Digital Manga Inc. and their new ecchi imprint, PeCChi, are eight days from the end of their Kickstarter campaign to publish Kodomo no Jikan ~ A Child’s Time in English. To give funds a boost, as of press time standing at $117,860 of a $157,000 goal, the original mangaka Kaworu Watashiya has drawn three more exclusive shikishi (art boards edged in gold trim) of Rin, Mimi and Kuro.
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 the aforementioned art by the author herself. 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?