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Ten Count is a completed manga written and illustrated by Rihito Takarai. The Ten Count: Another Days game introduced characters Shiki Natsuya and Masaya Fuwa. A second game titled Ten Count for App React has also been released. The Ten Count anime was announced on March 26, 2018 yet has been postponed for an unspecified date. Ten Count has anime in the form of the 6 Lovers OVA that it is a part of.

Synopsis[]

Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani's attraction to his counselor grows.

Characters[]

Tadaomi Shirotani[]

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At 31 he works as a corporate secretary but suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and a bad case of mysophobia. This manifests itself in a fear of touching objects then where scrubbing his hands has left them dry and sore. Simply living with it Tadaomi attempts to live his life as normal and does not regard it as an illness to be cured. When he was a child Tadaomi was close to his father where it would be commented on by Ueda that he would want to marry him. His father touching his head and saying he could read his thoughts merging with what Ueda had said was a major factor in the development of his mysophobia as Tadaomi believed anyone touching him could find out what he thinks. Whilst Tadaomi is effective at his work given the preparation he has in place, anxiety still manifests and has palpable effects on him.

Riku Kurose[]

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A psychotherapist at 27 Riku notices Tadaomi's hands and offers to help him free of charge. He does this by guiding Tadaomi to list ten things that he is uncomfortable with touching. Patient when Tadaomi is underway with an activity Riku is also calm and pays attention to a situation. Riku does read the room incorrectly when he sees Tadaomi exiting a cafe with Mikami and assumes the scenario. In this case Riku offered his first and last handshake to Tadaomi. He developed an interest in psychology after befriending an author named Nishigaki. Experience with dealing with mysophobia there would encourage Riku to help Tadaomi when they met.

Takeru Mikami[]

Tadaomi's friend and co-worker who he is friendly with both in and out of the office environment. Asked to help with one of Tadaomi's tasks he does so and watches largely unaware of the meaning of Riku and Tadaomi's interaction when they meet with himself around.

Kuramoto[]

The CEO of the company Kuramoto is also Tadaomi's boss. Injured in an accident Kuramoto recovers in hospital. Remaining cheerful he is also understanding of Tadaomi's ailment.

Ueda[]

Knowing Tadaomi as a child she would have her views on his relationship with his father. Suggesting that they play hide and seek, Ueda purposely opted for an easy to find location to ensure she was discovered by Tadaomi's father. Ueda would have an intimate moment with him then state it would something Tadaomi could not have.

Nishigaki[]

An author who used the pen name Tooyami Yuuichi. Largely confined at home Nishigaki was mysophobic and befriended Riku as a child.

Story[]

When the President got into an accident, Tadaomi Shirotani comes across Riku Kurose. On their very first meeting, Riku could tell right away that Tadaomi is Mysophobic. Seeing that it was pretty bad Riku suggested it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Tadaomi was left perplexed by the encounter.

They meet again at the hospital where Tadaomi has decided to come for treatment. Tadaomi finds that Riku works there. Riku offers to treat Tadaomi if he would be his friend. As part of the treatment Riku instructs Tadaomi to jot down ten things he cannot do due to his phobia and number them from one to ten, ten being the action he finds most difficult to do. Tadaomi does this, but leaves the tenth point blank. Later, when he asks Riku why he is going to such lengths for him, Riku says he would tell him once he filled in the tenth blank.

Together they begin accomplishing the tasks. However, Tadaomi finds that he cannot do them with anyone else, and he insists that he is not getting better. Their relationship becomes a physical one when Riku shares his love for Tadaomi.

Gallery[]

Ten Count in 6 Lovers[]

Ten Count is one of the six anime featured in the 22 minute 6 Lovers OVA. With a duration of around 3 minutes and 46 seconds it is the fourth series featured. Tadaomi walks beside Riku and wonders when he will be able to touch other people's hands or shoulders without flinching. Riku reminds Tadaomi that he mentioned that it did not matter whether his OCD was cured or not so questions whether he feels like curing it now. Honestly, Tadaomi still does not want to touch others so it is fine like this but does acknowledge that curing it will make his life easier.

Looking to him Tadaomi hears Riku earnestly state that he is actually an android which is why it is fine even if Tadaomi touches him. Although he is not totally aseptic Riku continues that unlike humans he does not have bacteria that occurs naturally on the skin plus his artificial skin is antibacterial. Riku then questions if it is hard for Tadaomi, who appears nonplussed, to touch him. Not entirely certain of the situation, Tadaomi comments how Riku tells jokes like that, too. Asking him to stop with that serious face Tadaomi hears it must be surprising but Riku's model number is S-96. Tadaomi checks if it a lie but he is not quite sure.

Poking his cheek Tadaomi finds Riku feels soft and warm. Riku details how the first time he saw Tadaomi he was so beautiful yet mechanical. He thought Tadaomi was an android like him, one who would understand his loneliness, but Riku concludes he was wrong. Addressing him Tadaomi asks if the antibacterial part is true and if that is the case he can touch Riku a little. Tadaomi takes ahold of Riku's hand. Riku apologizes and says to forget about what he said earlier but Tadaomi remains holding it. With his hand around Tadaomi's arm Riku explains he did not really think Tadaomi would believe him so it became hard to tell the truth in the middle. It makes Tadaomi feel even more pathetic and he says for Riku not to apologize.

The Ten Count Wiki[]

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