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LDK Pink, 'A Girl & Her Guard Dog' Manga Both Go on Hiatus Due to Authors' Health

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Akari's Konchiwa Hamuko manga also goes on hiatus

The official website for Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Monday that Ayu Watanabe's LDK Pink, Hatsuharu's A Girl & Her Guard Dog (Ojō to Banken-kun), and Akari's Konchiwa Hamuko manga are all going on hiatus due to all three authors' health getting worse. The announcement did not mention any connection to all three authors getting sick all at the same time.

LDK Pink will return in the magazine's June issue in May, while the other two manga will return at an as-yet unspecified date.

Watanabe launched the LDK manga in Bessatsu Friend in 2009, and ended it in August 2017. Kodansha published the manga's 24th and final volume in October 2017. Kodansha USA Publishing is releasing the manga in North America. Watanabe launched the LDK Pink sequel manga in Bessatsu Friend in February 2022, and the manga is serialized irregularly.

LDK inspired a live-action film starring Ayame Gōriki and Kento Yamazaki in April 2014. LDK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, "Suki" ga Futatsu (Two Loves Under One Roof), a new live-action film adaptation of the manga with a different cast, opened in Japan in March 2019.

Kodansha USA Publishing is releasing the A Girl & Her Guard Dog manga in English digitally, and it describes the series:
Isaku never asked to be the daughter of a yakuza boss, but when her parents died in a car accident when she was 5, her gangster grandfather took her in and raised her as part of the clan. After years of being avoided by her schoolmates because of her family ties, Isaku is finally ready to make her high-school debut, live a normal life, and maybe even find love...until loyal family servant and Isaku's dedicated guardian, 26-year-old Keiya, enters high school right alongside her and vows to protect her from all of the above! Now she's got a chain-smoking, pistol-wielding knight-in-shining(?)-armor to deal with, and navigating high school besides? What's a young lady to do?!

Hatsuharu launched the manga in Bessatsu Friend in December 2018. Kodansha published the manga's eighth volume in Japan in October 2022. The manga is inspiring a television anime adaptation this year.

Kodansha USA Publishing released the manga's seventh volume digitally in English in June 2022, and will release the eighth volume on March 21. The company also publishes Hatsuharu's Can I Kiss You Every Day? manga in English.

Source: Bessatsu Friend's website

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