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Chihayafuru Chūgakusei-hen Spinoff Manga Ends in November

posted on by Karen Ressler
Spinoff manga follows characters in their middle school years

This year's 21st issue of Kodansha's Be Love magazine announced on Monday that the Chihayafuru Chūgakusei-hen (Chihayafuru Middle School Arc) manga will end in the next issue on November 1.

Oto Tōda launched the manga in October 2017, and Kodansha released the second compiled volume on August 9. The manga adapts Yui Tokiumi's spinoff novel series for Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga. 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 Chihayafuru manga in Kodansha's Be Love magazine in December 2007. Kodansha published the 39th compiled volume on August 9, and will publish the 40th volume on November 13. Da Vinci magazine ranked it #7 in its "Book of the Year" list in 2016. 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 three live-action films. A third anime season is slated for 2019. Additionally, the 22nd volume of the manga bundled an original anime DVD when it shipped in September 2013. Sentai Filmworks licensed the first two anime seasons and released them with an English dub.

Source: Be Love issue 21

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