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News: Digital Manga Inc’s ecchi imprint launches Kodomo no Jikan manga Kickstarter

Digital Manga Inc. is taking a walk on manga’s wild side with the launch of PeCChi, their imprint dedicated to ecchi (or “naughty”) manga. They created it as a “gateway to introduce English-speaking fans across the world into mature themed manga…without it having to be pornographic”, and their first fan fostered project is a Kickstarter campaign to publish Kaworu Watashiya’s Kodomo no Jikan ~ A Child’s Time in English. Their aim is to raise $157,000 by July 5th, so they can fund the entire 13-volume series in five omnibus volumes, plus the additional collection of shorts ‘Hokago’ (‘After School’). If it’s successfully funded, the projected release date is October 2017.

Beyond that goal, stretch goals have already been put in place for colour pages, improved paper quality, and a hardcover release. The rewards for backers include merchandise such as a poster, clear file, tote bag, pillowcase covers, rubber charms and a fleece blanket, as well as art by the author herself. Funding’s off to a flying start even at this early stage, with $50,117 already pledged as of press time.

PeCChi give the 2005 series, which also inspired a 2007 anime, the following description:

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?

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