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
Volumes21 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byShōta Ihata
Written byTatsuya Takahashi
Music byMasato Kōda
StudioDiomedéa
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, TBS, BS-TBS, AT-X, ATV
Original run January 12, 2019 – present
Episodes10 (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 manga series written and illustrated by Kei Sasuga. It has been serialized weekly in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since April 2014 and twenty one 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 premiered on January 12, 2019 on the Animeism block. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series to simulcast 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, Tokiko 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 so also a teacher and a student while highlighting the themes of youth, family, friendships, learning and career.

Characters[edit]

Natsuo Fujii (藤井 夏生, Fujii Natsuo)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro[2]
Natsuo is a high school student and an aspiring novelist, full of creative impulses but hiding it from all his friends and classmates. He is deeply in love with his high school teacher Hina but in the process of trying to get over his feelings, he lost his virginity after meeting Rui at a party. Then, as if by some evil chance his father announces that he is getting remarried and introduces Natsuo to his future wife and her two daughters Hina and Rui with whom they will be sharing a new house. He initially starts a relationship with Hina, but she breaks up with him after their relationship is discovered by their school, moving to a new school and cutting all contact with him. While Natsuo is on a trip with his literature club, he comes across Hina again and attempts to rekindle their relationship, but is stopped by Hina who suggests their breakup was for the best, making Natsuo accept their breakup. In time Natsuo then feelings for Rui and the two start dating as Natsuo continues his work in becoming a novelist. After graduating from high school, he moves into an apartment near his university, where he becomes a member of a theater club and a screenwriter for their plays.
Eventually, Hina returns to Tokyo and begins a new job near Natsuo's apartment and the two manage to maintain a good hearted friendship, despite lingering feelings between the two. Natsuo then consistently comes to Hina's aid when she is stalked by Kengo Tanabe after Hina refused to officially date him, with Tanabe accusing Natsuo of speaking of Hina as if she was still his lover. One day, Tanabe breaks down and attempts to stab Hina, but Natsuo manages to defend her by shielding her with his body, leading Natsuo himself to be stabbed in the stomach. After almost dying of his Injury, Natsuo manages to recover and manages to release a novel, but his publishing team use his stabbing incident to promote it. While the novel sells really well, it is given bad reviews on the internet as it had nothing to do with Natsuos stabbing, with many suggesting the news story to be a publicity stunt.
Natsuo and Rui eventually attempt a serious relationship with each other, but soon Rui takes a year long training course in New york, making their relationship long distant. Their relationship steadily becomes strained as the two grow suspicious over comments made by other people, jealous over the company they keep and upset over misunderstandings that are made. In his attempts to pursue his writing career, the reaction to his last novel causes Natsuo to develop 'writers block' and he is unable to continue writing.
During a surprise visit to Natsuo, Rui and Natsuo get into an argument and, upon learning of Natsuos writers block, Rui ultimately realizes that she is not enough to fill the hole in Natsuo's heart that writing did, and feels that the two of them are unable to make their relationship work. Rui then says that she wants to break up with Natsuo saying that it is best that they go back to being family. Natsuo is hesitant at first, until Rui explains that the two of them have been becoming burdens to each other and making themselves more upset than happy when together. Natsuo then realizes that Rui is right and the two officially end their relationship.
Rui Tachibana (橘 瑠衣, Tachibana Rui)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[1]
Rui met Natsuo at a party and they both decided to run away and lose their virginity together. Her excuse was that she wanted to experience sex and as she was doubtful of finding 'love', she wanted to try with him. She is an excellent cook and has trouble understanding other people's feelings and expressing her own, so when living with Natsuo and Hina she is bewildered with everything happening around her and the development of 'feelings' for Natsuo. Despite her attempts to get closer to Natsuso, she eventually learns of his love for Hina and decides to 'hate' him, but is unable to do so as her feelings only grow. She supports His relationship with Hina, and is shocked when Hina leaves the school all of a sudden. Rui then manages to get information of Hina's whereabouts but becomes upset when Natsuo turns down her offer of finding Hina together and is unable to understand his feelings. While wearing a wig to see what her hair looks like long, she is shocked when Natsuo embraces her, only to become upset as she learns he mistook her for Hina, while also falling more in love due to being embraced in such a manner. During the literature club trip, Natsuo notices Hina and intends to go to her, causing Rui to beg Natsuo not to go due to her love for him. She becomes heartbroken when Natsuo leaves to Hina anyway, but is still upset over Natsuo confirming his relationship with Hina is over the next day.
As time goes on, Rui decides that she will no longer hold back her feelings for Natsuo. She later decides to pursue a profession in cooking after reuniting with her biological father and training at his restaurant. She and Natsuo then begin an official relationship with other, however, due to Natsuo's kindness to others, she often becomes jealous of misunderstood situations he finds himself in. Hina soon returns to Tokyo and while happy for her sister to be back, Rui still has bouts of nervousness about her being too close to Natsuo. She eventually tells Hina about her dating Natsuo at Natsuo's behest. Rui then gets serious in her ambitions to become a chef but is annoyed by a new apprentice chef whose skills are better than her own.
When Natsuo is stabbed by a stalker who attempted to attack Hina, Rui and the family stay by Natsuo's side as he recovers. She then overhears her mother, who is unaware of Rui and Natsuo dating, wondering if it was right to stay in the way of Hina and Natsuo being together if it was destiny, greatly upsetting Rui. As Natsuo recovers, the two continue their respective career ambitions, as well as deciding to make their relationship more serious. However, Rui decides to take a one year-long training course in New York, making their relationship long distance.
As time goes on, Rui's relationship with Natsuo becomes strained as the two grow suspicious over comments made by other people, jealous over the company they keep and upset over misunderstandings that are made. The two work hard to maintain their relationship, with Rui even surprising Natsuo with a visit from New York. However, upon learning of Natsuo's writers block, Rui becomes upset that Natsuo didn't confide in her something so important and that a female friend of Natsuo had turned up in an attempt to help him. Rui ultimately realizes that their relationship is not working out and that it is best that she and Natsuo break up due to the two of them becoming burdens to each other.
While she returned the watch Natsuo gave her to symbolize his commitment to their relationship, She keeps the crescent moon necklace Natsuo gave her as a good luck charm.
Hina Tachibana (橘 陽菜, Tachibana Hina)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[1]
She teaches English to high school students, she is very beautiful, sociable and easy going, the exact opposite of her sister Rui. Her private life is a mess as she was involved in an affair with a married man, and then, after breaking up with him, starts a relationship with her step-brother Natsuo. After She and Natsuo decide to make their relationship serious and come out to their parents about it, their is discovered by their school. She decides to break up with Natsuo to prevent him from throwing his future away for her and she transfers to a school in a far-away island, ceasing contact with both Natsuo and Rui.
Eventually, she decides to quit her teaching career and return to Tokyo, while also realizing her feelings for Natsuo never fully went away despite his then current relationship with Rui. While privately heartbroken over Natsuo's relationship with Rui, she does her best to support the two.
She eventually finds a new job in a hotel close to Natsuo's university, and attempts to date a man named Kengo Tanabe in an effort to move on from Natsuo. Despite the rich life style the man is able to offer her, Hina realizes her feelings for Natsuo are too strong and refuses Tanabes offer to officially date and eventually marry, breaking up with him as he becomes more assertive to her. This leads Tanabe to stalk her, causing Hina to call the police on him, resulting in Tanabe losing his job and blaming Hina. Tanabe is then spotted by Hina one day, with a menacing look in his eyes. Hina calls Natsuo as she attempts to run away, as Tanabe chases her with a kitchen knife. Before he can hurt Hina though, Natsuo shields Hina with his own body and is stabbed as a result. Natsuo almost dies due to his injury and loss of blood, making Hina blame herself for not acting on Tanabe sooner and she constantly stays by Natsuo's side. Natsuo manages to survive the attack and Hina stays by his side and tends to his needs as he recovers. She then confides in Masaki Kobayashi that her heart is too full of Natsuo for her to move on from him, and that she has decided to dedicate her life to Natsuo, regardless if he loves her or not.
She continues to support Natsuo in any way she can, while still harboring strong feelings for him. While Rui is studying overseas, Hina and Natsuo constantly hang out together, with Hina doing her utmost to keep her feelings for Natsuo in check. Eventually she and others realize a sharp turn in Natsuo's attitude, and they manage to make him confesses that he has writers block and that Rui broke up with him. She then consoles Natsuo and continues to look after him as he recovers.
Hina still treasures both the rings that She and Natsuo gave to each other to promise that they would be married in the future while they were dating and is shown to go to great lengths to keep them safe.
Momo Kashiwabara (柏原 もも, Kashiwabara Momo)
Voiced by: Haruka Yoshimura[2]
Momo is a classmate of Rui and Natsuo. She is infamous for being flirtatious and sexually promiscuous (she did it 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]
Miu is the sole member of the school's Lterature 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.
Akihito Fujii (藤井昭人, Fujii Akihito)
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita[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[3]
She is the mother of Hina and Rui. She began to date Akihito Fujii after her husband left her with another women. She becomes Natsuo's step mother after remarrying him.
Fumiya Kurimoto (栗本文哉, Kurimoto Fumiya)
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi[3]
He is Natsuo's best friend and adviser. He works part-time at a bar.
Yūya Masaoka (柾岡悠弥, Masaoka Yūya)
Voiced by: Takeaki Masuyama[3]
He is one of Natsuo's friends at school.
Kazuyuki Kine (木根和志, Kine Kazuyuki)
Voiced by: Gakuto Kajiwara[3]
He is one of Natsuo's friends at school.
Reiji Kiriya
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa[4]
A famous author who publishes under the pseudonym You Hasukawa. He also serves as the school's literature club author.
Shū Hagiwara
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa[4]
Shū Hagiwara, a married 32 years old man, who is a researcher at a Biology lab at an university. He was having an affair with Hina, his former student, for two years until she broke up with him. He eventually divorces his wife but is still told by his parents to be married again. After learning of Hina breaking up with Fujii Natsuo by leaving her school and home in order to cease all contact with him, he meets Hina again near the shops of the town she is living in. He then realizes that Hina is still completely in love with Natsuo and soon meets with Natsuo in Tokyo. There he convinces Natsuo that Hina has moved on, feeling that Hina will only be happy if she and Natsuo forget about each other.
Hagiwara would meets Hina again, and learns that despite being away from Natsuo, she is still in love with him. Hagiwara and Hina would meet again in Masaki Kobayashi's cafe, where he realizes he was wrong in thinking that Hina could ever forget Natsuo or that she would find happiness without him.
Masaki Kobayashi
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[4]
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 consoler 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:
Alex is a High School student who is a member of the Literature Club. He is of American descent.

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.[5] The chapters are being collected and released in the tankōbon format by Kodansha from July 17, 2014[6]. As of December 17, 2018, 21 volumes were released. Kodansha USA publishes the English-language translation of the manga via digital download.[7]

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 [ja] as Hina and Hanami Natsume [ja] as Rui.[8][9]

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 premiered on January 12, 2019,[a] and is broadcasting on the Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS.[12][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 Arisa Takigawa.[3] The series is simulcasting in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab.[13] Sentai Filmworks acquired the distribution rights for the series in North America, the British Isles, Australasia, South Africa, and other territories, and is simulcasting the series on select platforms.[14]

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 fan service was 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 the 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.[15]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Domestic Girlfriend premiered on January 11, 2019 at 25:55 (01:55am), effectively January 12, 2019.[10][11]

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 "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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "「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.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "『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.
  9. ^ "「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.
  10. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 30, 2018). "Domestic Girlfriend TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Both Opening, Ending Themes". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "INFORMATION". domekano-anime.com (in Japanese). Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ @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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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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