Kimi ni Todoke Creator Launches New Manga in 18 Years

Japanese manga publisher Shueisha announced recently that Kimi Ni Todoke manga creator Karuho Shiina is confirmed to release her first new manga series in 18 years. This will also be the first time ever that Shiina will be working in a completely digital workflow in producing this manga.

The title is confirmed as Toppū to Beat (Blast of Wind and Beat) and the first issue is expected to be released on the upcoming April issue of the publishers Bessatsu Margaret magazine on March 13. There is still no news if the manga will have an official English release as of press time. The report confirms that the debut chapter will have a color opening page and will be featured in the upcoming issue’s front cover.

According to Shuiesha, the manga is set in a small seaside town in Hokkaido, where a mysterious girl named Nike reunites with Nemo, a boy who barely shows his face in class. The meeting prompts Nike to go on a mystery-filled journey to remember the parts of herself that she has forgotten.

Kimi Ni Todoke was first published in Bessatsu Margaret in 2006 until its conclusion in November 2017. Shueisha released the final volume (30th) of the manga in March 2018. A spin-off manga titled Kimi ni Todoke Bangaihen: Unmei no Hito (Kimi ni Todoke Spinoff: Soulmate) was also published in the magazine from April 2018 until May 2022. The manga’s popularity expanded into an anime series which ran for two seasons from 2009 to 2011.

The series is one of the top-selling manga titles in Japan with more than 36 million copies sold (including digital purchases.) The manga is licensed in English by VIZ Media and released the 30th volume in December 2018.

It was previous announced that the anime adaptation is getting a third season, to be streamed exclusively on Netflix worldwide this year.

Source: Bessatsu Margaret official website

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