Kentaro Yabuki, known as the manga artist of To Love Ru manga series, updated his Twitter on June 4 to announce that he welcomed a new family member – his second child the other day. He has a daughter with his former wife.
The tweet came with a drawing of Darling in the Franxx characters, Mitsuru, Kokoro, and their daughter, Ai. The father is anxiously holding his crying daughter, while the mother is cheerfully standing beside them. It has a message in the upper right corner “Baby has come♡”. You can see his signature in the bottom left corner. Yabuki has worked as the artist for the manga adaptation of Code:000’s story but didn’t have a chance to draw the scene in it.
The other day, my family welcomed a new family member. A bouncing boy… My heart is really full. And so I drew the Mitsuru, Kokoro, and Ai I hadn’t got a chance to draw in the manga adaptation of Darling in the Franxx.Kentaro Yabuki
Fans sent him congratulatory messages on the birth of his child under the tweet. He joined Twitter on May 26, 2021, and currently has over 540 thousand followers.
Kentaro Yabuki is highly reputed as an exceptional manga artist among fans because of his drawing skills. He has serialized To Love Ru in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from May 2006 to September 2009 (18 volumes), and the manga’s sequel To Love Ru Darkness in Shueisha’s monthly magazine Jump Square from October 2010 to March 2017. The sequel also had 18 volumes.
The manga adaptation of Darling in the Franxx started in January 2018 and was completed in January 2022 on Shueisha’s online magazine Shonen Jump+. The final, 8th volume was released on April 3, 2022.
His ongoing manga Ayakashi Triangle began in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on June 15, 2020, and moved into the company’s online magazine Shonen Jump+ with Chapter 89 on April 25, 2022. The manga is receiving an anime adaptation, set for 2023. Shueisha’s MANGA Plus website introduces the series as:
Japan may be brimming with mysterious monsters called ayakashi, but they have a special exorcist ninja force to counter the threat! Young exorcist ninja Matsuri spends his days fighting ayakashi to protect his childhood friend Suzu. But when an ayakashi cat named Shirogane shows up, things get turned upside down! Legendary mangaka Kentaro Yabuki returns to Shonen Jump with this new fantasy series full of ayakashi and romance!
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