This year's combined 3rd/4th issue of Shueisha's Margaret magazine is revealing this week that Rinko Ueda is running the second-to-last installment of her Stepping on Roses (Hadashi de Bara o Fume). The manga's finale should then follow in this year's sixth issue of Margaret, which will ship on February 20.
The story follows Sumi Kitamura, a girl who struggles to make ends meet, even as her irresponsible brother keeps bringing more orphans into their home. Then a rich young man named Soichiro Ashida offers to take care of Sumi and her extended family — if she marries him.
Ueda launched the manga in Margaret in 2007, and Shueisha published the eighth compiled book volume last October. Viz Media began publishing Stepping on Roses in North America in 2010 after releasing another manga by Ueda, Tail of the Moon. Viz's seventh Stepping on Roses book volume in English is slated for this March.
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