Ten Count (manga)
Volume 1 cover, featuring Shirotani Tadaomi
|Written by||Rihito Takarai|
|Original run||July 2013 – November 14, 2017|
Ten Count (Japanese: テンカウント Hepburn: Ten Kaunto), alternatively stylized as 10 count, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rihito Takarai. The series was serialized in Dear+ from 2013 to 2017, with an anime adaptation announced in 2018.
Shirotani Tadaomi, a corporate secretary, suffers from obsessive–compulsive disorder that manifests as severe mysophobia. He meets Kurose Riku, a psychotherapist who offers to help treat his affliction. Kurose recommends exposure and response prevention and instructs Shirotani to write a list of ten actions he is unable to do, ranked from least to most difficult:
- Touch a doorknob barehanded
- Allow someone else to touch one of my possessions
- Buy a book from a bookstore
- Hold the handles on a train
- Eat a meal at a restaurant
- Shake hands with someone barehanded
- Hold someone else’s possession without disinfecting it first
- Drink from the same glass as someone else
- Allow someone else into my apartment
- (initially left blank)
Kurose tells Shirotani that once he is able to complete all of the items on the list, he will be cured. While initially suspicious of Kurose’s willingness to counsel him for free, Kurose says that he will reveal his reason for helping Shirotani once he writes a tenth action. Shirotani makes steady progress on the list, until Kurose abruptly suspends their sessions; when pressed, he admits that he has fallen in love with Shirotani, and felt it would be inappropriate to continue as his therapist. Shirotani nevertheless wishes to continue their sessions, and they resume therapy while simultaneously initiating a sexual relationship.
Through a flashback, it transpires that the root cause of Shirotani’s mysophobia is a childhood trauma of witnessing his father having sex; the self-loathing he experienced after becoming aroused by the sight of his father, combined with the shame of being caught masturbating to the incident, prompted him to associate physical contact and intimacy with feelings of disgust.
As Kurose and Shirotani’s relationship intensifies, Kurose notes that Shirotani is simultaneously repulsed and sexually aroused by his advances. He reveals that he agreed to be Shirotani’s therapist because he is attracted to his mysophobia: he is a sadist who is derives pleasure from corrupting Shirotani, and has intuited that Shirotani is a masochist who derives pleasure from the very acts that disgust him. Shirotani rejects Kurose, and they do not speak for many months.
After a chance encounter on a stuck elevator during a power outage, Kurose and Shirotani reconcile their relationship. Shirotani reveals to Kurose the tenth item on his list – to be patted on the head, an act he associates with his father – and admits that he loves Kurose. The two have sex, with Shirotani now comfortable enough to reciprocate Kurose’s advances.
In an epilogue, Kurose quits his clinic job to study for a doctorate in psychology. Shirotani, having completed all of the items on his list, has significantly alleviated the symptoms of his mysophobia. Kurose admits that he was lying when said the list would fully cure Shirotani’s mysophobia, and offers a second exercise to make amends: a list of ten actions that Shirotani wants Kurose to do.
- Shirotani Tadaomi (城谷 忠臣)
- Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana
- A 31 year-old corporate secretary who suffers from obsessive–compulsive disorder and mysophobia.
- Kurose Riku (黒瀬 陸)
- Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno
- A 27 year-old psychotherapist specializing in psychosomatic medicine.
- Mikami Ken (三上 健)
- Voiced by: Jun Fukushima
- Shirotani's friend and co-worker.
- Kuramoto (くらもと)
- Voiced by: Isshin Chiba
- Shirotani's boss, and the CEO of the company
- Ueda (うえだ)
- Voiced by: Mai Tōdō
- A student of Shirotani's father.
- Nishigaki (にしがき)
- Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki
- A mysophobic author who Kurose befriends as a child.
Rihito Takarai launched the manga in Shinshokan's Dear+ magazine in July 2013. The series ended on November 14, 2017. Viz Media's SuBLime imprint announced their license to the series at Yaoi-Con on September 19, 2015.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||March 30, 2014||ISBN 978-4-403-66419-9||August 9, 2016||ISBN 9781421588025|
|2||September 30, 2014||ISBN 978-4-403-66440-3||November 8, 2016||ISBN 9781421588032|
|3||February 28, 2015||ISBN 978-4-403-66461-8||February 14, 2017||ISBN 9781421588049|
|4||October 30, 2015||ISBN 978-4-403-66491-5||May 9, 2017||ISBN 9781421589060|
|5||August 30, 2016||ISBN 978-4-403-66514-1 (SE)|
ISBN 978-4-403-69002-0 (LE)
|August 8, 2017||ISBN 9781421593739|
|6||March 26, 2018||ISBN 978-4-403-66621-6||December 11, 2018||ISBN 9781421593746|
The series had 2 million copies in print as of March 2018.
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