Ayu Watanabe’s romance manga Arashi-kun no Dakimakura is ending rather sooner than anticipated. Kodansha’s Bessatsu Friend magazine revealed on Friday, Nov 11, that the hit romance manga will end on January 13 and will be released on the magazine’s February 2023 issue.
Launched in Bessatsu Friend in March 2020, Arashi-kun no Dakimakura (Arashi’s Hug Pillow) follows the heart-pounding story of two high school students who are sleeping buddies. While taking a nap at the school’s infirmary, Sora suddenly woke up with the beautiful transfer student Arashi Tsukinose laying beside her. It turns out that the boy is suffering from insomnia, and she was the only one who can help put the beautiful 16-year-old to sleep.
The manga was written by Ayu Watanabe. Prior to the release of Arashi-kun no Dakimakura, Watanabe already enjoys a large fanbase due to her hit romance manga LDK. It centers on the romance between the high school girl Aoi Nishimori and the school’s prince Shūsei Kugayama. After a kitchen fire result in both of them living together under one roof, the two find themselves slowly getting attracted to each another.
LDK started in 2009 and ended in 2017. The manga became so popular it was adapted into a live-action film in April 2014. Ayame Gōriki and Kento Yamazaki starred in the movie. This was followed by another live-action adaptation in 2019, titled LDK Hitotsu Yane no Shita, “Suki” ga Futatsu (Two Loves Under One Roof).