AKB49: Ren'ai Kinshi Jōrei
|AKB49: Ren'ai Kinshi Jōrei|
(AKB49〜Renai Kinshi Jourei〜)
|Written by||Reiji Miyajima|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Magazine|
|Original run||August 2010 – ongoing|
AKB49: Renai Kinshi Jourei (AKB49〜恋愛禁止条例〜 AKB49 Ren'ai kinshi jōrei?) is an ongoing shōnen manga series based on the Japanese female idol group AKB48. This series is illustrated by Reiji Miyajima, and based on the original work by Fakutori Motoazabu. The story is told through the eyes of the 12th generation Kenkyūsei member Minoru Urayama. Real AKB48 members also appear occasionally in the story as supporting characters.
AKB49: Renai Kinshi Jourei was first serialized in the 39th issue of the Weekly Shōnen Magazine on 25 August 2010. It was also released in the tankōbon format, with 18 volumes being released as of February 2014.
The story follows Minoru Urayama, the first male member of the female idol group AKB48, and other members of the 12th generation Kenkyūsei (trainee members). Because the group's producer Yasushi Akimoto liked Minoru's hardworking attitude, he was placed in the center during the performances by the Kenkyūsei members. However, Akimoto issued an ultimatum to the Kenkyūsei members: with tickets costing 10000 yen they must have a filled theater during their performances in two months or the 12th generation Kenkyūsei will be disbanded.
The main male character in the story and a 12th generation Kenkyūsei member of the female idol group AKB48. He is also known by his female name "Minori Urakawa" in this story. 167 cm tall, Minoru has a younger sister.
Initially, Minoru had no interest in AKB48, and because of this, was laughed at by his classmates who were big fans of the group. However, in order to help Hiroko, his classmate whom he had a secret crush on, Minoru cross-dressed and participated in an audition together with her. Unwittingly, after he helped Hiroko pass her audition, he was selected by AKB48's producer Yasushi Akimoto to became a member of the group. Almost nobody suspected that he was a male, because he had a face that looked "pretty". He was often mistaken for another AKB48 member Sae Miyazawa by Yuko Oshima. Only member Mayu Watanabe suspected that he was a boy, though she was convinced by his explanation that he looked like one because he worked in a butler cafe. Producer Akimoto also knew that he was a male, but because he felt that Minoru made up for the traits that other girls were lacking, Minoru was allowed to remain in the group.
Used to be a member of a newly created stand-alone unit "Gekoku Jou" with Hiroko Yoshinaga and Ai Okabe. Currently a full-time member of Team A.
- Hiroko Yoshinaga (吉永 寛子?)
A 12th generation Kenkyūsei member of AKB48. She is a big fan of the idol group, especially one of the lead member Atsuko Maeda. She would get very angry with anyone who criticized Maeda. She passed the 12th generation Kenkyūsei audition because she spoke out in defense of Maeda when Minoru criticized Maeda when he was asked the question "which is your favorite AKB48 member?".
A person who dislikes sports, Hiroko is frequently tired out by the dance trainings that all Kenkyūsei members have to go through, to the extent that she injures herself frequently. However, she is also very hardworking, and she frequently stayed back after the practice sessions to continue dancing with Minoru. As the series progressed, her hard work paid off with her dancing abilities greatly improving.
Used to be a member of the stand-alone unit "Gekoku Jou" with Minoru Urayama and Ai Okabe. Currently a full-time member of Team K.
- Ai Okabe (岡部 愛?)
An 11th generation Kenkyūsei member of AKB48. Talented in dancing and singing, she is however also very ambitious and self-centered, which caused her to view "Minori" with enmity after he replaced her as center in Kenkyūsei performances, and even tried to sabotage him inside and outside performances. However, after he constantly emerged unscathed from her plots and even saved her from a botched sabotage attempt, she reluctantly concluded a truce with him. As the series progressed, while remaining aloof from the other Kenkyūsei members, she was forced to admit that Minoru made a better center than her due to his charisma and hard-working attitude.
Used to be a member of the stand-alone unit "Gekoku Jou" with Minoru Urayama and Hiroko Yoshinaga. Currently a member of Team B.
- Haruko Mizuno (水野 春子?)
A 12th generation Kenkyūsei member of AKB48. Hailing from Fukuoka, she stays in a dormitory designated for AKB48 kenkyūsei members and became room-mates with Hiroko after the latter was rendered homeless after a confrontation with her father. She has an upbeat personality and has great faith with Minoru as the center of the Kenkyūsei.
- Taichi Kijima (喜嶋 太一?)
The manager of the stand-alone unit "Gekoku Jou". A tall and handsome person, he is also very clumsy and accident-prone. He is however extremely dedicated to his work and sincerely believed in fostering the unit to its utmost. He is described as "someone who fully understands the pains and regrets of an idol".
- Tadamoto Kisaki (妃 忠祖?)
A mysterious old man who appears to be a janitor, he is later revealed to be the director of Queen Records, the company that manages "Gekoku Jou".
- Minami Takahashi (高橋 みなみ)
- AKB48 team A's captain.
- Haruna Kojima (小嶋 陽菜)
- AKB48 team A member.
- Mariko Shinoda (篠田 麻里子)
- AKB48 team A member.
- AKB48 team A member. In this story, she is portrayed as a very hardworking member who is credited with making the group famous. However, after she appeared unenthusiastic in a series of concerts, people started to criticize her as "lazy", and her popularity starts to drop. She is Hiroko Yoshinaga's favorite idol in the group and is also the reason why she joined it as a Kenkyūsei member.
- Rino Sashihara (指原 莉乃)
- AKB48 team A member.
- Sayaka Akimoto (秋元 才加)
- AKB48 team K's captain.
- Minami Minegishi (峯岸 みなみ)
- AKB48 team K member.
- Tomomi Itano (板野 友美)
- AKB48 team K member.
- Sae Miyazawa (宮澤 佐江)
- AKB48 team K member.
- AKB48 team K member. She was first introduced in this manga when Minoru Urayama accidentally stumbled into the AKB48 dressing room and surprised her. When interviewed, Yūko said that "when she read the manga, she felt like she was in that dressing room as illustrated by the author.".
- Yuki Kashiwagi (柏木 由紀)
- AKB48 team B's leader.
- Mayu Watanabe (渡辺 麻友)
- AKB48 team B member.
- Yasushi Akimoto (秋元 康)
- The producer of AKB48. He is also featured in this manga as the producer of this group.
- Tomonobu Togasaki (戸賀崎 智信)
- The manager of the AKB48 Theater.
AKB49: Renai Kinshi Jourei was first announced by AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto on 5 August 2010. It debuted in the 39th issue of the Weekly Shōnen Magazine that was released on 25 August 2010. The series was also released in the tankōbon format by Kodansha, with the first being released on 17 December 2010. Eighteen volumes of tankōbon were released as of 17 February 2014.
AKB49: Renai Kinshi Jourei is the first manga to be based on the group AKB48, although some of its members have been featured in the manga Den no Uyugi Club and Ugirino.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||17 December 2010||ISBN 978-4-06-384425-2||TBA||—|
|2||17 March 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-384465-8||TBA||—|
|3||17 June 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-384511-2||TBA||—|
|4||16 September 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-384554-9||TBA||—|
|5||17 November 2011||ISBN 978-4-06-384586-0||TBA||—|
|6||17 January 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384618-8||TBA||—|
|7||16 March 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384648-5||TBA||—|
|8||17 May 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384676-8||TBA||—|
|9||17 July 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384709-3||TBA||—|
|10||14 September 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384740-6||TBA||—|
|11||16 November 2012||ISBN 978-4-06-384769-7||TBA||—|
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