Chihayafuru Manga's End Delayed to Volume 50
posted on by Alex Mateo
Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga will now end in its 50th compiled book volume, instead of in its 49th volume as originally planned. The manga needs the extra volume due to editorial circumstances such as the story's development. Kodansha will publish the manga's 50th and final volume this winter, and it will include a spinoff manga. Suetsugu illustrated a comic that explains this delay:
The manga's 49th volume will ship on July 13.
Suetsugu launched the manga in Kodansha's Be Love magazine in December 2007. Kodansha published the 48th volume on February 10. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English.
Amazon had listed the 47th volume of the manga as heading toward the story's climax in June 2021.
The manga inspired an anime, and the first 25-episode television anime season ran from October 2011 to March 2012. The second season, Chihayafuru 2, premiered in January 2013 and also ran for 25 episodes. The third season premiered in October 2019. The third season was slated to premiere in April 2019 on NTV's "AnichU" programming block, but was delayed to October 2019. Crunchyroll Expo hosted a premiere screening for the anime in August 2019.
Crunchyroll has streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Sentai Filmworks released all three seasons with an English dub on home video. HIDIVE is also streaming the seasons with Japanese subtitles and an English dub.
Sentai Filmworks describes the story:
Chihaya Ayase is a beautiful and headstrong young woman with a passion for karuta, a card game inspired by classical Japanese poetry. As a child, Chihaya was introduced to the game by a quiet, gifted transfer student named Arata, and she was instantly drawn to it. Now in high school and reunited with her childhood friend Taichi, Chihaya dreams of finding Arata and the three resuming their love of karuta, only to discover that Arata has quit the game due to personal reasons. Determined not to let Arata's passion go to waste, Chihaya and Taichi form the Mizusawa High School Karuta Club, where they learn that in karuta - as in life - working toward your dreams is the key to winning, even when what you want seems just out of reach.
Suetsugu's manga has also inspired three live-action films. The first film, Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (Chihayafuru: Upper Phrase), opened in Japan in March 2016. The second film, Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku (Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase), opened in Japan in April 2016. The third film, Chihayafuru: Musubi, opened in Japan in March 2018. A five-episode live-action tie-in series, titled Chihayafuru -Tsunagu-, premiered on Hulu Japan in February 2018.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web