"As I started serialization, I realized that the hardest thing was to continue."
28-year-old manga artist Negi Haruba announced today that his ongoing romance comedy manga Gotoubun no Hanayome / The Quintessential Quintuplets will be concluded in its forthcoming 14th tankobon volume. Its latest 12th volume was released in Japan on November 15.
五等分の花嫁は14巻で終わりです！— 春場ねぎ 11/15 12巻発売 (@negi_haruba) December 4, 2019
In the following post, he wrote, "When I talked to my friends the other day, I remembered that I was determined to draw a manga that would last forever before the serialization was decided. But as I started serialization, I realized that the hardest thing was to continue. The artists who have continued drawing dozens of volumes are really amazing."
この前友達と話して思い出したけど連載が決まる前の自分はずっと続く漫画を描くと意気込んでたらしい。始めてみてわかったけど続けることが一番大変。何十巻も描き続けてる先生方は本当に凄い。— 春場ねぎ 11/15 12巻発売 (@negi_haruba) December 4, 2019
Gotoubun no Hanayome was originally published as a one-shot story in Weekly Shonen Magazine's eighth issue of 2017. Thanks to the favorable response from the readers, it started serialization in the magazine in its 36th/37th combined issue of the same year.
Its total print run reached an impressive 7.2 million copies by September 2019. According to Oricon's yearly sales report, it sold 5,895,000 copies from November 2018 to November 2019, becoming the fifth top-selling manga series of 2019.
Its final 14th volume is expected to be released in the spring of 2020.
1st and 12th tankobon volume covers:
©Negi Haruba, KODANSHA