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Whistle! Manga Gets Special Chapter About Sakura Jōsui Team

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga centers on team holding farewell party for Kazamatsuri

Manga creator Daisuke Higuchi published a full-color special chapter titled "Extra Stage Shuppatsu" (Departure) for her Whistle! soccer manga series on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website on Thursday.

The manga is a special chapter for the Sakura Jōsui team, who won a popularity vote during the "You Got Your Wish" 20th anniversary event for the manga in May 2018. The story will center on Kazamatsuri heading to Germany to recover from an injury, and his teammates holding a farewell party for him.

Viz Media published the original Whistle! manga in English, and it describes the manga:

Banned from his school's soccer team for being too short, Sho Kazamatsuri decides there's only one thing left to do: switch schools! But even a change in scenery doesn't help the David Beckham wannabe. On campus, he is mistakenly introduced to everyone as a hotshot soccer player. When the truth is revealed, Sho drops out of school in total disgrace.

Now on his own, the spunky teenager must work twice as hard to make his dreams come true. He wants to play soccer so bad he's willing to hustle day and night to make it happen.

The manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1998 to 2002. Shueisha released 24 compiled book volumes for the series. Viz Media released all 24 volumes in English from 2004 to 2010, and released the manga digitally from 2013 to 2014. The manga received a 39-episode television anime adaptation from 2002 to 2003, and a stage play adaptation in 2016.

Higuchi launched the Whistle! W (pronounced "Whistle! Double") manga in Shogakukan's Ura Sunday and Manga ONE website and app in September 2016. Shogakukan published the manga's fourth compiled book volume on January 18. The manga has been on hiatus since April. The manga is a "new story" for the series.

Source: Shonen Jump+

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