In an announcement made within the pages of this year’s September edition of Shogakukan’s Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine, it was revealed that Sōichirō Yamamoto’s beloved manga “Teasing Master Takagi-san” (also known as “Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san”) will be concluding its run in the magazine’s November issue, set to be released on October 12.
The inception of this charming manga took place in 2013, when Yamamoto introduced “Teasing Master Takagi-san” within the pages of Gessan mini, an accompanying booklet to Shogakukan’s Gessan (Monthly Shonen Sunday) magazine.
Following the completion of his prior work, “Fudatsuki no Kyōko-chan,” in Gessan in June 2016, Yamamoto’s creation found its new home in Gessan in July of the same year. The manga has since been compiled into 19 volumes, with the 19th volume hitting shelves on March 10.
The manga’s appeal has extended beyond its original language, as Yen Press has been diligently releasing its English editions. The 17th volume graced readers on April 18. Yen Press aptly describes the story as one revolving around Nishikata, a middle schooler, and his ongoing battles of wit with his classmate and seatmate, the ever-cunning Takagi. Despite his efforts to turn the tables with pranks, Takagi consistently stays one step ahead, fueling a delightful showdown of youthful cunning.
The manga’s success was a catalyst for its transition into the world of anime, with its first television adaptation premiering in January 2018 as part of the “Anime no Me” programming block. The series went on to air its second season in July 2019, followed by a third season titled “Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san 3,” which debuted in January 2022 within MBS and TBS’ Super Animeism block. Notably, the franchise expanded to the big screen with “Teasing Master Takagi-san: The Movie” in June 2022. This cinematic venture found its way beyond Japan, screening in the U.S. in August of the same year, courtesy of Sentai Filmworks.
The allure of “Teasing Master Takagi-san” transcended animation, with a live-action adaptation in the works, helmed by director Rikiya Imaizumi, known for his work on the live-action “Hōzuki-san Chi no Aneki” and “Call Me Chihiro” films. Though details about the format of this adaptation remain undisclosed, it marks yet another chapter in the enduring journey of this endearing series.
Source | Monthly Shonen Sunday September issue