Crunchyroll is getting back on the simulpub train today. The company announced that they’re adding a new title from Kodansha Comics to their digital lineup.
Earlier today, the publisher posted an announcement to their website, announcing that Domestic Girlfriend by Kei Sasuga (also known as the person behind harem series GE – Good Ending) will join their lineup. The series will launch on June 1st at 5:00 PM Pacific (8:00 PM Eastern) for all users outside of Japan. The actual simulpub will kick off on June 5, though, as that’s when the new issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine ships out to retailers.
Domestic Girlfriend launched in the pages of Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2014. The series currently has eighteen volumes in print in Japan, with the most recent hitting stores on April 17. Kodansha Comics picked up the rights to the series and has gone on to release four volumes in English via their website. The publisher has released seventeen books in print, with the latest shipping to retailers on May 22.
Kodansha describes the series as:
High schooler Natsuo is hopelessly in love with his cheerful and popular teacher, Hina. However, one day at a mixer, he meets a moody girl by the name of Rui and ends up sleeping with her. Soon after, his father announces that he’s getting remarried to a woman with two daughters of her own. And who shows up in tow, other than both Hina and Rui?! Natsuo’s outrageous new life starts now!
Crunchyroll and Kodansha manga goes hand in hand as this isn’t the first title that Crunchyroll has hosted from Kodansha. Other titles on Crunchyroll from the same licensor include Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Space Brothers, The Seven Deadly Sins, and many others. It wouldn’t shock me in the least if we see a few more Kodansha titles making their way onto Crunchyroll before 2018 is in the books because it just makes that much sense.
I’m going to level with you though: I haven’t actually read this particular title for myself. And, as such, I can’t exactly say for sure whether this is a major coup for Crunchyroll. Sure, it’s rated “M” for Mature Audiences, but that doesn’t really say anything about the overall quality of the work. Have you had a chance to check this series out? If so, how do you think it stacks up from others in the genre? Sound off in the comments and let us hear what you think.
Author: LB Bryant
L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.