Dagashi Kashi (Japanese: だがしかし) is a manga series by Kotoyama. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday since June 2014 and has been collected in nine tankōbon volumes. A light novel adaptation titled Dagashi Kashi: Mō Hitotsu no Natsu Yasumi, written and illustrated by Manta Aisora, was published in a single volume by Shogakukan on December 18, 2015 under their Gagaga Bunko imprint. An anime television series adaptation by Feel aired in Japan between January 7, 2016 and March 31, 2016. "Dagashi Kashi" translates to "cheap sweets candy". A second season of the anime began airing on January 12, 2018.
Volume 1 cover, featuring Hotaru Shidare
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original run||June 2014 – present|
|Dagashi Kashi: Mō Hitotsu no Natsuyasumi|
|Written by||Manta Aisora|
|Published||December 18, 2015|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shigehito Takayanagi|
|Written by||Shigehito Takayanagi
|Music by||Tomotaka Osumi
|Original network||TBS, CBC, SUN, BS-TBS|
|Original run||January 7, 2016 – March 31, 2016|
|Anime television series|
|Dagashi Kashi 2|
|Directed by||Satoshi Kuwabara|
|Written by||Mayumi Morita|
|Music by||Tomotaka Osumi
|Original network||TBS, Sun TV, BS-TBS|
|Original run||January 12, 2018 – present|
Out in the countryside stands a sweet shop, Shikada Dagashi, run by the Shikada family for nine generations. However, despite his father's pleas, Kokonotsu Shikada, an aspiring manga artist, adamantly refuses to inherit the family business. However, this may start to change with the arrival of the eccentric Hotaru Shidare. Hotaru is in search of Kokonotsu's father, with the goal of bringing him back to work for her family's company, Shidare Corporation, a world famous sweets manufacturer. Although Yō initially refuses, he states that he will change his mind if Hotaru can convince Kokonotsu to take over the family shop.
- Kokonotsu Shikada (鹿田 ココノツ Shikada Kokonotsu)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
- Kokonotsu and his father Yō live in a countryside town where they run a small sweets store. He aspires to be a manga artist, an ambition that puts him at odds with his father who wants him to inherit the store which has been run by the family for eight generations. He constantly finds himself manning the cash register, more often than not a result of his father's trickery. After Hotaru's arrival, he also has to put up with her antics as well. He is nicknamed Kokonatsu (ココナツ, "Coconuts"). His given name is a Kun'yomi pronunciation of the Japanese numeral 九, Kokonotsu (ここのつ, "Ninth"); it works as a pun, referring to his being the ninth generation of the family that will run the store.
- Hotaru Shidare (枝垂 ほたる Shidare Hotaru)
- Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese); Tabitha Ray (English)
- An eccentric girl who is very passionate about sweets and snacks. Her father owns a famous snacks company and she came to Shikada store to recruit Yō. As Yō will not leave as long as Kokonotsu is unwilling to succeed him as Shikada storekeeper, she quickly strikes a deal with him: she will convince Kokonotsu to take over the store in return for his employment. From then on she tries to persuade Kokonotsu using many different ways such as games, stories, and riddles.
- Saya Endō (遠藤 サヤ Endō Saya)
- Voiced by: Manami Numakura (Japanese); Sara Ragsdale (English)
- Kokonotsu's classmate and childhood friend who runs a nearby cafe. She has a longstanding crush on Kokonotsu. At first alarmed by Hotaru's presence, she quickly befriends her, as their goals are aligned: Hotaru wishes Kokonotsu to run the store while she wants him to keep staying in town. Saya has a hidden talent of toy mastery. At one point she defeats a well-prepared Hotaru at a Menko game, an event that leads Hotaru to start addressing her with suffix shi (師), an antiquated designation used by disciples to their masters.
- She is the younger twin sister of Tō.
- Tō Endō (遠藤 豆 Endō Tō)
- Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Japanese); Justin Pate (English)
- Older twin brother of Saya and a good friend of Kokonotsu. A laid back person who usually wears a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses. He and Saya run a cafe named "Cafe Endō".
- Yō Shikada (鹿田 ヨウ Shikada Yō)
- Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese); Jeremy Inman (English)
- Kokonotsu's father as well as the current owner of Shikada store. He is desperate to make his son the 9th head of the shop so that his legacy will continue. He agrees to Hotaru's bargain that if she can convince his son to be the next head of his shop, he would start working for Hotaru's company. Like his son, his given name is a Kun'yomi pronunciation of the Japanese numeral 八, Yō (ヨウ, "Eighth"), and works as a pun for his generation of shop owner.
- Hajime Owari (尾張 ハジメ Owari Hajime)
- Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)
- An intelligent woman who has trouble keeping a job due to her laziness and other personality quirks. She ends up working at Shikada Dagashi in exchange for room and board.
- Beniyutaka Shidare (枝垂 紅豊 Shidare Beniyutaka)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese); Chris Wehkamp (English)
- He is Hotaru's older brother and the manager of the local convenience store that recently opened across from Shikada Dagashi. Beni finds dagashi shops too old fashioned. He considers Kokonotsu virtuous and his rival, after he comments on how the stores overpriced cakes wouldn't sell, and recommended selling dagashi aimed at children and adults who would easily buy them.
A 12-episode anime adaptation premiered in January 2016. It was produced at Feel, and was directed by Shigehito Takayanagi, who also handled the series composition together with Yasuko Kamo. Kanetoshi Kamimoto was in charge of character design, and Satoshi Motoyama was the series' sound director. The series' opening theme is "Checkmate!?" by Michi, and the ending theme is "Hey Caloric Queen" by Ayana Taketatsu.
A second season, titled Dagashi Kashi 2, premiered on January 12, 2018 on TBS, and airs on Sun TV and BS-TBS. With Dagashi Kashi 2, Tezuka Productions takes over the series production, with Feel instead being credited for setting cooperation. While Motoyama returns as sound director, several other duties have been taken over by new staff: for the second season, Satoshi Kuwabara is in charge of direction, Mayumi Morita handles the series composition, Nana Miura designs the characters, and Michiko Yokote writes the script. The voice cast from the first season reprise their roles, and is joined by Chinatsu Akasaki, who voices the new character Hajime Owari, and Tomokazu Sugita, who voices Yutaka Beni. The second season's opening theme is "Oh My Sugar Feeling!!" (Oh My シュガーフィーリング!! Oh My Shugā Fīringu!!) by Taketatsu while the ending theme is "Okashi na Watashi to Hachimitsu no Kimi" (おかしなわたしとはちみつのきみ, "The Candied Me and the Honeyed You") by Hachimitsu Rocket. Dagashi Kashi 2 airs in a shared half-hour time slot together with Takunomi., with both series consisting of fifteen-minute episodes.
In September 2015, when the anime adaptation was announced, the two manga volumes that were released at the time had sold a 450,000 copies combined; when the fourth volume came out in December 2015, sales had risen to a total of 1.2 million copies. By the time the anime premiered in January 2016, the manga has 1.6 million copies in print, doubling the average amount of copies sold per volumes compared to before the anime announcement, to 400,000 copies per volume.
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