Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai: Ren'ai Series

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Confession Executive Committee: Love Series
告白実行委員会〜恋愛シリーズ〜
(Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Ren'ai Series~)
Light novel
Written byTōko Fujitani
Illustrated byYamako
Published byKadokawa
DemographicFemale
ImprintKadokawa Beans Bunko
Original runFebruary 1, 2014 – present
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart
Directed byHitoshi Nanba
Takurō Tsukada
Music byHoneyWorks
StudioLay-duce
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11
Original run November 24, 2017 December 30, 2017
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Anime films
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Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai ~Ren'ai Series~ (告白実行委員会〜恋愛シリーズ〜, transl. Confession Executive Committee: Love Series) is a Japanese romance Vocaloid song series by HoneyWorks.[1] The project's first song on Nico Nico Douga was a music video sung by Vocaloid Gumi titled "Hatsukoi no Ehon" (初恋の絵本) that was released on November 18, 2011. The songs have spawned into various media forms including manga, novel, and anime adaptations.[2]

Two anime films titled Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita and Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o were released in 2016.[3] An anime television series by Lay-duce titled Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart premiered in November 2017.[4]

Plot[edit]

Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai tells the love stories of six third year high school students: Natsuki Enomoto, Yu Setoguchi, Sota Mochizuki, Akari Hayasaka, Mio Aida, and Haruki Serizawa. Besides them, various other love stories about the people around them are also told. The stories focus on conflict and how hard it can be to confess your love.

Characters[edit]

Third Year Students[edit]

Natsuki Enomoto (榎本 夏樹, Enomoto Natsuki)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu[5]
A boisterous third year student who is friendly to everyone. She is in love with her childhood friend Yu, but she fears that if he rejects her confession, their friendship will be ruined. To save face, she lies to him by stating that he is her practice confession partner. Her main songs are "Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū" (告白予行練習), "Byōmei Koi Wazurai" (病名恋ワズライ), "Tokyo Summer Session" (東京サマーセッション), and "Destiny."
Yu Setoguchi (瀬戸口 優, Setoguchi Yū)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya[5]
Natsuki's childhood friend and the president of the Movie Research Club. He is secretly in love with Natsuki, but unsure if the feeling is mutual. His main songs are "Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū ~Another Story~" (告白予行練習〜another story〜), "Terekakushi Shinshuki" (テレカクシ思春期), "Tokyo Summer Session" (東京サマーセッション), and "Terekakushi Kinenbi" (テレカクシ思春期).
Sota Mochizuki (望月 蒼太, Mochizuki Sōta)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[5]
The vice president of the Movie Research Club and nicknamed "Mochita." He falls in love with Akari and gets easily jealous of other guys approaching her. His main songs are "Yakimochi no Kotae" (ヤキモチの答え), "Tokyo Summer Session" (東京サマーセッション), and "Boku ga Namae o Yobu Hi" (僕が名前を呼ぶ日).
Akari Hayasaka (早坂 あかり, Hayasaka Akari)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi[5]
The president of the Art Club. A beautiful and nice, yet sort of clumsy girl, nobody knows what she is actually thinking. Even though she admires the concept of love, she has never experienced falling in love herself. Her main songs are "Yakimochi no Kotae ~Another Story~ (ヤキモチの答え〜another story〜), "Tokyo Summer Session" (東京サマーセッション), and "Watashi ga Koi o Shiru Hi" (私が恋を知る日).
Mio Aida (合田 美桜, Aida Miō)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki[5]
The vice president of the Art Club. A gentle, shy, and discreet girl. She is not good at talking with boys, but she gets along with Haruki. As a result of their closeness, they are rumored to be dating. They deny the rumors while struggling to confess their feelings to each other. Mio's main songs are "Hatsukoi no Ehon" (初恋の絵本), "Mirai-zu" (未来図), "Tokyo Summer Session" (東京サマーセッション), and "Ippun'ichibyō Kimi to Boku no" (一分一秒君と僕の).
Haruki Serizawa (芹沢 春輝, Serizawa Haruki)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[5], Koinu (childhood)
A member of the Movie Research Club. His blond hair and sharp eyes lead others to believe he is a bad student. He falls in love with Mio and though they act like a couple, they are unable to confess their feelings to each other. His main songs are Hatsukoi no Ehon ~another story~" (初恋の絵本〜another story〜), "Inokori-sensei" (イノコリ先生), "Sayonara Ryo-Kataomoi" (さよなら両片想), "Tokyo Summer Session" (東京サマーセッション), and "Ippun'ichibyō Kimi to Boku no" (一分一秒君と僕の).
Koyuki Ayase (綾瀬 恋雪, Ayase Koyuki)
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga[5]
A member of the Horticulture Club. A boy with long hair and glasses who changed his appearance during his third year in high school after being teased for his feminine looks. Natsuki never teased him and because of this, he is in love with her, but he is aware of Natsuki and Yu's mutual feelings toward each other. His main songs are "Kokuhaku Rival Sengen" (告白ライバル宣言) and "Senpai." (センパイ).
Sena Narumi (成海 聖奈, Narumi Sena)
Voiced by: Sora Amamiya[5]
A girl who works as a model outside of school. Unbeknown to Midori, she has noticed him too and wants to talk to him. Her main songs are "Kin'yōbi no Ohayō ~Another Story~" (金曜日のおはよう〜another story〜), "Kawaiku Naritai" (可愛くなりたい), and "Nichiyōbi no Himitsu" (日曜日の秘密).
Midori Hamanaka (濱中 翠, Hamanaka Midori)
Voiced by: Gero[6]
Haruki's best friend who moved from Kansai before entering high school. He speaks in a Kansai dialect. He recognized Sena on his commute by train to school and has wanted to talk to her, but cannot muster the courage to do so. His main songs are "Kin'yōbi no Ohayō" (金曜日のおはよう) and "Nichiyōbi no Himitsu" (日曜日の秘密).

First Year Students[edit]

Hina Setoguchi (瀬戸口 雛, Setoguchi Hina)
Voiced by: Momo Asakura[6]
Yu's younger sister by two years. She styles her pink hair in twin pigtails. During her first year in middle school, she met Koyuki and despite a disastrous first encounter full of misunderstandings, the two became friends and she fell in love with him. She wants to confess her feelings, but she knows that Koyuki is in love with someone else. Her main songs are "Ima Suki ni Naru" (今好きになる), "Sankaku Jealousy ~Another Story" (三角ジェラシー〜another story〜), "Senpai." (センパイ。), and "Daikirai na Hazudatta." (大嫌いなはずだった。).
Kotaro Enomoto (榎本 虎太朗, Enomoto Kotarō)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[6]
Natsuki's younger brother by two years. He has trouble being honest and his words sometimes end up hurting people. He is in love with Hina, but after he learns that Hina loves Koyuki, he tries to help her with her confession. His main songs are "Sankaku Jealousy" (三角ジェラシー), "Ima Suki ni Naru ~Triangle Story~" (今好きになる〜triangle story〜), "Daikirai na Hazudatta." (大嫌いなはずだった。).
Arisa Takamizawa (高見沢 アリサ, Takamizawa Arisa)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[6]
A girl with short bangs and a twin-tail hairstyle. In middle school, she helped her classmate from being bullied, but ended up getting bullied herself. She admires Sena and wears her hair the same way Sena does. She disapproves of Ken's womanizing behavior and after criticizing his behavior, he takes an interest in her. She starts to like him, but his flirty ways and many girlfriends discourage her from acting on her feelings. Her main songs are "Heart no Shuchō" (ハートの主張) and "Ijiwaru na Deai" (イジワルな出会い).
Ken Shibasaki (柴崎 健, Shibasaki Ken)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya[6]
Kotaro's friend since middle school. He is nicknamed "Shibaken." He has a reputation for being a playboy, but he was actually a shy and sensitive person in elementary school. After Arisa scolds him for his behavior, he begins to rethink himself, realizing that his casual relationships are not serious. He breaks up with his girlfriends, intending to have Arisa as his only focus. His main song is "Ijiwaru na Deai" (イジワルな出会い).
Kodai Yamamoto (山本 幸大, Yamamoto Kōdai)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[6]
Kotaro and Ken's best friend who loves to read books and seems to be very observant of other people. He secretly has a crush on Natsuki.

New First Year Students[edit]

Hiyori Suzumi (涼海 ひより, Suzumi Hiyori)
Voiced by: Inori Minase
A girl who is a fan of the idol group LIPxLIP. Her main song is "Non Fantasy" (ノンファンタジー).
Yujiro Someya (染谷 勇次郎, Someya Yūjirō)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama
A member of the idol group LIPxLIP. Despite the group's popularity, he does not get along with Aizo. His main songs are "Romeo" (ロメオ) and "Non Fantasy" (ノンファンタジー).
Aizo Shibasaki (愛蔵, Aizō)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
A member of the idol group LIPxLIP. Despite the group's popularity, he does not get along with Yujiro. His main songs are "Romeo" (ロメオ) and "Non Fantasy" (ノンファンタジー).

Other Characters[edit]

Saku Akechi (明智 咲, Akechi Saku)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
A teacher at Sakuragaoka Academy and the advisor of Movie Research Club. He was Chiaki's best friend and has known Haruki since childhood. Since Chiaki's death, his relationship with Haruki has been strained. His main subject is literature and he always wears a white coat so his clothes do not get dirty. His main song is "Inokori Sensei" (イノコリ先生).
Chiaki Serizawa (芹沢 千秋, Serizawa Chiaki)
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura
Haruki's late older brother and Saku's best friend. He died in an accident while saving Mio's life. His main song is "Inokori-sensei" (イノコリ先生).

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release date Title Artist(s)
December 31, 2015 "Boku ga Namae o Yobu Hi/ Watashi ga Koi o Shiru Hi" (僕が名前を呼ぶ日/私が恋を知る日) GUMI
April 13, 2016 "Koi Iro Sake" (恋色に咲け) Sana
April 20, 2016 "Ippun'ichibyō Kimi to Boku no" (一分一秒君と僕の) Sphere
August 14, 2016 "Terekakushi Kinenbi/Kawaiku Naritai" (テレカクシ記念日/可愛くなりたい) Gom, Sana
September 14, 2016 "Canelle to Wolf" (カヌレとウルフ, Kanure to Urufu) CHiCO
December 14, 2016 "Senpai." (センパイ。) TrySail
August 9, 2017 "Judge☆/Tsuki no Hime" (ジャッジ☆/月の姫, Jajji☆/Tsuki no Hime) Hatsune Miku, GUMI
December 6, 2017 "Non Fantasy/Hitsuyō Fukkaketsu" (ノンファンタジー/必要不可欠) LIPxLIP
December 6, 2017 "Tokyo Winter Session" (東京ウインターセッション) Haruka Tomatsu, Hiroshi Kamiya, Yūki Kaji, Kana Asumi, Kenichi Suzumura, Aki Toyosaki

Albums[edit]

Release date Title Package number Oricon
highest chart[7]
Limited edition Standard edition
January 29, 2014 "Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita." (ずっと前から好きでした。) SMCL-322〜4 (A)
SMCL-325/6 (B)
SMCL-327 4th
November 26, 2014 "Boku Ja Dame Desu ka? (僕じゃダメですか?) SMCL-363〜5 SMCL-366
July 15, 2015 "Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o. (好きになるその瞬間を。) SMCL-389〜91 SMCL-392
February 22, 2017 "Nando Datte, Suki." (何度だって、好き。) SMCL-466〜8 SMCL-469

Anime adaptations[edit]

Film[edit]

The first film titled Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita opened in Japan on April 23, 2016. The film is based on the songs "Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū," "Hatsukoi no Ehon," and "Yakimochi no Kotae," which tell the third year students' love stories.[8] The opening theme performed by CHiCO is titled "Koi Iro Sake" (恋色に咲け) and the ending theme performed by Sphere is titled "Ippun'ichibyō Kimi to Boku no."[9]

The second film Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o opened in Japan on December 17, 2016. The film is based on the songs "Ima Suki ni naru" and "Sankaku Jealousy," which tell the love story of Hina Setoguchi, Kotaro Enomoto, and Koyuki Ayase. The opening sung by TrySail is titled "Senpai." and the ending song titled "Daikirai na Hazudatta." is performed by Sayuringo Gundan + Manatsu-san Respect Gundan from Nogizaka46.[10]

Both films are produced by Qualia Animation with direction and scripts respectively by Tetsuya Yanagisawa and Yoshimi Narita. Maki Fujii serves as character designer adapting Yamako's art and as chief animation director. HoneyWorks serves as a music producer.[6]

Television series[edit]

In March 2017, an anime television special was announced on the official HoneyWorks Twitter account.[4] The series titled Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart (いつだって僕らの恋は10センチだった。, Itsu Datte Bokura no Koi wa 10 Senchi Datta.) was broadcast for six weeks starting on November 24, 2017 on Tokyo MX and BS11. The story focuses on Mio Aida and Haruki Serizawa with new elements added to the plot; the series adapts the songs "Hatsukoi Ehon" and "Ippun'ichibyō Kimi to Boku." The animation is produced by Lay-duce while Takurō Tsukada serves as the director and Hitoshi Nanba serves as the chief director.[11] The group LIPxLIP, composed of Kōki Uchiyama and Nobunaga Shimzaki, performs the opening theme "Non Fantasy" (ノンファンタジー). The main cast members as their characters (Haruka Tomatsu as Natsuki Enomoto, Hiroshi Kamiya as Yu Setoguchi, Yūki Kaji as Sota Mochizuki, Kana Asumi as Akari Hayasaka, Kenichi Suzumura as Haruki Serizawa, and Aki Toyosaki as Mio Aida) perform the ending theme "Tokyo Winter Session" (東京ウインターセッション).[12] The final episode features a song performed by Aki Toyosaki under her character name Mio Aida titled "Re: Hatsukoi no Ehon" (Re:初恋の絵本). Aniplex of America has licensed the series for a North American release. Crunchyroll holds the rights for online streaming.[13]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a] Insert song(s) Original air date
1"Spring, First Love, and The Color of Sakura"
Transcription: "Haru, Hatsukoi, Sakurairo." (Japanese: 春、初恋、桜色。)
TBANovember 24, 2017 (2017-11-24)
2"Summer, Fireworks, and The Color of Love"
Transcription: "Natsu, Hanabi, Koi no Iro." (Japanese: 夏、花火、恋の色。)
"Hitsuyō Fukaketsu" (必要不可欠) by LIPxLIP
"Tokyo Summer Session" (東京サマーセッション) by sana & CHiCO
December 2, 2017 (2017-12-02)
3"Secrets, Loneliness, and The Color of Dusk"
Transcription: "Himitsu, Kodoku, Yūgure-iro." (Japanese: 秘密、孤独、夕暮れ色。)
"Kikoemasuka" (聞こえますか) by KoinuDecember 9, 2017 (2017-12-09)
4"Study Abroad, Map to Future, and The Color of Hearts"
Transcription: "Ryūgaku, Mirai-zu, Kokoro no Iro." (Japanese: 留学、未来図、心の色。)
TBADecember 16, 2017 (2017-12-16)
5"First Snow, Dreams, and The Color of Tears"
Transcription: "Hatsuyuki, Yume, Namida no Iro." (Japanese: 初雪、夢、涙の色。)
TBADecember 23, 2017 (2017-12-23)
6"Graduation, Departure, and The Color of Future"
Transcription: "Sotsugyō, Tabidachi, Mirai no Iro." (Japanese: 卒業、旅立ち、未来の色。)
"Koi to Iu Okurimono" (恋という贈り物) by AmatsukiDecember 30, 2017 (2017-12-30)

Other media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

A light novel series adaptation is published by Kadokawa's Kadokawa Beans Bunko. All volumes are written by Tōko Fujitani with illustrations by Yamako.

No.TitleJapanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1Kokuhaku Yokō Renshū (告白予行練習)February 1, 2014[14]ISBN 978-4-04-101203-1
  • "Practice1" (練習1, "Renshū 1")
  • "Practice2" (練習2, "Renshū 2")
  • "Practice3" (練習3, "Renshū 3")
  • "Practice4" (練習4, "Renshū 4")
  • "Practice5" (練習5, "Renshū 5")
  • "Practice6" (練習6, "Renshū 6")
  • "Practice7" (練習7, "Renshū 7")
  • "Practice8" (練習8, "Renshū 8")
  • "Epilogue" (エピローグ, "Epirōgu")
2Yakimochi no Kotae (ヤキモチの答え)June 1, 2014[15]ISBN 978-4-04-101577-3
  • "Answer1" (答え1, "Kotae1")
  • "Answer2" (答え2, "Kotae2")
  • "Answer3" (答え3, "Kotae3")
  • "Answer4" (答え4, "Kotae4")
  • "Answer5" (答え5, "Kotae5")
  • "Answer6" (答え6, "Kotae6")
  • "Answer7" (答え7, "Kotae7")
  • "Epilogue" (エピローグ, "Epirōgu")
3Hatsukoi no Ehon (初恋の絵本)November 1, 2014[16]ISBN 978-4-04-101578-0
  • "Chapter1" (章1, "Fumi1")
  • "Chapter2" (章2, "Fumi2")
  • "Chapter3" (章3, "Fumi3")
  • "Chapter4" (章4, "Fumi4")
  • "Chapter5" (章5, "Fumi5")
  • "Chapter6" (章6, "Fumi6")
  • "Chapter7" (章7, "Fumi7")
  • "Epilogue" (エピローグ, "Epirōgu")
4Ima Suki ni Naru. (今好きになる。)July 1, 2015[17]ISBN 978-4-04-102511-6
5Koi Iro Sake (恋色に咲け)April 1, 2016[18]ISBN 978-40-4103839-0
6Kin'yōbi no Ohayō (金曜日のおはよう)October 1, 2016[19]ISBN 978-40-4102513-0
7Heart no Shuchō (ハートの主張)October 1, 2017[20]ISBN 978-40-4106113-8
8Ijiwaru na Deai (イジワルな出会い)November 1, 2017[21]ISBN 978-40-4106118-3
9Boku ga Namae wo Yobu Hi (僕が名前を呼ぶ日)October 10, 2018[22]ISBN 978-40-4106118-3

Video game[edit]

A smartphone app game based on HoneyWorks' songs is in development.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ English titles are translations of the original.

References[edit]

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