Kei Sugita revealed on Twitter on Thursday that the historical manga series about josei Chōyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi The author’s will return. Sugita has revealed that they had to take a break due to medical treatment. Before Thursday, Sugita hadn’t posted on Twitter since January 2016.
The manga follows a “super loose interpretation” of a collection of poems by Hyakunin Isshu written between the 7th and 13th centuries in Japan. The anthology includes 100 romantic poems by 100 different poets such as The Story of Murasaki Shikibu by Genji. Poems are also used as the basis for the traditional Japanese card game karuta.
The manga launched in August 2010. Media Factory published the manga’s fourth compiled book volume in May 2014.
The manga inspired the Utakoi television anime, which premiered in July 2012. Crunchyroll streamed the anime.
Sugita also wrote the Uta Hen sub-manga in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic Gene manga anthology, which premiered in April 2016.