The September 2022 issue of Kodansha’s Be Love magazine has announced that Yuki Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru manga will have a spin-off side story chapter that will debut in the magazine’s December 2022 issue on November 1, 2022. The final chapter of Chihayafuru also debuted in the September 2022 issue.
The story is described as:
Chihaya Ayase is a beautiful and headstrong young woman with a passion for karuta, a card game inspired by classical Japanese poetry. As a child, Chihaya was introduced to the game by a quiet, gifted transfer student named Arata, and she was instantly drawn to it. Now in high school and reunited with her childhood friend Taichi, Chihaya dreams of finding Arata and the three resuming their love of karuta, only to discover that Arata has quit the game due to personal reasons. Determined not to let Arata’s passion go to waste, Chihaya and Taichi form the Mizusawa High School Karuta Club, where they learn that in karuta – as in life – working toward your dreams is the key to winning, even when what you want seems just out of reach.
Suetsugu launched Chihayafuru in Be Love in December 2007. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English.