Competitive karuta-themed shoujo manga series has printed over 21 million copies
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary for her Chihayafuru manga series, shoujo manga artist Yuki Suetsugu's first original art exhibition "The World of Chihayafuru" is confirmed to be held in Tokyo (Seibu Ikebukuro main store/March 23-April 1), Osaka (Abeno Harukas Kintetsu main store/April 4-16), and Nagoya (Sakae Mitsukoshi/May 9-21).
The competitive karuta-themed shoujo manga series has been serialized in Kodansha's biweekly magazine BE LOVE since 200, and has released 36 tankobon volumes with over 21 million copies. It has been adapted into two TV anime (2011-2012, 2013) and two live-action films (2016). The third and final live-action film Chihahafuru -Musubi- is set to be released in Japan on March 17.
"The World of Chihayafuru" exhibition will display her 130 original manga arts mainly from Chihayafuru, which have never been shown in public before. In addition, she will offer her arts drawn
for the collaboration projects with various companies, video footage of the drawing process of the key
visual for the event (see below), a replica of her atelier, and her idea notes. Other manga artists from
the BE LOVE magazine will provide their tribute arts for the manga, and messages from the cast and
staff of the anime and live-action films will be also introduced at the venue.
Newly-drawn key visual by Yuki Suetsugu
Chihahafuru manga tankobon 1st and 36th volume covers
Source: Kodansha press release
© Yuki Suetsugu/Kodansha