Yakuza age-gap romance manga A Girl & Her Guard Dog was revealed today to be getting a TV anime adaptation in 2023. An announcement video for the anime was released on the Pony Canyon YouTube channel to celebrate the news. The series, from manga artist Hatsuharu, follows 16-year-old Isaku, the grand-daughter of a Yakuza boss, as she tries to battle high school with her 26-year-old “protector” behind her at every step.
A Girl & Her Guard Dog by Hatsuharu began publishing in Bessatsu Friend in December 2018 with eight collected volumes released as of October 13 in Japan. Kodansha USA releases the series in English, describing the first volume as such:
Isaku never asked to be the daughter of a yakuza boss, but when her parents died in a car accident when she was 5, her gangster grandfather took her in and raised her as part of the clan. After years of being avoided by her schoolmates because of her family ties, Isaku is finally ready to make her high-school debut, live a normal life, and maybe even find love…until loyal family servant and Isaku’s dedicated guardian, 26-year-old Keiya, enters high school right alongside her and vows to protect her from all of the above! Now she’s got a chain-smoking, pistol-wielding knight-in-shining(?)-armor to deal with, and navigating high school besides? What’s a young lady to do?!
Cover of the first volume:
Source: Comic Natalie
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