Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

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Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge vol 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first volume featuring title character, Tanaka.
(Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)
Written byNozomi Uda
Published bySquare Enix
MagazineGangan Online
Original runApril 26, 2014 – present
Anime television series
Directed byShin'ya Kawatsura
Written byAkemi Omode
Music byHiromi Mizutani
StudioSilver Link
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, HTV, TVA, BS11
Original run April 9, 2016 June 25, 2016
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byShin'ya Kawatsura
Written byAkemi Omode
Music byHiromi Mizutani
StudioSilver Link
Released June 24, 2016 July 22, 2016
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Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (田中くんはいつもけだるげ, Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge) is an ongoing Japanese slice of life comedy shōnen web manga series written and illustrated by Nozomi Uda. It's published by Square Enix, with serialization on Gangan Online website and with twelve volumes released, as of March 2019. An anime adaptation by Silver Link aired from April 9 to June 25, 2016.


Tanaka (田中)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[1] (Japanese); Blake Shepard[2] (English)
A listless student who is always dozing and acts exhausted when awake. He can sleep in almost any location, but prefers to be outside when he does so. His uncaring, sleepy nature forces Ohta to carry him to and from multiple locations quite often. Despite his general lack of enthusiasm, he shows on multiple occasions that he doesn't see friendship as bothersome, most specifically when Shiraishi pleaded with him to let her be his friend, he simply responded "I thought we already were." However, he does find the prospect of Miyano being his "apprentice" to be more trouble than it's worth.
Ohta (太田)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya[1] (Japanese); Andrew Love[2] (English)
A tall and stoic student, who is very reliable and is often looking after Tanaka. Tanaka states that because of Ohta's caring nature, he sees Ohta as the perfect candidate for marriage. He states on multiple occasions that he admires Tanaka's ability to be listless in any given situation, but also feels that Tanaka's personality causes him to miss out on things like romance and love.
Miyano (宮野)
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori[1] (Japanese); Monica Rial[2] (English)
Tanaka's classmate with short stature. She admires Tanaka for his listlessness. She knows about Shiraishi's crush on Tanaka, and vows to support her in her quest for love. She constantly proclaims herself to be Tanaka's apprentice in listlessness, however he constantly decries her.
Shiraishi (白石)
Voiced by: Kotori Koiwai[1] (Japanese); Stephanie Wittels[2] (English)
A beautiful and intelligent student, she is very popular among both males and females. After Tanaka recognizes her when she isn't putting effort into her appearance (a short running theme in the show is that she looks completely different when she dresses herself more comfortably), she develops a crush on Tanaka, believing that he is able to see her for who she is regardless of how she looks. (In reality, he was able to discern her in both forms of dress due to her bust size.)
Echizen (越前)
Voiced by: Ayaka Suwa[1] (Japanese); Luci Christian[2] (English)
Ohta's short-tempered childhood friend who dresses and acts like a delinquent. She loves Miyano and affectionately calls her "Myaano (みゃーの)." Despite her tomboyish manner, Echizen adores cute things, to the point where she refuses to eat sweets shaped like cute animals.
Rino Tanaka (田中 莉乃)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[1] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski[2] (English)
Tanaka's sister. She is a middle school student who is the manager of the Volleyball Club of her school. She expresses a dislike towards Ohta, brought about by Ohta and Tanaka's close relationship, and sometimes gets jealous. She has a crush on her older brother, Tanaka.
Saya Ohta (太田 早夜)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[1] (Japanese); Allison Sumrall[2] (English)
Ohta's sister, who goes to same school as Rino. She is a shy person with an unusually small voice. She belongs to the Volleyball Club. In comparison to her brother's taller and heavier build, she states that Tanaka seems "prince-like" due to his pale, more slender features.
Shimura (志村)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[1] (Japanese); Bryson Baugus[2] (English)
Tanaka's classmate. He is cool and intelligent, but has a weakness for girls. He looks so different when not wearing eyeglasses that he cannot be recognized.
Katō (加藤)
Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi[1] (Japanese); Scott Gibbs[2] (English)
Tanaka's classmate. He is good at sports and loves soccer.



No.Release date ISBN
01 April 26, 2014[3]ISBN 978-4757542860
02 July 22, 2014[4]ISBN 978-4757543546
03 November 22, 2014[5]ISBN 978-4757544741
04 May 22, 2015[6]ISBN 978-4757546424
05 November 21, 2015[7]ISBN 978-4757547964
06 April 4, 2016[8]ISBN 978-4757549470
07 September 9, 2016[9]ISBN 978-4757549715
08 April 22, 2017[10]ISBN 978-4757553170
09 September 22, 2017[11]ISBN 978-4757554788
10 March 22, 2018[12]ISBN 978-4757556553
11 September 21, 2018[13]ISBN 978-4757558465
12 March 22, 2019[14]ISBN 978-4757560550


An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from April 9 to June 25, 2016, on Tokyo MX and MBS.[15] The anime is directed by Shin'ya Kawatsura and written by Akemi Omode. The character designs are handled by Haruko Iizuka and the music is composed by Hiromi Mizutani. The opening theme is "Utatane Sunshine" (うたたねサンシャイン) by Unlimited tone and the ending theme is "BON-BON" by CooRie.[16] The first and second home video release volumes bundled an OVA each, which were released on June 24, 2016 and July 22, 2016, respectively.[17]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"Tanaka-kun and Ohta-kun"
"Tanaka-kun to Ōta-kun" (田中くんと太田くん)
April 9, 2016 (2016-04-09)
2"Apprenticeship Application"
"Deshiiri Shigan" (弟子入り志願)
April 16, 2016 (2016-04-16)
3"Girl of Contrast, Echizen-san"
"Gyappu Shōjo Echizen-san" (ギャップ少女越前さん)
April 23, 2016 (2016-04-23)
4"Shiraishi-san's Secret"
"Shiraishi-san no Himitsu" (白石さんの秘密)
April 30, 2016 (2016-04-30)
5"Tanaka-kun's Day"
"Tanaka-kun no Nichijō" (田中くんの日常)
May 7, 2016 (2016-05-07)
6"The Sick Tanaka-kun"
"Kazehiki Tanaka-kun" (風邪ひき田中くん)
May 14, 2016 (2016-05-14)
7"Tanaka-kun's Valentine"
"Tanaka-kun no Barentain" (田中くんのバレンタイン)
May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21)
8"Ohta-kun's Ordeal"
"Ōta-kun no Junan" (太田くんの受難)
May 28, 2016 (2016-05-28)
9"Welcome to Wac"
"Wakku e Yōkoso" (ワックへようこそ)
June 4, 2016 (2016-06-04)
10"Tanaka-kun's Summer"
"Tanaka-kun no Natsu" (田中くんの夏)
June 11, 2016 (2016-06-11)
11"Tanaka-kun's Cultural Festival"
"Tanaka-kun no Bunkasai" (田中くんの文化祭)
June 18, 2016 (2016-06-18)
12"Tanaka-kun's Happiness"
"Tanaka-kun no shiawase" (田中くんのしあわせ)
June 25, 2016 (2016-06-25)



The manga has sold 1 million copies in Japan as of November 2015.[18] Volume 2 reached the 32nd place on the weekly Oricon manga charts and, as of July 27, 2014, had sold 37,291 copies;[19] volume 3 reached the 16th place and, as of November 30, 2014, had sold 63,079 copies.[20] It was tied at 17th place on the 2015 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Female Readers survey.[21] It was also placed 4th on Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2015.[22]


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  8. ^ "田中くんはいつもけだるげ(6)" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "田中くんはいつもけだるげ(7)" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  10. ^ "田中くんはいつもけだるげ(8)" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "田中くんはいつもけだるげ(9)" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "田中くんはいつもけだるげ(10)" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "田中くんはいつもけだるげ(11)" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "田中くんはいつもけだるげ(12)" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
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  16. ^ "Unlimited tone, CooRie to Perform Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge Anime Theme Songs". Anime News Network. February 23, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
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  20. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 24–30". Anime News Network. December 3, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
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  22. ^ "Japanese Bookstores Recommend 15 Top Manga for 2015". Anime News Network. February 4, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015.

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