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Kodomo no Jikan Kickstarter Meets Goal

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kickstarter funds English release of five omnibus volumes

Digital Manga Inc.'s PeCChi imprint's Kickstarter campaign met its goal of US$157,000. As of press time the project has earned US$159,509 with two days remaining.

The project seeks to publish Kaworu Watashiya's Kodomo no Jikan ~ A Child's Time manga in English. The 13-volume series will be published in five omnibus volumes, along with the additional volume "Houkago" (After School). The project is slated for an October 2017 release date.

The first stretch goal, at US$172,640, will allow the pages that were originally in color in the Japanese release to be printed in color. Other stretch goals include additional color pages, improved paper quality, and a hardcover release.

Backer rewards include merchandise—such as a poster, clear file, tote bag, pillowcase covers, rubber charms, a fleece blanket, and a figure—as well as art by Watashiya.

PeCChi describes the series:

Newly hired Aoki Daisuke becomes a teacher to a 3rd grade class after the previous quits. He thought teaching was going to be a breeze until he meets troublemaker Rin Kokonoe. Rin wreaks havoc on Daisuke's job by attempting to seduce him. Due to Rin's odd behavior, Daisuke decides to make a visit to her caretaker. Little does he know, Rin has a traumatic past hidden away behind her innocent face.

Kodomo no Jikan is a school life comedy by day, and a psychological drama by night. As Daisuke attempts to remedy the complex challenges his students face outside of school grounds, the reader is forced to ask oneself, is Rin really just an innocent child? Or was Daisuke the innocent one after all?

Watashiya launched the manga series in Comic High! in 2005 after a one-shot version ran in 2004, and she ended the series in 2013. Watashiya published the additional "Houkago" collection of shorts at the same time as the final volume of the manga.

The manga inspired a television series in 2007, and it was followed by manga-bundled original anime DVDs and a video anime series.

North American publisher Seven Seas Entertainment had licensed the manga under the name Nymphet, but canceled its plans due to content.

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