'orange' manga to release Vol. 7 in April, the true final volume where "Kakeru was able to be saved"
It will follow 'another story' set in a world where "Kakeru Naruse was able to be saved."
By: Jei Beltrano on February 25, 2022 at 12:16 PHT (GMT+8)
As part of Ichigo Takano’s ‘orange’ manga’s 10th year anniversary since the serialization started in 2012, Volume 7, a new volume for the manga will be released as originally announced last 2019.
The new volume is set for release this April 12, 2022 and is described by its author Ichigo Takano as the "true final volume of the manga". It will follow 'another story' set in a world where Kakeru Naruse was able to be saved.
Takano gave her comment on the manga's 7th volume release.
(Rough translation) This year is the 10th year since the serialization started, and it is also the year Naho, wrote a letter. I was wondering what the regrets I will have before the serialization would be 10 years from now, but I still regret it without fading. I was finally able to know the feelings of Naho and others 10 years later. Volume 7 is an ordinary everyday story with the theme of "living." It's natural to live... but while experiencing difficult things - good things and bad things, it seems fun to live, sometimes tiring, and for someone who still wants to save someone who is suffering somewhere, I thought I would draw it. Volume 7 is the true final volume. I am deeply grateful to everyone who read it. The final volume was drawn with the emotions as written in 'the letter to everyone'. - Ichigo Takano, 'orange' author
Another part of the 10th anniversary is the upcoming original painting exhibition which will be held from March 26th to April 10th in Japan. The exhibit will showcase duplicate original drawings that will reproduce the world view of "orange" and event-limited goods will also be sold.
orange is a Japanese sci-fi romance manga series written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano which was first serialized in 2012 in Bessatsu Margaret manga magazine and later in Monthly Action magazine. It has been compiled into 6 volumes as of 2017.
It inspired a live-action film adaptation of the same name which was released on December 12, 2015. After a year, an anime television adaptation started to air in July 2016.
A spin-off to the manga began serialization on March 25, 2016, in the Monthly Action magazine published by Futabasha. And the same year, an anime theatrical film, titled Orange: Future, premiered in Japan on November 18, 2016.
On August 22, 2019, it was announced that a 7th volume will be published which will serve as the true finale.
orange Plot (via Wiki)
In Matsumoto, Naho Takamiya, a second year high school student, receives letters sent from herself 10 years into the future. Her future self asks her to prevent her "biggest regrets", which has something to do with the new transfer student from Tokyo, a boy named Kakeru Naruse. At first skeptical, Naho begins to believe the letters as they accurately predict events. When the letter asks her not to invite Kakeru to go out for the first day, Naho and her friends (Hiroto Suwa, Takako Chino, Saku Hagita and Azusa Murasaka) decide to invite him anyway. Kakeru ends up not attending school for the next two weeks.
To prevent another mistake, Naho resolves to do what the letters order her to do, such as volunteering on a softball round, encouraging Kakeru to join the soccer team, objecting to him pursuing a relationship with an upperclassman, and insisting that the two watch the fireworks alone. Naho learns from the letters that in the future Kakeru is dead, having died by suicide around Valentine's Day in the same school year in which he enrolled.
During the Bon Festival, Kakeru explains to Naho the reason for his absence: his mother died by suicide because of a mental breakdown caused by him leaving her for friends, and not taking her to the hospital on the day of enrollment as he promised. This causes Naho to also feel guilty, as she feels they share responsibility for Kakeru's mother's death. Later on, Suwa tells Naho that he has also received letters from his future self, asking him to be a good friend to Kakeru and save him from his death. Suwa hides the fact that he and Naho are married and have a child in the future, as he realizes Naho and Kakeru are in love. Although he has feelings for Naho, his future self realizes by saving Kakeru, he is giving up a future with Naho. Because he knows of their feelings, he listens to the letters and supports them as much as possible. Later, Azusa, and Hagita, and Chino admit they have received similar letters. They all agree that though they may not be able to change the fate of their future selves, they may create a parallel universe where Kakeru is still alive.
To cheer up Kakeru, the five friends organize a celebration for his 17th birthday, in which Kakeru confesses his feelings to a surprised Naho. The five also join the relay race team to back Kakeru. With his friends' encouragement, Kakeru wins the race. As his reward for winning the race, Kakeru kisses Naho. However, on New Year's Eve, Naho and Kakeru argue over the latter's grandmother's health. The two become distant over the following weeks, up until the day that Kakeru is supposed to die by suicide, as Naho manages to confess her feelings as well as telling Kakeru to share his plan for suicide.
On the night of Kakeru's supposed death, the friends' plan to meet up is interrupted as Kakeru does not arrive on time. The five search throughout Matsumoto and manage to stop him from getting hit by a truck. Kakeru apologizes, telling them that he had been thinking of suicide, but at the last second decided not to after realizing that doing so would mean that he would never see his friends again.
Source: Comic Natalie
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