Oya-san to Boku Manga Goes on Hiatus After Lead Character's Real-Life Inspiration Passes Away

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Best-selling essay manga about author & his landlady inspired anime short

Shinchosha's Weekly Shinchō magazine announced on Wednesday that Tarō Yabe's Oya-san to Boku (Landlady and Me) essay manga will go on hiatus. Yabe posted a message last week announcing the death of his elderly landlady, the subject of the manga.

"There was more I wanted to talk to her about, more I wanted to ask her," Yabe said in his message. He thanked her family for their understanding regarding his public obituary.

The manga is based on his real life experiences with his landlady.

The manga originally serialized in Shinchosha's Shōsetsu Shinchō novel magazine beginning in 2016, and Shinchosha published a compiled volume last October. Within three months, the book had sold 200,000 copies, and has since sold 660,000 copies. The second serialization launched in Weekly Shinchō magazine on April 25.

The manga inspired an anime short in January and won the short work prize at the 22nd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards in April.

Oya-san to Boku is Yabe's debut manga. He is best known as part of the comedy duo Karateka. His father, Mitsunori Yabe, was a picture book author.

Sources: Asahi Shinbun Digital, Tarō Yabe's Twitter account

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