Domestic Girlfriend

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Domestic Girlfriend
Domestic Girlfriend, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of the manga.
ドメスティックな彼女
(Domesutikku na Kanojo)
GenreRomance[1]
Manga
Written byKei Sasuga
Published byKodansha
English publisherKodansha USA
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runApril 23, 2014 – present
Volumes24 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShōta Ihata
Written byTatsuya Takahashi
Music byMasato Kōda
StudioDiomedéa
Licensed bySentai Filmworks
Original networkMBS, TBS, BS-TBS, AT-X, ATV
Original run January 12, 2019 March 30, 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Domestic Girlfriend (Japanese: ドメスティックな彼女, Hepburn: Domesutikku na Kanojo) is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sasuga. It has been serialized weekly in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since April 2014 and twenty four tankōbon volumes of the manga have been released so far. The series has been published digitally in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. An anime television series adaptation by Diomedéa aired from January 12, 2019 to March 30, 2019 on the Animeism block. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series in North America and other countries.

Plot[edit]

Natsuo Fujii is hopelessly in love with his teacher, Hina. Trying to move on, he agrees to a mixer. There he meets an odd girl, Rui Tachibana, who invites him to sneak out. She takes him to her house and asks him to have sex with her. Natsuo, frustrated that his love will not bear fruit anyway, says goodbye to his virginity. The next day, Natsuo's dad tells him that he wants to remarry and his prospective partner is coming to their house that evening. When the door opens, it turns out that Rui is Hina's younger sister and both are daughters of the woman his father wants to marry, Tsukiko Tachibana.

Domestic Girlfriend tells the story of the conflicted feelings of Natsuo towards his first love and the girl he lost his virginity to; the controversial and conflicting nature of romantic relationships between step-siblings and also between a teacher and a student while highlighting the themes of youth, family, friendships, learning, growing up, and career.

Characters[edit]

Natsuo Fujii (藤井 夏生, Fujii Natsuo)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro[2] (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)[3]
Natsuo is a high school student who is 17 years old and an aspiring novelist, full of creative impulses but hiding it from all his friends and classmates. He becomes romantically involved with his school-teacher and later-stepsister Hina Tachibana, as well as future-classmate and later-stepsister Rui Tachibana.
Rui Tachibana (橘 瑠衣, Tachibana Rui)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[1] (Japanese); Natalie Rial (English)[3]
Rui is a high school student who eventually begins a relationship with Natsuo. She initially met him on an outing with friends and eventually becomes his stepsister.
Hina Tachibana (橘 陽菜, Tachibana Hina)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[1] (Japanese); Patricia Duran (English)[3]
Hina is a high school English teacher who eventually begins a relationship with Natsuo, one of her students.
Momo Kashiwabara (柏原 もも, Kashiwabara Momo)
Voiced by: Haruka Yoshimura[2] (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)[3]
Momo is a classmate of Rui and Natsuo. She is infamous for being flirtatious and sexually promiscuous (when asked, she estimates she hooked-up with over 30 boys, including one of Natsuo's friends), aside from her hobby of making weird plush dolls. She befriends Rui, who was warned not to deal with her and later sets her sights on Natsuo. She is from a broken family and attempted suicide once. Despite her appearance, she is revealed to be quite smart as she landed in the Top Ten during school exams.
Miu Ashihara (葦原 美雨, Ashihara Miu)
Voiced by: Konomi Kohara[2] (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)[3]
Miu is the sole member of the school's Literature Club until the arrival of Natsuo, Rui, and Momo. She is portrayed as a shy and soft-spoken girl with a sense of strictness when they are in the library. She has a crush on her japanese teacher Kiriya at high school, but she is too shy to confess her feelings to him.
Akihito Fujii (藤井昭人, Fujii Akihito)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese); Mark X. Laskowski (English)[4][3]
He is the father of Natsuo. He began to date Tokiko Tachibana, after his wife died. He becomes stepfather of Hina and Rui after remarrying her.
Tokiko Tachibana (橘都樹子, Tachibana Tokiko)
Voiced by: Yurika Hino (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)[4][3]
She is the mother of Hina and Rui. She began to date Akihito Fujii after her husband left her, ostensibly for another woman. She becomes Natsuo's step mother after remarrying him.
Fumiya Kurimoto (栗本文哉, Kurimoto Fumiya)
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)[4][3]
He is Natsuo's best friend and adviser. He works part-time at a bar.
Yuya Masaoka (柾岡悠弥, Masaoka Yūya)
Voiced by: Takeaki Masuyama (Japanese); Courtland Johnson (English)[4][3]
He is one of Natsuo's friends at school.
Kazushi Kine (木根和志, Kine Kazushi)
Voiced by: Gakuto Kajiwara (Japanese); Mike Haimoto (English)[4][3]
He is one of Natsuo's friends at school.
Reiji Kiriya (桐谷怜士, Kiriya Reiji)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese); David Wald (English)[5][3]
A famous author who publishes under the pseudonym You Hasukawa. He also serves as the school's literature club author.
Shu Hagiwara
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese); Adam Gibbs (English)[5][3]
Shu Hagiwara, a married 32 years old man, who is a researcher at a Biology lab at an university.
Masaki Kobayashi
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese); John Gremillion (English)[5][3]
Masaki Kobayashi is a current bartender and owner of the cafe Fumiya Kurimoto works at and that Natsuo, Rui and Hina frequently visit. In the past he was a rising star of the Yakuza and son of the head of a Yakuza branch. Sometime after falling in love with another Yakuza male of a rival branch he would leave the Yakuza behind him in order to pursue happiness though his homosexual lifestyle.
Kobayashi also acts as a counselor and adviser to his more favorite customers such as Fujii Natsuo, and is always willing to help him and others, especially when it comes to love. He has a soft spot for cute males and makes no attempt to hide his desires to those he likes. Kobayashi also dresses brazenly in keeping for any event he attends, although he wears stockings while attending his cafe.
He has a good friendship, both drinking and social, with Tachibana Hina, who confides in him her love for Natsuo and her dedication of her life to making Natsuo happy regardless if he loves her back or not, and offers support to Hina when she needs it.
Alex J. Matsukawa
Voiced by: Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese); Blake Shepard (English)
Alex is a high school student who is a member of the Literature Club. He is of American descent. He has a crush on Rui.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Kei Sasuga, the manga series is being serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from April 23, 2014.[6] The chapters are being collected and released in the tankōbon format by Kodansha from July 17, 2014.[7] As of September 17, 2019, twenty-four volumes have been released. Kodansha USA publishes the English-language translation of the manga via digital download.[8]

Web video[edit]

A web video was released in May 2016 on YouTube, coinciding with the publication of the manga's ninth volume. Meant to be a "demo type love simulation drama", the video allows the viewer to interactively influence the story by choosing between clicking two annotations that lead to separate videos. The video stars Anna Konno as Hina and Hanami Natsume as Rui.[9][10]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on July 12, 2018.[1] The series is directed by Shōta Ihata and written by Tatsuya Takahashi, with animation by studio Diomedéa. Naomi Ide provides the series' character designs. The anime aired from January 12 to March 30, 2019,[a] and was broadcast on the Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS.[13][2] The opening theme is "Kawaki wo Ameku" (カワキヲアメク) by Minami, and the ending theme is "Wagamama" (わがまま) by Alisa Takigawa.[4] The series simulcast in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab.[14] Sentai Filmworks acquired the distribution rights for the series in North America, the British Isles, Australasia, South Africa, and other territories, and simulcast the series on select platforms.[15] HIDIVE announced that they will produce an English dub of the anime series.[16] MVM Entertainment have acquired the distribution rights via Sentai Filmworks for the United Kingdom and Ireland.[17]

Reception[edit]

The first volume was reviewed in Anime News Network by three reviewers. Nik Freeman felt that the manga's step-sibling love triangle was a contrivance and that the sexual elements were a waste of Sasuga's talents, but complimented the drama and comedy, along with the characterization. Rebecca Silverman called the manga's setup a more mature Marmalade Boy, but said that the manga is less melodramatic due to Natsuo being more grounded and sensitive. Amy McNulty noted the manga's extra layers of reality and melodrama, finding Rui to be the most memorable character while Natsuo is still realistic, concluding that the manga has a more honest setup of its tropes.[18]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Domestic Girlfriend premiered on January 11, 2019 at 25:55 (01:55am), effectively January 12, 2019.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Domestic Girlfriend Romance Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. July 11, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-07-12. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime Reveals More Cast, January 2019 Premiere". Anime News Network. October 11, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-10-11. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m ""Domestic Girlfriend" English DUBCAST℠ Edition Cast List on HIDIVE". HIDIVE. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime Reveals 1st Promo Video, Theme Song Artists, More Cast Members". Anime News Network. November 9, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-11-09. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime's New Promo Video Previews Ending Theme (Updated)". Anime News Network. December 14, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-12-15. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "「GE」の流石景、週マガに凱旋!三角関係を描く新連載". natalie.mu (in Japanese). April 23, 2014. Archived from the original on 2018-11-26. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "作品: ドメスティックな彼女 DOME × KANO([著]流石景)". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2017-12-30. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Kodansha USA Publishes Domestic Girlfriend, GTO Paradise Lost Manga Digitally". Anime News Network. April 11, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-04-12. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "『ドメスティックな彼女』今野杏南&夏目花実で実写化 WEB動画公開". Oricon (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2017-08-25. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "「ドメカノ」がWebドラマに!今野杏南と夏目花実が過激なシーンに体当たり". Natalie (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  11. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 30, 2018). "Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Both Opening, Ending Themes". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 2, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "INFORMATION". domekano-anime.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime Reveals January 11 Premiere". Anime News Network. December 4, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  14. ^ @AnimeLab (January 2, 2019). "💞 Schoolboy Natsuo finds out that his soon to be step-siblings are none other than his teacher crush, Hina and the girl with whom he has his 'first time', Rui. Experience the unexpected love triangle of Domestic Girlfriend on AnimeLab soon! 💞" (Tweet). Retrieved January 2, 2019 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 5, 2018). "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Domestic Girlfriend Anime". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2019-01-06. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "HIDIVE Confirms English Dub for Domestic Girlfriend Anime". Anime News Network. 19 May 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  17. ^ MVMEntertainment [@MVM_UK] (May 25, 2019). "Heads up! Here's our first five new licenses. As always it's too early to say dates, price, CE or not etc. But we'll be releasing Anohana: Flowers We Saw That Day, Asura Cryin' S1&2, Domestic Girlfriend, Girl in Twilight and Mysteria Friends!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 25, 2019 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Freeman, Nik; Silverman, Rebecca; McNulty, Amy. "Domestic Girlfriend Vol. 1". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 31 July 2017.

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