The manga industry was rocked when Hakusensha announced that they would be folding Bessatsu Hana to Yume.
— 美内すずえ (@miuchibell) May 26, 2018
The popular shoujo magazine was launched on July 1977 and was home to Yukarism, Shitsuji-sama no Okiniiri, and Embraced by the Moonlight. However, its biggest title was Suzue Miuchi’s Glass Mask.
Many of the on-going serializations in Bessatsu Hana to Yume are moving to new magazines, but Hakusensha didn’t share the fate of Glass Mask. Instead, Miuchi took to Twitter to tell fans that she’s shopping the series around. One of the main hurdles is the manga’s continued production troubles.
Hakusensha published the story’s 49th volume in 2012, but indefinitely delayed the 50th volume in 2013. The series was still being serialized in Bessatsu Hana to Yume, but fans thought it was strange that it wasn’t moving to a different Hakushensha magazine. Miuchi reassured fans that she’s still working on the story and that she will announce new publication plans on Twitter.
Glass Mask is a hallmark shoujo series that launched on January 1976. It’s a saga that depicts a rivalry between actresses Maya Kitajima and Ayumi Himekawa. They have different life experiences and come from contrasting social classes, but they vie for leading role in “The Crimson Goddess” stage play. The story follows the years they spend training for the role.
Glass Mask has three different anime adaptations. Eiken produced a 23-episode series in 1984, and TMS Entertainment produced a 3-episode OVA in 1998 with a 51-episode TV anime in 2005. A 23-episode live-action TV drama was also produced in 1997.