Twitter manga getting proper serializations is no longer a new thing. Just last week, we reported on The Ghost Behind the Gal joining the Weekly Shonen Champion line-up, based on Kurara Hashimoto’s popular webcomic, but color me surprised when I learned that Kiseki Himura’s Tawawa on Monday (Getsuyoubi no Tawawa) would be getting a serialization in Weekly Young Magazine.
Himura started the Tawawa on Monday webcomic back in 2015, and has since drawn close to 300 installments. New chapters go live every – you guessed it – Monday, and mostly consist of illustrations with not much text.
月曜日のたわわ その２９９ 『重大告知❤』 pic.twitter.com/zsGjDSwyUO
— 比村奇石 (@Strangestone) November 9, 2020
One of the reasons why Tawawa on Monday’s sudden addition to the pages of Weekly Young Magazine is so surprising is that, for all intents and purposes, the peak of the webcomic’s popularity has long since passed. While the chapter before the serialization announcement still got over 11,000 retweets, there was a short anime produced in 2016 by NBCUniversal that served to promote it to the wider public. In fact, the chapter published after the second episode is one of the most popular, netting close to 28,000 retweets.
Surely, it would’ve made more sense for Weekly Young Magazine to pick it up around then, not now? And it’s not as if Kodansha needs any more slice-of-life successes: The Cuckoo’s Fiancee is already breaking records here, there, and everywhere.
The Twitter version of Tawawa on Monday will also continue alongside the serialization, raising further doubts as to how it will function in the pages of Weekly Young Magazine. Will it be a proper series? Or will it just be a series of illustrations? We’ll just have to wait until later this week to find out.
— よむ (@y_o_m_y_o_m) November 9, 2020
Tawawa on Monday will begin serialization in Weekly Young Magazine on November 16.