The final chapter of Yuki Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru manga just made its way to readers via the September issue of Kodansha’s Be Love magazine, but it’s not the last we’ll see of the series. According to that very same issue, a spinoff side story chapter is set to be published in the magazine’s December issue, which hits stands in Japan on November 1.
Beyond that, next up for the series is the 50th and final collected volume, which will launch in Japan and include a spinoff manga on December 13.
The Chihayafuru manga inspired three seasons of TV anime, with the first running from 2011-2012 and the latest premiering in October 2019. Crunchyroll streamed all three seasons as they aired and they’re also available on HIDIVE both subbed and dubbed. Sentai Filmworks released the seasons on home video and describes the series like so:
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.