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We Never Learn (ぼくたちは勉強ができない, Bokutachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai), also known as Bokuben, is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Taishi Tsutsui. It started serializing in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on February 6, 2017 with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into twelve tankōbon volumes as of June 2019.[3] Viz Media licensed the manga in North America and serialized it in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.[4] On March 30, 2018, Viz Media announced that it will publish the manga in print later that year.[5] Shueisha began to simulpublish the series in English on the website and app Manga Plus in January 2019. An anime television series adaptation by Studio Silver and Arvo Animation aired from April 7 to June 30, 2019. A second season is set to premiere in October 2019. The series is licensed by Aniplex of America.[6]

We Never Learn
We never learn (manga).jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
ぼくたちは勉強ができない
(Bokutachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai)
GenreHarem,[1] romantic comedy[2]
Manga
Written byTaishi Tsutsui
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original runFebruary 6, 2017 – present
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Bokutachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai hi Nichijō no Reidai-shū
Written byHamu Bane
Illustrated byTaishi Tsutsui
Published byShueisha
DemographicMale
ImprintJUMP j-Books
PublishedApril 4, 2019
Anime television series
We Never Learn: BOKUBEN
Directed byYoshiaki Iwasaki
Written byGō Zappa
Music byMasato Nakayama
StudioStudio Silver
Arvo Animation
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, AT-X, MBS, TVA
Original run April 7, 2019 – present
Episodes13 + OVA (List of episodes)
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Contents

PlotEdit

The manga follows the story of Nariyuki Yuiga, a senior high school student attending Ichinose Academy, as he tutors three geniuses of different subjects in order to secure a university scholarship. Fumino Furuhashi is a genius in literature, but horrible at mathematics; Rizu Ogata is a genius in mathematics, but terrible at literature; and Uruka Takemoto is a genius in the athletic field, but dreadful at all other subjects. As the girls work with Nariyuki to achieve their academic goals, they must also deal with their growing feelings for him.

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

Nariyuki Yuiga (唯我 成幸, Yuiga Nariyuki)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka[7]
A third-year student and the main protagonist. In order to provide for his poor family, Nariyuki seeks to obtain his school's special VIP nomination, a scholarship which waives all future university tuition fees. He receives the nomination, but is given the arduous task of getting three fellow classmates into their universities of choice. His focus on studies was inspired by his late father, who died just before he entered junior high school. He also has a natural talent for getting into compromising situations with all the girls and Miss Kirisu.
Fumino Furuhashi (古橋 文乃, Furuhashi Fumino)
Voiced by: Haruka Shiraishi[7]
A third-year student and a genius in the fields of arts and literature. Despite her mediocre skills in mathematics, Fumino wishes to pursue a degree in astronomy in order to search for a certain star, which she believes is the reincarnation of her late mother. Her father is a university mathematics professor. Fumino has had a strained relationship with her father ever since her mother's death ten years prior. However, with Nariyuki's support, they are finally able to reconcile. She is also "tutoring" Nariyuki on the secrets of a girls heart, and while supporting Rin and Ogata's crushes on Nariyuki, develops feelings for him as well.
Rizu Ogata (緒方 理珠, Ogata Rizu)
Voiced by: Miyu Tomita[7]
A third-year student and a genius in the fields of mathematics and science. Rizu finds difficulty in understanding emotions, which inspired her decision to pursue a degree in psychology and overcome her own weakness. She is also passionate about board and card games, an interest fueled by gifts she had received from her late grandmother. She has never won a single game, blaming her endless losing streak on her inability to read people. Her family runs an udon shop, which she occasionally helps run.
Uruka Takemoto (武元 うるか, Takemoto Uruka)
Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro[7]
A third-year student and a swimming prodigy. Uruka dreams of becoming an Olympic athlete and seeks to earn an athletic scholarship. However, due to her poor academics, she is placed under Nariyuki's tutelage to help improve her English skills and become a more well-rounded student. She has had a crush on Nariyuki since middle school, but continuously struggles to confess her feelings towards him and when she does confess he mistakes it for her using him in place of someone else. Later in the series, she receives a scholarship opportunity from an Australian university.
Mafuyu Kirisu (桐須 真冬, Kirisu Mafuyu)
Voiced by: Lynn[8]
A teacher at Ichinose Academy, and Rizu and Fumino's first tutor. Her opinions on education are very strong, and feels it is a waste of ability to not pursue a path that takes advantage of one's natural talents. She was formerly an aspiring figure skater who retired from the sport after being inspired to pursue a career in teaching by Nariyuki's father. While Mafuyu comes off as cold and callous, she cares deeply about her students and wants them to succeed. Despite her professional demeanor while on the job, she is a complete slob at home, is afraid of cockroaches, and a lightweight drinker.
Asumi Kominami (小美浪 あすみ, Kominami Asumi)
Voiced by: Madoka Asahina[8]
An alumna of Ichinose Academy and a rōnin student. She is often mistaken for a middle school student due to her petite stature. She aspires to attend the national medical university, despite her lackluster grades in science, in order to support her father's medical clinic. She first meets Nariyuki during cram school, and enjoys teasing him flirtatiously, much to his embarrassment. To pay for her cram school lessons and medical school entrance exam fee, she works at a maid café called High Stage.

SupportingEdit

Sawako Sekijou (関城 佐和子, Sekijō Sawako)
Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi
A third-year student and the president of the chemistry club. She is obsessed over Rizu to the point of exhibiting stalker-like behavior.
Miharu Kirisu (桐須 美春, Kirisu Miharu)
The younger sister of Mafuyu and an amateur figure skater. She greatly admires her older sister, and wishes for Mafuyu to leave her teaching job and return to figure skating.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Written and illustrated by Taishi Tsutsui, We Never Learn was launched in the 10th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on February 6, 2017.[9] Viz Media announced their license of the manga for English release in North America in April 2017, which serializes it digitally in their Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.[4] Shueisha began to simultaneously publish the series in English on the website and app Manga Plus in January 2019.

Light novelEdit

The series got a light novel entitled Bokutachi wa Benkyō ga Dekinai hi Nichijō no Reidai-shū, published on April 4, 2019 by Shueisha under their JUMP j-BOOKS imprint.[10]

AnimeEdit

An anime television series adaptation was announced in the 39th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 27, 2018. The anime series is directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki and written by Gō Zappa, featuring co-animation by Studio Silver and Arvo Animation and character designs by Masakatsu Sasaki.[11] Masato Nakayama is composing the music.[7] The series aired from April 7 to June 30, 2019 on Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, BS11, AT-X, MBS, and TV Aichi.[8][12][a] The opening theme is "Seishun Seminar" (セイシュンゼミナール) and the ending theme is "Never Give It Up!!"; both are performed by Haruka Shiraishi, Miyu Tomita, and Sayumi Suzushiro under the name Study.[13] Aniplex of America licensed the series for distribution under the title We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, and is streaming the series on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow.[14] In Australia and New Zealand, AnimeLab is streaming the series in the region.[15] After the series' finale, a second season has been announced, and it is set to premiere in October 2019.[16] An OVA episode will be bundled with the manga's 14th volume to be released on November 1, 2019.[17]

No. Title[18][19] Original air date[20]
1"Genius and [X] Are Two Sides of the Same Coin"
Transcription: "Tensai to [X] wa Hyōriittai de aru" (Japanese: 天才と[X]は表裏一体である)
April 7, 2019 (2019-04-07)
2"A Fish Is to Water as a Genius Is to [X]"
Transcription: "Uogokoro Areba, Tensai ni [X] Kokoro ari" (Japanese: 魚心あれば、天才に[X]心あり)
April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14)
3"A Genius Resonates Emotionally with [X]"
Transcription: "Tensai wa [X] ni mo Kokoro Tsūzuru Mono to Shiru" (Japanese: 天才は[X]にも心通ずるものと知る)
April 21, 2019 (2019-04-21)
4"What She Wants from a Genius Is [X]"
Transcription: "Kanojo ga Tensai ni Nozomu Mono Sunawachi [X] de aru" (Japanese: 彼女が天才に望むもの即ち[X]である)
April 28, 2019 (2019-04-28)
5"A Genius in the Forest Is Strayed by [X]"
Transcription: "Rinkan no tensai wa [X] ni meisō suru" (Japanese: 林間の天才は[X]に迷走する)
May 5, 2019 (2019-05-05)
6"Thus, [X] Geniuses Never Learn"
Transcription: "Tensai [X] tachi wa kakushite benkyō ga dekinai" (Japanese: 天才[X]たちはかくして勉強ができない)
May 12, 2019 (2019-05-12)
7"A Former Tutor's Secret Spot is [X]"
Transcription: "Zenninsha no hitoku ryōiki wa [X] na arisamadearu" (Japanese: 前任者の秘匿領域は[X]な有様である)
May 19, 2019 (2019-05-19)
8"Sometimes a Genius's Every Action Is at the Mercy of [X]"
Transcription: "Tensai no ichi kyoshu ichi tōsoku wa toki ni [X] o honrō suru" (Japanese: 天才の一挙手一投足は時に[X]を翻弄する)
May 26, 2019 (2019-05-26)
9"He Struggles with [X] in a Forbidden Zone"
Transcription: "Kindan no chi nite kare wa, [X] ga tame funtō suru" (Japanese: 禁断の地にて彼は、[X]が為奮闘する)
June 2, 2019 (2019-06-02)
10"A Lost Lamb in New Territory Encounters [X]"
Transcription: "Kano shin tenchi ni mayoe ru kohitsuji wa x to kaikō suru" (Japanese: かの新天地に迷える子羊は[X]と邂逅する)
June 9, 2019 (2019-06-09)
11"An Illustrious Veteran Sometimes Serves [X]"
Transcription: "Igen aru zennin-sha wa toki ni [X] ni kashizuku" (Japanese: 威厳ある前任者は時に[X]にかしづく)
June 16, 2019 (2019-06-16)
12"Sometimes a Genius Travels Down Memory Lane with [X]"
Transcription: "Tensai wa toki ni [X] o tomo ni wakachi tsuikai suru" (Japanese: 天才は時に[X]をともに分かち追懐する)
June 23, 2019 (2019-06-23)
13"The Light in a Genius's Eye Is All [X]"
Transcription: "Tensai no me ni ten no hikari wa subete [X] de aru" (Japanese: 天才の目に天の光はすべて[X]である)
June 30, 2019 (2019-06-30)

ReceptionEdit

On May 2018, the manga reached 1 million volumes sold. On February 2019, the sales reached 2 million volumes sold, including digital sales.[21][22]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The title premieres on April 6, 2019 at 24:30, effectively April 7, 2019.

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Shonen Jump Magazine to Launch 6 New Series By Kuroko's Basketball, Beelzebub, More Authors". animenewsnetwork.com. Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (April 17, 2017). "Viz's Shonen Jump Adds Robot × Laserbeam, We Never Learn Manga". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Viz Licenses Dragon Ball's Yamcha Spinoff, Ao Haru Ride, Radiant Manga, More". Archived from the original on 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  6. ^ Aniplex USA [@aniplexUSA] (April 2, 2019). "Adapted from the hit romantic comedy serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, We Never Learn begins streaming April 6, 2019 on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow! For more information, visit bokuben-anime.com !" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ a b c d e "We Never Learn Anime Reveals Main Cast". Anime News Network. November 24, 2018. Archived from the original on November 25, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "'We Never Learn' TV Anime Reveals New Promo Video, More Cast, April Premiere". Anime News Network. December 22, 2018. Archived from the original on December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Shonen Jump Magazine to Launch 6 New Series By Kuroko's Basketball, Beelzebub, More Authors". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on June 30, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "ぼくたちは勉強ができない 非日常の例題集" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "Taishi Tsutsui's 'We Never Learn' Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. August 26, 2018. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "'We Never Learn' Anime Premieres on April 6". Anime News Network. February 24, 2019. Archived from the original on February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "MOVIE | TVアニメ「ぼくたちは勉強ができない」公式サイト" (in Japanese). Aniplex. March 25, 2019. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (April 2, 2019). "Aniplex of America Licenses We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "We Never Learn: BOKUBEN". AnimeLab. Archived from the original on April 14, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "We Never Learn: BOKUBEN Anime Gets 2nd Season in October". Anime News Network. June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "We Never Learn Gets Video Anime Bundled With Manga's 14th Volume". Anime News Network. May 12, 2019. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "STORY". boku-ben.com. Aniplex. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  19. ^ "STORY". bokuben-anime.com. Aniplex of America. Archived from the original on April 14, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
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  22. ^ Sherman, Ressler, Hodgkins, J., K., C. "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series - February 2019 (Updated)". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 3 March 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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