5th volume ships on May 19; manga just resumed last month after long hiatus
Shogakukan is listing the fifth compiled book volume of Daisuke Higuchi‘s Whistle! W (pronounced “Whistle Double”) manga as the final volume. The volume will ship on May 19, and will include special manga pages exclusive to the volume.
The manga centers on two boys. Kōga Tenjō is blessed with an affluent family, a famous former soccer player as a father, and an unyielding spirit. Takumi Kurose is a reticent and detached boy who has endured past hardships. When they meet, a new soccer story begins.
Higuchi launched the manga in Ura Sunday and Manga ONE in September 2016. Shogakukan published the manga’s fourth compiled book volume in January 2019. The manga is a “new story” in Higuchi’s Whistle! soccer manga series.
Higuchi serialized the original Whistle! manga in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1998 to 2002. Shueisha released 24 compiled book volumes for the series. Viz Media released all 24 volumes in English from 2004 to 2010, and released the manga digitally from 2013 to 2014. The manga inspired a 39-episode television anime in 2002-2003, and a stage play in 2016.
Higuchi launched a new manga titled Dokushi -Blunt- on Gentosha‘s Comic Boost website last July. The manga is a sequel to her Dokushi manga. Higuchi also published a full-color special chapter for the Whistle! manga on Shueisha‘s Shonen Jump+ website in August 2019.