Mogusu, the author and artist of the Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui digital manga (aka Koikimo) thanks fans on Twitter with an original illustration for supporting her work for five years ahead of anime adaptation release.
"Today, the final eighth volume is released," wrote Mogusu on Twitter. "It is thanks to all of you who have supported me that I was able to continue drawing this far. Thank you so much for reading Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui for almost five years!"
本日最終巻の8巻発売です。ここまで描き続けられたのは、応援してくださった皆様のおかげです。— もぐす (@mogusumogu) March 24, 2021
Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui was originally serialized on the popular Japanese art website Pixiv from January to October 2015 where it gained over 3.5 million views. After publishing 56 chapters on the platform and on the webcomic streaming site POOL between June 2016 and March 2021, the total circulation of Mogusu's manga series surpassed 1.2 million copies.
As a major testament to Mogusu's success, Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui has been adapted into a television anime series by the animation studio Nomad, which is set to debut in Japan on April 5. The anime series has also been picked up by Crunchyroll to be simulcast worldwide.
The synopsis for the anime adaptation reads as follows:
"One rainy day, Ryo Amakusa, an office worker, was rescued by an unknown high school girl at the station. He learns that the girl is his sister's best friend, Ichika Arima. Ryo, who often gets into trouble because of women, proposes kisses and dates to Ichika as a way of saying thank you, but he is rejected as 'disgusting.' However, it opens a new door in Ryo's mind, and he falls madly in love with her. Since that day, Ryo's straightforward approaches and love expressions have continued every day. Ichika, who is totally uncomfortable with the situation, abuses him mercilessly, but he always receives it as a backhanded expression of her affection for him..."
Naomi Nakayama of My Hero Academia is attached as the series director, along with Mariko Fujita as character designer and chief animation director, and Yuko Kakihara as series writer. Fujita has previously worked on Cardcaptor Sakura, Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie, and Strawberry Marshmallow. Kakihara has worked on Cells at Work!, Aikatsu, and Stitch.
Mogusu's manga series is not currently available in English for the US market, but US anime fans can still look forward to Crunchyroll's simulcast of the anime adaptation this April.
Source: Twitter, via Crunchyroll