This just in:
This appeared within the pages of Manga Time Kirara. It’s a follow-up of the previous month’s news announcement.
From this, it’s clear that the K-ON!! series will be diverging into two branches:
- University Life: featuring Tainaka Ritsu, Hirasawa Yui, Akiyama Mio and Kotobuki Tsumugi.
- Highschool Life: featuring Nakano Azusa, Hirasawa Ui, Suzuki Jun.
From this, it looks like Ui and Jun will be joining keion-bu as new members, with Azusa as the leader.
The new series will restart in the May and June edition.
Word just got out in Japan that there was a BIG K-ON!! related announcement in the comic magazine Manga Time Kirara.
K-ON!! the animation just finished airing after 3 total cours on-air, spawning a wildly successful franchise. Any announcement involving K-ON!! is bound to be something big.
And Kakifly delivers.
The letters in the middle read:
The original K-ON!, restarting on Kirara this Spring!
The words below that read:
Thanks to the sensei (Kakifly) a new page in Yui & co.’s saga begins! […cut off]
Now there’s not enough information out there to determine just what exactly this means for the K-ON!! series. Will it be simply a re-run of the current comics, or will it be an entirely new series? 2ch seems to think that it’s the latter.
The crowd commenting on 2ch wasn’t entirely pleased by the idea of restarting K-ON!!. User ID 2Br9Vmtc0 commented:
I respected K-ON!! since it ended when it was popular. Now it’s just the same as other series that continue on endlessly until it rots. Lost respect.
Rest of the thread echoed similar thoughts.
What do you think about K-ON!! possibly continuing onto Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Mugi’s university life?
A new, clearer photo from Manga Time Kirara thanks to a 2ch user!
Here is a post on a FC2 blog from Japan:
Its a shot of the original K-ON!! 4-koma (cell) manga, produced by Kakifly. As most of you probably know K-ON!! animation is based entirely upon these 4-koma.
Now, the bottom line says:
And finally, the next volume will be the final [volume]!
This one’s (presumably) an inner cover of one of the volumes sold in stores.
The three characters in the box by Azusa says “Final Volume/Iteration”.
So it looks like K-ON!! is finally ending. True enough, the 4-koma written by Kakifly already has Yui, Mio and Mugi entering university, so without the three it would be impossible to keep the HTT going. Even if it was possible it won’t have anything common with K-ON!! other than Azusa.
All good things must come to an end anyway.