Takatoshi Nakamura, Kiyotsugu Yamagata's Märchen Mädchen Manga Ends
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The June issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine published the final chapter of Takatoshi Nakamura (Densetsu no Yūsha no Konkatsu) and Kiyotsugu Yamagata's manga adaptation of late author Tomohiro Matsu and artist Kantoku's Märchen Mädchen light novel series on Wednesday. The manga's second and final compiled book volume is slated for June 4.
The novels center on Hazuki Kagimura, a normal girl who is usually alone. With her relationship with her new family not going so well, she retreats every day to the world of stories and books. One day, after school, one of the library's bookshelves sends her to another world with a magic school, where she meets Shizuka Tsuchimikado. Hazuki finds out that girls (called "mädchen") who attend the school are selected by old fairy tales and folk stories to wield their magic, and are taught how to wield it in the school, all to compete at the annual Hexen Nacht (Witch's Night) competition, where girls represent their schools in magical duels. The winner of the competition gets to have one wish magically granted.
The school has girls who are chosen by stories such as Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, Issun-bōshi, Der Freischütz, Shuten-dōji, The Little Matchstick Girl, The Gigantic Turnip, Arthurian legends, and The Ramayana. Hazuki herself is chosen by the Cinderella story. She begins her new life at the school to become a magic user and be friends with Shizuka.
The manga launched in the November issue of Jump SQ magazine last October. Shueisha published the manga's first compiled book volume (seen right) on January 4.
The light novel series is based on a concept that Matsu (Mayoi Neko Overrun!, Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!) had worked on for three years and completed before he passed away. The work is still credited to him, with assistance by StoryWorks. Kantoku (Garakowa -Restore the World-, Imōto Sae Ireba Ii., One Room) is illustrating the novels. Shueisha published the fourth volume under its Dash X Bunko imprint on April 25. The fourth volume is the series' climax.
The novels' anime adaptation premiered on January 11, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The anime's ninth and 10th episodes were delayed to March 22 and March 29, respectively, in order to improve the animation quality. The anime's official website stated last month that it will announce what will happen with the 11th and 12th episodes as soon as it is decided.