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Indian Summer (こはるびより Koharu Biyori?) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Takehito Mizuki. The manga was serialised in MediaWorks's monthly Dengeki Daioh before MediaWorks moved the title to the quarterly Dengeki Moeoh. The manga is licensed in English by ComicsOne.

Characters

  • Yui (ゆい Yui?) is the female protagonist and Takaya's robot maid. Voiced by: Eri Kitamura[1]
  • Takaya Murase (村瀬貴也 Murase Takaya?) is the male protagonist and Yui's owner. He has a maid fetish and is good at cooking and sewing.Voiced by: Takayuki Kondou[1]
  • Minori Sumitomo (住友みのり Sumitomo Minori?) likes Takaya and works as a maid in her dad's cafe, Cafe Cowbeya. Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka[1]
  • Tetsushi Sumitomo (住友哲志 Sumitomo Tetsushi?) is Minori's father and Cafe Cowbeya's owner. Voiced by: Kenta Miyake
  • Tenchou (店長 Tenchou?) is the shop manager. Voiced by: Kaya Miyake
  • Ayumi Hagiwara (萩原歩美 Hagiwara Ayumi?) Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi
  • Kanae Hagiwara (萩原香苗 Hagiwara Kanae?) is Ayumi's mother. Voiced by: Ryouka Yuzuki
  • Ran Midou (御堂蘭 Midou Ran?) is the younger sister of Sumire. Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi
  • Sumire Midou (御堂菫 Midou Ran?) is the older sister of Ran. Voiced by: Saori Hayami
  • Sakuya (さくや Sakuya?) is Takaya's ultimate customized figurine. Voiced by: Ai Shimizu

Media

Manga

Koharu Biyori is written and illustrated by Takehito Mizuki. The manga was serialised in MediaWorks's monthly Dengeki Daioh before MediaWorks moved the title to the quarterly Dengeki Moeoh. The manga is licensed in North America by ComicsOne. The English license was transferred to DrMaster after ComicsOne's collapse.[2] As of February, 2009, MediaWorks has published 4 bound volumes of the manga. ComicsOne released the first volume of the manga on February 16, 2005.[3] The manga is licensed in Taiwan by Ever Glory Publishing.[4]

Volume listing

<tr ><th rowspan="2" style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th colspan="2">Japanese</th><th colspan="2">English</th></th></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> March 27, 2004[5]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-84-022626-4</td><td>February 16, 2005[3]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-58-899249-9</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> February 27, 2006[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-840-23367-5</td><td>—</td><td>—</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> July 27, 2007[7]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-84-023926-4</td><td>—</td><td>—</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> March 27, 2008[8]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-84-024249-3</td><td>—</td><td>—</td></tr> </table>

Anime

The manga was adapted into a 3-episode original video animation by Doumu. The anime is licensed in the United States by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by ADV Films.[9] However, with ADV being shut down, distribution was now handled by Section23 Films. It was also distributed in Russia by MC Entertainment.[10] The episodes were released in Japan between October 14, 2007 and April 2, 2008.

Geneon released 3 DVDs in Japan. The first DVD was released on November 21, 2007.[11] The second DVD was released on February 8, 2008.[12] The final DVD was released on April 2, 2008.[13] The subtitled series was released on March 10, 2009 in the US, there is no English-dubbed version available.[14]

The original video animations use three pieces of theme music. "Apron dake wa Toranaide!" (エプロンだけは取らないで!?) by Eri Kitamura is the series' opening theme, while "Love Song Kamo Shirenai" (ラブソングかもしれない Rabuson gu Kamo Shire Nai?) by Eri Kitamura and Satomi Akesaka is the ending theme for the first two episodes. "Hora, Attan Kanan Desu" (ほら, あったんかなんです?) by Eri Kitamura is the ending theme for the third episode.

Episode list

# Title Original air date

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background: #F2F2F2"><td id="ep1" rowspan="3">1</td><td style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"Don't Look At Me Like I'm A Pig"
"Buta o Miru You Na Me De Mi Nai De" (豚を見るような目で見ないで)</td><td rowspan="3">October 14, 2007</tr><tr style="background: #F2F2F2"><td class="summary" style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"Please Don't Make Me Do Anymore"
"Kore Ijou Ha Mou Yurushi Te" (これ以上はもう許して)</td></tr><tr style="background: #F2F2F2"><td class="summary" style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"My Breasts Don't Produce Milk"
"Watashi, Oppai De Masen Yo" (わたし, おっぱいでませんよ)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="height: 2em; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF" colspan="3"> Takaya Murase purchases a maid android. When Takaya receives the doll, he attempts to dress her up in different outfits to satisfy his maid-fetish. The android claims that Takaya is abusing her and not treating her like a maid. She reacts by knocking out Murase with a punch and disposes Takaya's figurine collection. When Takaya finds out what she has done, the android runs back to the android store. Takaya chases after her and apologizes for his behavior. He then names her Yui. However, when they return to Takaya's apartment, they find out that Takaya has filled the room with his reserve figurine collection.

Yui takes Takaya out of the house, believing that he cannot treat her like a doll in the public. Nearby, they see a woman in a revealing maid costume, trying to comfort a lost little girl. 2 mikos, Sumire and Ran Midou, punish the woman for her indecent behavior by letting an octopus assault her. Takaya successfully comforts the lost girl, Ayumi Hagiwara, and learns that she is looking for her "lost" mother. The woman introduces herself as Minori Sumitomo and invites them all to her father's, Tetsushi, cafe, Cafe Cowbeya. There, Ayumi reunites with her mother, Kanae. Due to the presence of Kanae and Yui, the shop is packed with customers. Takaya volunteers himself and Yui to help out.

Minori looks after a baby boy due to her relatives moving. She is called by her father to help out at the cafe. Yui volunteers to look after the baby. With Takaya out shopping, she has to look after the baby by herself. The baby suckles on Yui's breast but they do not produce milk because she is a robot. She gives the baby a bottle to suck on. She is fascinated by the baby's penis, calling it a "little elephant". </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background: #F2F2F2"><td id="ep2" rowspan="3">2</td><td style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"I'm Just A Leftover"
"Douse Watashi Ha Urenokori?" (どうせ私は売れ残り...)</td><td rowspan="3">February 8, 2008</tr><tr style="background: #F2F2F2"><td class="summary" style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"B..Between The Legs, It's On Fire!"
"Ko... Kokan Kara Hi Ga!!" (こ...股間から火が!!)</td></tr><tr style="background: #F2F2F2"><td class="summary" style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"An Erotic Man's Secret Activities..."
"Hageshii Otoko No Soro Katsudou?" (激しい男のソロ活動...)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="height: 2em; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF" colspan="3">

</td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background: #F2F2F2"><td id="ep3" rowspan="3">3</td><td style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"Onee-sama... Huh?"
"One-sama...He?" (お姉様...へぇ?)</td><td rowspan="3">April 2, 2008</tr><tr style="background: #F2F2F2"><td class="summary" style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"My most important..."
"Watashi No Daiji Na?" (私の大事な...)</td></tr><tr style="background: #F2F2F2"><td class="summary" style="height: 2em; text-align: left">"It's a nice day like an Indian Summer"
"Koharu Biyoridesune" (こはるびよりですね)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="height: 2em; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF" colspan="3">

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Soundtrack CDs

On November 21, 2007, Geneon released an animation soundtrack CD for Koharu Biyori.[15]

Geneon released two Maniac CDs for Koharu Biyori. The first CD, Koharu Biyori Maniacs CD 1 was released on December 21, 2007.[16] The second CD, Koharu Biyori Maniacs CD 2 was released on February 22, 2008.[17] The songs are sung the voice actors/actresses of the characters.

Reception

Mania.com's Eduardo M. Chavez criticised the manga for having "no plot" and a cast that "lacks personality". He also criticised the manga for the overuse of the moe anthropomorphism.[2] Mania.com's Chris Beveridge commends the OVAs for its "character designs are good, the fanservice just right and it plays things at a slightly different angle because of the androids and the lack of a real crush/interest in the main characters".[18]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Koharubiyori" Newtype USA 6 (12) 16. December 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
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