new manga titled Kimi ni Nare (Become You) in the magazine's June issue on April 25.

The manga will adorn the front cover of the June issue, and the first 59-page chapter will feature an opening color page. The manga was inspired by the band Kobukuro's new song of the same title. The June issue will also bundle a collaborative clear file between Takano and Kobukuro. The "ONE TIMES ONE" CD single from Kobukuro that will feature the "Kimi ni Nare" song will ship on April 11. The band's official website will preview the song in a teaser music video in the beginning of April.

Kobukuro previously performed the ending theme song for the Orange anime.

Takano launched Orange in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 2012, but moved it to Monthly Action in 2013. Takano ended the manga in August 2015 and Futabasha published the fifth and final volume in November 2015. Crunchyroll published the manga in English digitally. Seven Seas Entertainment published the original manga in North America as two omnibus volumes.

The manga also received a sixth volume titled Orange Future that shipped in Japan in May 2017. Seven Seas Entertainment released the volume in January. The manga is slated to get a seventh volume.

Orange ranked on YALSA's top 10 graphic novels for teens in 2017. The manga was also nominated for an Eisner award last year.

The manga inspired a live-action film in December 2015 and a television anime that premiered in July 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. The Orange -Mirai- sequel anime film opened in Japan in November 2016.

Seven Seas Entertainment is also releasing Takano's Dreamin' Sun manga, and Crunchyroll released the ReCollection manga in English.

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