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Discotek Adds Itazura na Kiss Romantic Comedy Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series based on Kaoru Tada's classic shōjo manga originally aired in 2008

North American anime distributor Discotek Media announced on Monday that it licensed the Itazura na Kiss (ItaKiss) television anime series. The company plans to release the series with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

The 25-episode series based on Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga originally aired in 2008. In the romantic comedy, a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty "super-ikemen" (handsome male) with smarts and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko's family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad's childhood friend...whose son is Naoki.

The story follows Naoki and Kotoko through high school and beyond, but the manga is unfinished because Tada passed away in an accident in 1999. The popular manga has more than 30 million copies in print. The story was previously adapted into a television drama series in Japan in 1996, two drama series in Taiwan under the name It Started with a Kiss in 2005 and 2007, a 2008 stage play, and a drama series in South Korea in 2010. More recently, the manga received a new Japanese television drama adaptation last year.

Digital Manga Inc. is publishing the series in North America, and the company released the 10th volume in May.

Update: Corrected release date for volume 10 in North America. Thanks, gothicangel89.

Thanks to Rukiia for the news tip.

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