Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

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Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles
Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san manga volume 1.jpg
Cover of Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san volume 1
ラーメン大好き小泉さん
(Rāmen Daisuki Koizumi-san)
Genre Comedy[1]
Manga
Written by Naru Narumi
Published by Takeshobo
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Manga Life Storia
Original run September 30, 2013 – present
Volumes 5
Television drama
Directed by Tsukuru Matsuki
Written by Ayumu Kyūma
Kumiko Asō
Studio Kyodo Television
Original network Fuji TV
Original run June 27, 2015 December 30, 2016
Episodes 6
Anime television series
Directed by Kenji Seto
Written by Tatsuya Takahashi
Music by Takashi Tanaka
Shinichi Hosono
Studio Studio Gokumi
AXsiZ
Licensed by Crunchyroll[2]
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, MBS
Original run January 4, 2018 March 22, 2018
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (ラーメン大好き小泉さん, Rāmen Daisuki Koizumi-san) is a Japanese manga series by Naru Narumi. It began serialization in Takeshobo's Manga Life Storia magazine in September 2013. A live-action drama series adaptation aired from June 2015 to December 2016. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation co-animated by Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ aired in Japan between January 4 and March 22, 2018.

Characters[edit]

Koizumi (小泉)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu[3]
Koizumi is an enigmatic, beautiful girl with pale skin who has recently moved into the neighborhood. Appearing mostly cold and antisocial, the only time her facade is broken is when ramen is involved; either when she consumes it with ravenous delight (when they sport unusual flavors), or when she shares her extensive knowledge about types and ways of preparation. She is fluent in German.
Yū Ōsawa (大澤 悠, Ōsawa Yū)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[3]
Yū is a cheerful and optimistic girl who has developed an obsession for her new classmate Koizumi. When she discovers Koizumi's passion for ramen, she attempts to use this to get closer to her.
Misa Nakamura (中村 美沙, Nakamura Misa)
Voiced by: Akari Kitō[3]
Misa is Yū's classmate, who initially becomes jealous of Yū's growing obsession for Koizumi. However, she is a lover of spicy foods, and she and Koizumi become sort-of-friends through this single common passion.
Jun Takahashi (高橋 潤, Takahashi Jun)
Voiced by: Yumi Hara[3]
Jun is the student representative of Koizumi's, Yū's and Misa's class who is very fastidious about her status. While she likes ramen, she has ceased consuming it in public after her glasses once fogged up while she ate some in the school cafeteria, until Koizumi manages to rekindle that lost delight.
Shū Ōsawa (大澤 修, Ōsawa Shū)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura
Yū's older brother, he is a college student who works at Izakaya. Like his sister, he becomes interested in Koizumi, but initially remains unaware of Yū's passion for her.
Ayane Ōsawa (大澤 絢音, Ōsawa Ayane)
Voiced by: Kana Ueda
Yū's older cousin who has been living in Osaka before recently moving to Tokyo.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles is written and illustrated by Naru Narumi. It began serialization in Takeshobo's Manga Life Storia magazine on September 30, 2013.[4] The series is also published in Taiwan by Kadokawa Media.[5]

No.Release date ISBN
1 October 7, 2014[6]ISBN 978-4-81-248798-3
2 February 14, 2015[7]ISBN 978-4-80-195084-9
3 October 7, 2015[8]ISBN 978-4-80-195361-1
4 June 17, 2016[9]ISBN 978-4-80-195559-2
5 March 30, 2017[10]ISBN 978-4-80-195797-8

Live-action drama[edit]

A four-episode live-action drama series, produced by Kyodo Television and directed by Tsukuru Matsuki, aired from June 27 to July 18, 2015 on Fuji TV.[11][12] A New Year's special aired on January 4, 2016 and a New Year's Eve special aired on December 30, 2016.[13][14] The show's theme song is "Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta" (ラーメン大好き小泉さんの唄) by Magnolia Factory.[15]

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation,[16] co-produced by Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ,[1] aired in Japan between January 4 and March 22, 2018 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[3] The series was directed by Kenji Seto with scripts by Tatsuya Takahashi and character design by Takuya Tani.[17] The opening theme is "Feeling Around" by Minori Suzuki,[18] and the ending theme is "Love Men Holic" by Shiena Nishizawa.[19]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"Garlic With Extra Vegetables"
"Yasaimashi Ninniku Karame" (ヤサイマシニンニクカラメ)
January 4, 2018
"Maayu"
"Māyu" (まーゆ)
"Rich"
"Kotteri" (こってり)

Yū Ōsawa takes an interest in the silent transfer student, Koizumi, and ends up joining her in line for a ramen shop. Picking the same pork ramen with garlic and extra vegetables as Koizumi picked, Yū bears witness to Koizumi's love of ramen, getting to see a side of her that she does not usually show. Later, Yū goes to the school cafeteria to try its Māyu ramen, learning about the various kinds of ramen from Koizumi. On another day, Yū follows Koizumi to another restaurant where she indulges in a ramen made from a rich broth.

2"Hokkyoku"
"Hokkyoku" (北極)
January 11, 2018
"K-K-K-K-Koizumi-san"
"Ko-Ko-Ko-Ko-Koizumi-san" (コココココイズミサン)

After just being dumped by her boyfriend, Yū's friend Misa Nakamura follows Koizumi to a ramen shop and ends up picking its spiciest dish, Hokkyoku ramen. Taking a liking to the extremely spicy ramen, Misa lets out her frustration over her breakup and becomes friends with Koizumi. Later, Yū's other friend, Jun Takahashi, is asked to speak with Koizumi about her poor test results, which turns out to be because she was exhausted following a ramen pilgrimage. Hearing about all the peculiar flavors of ramen Koizumi has tried, Jun decides to try out a Pineapple Shrimp Salt ramen at a local ramen shop, finding she still loves ramen despite how it fogs up her glasses.

3"Saimin"
"Saimin" (サイミン)
January 18, 2018
"Flavor Concentration Counter"
"Aji Shūchū Kauntā" (味集中カウンター)
"Instant Noodles"
"Sokusekimen" (即席麺)

As Yū tries to invite Koizumi to a WcDaniel's restaurant, Koizumi explains how she once had saimin noodle soup from a WcDaniel's branch in Hawaii. Later, Yū goes with Koizumi to a peculiar restaurant where customers eat in secluded cubicles and order using forms. After finding Koizumi collapsed from starvation due to her favorite restaurant being closed, Yū takes her back to her house and makes her various homemade ramen dishes, which prove to be a hit with her.

4"Western Restaurant"
"Yōshokuten" (ようしょくてん)
January 25, 2018
"Red or White"
"Aka oa Shiro" (赤or白)
"Convenience Store"
"Konbini" (コンビニ)

Worried over whether Koizumi has a boyfriend, Yū follows her to a Western restaurant, where she seems to meet up with a bunch of guys. To her relief, Yū discovers that Koizumi was simply waiting for an open space in a ramen stand behind the restaurant. Later, Yū goes to a ramen restaurant with Misa, each ordering red Akamaru ramen and white Karaka ramen respectively, while Koizumi goes to it moments after they leave. During the weekend, Jun comes across Koizumi at a convenience store and tries out her recommendation of instant ramen.

5"Tomato Ramen"
"Tomato Rāmen" (トマトラーメン)
February 1, 2018
"Euglena"
"Midorimushi" (ミドリムシ)
"Huge Line"
"Gyōretsu" (行列)

Koizumi enjoys her latest favorite, Tomato Ramen, while Yū provides her own commentary. Upon hearing about the beneficial algae, euglena, Jun goes with Koizumi to try some green ramen which is rich in euglena. Later, Yū stands in a huge line for a popular ramen shop with the intent of switching out with Koizumi, getting angry with someone else when he cuts his friends in. In the end, they get told off by Koizumi and all decide to go to the back of the line to show their appreciation for the ramen.

6"Morning Ramen"
"Asa Rāmen" (朝ラーメン)
February 8, 2018
"Hiyashi"
"Hiyashi" (冷やし)
"Museum"
"Hakubutsukan" (博物館)

Koizumi gets up early in the morning to eat some dried sardine ramen, catching the eye of Yū's older brother, Shū, who tries the same thing. On a hot sunny day, the girls take Koizumi's cue and try various types of cold hiyashi ramen. While attending a ramen fayre at a museum, Koizumi comes across a lost German girl named Hannah, sharing some of her ramen with her before helping her reunite with her mother. As thanks, she receives a voucher for some German-style ramen.

7"Nationwide"
"Zenkoku" (全国)
February 15, 2018

As summer vacation begins, Yū, Misa, and Jun go to an amusement park together before touring around Asakusa in yukata. Afterwards, Yū runs into Koizumi and decides to accompany her on a "nationwide" ramen tour around the city, trying ramen from across Japan.

8"Local Instant Noodles"
"Gotōchi Fukuromen" (ご当地袋麺)
February 22, 2018
"Iekei"
"Iekei" (家系)

While Yū and Misa go to the Katase Higashi beach, Jun accompanies Koizumi to a shop that serves local variants of instant ramen from all across the country, becoming curious about what career she is aiming for. Later, Shū and his friends go to an iekei-style restaurant to try ramen with rice, becoming awed when Koizumi enters the same restaurant.

9"Mountain"
"Yama" ()
March 1, 2018
"Pork Guy"
"Buta Yarō" (豚野郎)
"Fatty Pork Roast"
"Seabura" (背脂)

Koizumi hikes up Mount Tsukuba in order to work up an appetite for its local ramen shop. Misa's younger brother Kenta tries to tackle the sizeable Buta Yarō ramen in Akihabara, he becomes motivated after seeing Koizumi easily manage the mega-sized portion. Later, Misa, believing Koizumi to have some secret behind her beauty, inadvertently ends up ordering a ramen full of back fat alongside her, leading to an addiction.

10"Ramen With Unknown Flavor"
"Michi Aji no Rāmen" (未知味の拉麺)
March 8, 2018
"Running Ramen"
"Mawaru Rāmen" (まわるラーメン)
"Accepting Challenges!!"
"Chōsen Uketsukechū!!" (挑戦受付中!!)

Yū becomes curious about a mysterious blue ramen that Koizumi was eating. Shū invites Yū to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant where they spot Koizumi enjoying one of its ramen dishes, prompting them to order some themselves. Later, Jun invites everyone to a Chūka restaurant in Kagurazaka to help her eat a massive gyōza her mother had reserved, with Koizumi ordering countless ramen dishes on top of it.

11"Tasty Ramen"
"Oishii Rāmen" (おいしいラーメン)
March 15, 2018
"Osaka"
"Ōsaka" (大坂)

Yū tries to recall a tasty ramen she ate in Osaka when she was a kid, which turns out to be a dish literally called Tasty Ramen. After Yū and Koizumi go to a Tokyo branch at Kabukichō to try the dish, Koizumi goes on a ramen pilgrimage to Osaka where she encounters a woman named Ayane. Serving as Koizumi's bodyguard against guys trying to pick her up, Ayane accompanies Koizumi during her remaining ramen stops. Hearing about how Ayane is due to leave Osaka after quitting her job, Koizumi takes her to a ramen restraurant that she remembers from her childhood, but is later slightly disconcerted upon discovering that Ayane is actually Yū's cousin.

12"Nagoya"
"Nagoya" (名古屋)
March 22, 2018
"Reunion"
"Saikai" (再会)

While heading home from Osaka, Yū ends up stranded in Nagoya after seemingly spotting Koizumi from afar and hopping off the train. With only 500 yen on hand, Yū goes to a fast food ramen shop, where she thankfully runs into Koizumi. Later in Autumn, Koizumi catches a cold and ends up taking several days off school, her continued absence taking its toll on Yū. After Koizumi eventually recovers, Yū decides to leave her alone to let her enjoy her first ramen in weeks.

Note[edit]

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

Reception[edit]

It was reported in March 2017 that the first four volumes of the manga series have sold over 840,000 copies in Japan.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Manga Gets TV Anime by Studio Gokumi". Anime News Network. March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2018 Simulcast License Acquisitions". Crunchyroll. January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime Reveals 2nd Visual, Main Cast, More Staff". Anime News Network. September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "まんがライフSTORIA vol.3本日発売!!大増ページやったー☆鳴見なる先生新連載&道満晴明先生読みきり" (in Japanese). Takeshobo. September 30, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "愛吃拉麵的小泉同學 (1)" (in Chinese). Kadokawa Media. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "ラーメン大好き小泉さん(1)" (in Japanese). Takeshobo. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "ラーメン大好き小泉さん(2)" (in Japanese). Takeshobo. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "ラーメン大好き小泉さん(3)" (in Japanese). Takeshobo. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "ラーメン大好き小泉さん(4)" (in Japanese). Takeshobo. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "ラーメン大好き小泉さん(5)" (in Japanese). Takeshobo. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  11. ^ "第1回 ラーメン二郎 小泉さん" (in Japanese). Fuji Television. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "第4回 別れる友に贈る 涙の一杯" (in Japanese). Fuji Television. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "#07 2016新春SP放送決定!!" (in Japanese). Fuji Television. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "#09 2016年末SP放送決定!!" (in Japanese). Fuji Television. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "ハロプロ新ユニット、メジャー進出に涙「頭真っ白」 いきなり連ドラ主題歌" (in Japanese). Oricon. June 14, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Anime Slated for 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime Reveals Key Visual, Main Staff". Anime News Network. May 26, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  18. ^ "Minori Suzuki Performs Opening Song for Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime". Anime News Network. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "Shiena Nishizawa Performs Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles Anime's Ending Theme". Anime News Network. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  20. ^ "「ラーメン大好き小泉さん」TVアニメ化決定! アニメーション制作は「きんモザ」のStudio五組が担当". Eiga (in Japanese). IPG. March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.

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