The popular slice-of-life rom-com manga Teasing Master Takagi-San is set to conclude this fall. The manga, created by Soichiro Yamamoto, will wrap up in November with the release of the November issue of Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine on October 12th. Currently, 19 volumes of the manga have been released in Japan, with the 17th volume of the English version published by Yen Press on April 18th, 2023.
Master Takagi-San Manga Series Wraps Up
Teasing Master Takagi-San, or Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san in Japanese, was first serialized in Gessan mini, a companion booklet for Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine, in June 2013. The story follows the antics of Takagi, a girl who enjoys teasing her classmate Nishikata. Nishikata tries to get revenge on Takagi but is always outsmarted by her. Despite their constant pranks and teasing, there is an underlying affection between the two characters. The manga’s humor is derived from Nishikata’s exaggerated reactions to Takagi’s antics. Soichiro Yamamoto also created a spin-off manga called Ashita Wa Doyobi (Tomorrow Is Saturday), which focuses on the comedic misadventures of three schoolgirls.
Teasing Master Takagi-San was later adapted into an anime by Shin-Ei Animation, the studio behind Doraemon. The anime aired for three seasons from January 2018 to March 2022. The adaptation was directed by Hiroaki Akagi, with Fumi Tsubota, Michiko Yokote, and Touko Machida writing the script for the first season. Aki Itami, Hiroko Futuda, and Kanichi Katou collaborated on the script for seasons 2 and 3. The voice actors Rie Takahashi and Yuuki Kaji played the roles of Takagi and Nishikata, respectively.
In June 2022, Teasing Master Takagi-San also received a film adaptation. The movie follows Nishikata and Takagi-san during their last summer vacation of junior high school. They find an abandoned kitten at a shrine and decide to adopt it, naming it Hana. The film was directed by Hiroaki Akagi and featured the same script team from seasons 2 and 3 of the anime. Teasing Master Takagi-San: The Movie had a limited theatrical release in North America.
Fans of the manga will be excited to hear that the series will be concluding this fall. The anime is available to stream on Netflix for those who want to catch up on the story before its conclusion. Teasing Master Takagi-San has gained a dedicated fanbase for its heartwarming and comedic portrayal of the relationship between Takagi and Nishikata. As the manga comes to an end, fans will be eager to see how the story concludes and what the future holds for these beloved characters.