After more than four years of serialization, in the most recent edition of the magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday The final chapter of the manga written and illustrated by Kotoyama“Yofukashi no Uta (Call of the Night)”. From previous chapters it had been inferred that the end of the story was going to be, at least bittersweet, considering the author’s background with “Dagashi Kashi“, and it seems they were right to worry.
From previous chapters it had been established that Nazuna Nanakusa had fallen completely in love with Kou Yamori, the protagonist, which caused her to be afraid of biting him to drink his blood. Let’s remember that there was a rumor that if a vampire falls in love with a human and sucks their blood, the human will die (the reverse version was also rumored, where it would be the vampire who dies).
In the end, it became a situation that can be summed up like this: “I want to love you and live my life with you, but if I do there is a chance that you will die.“. Or as it was mentioned on social networks: Nazuna thinks that vampire life is boring (she had mentioned it in a previous chapter) and she doesn’t want Kou to experience that eternal boredom.
With all this background, fans already expected that the ending of “Yofukashi no Uta (Call of the Night)” would not be completely satisfactory, and this seems to be the opinion of the majority. Although the final chapter has not been translated, we can see Nazuna and Kou together in a snowy area. In In the final illustration, they both appear lying in the snow, and Kou proposes that they “pursue each other to death” while Nazuna introduces him as “her lover.”
It is an open ending, since the romantic situation between the two is not fully expressed. (i.e. it is not established whether they become a couple or what their status is, at least in the preliminary translations), which has left a taste in the mouth, although sweet, also bitter in the fans who followed this franchise for years:
- «It was a great trip. Yofukashi no Uta has been with me since the pandemic began, it was something so fun to read during the endless nights, I had so many things to worry about, but the feeling I found when reading it made me feel great, it made me forget a little that we were trapped in our houses, because you know, the goal of the series was for Kou to go out all the time. It was a fun series, with many tear-jerking and funny moments, with a whole cast of endearing characters».
- «Thank you Kou and Nazuna, you will be missed, and I am very grateful to Kotoyama sensei, although I will never read Dagashi Kashi, I am looking forward to reading his next work. Thanks to you too for being along for the ride, for a series that was mostly improvised, it was amazing. My night has come to an end, I hope the night has come to an end for you too.».
- «I could have sworn we saw an adult Kou in some of the previous illustrations».
- «I really don’t know what to think about it.».
- «I’m glad to see one last look on Nazuna’s face when she sees Kou. The last page of them lying in the snow smiling is a nice way to end. I’m going to miss this series, hopefully another season of anime, but for now it’s good night».
- «Well, this isn’t a bad ending, but it’s not a happy one either, or so it seems. I don’t know how to feel about it».
- «Nazuna said that they should keep meeting each other until they die, so I guess when Kou is about to kick the bucket, that’s when Nazuna will finally bite him and they will die together.».
- «So why didn’t Kou let it bite him? If the effects had worn off already, he would have let her bite anyway. Just because a year has passed doesn’t mean she can’t kill him by sucking her blood, which is why she said they would spend the rest of her lives meeting each other again and again until THEY died. Because once Kou is old and on his deathbed, Nazuna will go with him.».
- «Why doesn’t anyone talk about how GIANT KOU’S HANDS ARE? Well, you know what they say about boys with big hands…».
- «I hate this ending so much, but to be honest, at least they’re together again.».
- «They will stay together and she will bite him when he is older and they will die together».
- «Probably. It is a semi-open ending, like Dagashi Kashi. It is open to interpretation which this author is known for. I mean he’s still half-vampire even after 4 years, he even says he learned to control it».
- «Yeah, Nazuna said they should play hide and seek until they die and Kou had an exasperated reaction.».
- «I mean, the ending could have been worse, so I don’t really care about this».
- I don’t know man, it seems a little disappointing. For me, a big fan of romance, this is not good. In my opinion, the story reached its peak with the conclusion of Mahiru and Hoshimi. The manga is still good, but the relationship between Nazuna and Kou is not very well thought out».
- «That’s what I’ve been saying for a long time. This ending matches Dagashi Kashi’s almost exactly. So I figured the last chapter would be similar too. A little jump in time and they are together again».
- «My first manga. Yofukashi no Uta introduced me to this world, and since then, I have come across many different works that have collectively rekindled my love for reading.. manga or not. It will always hold a very, very special place in my heart.».
- «I wanted him to become a vampire but I’m happy either way, thank you Kotoyama, this masterpiece will always be in my mind as it holds a place in my heart that no other manga can replace».