The cherished boys’ love manga TEN COUNT will have an anime adaptation. The announcement was printed on the jacket cover of the manga’s sixth and final volume released March 26th. The series’ official Twitter account also posted a photo of the cover announcement ahead of the sixth volume’s release.

So What Is TEN COUNT?

TEN COUNT, created by Rihito Takarai, follows the intimate lives of germaphobe Shirotani and psychologist Kurose. Kurose meets the neurotic Shirotani by chance, and he could immediately tell that Shirotani had issues. Kurose diagnoses Shirotani with mysophobia, a pathological fear of germs, which is symbolized by Shirotani’s use of gloves and surgical masks. At first, Shirotani was skeptical of Kurose but eventually lets Kurose treat his condition.

A man wearing a surgical mask adjusts his collar on the TEN COUNT cover
Shirotani graces the cover of TEN COUNT Vol. 1 | Image: SuBLime

TEN COUNT was first published in the magazine Dear+ in July 2013. The series’ released its final chapter in November 2017. Viz Media licensed the English translation under its popular boys’ love imprint SuBLime. The sixth volume’s jacket cover also added that the series has published over two million print copies.

A Lot of Love for Boys’ Love

Boys’ love novels highlight relationships between two male characters. These are often deep love stories involving boys or men, but the target audience is typically for young female readers. The genre is especially popular among the LGBTQ+ community as well. TEN COUNT goes beyond the sometimes sexual nature of boys’ love novels. It has themes about dealing with mental health and learning to trust others.

Two men get intimate as one tries to take the other's glove off.
Shirotani and Kurose get close in a risque manga panel. | Image: SuBLime

It’s a surprisingly deep and engaging story that deserves praise outside of its genre as well. In 2014 and 2015, the manga ranked first in the “Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Boys’ Love Comics” lists. The series continues to grow in popularity, so fans will definitely want to keep an eye out for the anime adaptation.

There is no official release date for the anime adaptation, but if you’d like to read the manga, you can find it on SuBLime’s website.

Featured Image courtesy of  SuBLime.

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