It’s a bittersweet news for fans of Kotoyama’s Call of the Night (Yofukashi no Uta) manga, as Shogakukan revealed that the 18th compiled book volume of the well-received series will mark the beginning of the manga’s last arc. This much-anticipated volume is set to hit the shelves on November 17, and it brings with it an exciting and thrilling conclusion to the captivating vampire-themed story.
For those who are unfamiliar with the series, it revolves around a young human named Ko and his unique relationship with a vampire named Nanakusa as they go through different late-night adventures.
Kotoyama, the creator of the series, introduced Call of the Night in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in August 2019.
Viz Media publishes the manga in English. Its describes the story as follows:
Nanakusa is a vampire. That’s okay with human Ko. He wants to be one too. But transformation doesn’t come that easily…
When Nazuna invites Ko to spend the night at her place in an abandoned building, he’s stoked! But then he awakens to kisses on his neck with a little too much bite to them… Is it just the delicious taste of his blood that makes her meet him night after night for late-night adventures, conversation and…naps? Or something else? Then, when a cute girl from Yamori’s past shows up and competes for his attention, his budding relationship with the undead is put to the test!
The manga’s popularity led to the production of a television anime adaptation that premiered in July 2022, gaining an enthusiastic fanbase. HIDIVE streamed the anime with English subtitles while it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks released the anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 5.
The anime adaptation was produced by Japanese animation Studio Liden Films. Tomoyuki Itamura is the Director, while Tetsuya Miyanishi is the Chief Director. Michiko Yokote, known for writing the scripts for Bleach and Cowboy Bebop, is the Screenwriter. The character designs are by Haruka Sagawa.
Aside from Call of the Night, Kotoyama is also known for his other celebrated work, Dagashi Kashi, which launched June 2014 and had a TV anime adaptation in January 2017.
As the 18th volume of Call of the Night heralds the manga’s final arc, fans can expect an enthralling climax to this unique vampire story. With the series gaining recognition both in print and on screen, Kotoyama’s creation is sure to leave a lasting impression on the world of manga and anime.