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Old 2017-09-30, 20:49   Link #1
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Chihayafuru: Chūgakusei-hen (Junior High Students ) - Spin-off

「ちはやふる中学生編」 is a spin-off manga in which characters from Suetsugu Yuki's "Chihayafuru" series will be depicted as junior high school students by mangaka Tōda Oto.

Moments from this time period only appear in brief flashbacks during Suetsugu's original manga series but were covered in more detail in a four part light-novel spin-off series written by Tokiumi Yui, the novelist who more recently also novelised the two "Chihayafuru" live action films released so far: "Chihayafuru: Kami no ku" and "Shimo no ku".

Oto Tōda 「遠田おと」 (Tooda Oto) debuted as a mangaka earlier this year, with 「恋するダビデ」. "Chihayafuru: Chūgakusei-hen" was announced on September 30, 2017 with the release of Be Love 20 and will run alongside the main "Chihayafuru" series in the same bi-weekly magazine. Serialization will begin in Be Love 21, scheduled for release on October 13, 2017.

A colourful illustration from the magazine was uploaded on Tōda's Twitter feed alongside one of the B&W preview pages for the next issue.
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Old 2017-10-02, 11:41   Link #2
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Well, I think the most important thing about this piece of news is that Chihayafuru is still as popular as ever, so I don't have to give up yet on a third season.

I don't know if Chihaya's middle school life would be that interesting, although I guess from a SoL point of view, they it will be allright.

I haven't read the novels (even if I have the 4th one in japanese, I can't read it lol) but any new projects about the story will be very welcomed
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Old 2017-10-02, 19:10   Link #3
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Well, I think the most important thing about this piece of news is that Chihayafuru is still as popular as ever, so I don't have to give up yet on a third season.

I don't know if Chihaya's middle school life would be that interesting, although I guess from a SoL point of view, they it will be allright.

I haven't read the novels (even if I have the 4th one in japanese, I can't read it lol) but any new projects about the story will be very welcomed
I love it how quietly the "Chihayafuru" universe keeps getting expanded. I won't say much about the period the novels cover but I've found Tokiumi's take on those formative years interesting ... although I've thought of the novels -and the characters therein- as somewhat separate entities. Not sure what the relationship will be between those involved in this publication, in this re-creation of their lives. If approached as though this story of the middle school/junior high students fills the gap in the original manga timeline we may have to accept -for some readers, again- that some anachronisms were introduced with that text when compared with events from Yuki Suetsugu's own story. I'll leave it at that for now and just say that I hope Bonkoch, Haksan, Kodansha Comics, Pika, Tong Li and other publishing companies in different parts of our world, will pick the spin-offs up for translation too.

Re-posting the following general comment here too (Not originally written as a reply to you, Ulin):
"With this Twitter message Yuki Suetsugu congratulated and encouraged Oto Tōda while also appearing to be taking a somewhat detached approach again where the actual creative process for this spin-off is concerned. With the following line from that message in particular, she appears to be giving the other mangaka room to work. Space to come up with new interpretations for her characters as junior high school students - within the playground, within the world of Chihaya et al. 「千早たちの世界で思う存分遊んでやってください。」
She then concludes by saying that she is looking forward to what Tōda-sensei will deliver. That’s my impression anyway.

The way Yuki Suetsugu sometimes comments on the prospects for a third season of the animated series gives me a similar impression. The impression that she isn't directly involved in it. Anticipating like us, members of the audience. Those two seasons -so far- are the work of different people too. Morio Asaka directed but worked with ideas from different writers/animators for individual episodes. While sticking relatively close to her original manga they did all introduce differences in both seasons - through their own interpretations. Based on their ideas about the "Chihayafuru" story and its themes - based on their understanding of the different medium in which they work.

Suesugu appeared to take a similar approach with the screenplays written by Norihiro Koizumi as well. The scripts are based on his own ideas for "Chihayafuru" in live action film adaption. She makes a point of letting us know she signs off on them and she shows her appreciation for what he does and for the finished products he delivers. (原作者コメント) She probably gives some guidance and sets a few parameters along the way but beyond that she seems content to let the other creators develop their own visions out of hers. She noted that “Musubi’s” Io Wagatsuma is her child too, although she didn't conceive her. She adopted his creation.

Isn’t that the impression to take away from the four novels set in the middle school period as well? That time she provided illustrations but the story of Chihaya and friends as junior high school students was very much the writing of Yui Tokiumi - while inspired by Suetsugu’s characters. Don’t you think? How much of a basis will those novels provide? Suetsugu’s manga and the characters therein have all been developed for several years after the publication of Tokiumi’s fourth volume. How much of an influence will their additional growth, their current personalities, have on this spin-off manga?

I’m curious how Tōda finds her own voice in this while giving us a Chihaya who is still recognisable as a child from Suetsugu’s mind.

To echo her conclusion: 楽しみです!"

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Old 2017-10-12, 07:38   Link #4
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A few hours before the release of Be Love 21, in which the first chapter will appear, an image of the preview pages for Be Love 22 is already online and, among other things, shows this manga series will continue immediately with a second chapter scheduled to appear in that next issue of the magazine, to be released November 1, 2017.

Edit to update, Oct. 13:
Be Love's Twitter feed has been updated since the release of Be Love 21. Serialization of this spin-off manga is now in progress. Don't click the following link unless you want to be spoiled by the sample pages from the first chapter, uploaded there as previews: Be Love 21 - sample pages "Chihayafuru: Chūgakusei-hen", Ch. 1
Spoiler for comparison:

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Old 2017-10-13, 11:30   Link #5
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Isn't there some ChihayafuruL N series that take place during the middle school and if so is this an adaptation or a different take of the same time period?
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Old 2017-10-13, 12:06   Link #6
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Isn't there some ChihayafuruL N series that take place during the middle school and if so is this an adaptation or a different take of the same time period?
This is a "comicalisation" (「コミカライズ」)*, a "mangafication", of the same period covered in those four novels - when Chihaya and friends were junior high /middle school pupils.

This manga is drawn by mangaka Tōda credited for「漫画」suggesting more than just illustrating... While credits are also given to Suetsugu -「原案」for the original idea- and to Tokiumi -「原作」for writing those novels, the original work. Some passages from the first novel are incorporated in the first chapter of this spin-off manga but this manga does also deviate from the events in the novel as well...


* in context: 「隔月誌「ITAN」で圧倒的評価を受けデヒューした、高い画力とエンタメ性を持つ新鋭がコミカライズ!! 」- and with attribution for the Japanese - From Be Love 21 (2017 11/1), page 103.

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Old 2017-11-01, 23:17   Link #7
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On November 1, 2017. Be Love's Twitter feed was updated with the release of Be Love 22. Don't click unless you want to be spoiled with previews of this manga, a sample from the main "Chihayafuru" story or prefer not to see the illustrations for the upcoming release of "Chihayafuru" Volume 36 on the same Twitter account. This spin-off was mentioned in this message, illustrated with this panel:
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Kinda funny how
Spoiler for chapter 2, :


Back in October 2017, Tōda-sensei's 「熱い西瓜」 was published in ITAN 40号. The "Chihayafuru" spin-off manga is mentioned in the margins on the title page, the single page pictured, from the start of that story.

Edit Nov. 13:
"Chihayafuru: Chūgakusei-hen" Chapter 3 is listed among the contents for Be Love 24, scheduled for release on December 1, 2017.

Nov. 28:
... and the next chapter after that is listed among the contents for the first issue of 2018 as well - alongside the resumption of "Chihayafuru" - scheduled for release on December 15, 2017.

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Old 2017-11-30, 23:15   Link #8
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December 1, 2017 - Be Love 24 is out. The usual warnings apply. Tantalising previews have been uploaded to Be Love magazine's Twitter account for this series' third chapter too. Always tricky, presenting announcements. More to come.
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Old 2017-12-15, 07:28   Link #9
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Twitter exchanges on December 15, 2017. Yuki Suetsugu, taking a moment to thumb through Be Love 1, to post an image and complimentary remarks regarding the title page of Tōda-sensei's fourth instalment in the junior high spin-off manga:
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... all those cards.
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Old 2017-12-25, 10:25   Link #10
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Skipping Chihayafuru's 10th anniversary issue of Be Love, this spin-off will resume in Be Love 3, release date January 15, 2018. No chapter but Oto Tōda is among the mangaka who contributed a page (p.70) for the Chihayafuru tribute.

Oto Tōda on Twitter (Jan. 1, 2018).

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Old 2018-01-11, 13:44   Link #11
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Be Love three still to come in about three days. After that ... we've indeed been awaiting this announcement for this series found in Be Love's preview pages. Thus coinciding with the release of volume 37. The fourth issue of the magazine itself scheduled for release on February 1.
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