Miho Obana's Honey Bitter Manga Ends
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Obana had stated on her blog in July that the manga would end in "one or two chapters." The announcement noted that health issues prevented Obana from publishing a chapter of the manga in the July issue of Shueisha's Cookie magazine, which shipped on June 1. The magazine published an essay by Obana instead.
Honey Bitter centers on Shuri Otokawa, a girl who has the power to see premonitions, and who uses this power to work at her aunt's private investigation agency, where she must also reluctantly work with her ex-boyfriend.
Obana launched the manga in Cookie in 2004, but due to her pregnancy and worsening tendonitis she has taken several hiatuses, including a year-long hiatus from 2008-2009. She has since published chapters of the manga irregularly. Shueisha published the manga's 13th compiled book volume in August 2017.
Obana's Kodomo no Omocha (Kodocha) manga ran in Shueisha's Ribon magazine from 1994 to 1998, and the manga inspired a television anime series that aired in Japan from 1996 to 1998. Tokyopop published the Kodomo no Omocha manga in North America, and Funimation released the first half of the television anime.
Obana published a crossover manga of Honey Bitter and Kodocha titled Deep Clear in Cookie in 2010. The crossover commemorated the 20th anniversary of Obana's debut as a manga artist.
Source: Cookie digital January issue