‘More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers’ is a romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Yūki Kanamaru. The series kicked off in March 2018 and follows a group of high school students who are doing a mock-marriage project. Six volumes have been released by Kadokawa Shoten through their Young Ace magazine before being released in collected editions.
Kanamaru recently announced that the manga series is getting an anime adaption and also released a special image on social media.
— 金丸祐基@8巻&アニメ企画進行中 (@y_marukin) November 22, 2021
“Important announcement,” roughly translated, Kanamaru wrote. “[More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers] Animated project is in progress! All thanks to everyone’s support! Thank you so much.”
There has been no announcement on the studio, format, staff, cast, writer, or which director who will helm the anime, according to the Anime News Network.
Baka-Update Manga describes the synopsis:
“Yakuin Jirou a third-year High-School student hopes that he will get his first love from the same class Sakurazaka Shiori as a practice partner in his High-schools mandatory “Couple-Practical”. In this practical, students have to demonstrate that they have the necessary skill-set to live on their own with a partner of the opposite sex while presenting a certain level of harmony to the video surveillance that grades them.
Unfortunately random chance put his slightly subdued self into the practice with the person most opposite of him, the Gyaru Watanabe Akari. Akari on the other hand hoped to be in the practice with her crush Tenjin Minami instead.
Their hopes are doubly dashed when they find out that Shiori and Minami were assigned together, so they decide to reluctantly cooperate to receive a top ten rating which gives the top ten couples the right to exchange partners if both couples agree. To that end, Jirou steals Akari’s first kiss on the lips without realizing what he’d done while giving a hurried good-bye kiss.”
Thus far, the manga series has not been officially licensed for an English translation.
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