After the Rain (manga)

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After the Rain
Koi wa Ameagari no You ni, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of manga.
恋は雨上がりのように
(Koi wa Ameagari no You ni)
GenreRomance[1]
Manga
Written byJun Mayuzuki
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Big Comic Spirits (June 27, 2014 - November 27, 2015)
Weekly Big Comic Spirits (January 18, 2016 - March 19, 2018)
Original runJune 27, 2014March 19, 2018
Volumes10
Anime television series
Directed byAyumu Watanabe
Written byDeko Akao
Music byRyo Yoshimata
Japanese Letters
StudioWit Studio
Licensed byAmazon Video (streaming)
Original networkFuji TV (Noitamina)
Original run January 12, 2018 March 30, 2018
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
Directed byAkira Nagai
Written byRiko Sakaguchi
StudioToho
ReleasedMay 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
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After the Rain (恋は雨上がりのように, Koi wa Ameagari no You ni) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Jun Mayuzuki. The series began serialization in Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits magazine in 2014, before moving to the magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits in 2016. Nine volumes have been published as of November 2017. An anime television series adaptation by Wit Studio aired from January 12 to March 30, 2018, on the Noitamina programming block. A live-action film adaptation was released on May 25, 2018.[2] Vertical are releasing the manga in North America.[3]

Plot[edit]

After the Rain tells the story of Akira Tachibana, a high school student working part-time at a family restaurant, who starts falling in love with the manager, a forty five year old divorcee with a young son. Akira struggles to determine why she is falling for Masami, and whether or not to reveal her feelings to him.

Characters[edit]

Akira Tachibana (橘 あきら, Tachibana Akira)
Voiced by: Sayumi Watabe[4]
Played by: Nana Komatsu[2]
A young high-school student with a piercing expression that makes many people slightly wary of her. She used to be part of the Track team, before a leg injury forced her to give up running. Having fallen into a depression, she met Masami who acted in a kind and friendly manner, offering her a free coffee when she took shelter at the restaurant in the rain. This act of kindness, began her infatuation with him. Despite her cold and inapproachable demeanor, she is actually rather timid and shy, especially when it comes to Masami.
Masami Kondo/Manager (近藤 正己/店長, Kondō Masami/Tenchō)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata[4]
Played by: Yo Oizumi[2]
A 45 year old manager of a family restaurant. A kind, timid man, he is often criticized by his employees for being too weak. He is divorced and has a young son named Yuto. He is initially rather intimidated by Akira, whom he assumes actually hates him, while she, in fact, is merely staring at him in love. He is a fan of "Pure Literature" and loves reading books. Prior to becoming a restaurant manager, he wrote novels alongside his former college buddy and now-renowned writer Chihiro Kujo.
Haruka Kyan (喜屋武 はるか, Kyan Haruka)
Voiced by: Emi Miyajima[4]
Played by: Nana Seino
Akira's former buddy in the Track team, who remains steadfast in maintaining their friendship after Akira's injury.
Yui Nishida (西田 ユイ, Nishida Yui)
Voiced by: Haruka Fukuhara[4]
Played by: Honoka Matsumoto
Akira's fellow crew at the Restaurant who has a blonde hair and cheerful personality. She has a crush on Takashi.
Ryosuke Kase (加瀬 亮介, Kase Ryōsuke)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[4]
Played by: Hayato Isomura
A chef in the restaurant who had a sexual interest in Akira. When he learns about Akira's infatuation with Masami, he blackmails her by forcing her to date him in order to keep her secret intact.
Takashi Yoshizawa (吉澤 タカシ, Yoshizawa Takashi)
Voiced by: Junya Ikeda[4]
Played by: Shono Hayama
Akira's classmate who had a crush on her. He also works on the restaurant with Akira as a kitchen staff.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 January 9, 2015[5]ISBN 978-4-09-186728-5September 25, 2018[6]ISBN 978-1-94-719434-2
2 April 10, 2015[7]ISBN 978-4-09-186868-8September 25, 2018[6]ISBN 978-1-94-719434-2
3 September 11, 2015[8]ISBN 978-4-09-187200-5December 18, 2018[9]ISBN 978-1-94-719436-6
4 January 12, 2016[10]ISBN 978-4-09-187417-7December 18, 2018[9]ISBN 978-1-94-719436-6
5 June 10, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-09-187629-4
6 October 12, 2016[12]ISBN 978-4-09-187798-7
7 March 10, 2017[13]ISBN 978-4-09-189389-5
8 July 12, 2017[14]ISBN 978-4-09-189546-2
9 November 10, 2017[15]ISBN 978-4-09-189656-8
10 April 27, 2018[16]ISBN 978-4-09-189793-0

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in March 2017.[1] It is directed by Ayumu Watanabe and written by Deko Akao, featuring animation by Wit Studio, character designs by Yuka Shibata and music by Ryo Yoshimata.[17] The opening theme song is "Nostalgic Rainfall" by CHiCO with HoneyWorks, while the ending theme song is "Ref:rain" by Aimer. It aired from January 12 to March 30, 2018 on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block. It ran for 12 episodes.[18] Amazon streamed the series worldwide on their Amazon Video service.

Episode list[edit]

No. English title[a]
Original Japanese title[19]
Original air date[20]
1"The Sound of Rain"
"Amaoto" (雨音)
January 12, 2018
The story begins with Akira Tachibana listening music in her class. She is working at Cafe Restaurant Garden operated by her manager, Mr. Masami Kondo. One of the workers keep saying that Kondo is quite pathetic because he keeps apologizing to the customers. Tachibana takes the rest time at the employer room and found a boy sitting while doing his schoolwork. That boy was Kondo's son named Yuto and Tachibana helps teaching him how to properly play his flute outside of the restaurant. She met her former Track club teammate Haruka and talk to her about the upcoming tournament. While watching Kondo hangs the cloth on the chair, she remembers the first time she visits the restaurant during the rainy day when Kondo treats her with a cup of coffee and doing some kind of magic trick and make a milk appears on his hand. She takes the Kondo's cloth and sniff it with some kind of nostalgia until Kondo comes back and sees Tachibana sniffing the cloth. Tachibana awkwardly puts the cloth back and sit while blushing and eating the sandwich in front of Kondo.
2"Rain Drops on Green Leaves"
"Aoba Ame" (青葉雨)
January 19, 2018
Normal business goes about at the cafe. Mr Kondo calls everyone and introduces a new part-timer, Yoshizawa, Tachibana's classmate. It's a slow day at the cafe so Yui asks Tachibana to name things that make her heart flutter to pass the time. While Tachibana's thinking, she looks over to where Mr Kondo is and quickly changes the subject and heads on out to the dining area. A customer forgets his cellphone so Tachibana hands it over to Mr Kondo and the latter chases after the customer. Mr Kondo unable to chase after the customer, who's riding a bike, decides to wait for him to come back. Tachibana standing beside him chases after the customer and was able to catch up with the customer giving him back his phone. Coming back, Tachibana collapses on the road and appears to be in pain. Mr Kondo and Tachibana head to a clinic nearby to get her ankle checked out. Leaving early, Tachibana recalls the events from earlier in the day. Mr Kondo calls Tachibana that night asking her if she's alright. The next day Mr Kondo visits Tachibana to apologize to Tachibana's mother regarding the previous day's incident. Tachibana inadvertently confesses to Mr Kondo. Mr Kondo takes it as her not hating him instead of a love confession.
3"Raining Tears"
"Ame Shizuku" (雨雫)
January 26, 2018
Tachibana dreams about the previous days events and contemplates if she should've worded her confession differently. As Tachibana heads home from school, a junior classman and track team member notices her and persuades her to come to the field with her. As Tachibana watches from afar, she has a flashback of her running and celebrating with her friend. The track team invites Tachibana to a family restaurant but she declines. One of the members commented that Tachibana is currently working at a family restaurant and that they should go there. Tachibana blatantly says no but backtracks and says it's far. She then abruptly leaves as rain start falling. While walking, Tachibana has flashbacks of how she injured her leg and how she came and met Mr Kondo as rain starts pouring heavily. Mr Kondo goes out for a smoke and notices someone from a distance. Tachibana shows up and confesses to Mr Kondo again. She then walks away as Mr Kondo stood at the door, shocked. The next day, Tachibana is back at work being her usual self. Mr Kondo drives Tachibana to the train station and they talk about her confession.
4"Gentle Rain"
"Sozoro Ame" (漫ろ雨)
February 2, 2018
5"The Scent of Rain"
"Kōu" (香雨)
February 9, 2018
6"Fine Rain"
"Sau" (沙雨)
February 16, 2018
7"Heavy Rain"
"Jin'u" (迅雨)
February 23, 2018
8"Quiet Rain"
"Seiu" (静雨)
March 2, 2018
9"Rain of Sorrow"
"Shūu" (愁雨)
March 9, 2018
10"Sudden Shower"
"Hakuu" (白雨)
March 16, 2018
11"Passing Shower"
"Sōu" (叢雨)
March 23, 2018
12"After the Rain"
"Tsuyu no Ato Saki" (つゆのあとさき)
March 30, 2018

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Amazon Video.

Reception[edit]

The manga was ranked fourth in the 2016 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook.[21] The manga was nominated for the ninth Manga Taishō Awards,[22] and was ranked seventh.[23] The manga has 2 million copies in print.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Romance Manga Gets Anime". Anime News Network. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Koi wa Ameagari no You ni Manga Gets Live-Action Film in May". Anime News Network. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ Ressler, Karen (March 28, 2018). "After the Rain Manga Listed From Vertical". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Koi wa Ameagari no You ni TV Anime Reveals Main Cast, Opening Theme Artist, January 11 Premiere". Anime News Network. December 21, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "After the Rain Vol. 1". Vertical. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 2" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 3" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "After the Rain Vol. 2". Vertical. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  10. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 4" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 5" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 6" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 7" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 8" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 9" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  16. ^ "恋は雨上がりのように 10" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Koi wa Ameagari no You ni TV Anime Reveals New Visual, Main Staff". Anime News Network. November 2, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  18. ^ "After the Rain Anime Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  19. ^ ストーりー (in Japanese). Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  20. ^ 恋は雨上がりのように - フジテレビ (in Japanese). Fuji TV. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  21. ^ "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2016's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. December 10, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  22. ^ "9th Manga Taisho Awards Nominate 11 Titles". Anime News Network. January 18, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy Wins 9th Manga Taisho Award". Anime News Network. March 30, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series (March - May 2018)". Anime News Network. May 7, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.

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