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Somari and the Guardian of the Forest's Yako Gureishi Launches New Manga (Updated)

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Somari and the Guardian of the Forest manga ended in 2020 due to author's worsening health

Manga creator Yako Gureishi is listing on their Twitter account that they are preparing to launch a new manga.

Gureishi launched the Somari and the Guardian of the Forest (Somali to Mori no Kamisama) manga in 2015. Coamix published the manga's sixth compiled volume in April 2019. The Comic Zenon website had stated in December 2020 that the manga had ended due to the author's worsening health. Gureishi's Twitter account profile states they are currently undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder.

North Star Pictures and later Coamix published the manga digitally in English, and anime database website MyAnimeList added the manga to its website for free in English starting in December 2019.

The manga inspired a television anime that debuted in Japan in January 2020. Crunchyroll co-produced the anime, and also streamed the series with English subtitles under the title Somali and the Forest Spirit. Crunchyroll also streamed an English dub. The anime had 12 episodes.

Gureishi has asked fans for support so that they might be able to resume the series someday.

Update on May 24, 2022: Gureishi clarified with ANN that the listing on their pixiv Fanbox account stating they would launch a new manga on the Web Comic Zenyon site on April 26 is an old message and was referencing the Somari and the Guardian of the Forest manga in 2015. The author has been listing in their Twitter profile since at leaset March 2022 that they have been preparing to launch a new manga. Gureishi will launch the manga on June 24, 2022.

Sources: Yako Gureishi's pixiv Fanbox account and Twitter account

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