Wake Up, Girls! Leaders Manga Ends

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Titular voice actress and singing unit holds final concert on March 8

Akita Shoten's Manga Cross website published the 17th and final chapter of Kano Kashiwagi's Wake Up, Girls! Leaders manga on December 17.

Kashiwagi launched the series with Green Leaves' story in July 2017. Akita Shoten published the first compiled book volume in December 2017. The story focuses on two leaders of the Wake Up, Girls! group, Kaya Kikuma and Yoshino Nanase.

In addition, the Wake Up, Girls! voice actress and singing unit announced at their concert at Yokosuka Arts Theatre in Yokuska on Saturday that the group's final live concert will be held at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on March 8.

The Wake Up, Girls! unit announced in June that the group will disband in March 2019 so that the performers can pursue their individual goals. The group will host a final tour, and the members will continue their activities as voice actresses.

Avex and 81 Produce formed the Wake Up, Girls! group in 2013 after holding auditions in 2012. The group's seven members – Airi Eino, Kaya Okuno, Mayu Yoshioka, Minami Tanaka, Miyu Takagi, Nanami Yamashita, and Yoshino Aoyama – voiced characters with the same first names in the various Wake Up, Girls! anime series.

In the story of the original anime, Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl…

The first television anime premiered in Japan in January 2014 along with a limited theatrical run. Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Japan. Two sequel films, Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage and Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom, opened in 2015. Sentai Filmworks released Wake Up, Girls!: The Movie and the television series on home video in 2016.

Additionally, an original net anime spinoff titled Wake Up, Girl Zoo! premiered in 2014. Crunchyroll also streamed that spinoff series. The voice actresses from the show also reprised their roles in a stage play that ran in January 2017. The real-life idol group has also performed theme songs for anime.

The Wake Up, Girls! franchise received a new television anime series titled Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) in October 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

Sources: Manga Cross, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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