After 16 Years, Surprising Reasons For the Resurgence of Japanese Manga "Pichi Pichi Pitch"

SPECIAL INTERVIEW

"Pichi Pichi Pitch" was serialized in Japanese girls' manga magazine "Nakayoshi" (Kodansha) from 2002 to 2005. The story is based on the legend of the Little Mermaid and follows the love story of the main characters, Lucia and Kaito. Many children became enamored with the mermaids who use singing as a weapon to fight their enemies.

In August 2021, "Pichi Pichi Pitch" will be serialized in "Nakayoshi" again. The new chapter, "Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch aqua", will tell the story of Lucia and Kaito's daughter, Rukia.

The story of Rukia, the daughter of Lucia and Kaito, will be told in the new chapter, "aqua". The author, Pink Hanamori, and Asumi Nakada, who played Lucia in the TV anime, talked about the appeal of the "Pichi Pichi Pitch" series.

A new edition ofA new edition of "Pichi Pichi Pitch" (c)HANAMRI PINK・YOKOTE MICHIKO/KODANSHA
『Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch aqua』(c)HANAMORI PINK/KODANSHA

Twenty years have passed since the start of the series.

─ "Pichi Pichi Pitch" was serialized from 2002 to 2005, but after 16 years, a new chapter, "Pichi Pichi Pitch aqua," has started. What was the impetus for this?

Hanamori: I was offered the job by the editorial department of "Nakayoshi", so the editor might be more qualified to explain.

Editor: We had been getting the feeling that the "Pitch boom" had been rekindled over the past few years, and we heard that the 15th anniversary live performance (a non-profit charity event) that Asumi-chan and the other members of the "Pitch" anime group held unofficially in 2019 was a great success.

Asumi: Yes, it was. The event was held without mentioning the "Pitch" name, but even so, the tickets were sold out, which made me think once again that "Pitch" is amazing.

 

Editor: Sales of "Pitch" merchandise were also very good, so I thought that there might be a demand from "Pitch" fans who have grown up. So I suggested to Hanamori-sensei, "Why don't we make a new chapter? "

Hanamori: We had several ideas for the content of the new chapter. It could be about Lucia and Kaito's child, or it could be about Lucia afterwards. Or what about we depict "Pitch" from a completely different world? After a lot of ideas and thinking, I decided to make the story of Lucia and Kaito's child, Rukia.

(c)HANOMORI PINK/KODANSHA

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