Almost all of our favorite anime are adaptations of existing series. Dozens of new anime series debut every season, and while a handful are original concepts and stories, many of them are television adaptations of popular manga, light novels, mobile games, or vampire-themed dramatic stage readings. Often times, these anime are meant to serve as a sort of advertisement for manga and novels that will continue to run long after the anime finished airing. Take, for example, the hilarity of the 2018 slapstick comedy series Hinamatsuri. While the show has been over for a couple of years now, the manga has continued to serialize regularly in Japan. That changes on July 15th, however, when the final chapter of the original Hinamatsuri manga is set to release.
The news was discovered through an Amazon listing for the 76th issue of Enterbrain’s Harta magazine, which is the serialization that the Hinamatsuri manga currently prints its latest chapters in. According to the Amazon listing for the upcoming 76th issue, Ohtake’s alien-themed comedy manga will end serialization in that issue.
While it’s sad to see such an adorable and hilarious manga end, it had a solid run for over a decade. Ohtake originally launched Hinamatsuri in the Enterbrain owned magazine Fellows! in 2009, with the series later moving to successor magazine Harta. The manga is also released in collected volumes, with the 19th volume set to debut this summer. The previous book, volume 18, announced on April 15th that the series would be ending in this summer’s volume 19 release, which lines up with the July 15th street date of issue 76 of Harta.
Hinamatsuri is currently being published in English by One Peace Books, with volume eight of the manga set to release in English on June 16th. The company describes the comedy series as follows:
Nitta is an ambitious, young member of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza syndicate. One day, a mysterious, oval-shaped object falls out of thin air into his apartment, and suddenly changes everything! Inside of the object is an expressionless young girl named Hina. The girl has formidable telekinetic powers that she uses to threaten Nitta, forcing him to allow her to live in his apartment. Dangers abound as the yakuza member and young psychic begin their life together as roommates!
Plenty of people likely recognize the name Hinamatsuri from the anime adaptation that premiered on April 6th of 2018. The anime, produced by studio feel, was made available on Crunchyroll with English subtitles and Funimation with a simulcast English dub. Studio feel currently has a couple of upcoming anime projects in the works, including Dropout Idol Fruit Tart and Oregairu My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax.
A number of talented anime industry veterans helped bring the 2018 adaptation of Hinamatsuri to life, such as director Kei Oikawa who has previous credits on Outbreak Company, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, and This Art Club Has a Problem! There was also the scriptwriter and overseer Keiichiro Ochi, who previously worked on My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!, Outbreak Company, and La Corda d’Oro Blue Sky. They were joined by prolific artist Kanetoshi Kamimoto, known for his work on Dagashi Kashi and Burst Angel. Kamimoto served as both chief animation director and character designer for the series.
Source: Anime News Network