Komi Can't Communicate

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Komi Can't Communicate
Cover Art Komi-san wa, Komyushou desu Vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Komi and Tadano
古見さんは、コミュ症です。
(Komi-san wa, Komyushou desu.)
GenreComing-of-age, romantic comedy[1][2]
Manga
Written byTomohito Oda
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintShōnen Sunday Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original runMay 18, 2016 – present
Volumes15 (List of volumes)
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Komi Can't Communicate (Japanese: 古見さんは、コミュ症です。, Hepburn: Komi-san wa, Komyushou desu.) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Tomohito Oda. The manga was first published in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday as a one-shot chapter in September 2015, while the regular series started on May 2016 with some slight changes in characterization from the one-shot.

The series has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media in 2018 and the first volume was published in June 2019.

Plot[edit]

On her first day attending the elite Itan Private High School, the main setting of the story, Shouko Komi immediately receives an overwhelming surge in popularity due to the unprecedented, stoic beauty and refined elegance her classmates perceive her to possess. However, only Hitohito Tadano, an exceedingly average schoolboy assigned to the seat next to hers, is able to have the opportunity to discover that, behind her bishōjo appearance, Komi has serious issues in communicating with others. Tadano sets out to help Komi on her quest to find 100 friends.[3]

Characters[edit]

Shouko Komi (古見 硝子, Komi Shouko)
An absolute beauty to anyone, Shouko Komi in reality suffers from extreme social anxiety and communication problems, making her largely unable to talk to others. However, her attractiveness and stoic appearance (which in itself results from her anxiety) is perceived as refined class, making her highly popular while preventing people from actually getting to know her. Komi's first conversation with Tadano is over a blackboard, and she uses a notebook to convey her feelings through writing. Despite this, she is still capable of verbal conversation over a cell phone. Her dream is to overcome her communication problems and make 100 friends.[3]
Hitohito Tadano (只野 仁人, Tadano Hitohito)
Sitting next to Komi, Hitohito Tadano is, as implied in the manga, an "average" schoolboy in every possible way. Discovering Komi's communication problems by inadvertently becoming the last students remaining in the classroom, he befriends Komi and, over a blackboard, promises to help Komi to accomplish her dream of having 100 friends, with him being the first. As the manga progresses, Tadano gradually uncovers Komi's issues and gets to know more of her personality, while ultimately being in denial of his slowly-progressing romantic feelings for her. His name is a wordgame of "Tada no Hitohito" (ただの人人, lit. "Only a guy.").[3]
Najimi Osana (長名 なじみ, Osana Najimi)
A character with an ambiguous gender, Najimi Osana has been friends with Tadano since middle school. Long knowing them as a boy, it is to the latter's surprise that the former now dresses in a girls' uniform, albeit with a boy's tie, as they both advanced to the Itan High School. Najimi's gender is never confirmed, and they are frequently referred to with gendered pronouns, although it is implied that Najimi is genderless. Najimi regularly switches from saying they're a boy or a girl and laughing that anyone ever thought otherwise, though Tadano connects this more with what he describes as pathological dishonesty. In the manga's setting, they are the "ultimate" childhood friend, as everyone in the school has known them since childhood, due to their family's frequent moving during their childhood. Najimi is depicted as having immense capability in conversing and befriending others as a result of their childhood moving, but was hampered when introduced to Komi by Tadano, as their unsuccessful childhood attempt to befriend Komi left them with psychological trauma. Their name is a wordgame of "Osananajimi" (幼馴染, lit. "Childhood Friend").[3]

Manga[edit]

Komi Can't Communicate is written and illustrated by Tomohito Oda. The series was first published in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday as a one-shot chapter on September 16, 2015,[4][5] while the regular series started on May 18, 2016 in the same magazine with some slight changes in characterization from the one-shot.[6] 13 tankōbon volumes have been released as of June 2019. The first volume was published on September 16, 2016.[7] In November 2018, during their panel at Anime NYC, Viz Media announced that they have licensed the manga.[8] The first English-language volume was released on June 11, 2019.[9]

The manga has been licensed in Taiwan by Chingwin Publishing Group in February 2018,[10] and Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo in October 2019.[11]

Volume list[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
01 September 16, 2016[12]ISBN 978-4-09-127343-7June 11, 2019[9]ISBN 978-1-9747-0712-6
02 December 16, 2016[13]ISBN 978-4-09-127426-7August 13, 2019[14]ISBN 978-1-9747-0713-3
03 March 17, 2017[15]ISBN 978-4-09-127509-7October 8, 2019[16]ISBN 978-1-9747-0714-0
04 June 16, 2017[17]ISBN 978-4-09-127575-2December 10, 2019[18]ISBN 978-1-9747-0715-7
05 July 18, 2017[19]ISBN 978-4-09-127664-3
06 October 18, 2017[20]ISBN 978-4-09-127856-2
07 December 18, 2017[21]ISBN 978-4-09-127885-2
08 March 16, 2018[22]ISBN 978-4-09-128091-6
09 June 18, 2018[23]ISBN 978-4-09-128254-5
10 September 18, 2018[24]ISBN 978-4-09-128390-0
11 December 18, 2018[25]ISBN 978-4-09-128590-4
12 March 18, 2019[26]ISBN 978-4-09-128802-8
13 June 18, 2019[27]ISBN 978-4-09-129166-0
14 August 16, 2019[28]ISBN 978-4-09-129329-9
15 November 18, 2019[29]ISBN 978-4-09-129441-8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLISHING ACQUISITIONS AT ANIME NYC 2018". Viz Media. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Official Website for Komi Can't Communicate". Viz Media. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Oda, Tomohito (2016). 古见さんは、コミュ症です。. 1. Shougakukan. ISBN 978-4091273437.
  4. ^ "サンデーにて新鋭の読み切り連弾企画、第1弾にはコミュ症の美少女が登場 - コミックナタリー". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  5. ^ "週刊少年サンデー:手始めに読み切り5作品 新人・若手の新連載は来月から - MANTANWEB(まんたんウェブ)". MANTANWEB(まんたんウェブ) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  6. ^ "「だがしかし」描き下ろしブロマイドがサンデーに!全サ、コミュ症の新連載も". Natalie (in Japanese). May 18, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "美少女なのにコミュ症?サンデー発、オダトモヒトが描く学園生活コメディ - コミックナタリー". Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  8. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (November 17, 2018). "Viz Media Licenses My Hero Academia: Smash!!, Komi Can't Communicate, Beastars Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "【新書書單】青文出版社2018年2月預定出書表 - 青文出版-讀享娛樂‧領導流行". Chingwin Publishing Group (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  11. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (October 18, 2019). "Elex Media Licenses Tomohito Oda's Komi Can't Communicate Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  12. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  13. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 2 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  15. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 3 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  16. ^ "Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  17. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 4 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 4". Viz Media. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  19. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 5 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  20. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 6 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  21. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 7 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  22. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 8 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  23. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 9 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  24. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 10 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  25. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 11 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  26. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 12 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  27. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 13 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  28. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 14 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  29. ^ 古見さんは、コミュ症です。 15 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved November 1, 2019.

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