Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun (Japanese: ご愁傷さま二ノ宮くん, Hepburn: Goshūshō-sama Ninomiya-kun, trans. My Condolences, Ninomiya-kun or My Heartfelt Sympathy, Ninomiya-kun) is a Japanese light novel series by Daisuke Suzuki, with illustrations by Kyōrin Takanae. The light novel started serialization in Monthly Dragon Magazine in April 2005, published by Fujimi Shobo. A manga adaptation was being serialized in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age. An anime adaptation by AIC Spirits first aired in Japan on October 4, 2007. Two radio dramas for the series have been broadcast.
Shungo Ninomiya, a high school guy, lives in a large house with his older sister Ryōko, who works as a mercenary. One day, Ryōko sends siblings Mayu and Mikihiro Tsukimura to live with them. Mayu's goal is to overcome her fear of men and to control her powers, however, she is a young succubus, a creature that naturally attracts men. Ryōko and Mikihiro have Mayu and Shungo share everything from the same room to the same bed. Making things more awkward, Shungo's jealous childhood friend, student council president Reika Hōjō, joins the household as a maid.Shungo Ninomiya (二ノ宮 峻護, Ninomiya Shungo)
Voiced by: Junji Majima
, Ayahi Takagaki (young), Takuma Terashima (first radio drama)
Shungo, the title character, is a high school guy who trains in the martial arts. He often shows self-restraint from his female schoolmates, who enjoy flirting with and teasing him. He and Reika are childhood friends, but he is put in a situation where he must host and live together with Mayu.
Mayu Tsukimura (月村 真由, Tsukimura Mayu)
Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki
, Umeka Shouji (young), Yuko Goto (first radio drama)
Mayu is a succubus who is sent to live with Shungo to practice getting over her fear of men. Because she cannot control her powers, she naturally attracts men as if they were zombies, and knocks them out with her power when they get too close. Her clumsiness and ditzy personality often gets her in embarrassing situations such as spraying herself with water while wearing a tight white shirt, or frequently falling on top of Shungo. However, she is sometimes lucky in getting out of dangerous situations, as demonstrated in the remote island storyline. She wears bat wing hair clips. It is later revealed that she, Reika, and Shungo have known each other as childhood friends.
Reika Houjou (北条 麗華, Hōjō Reika)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
, Yuki Matsuoka (first radio drama)
Reika is the student council president at Shungo's school, and an heiress to a large conglomerate called the Houjou Group. She acts proud and haughty, and bothers Shungo regularly. However, after being filmed in an embarrassing video where she fails to seduce Shungo, she agrees to become Shungo's maid and lives with him. It is later revealed that she is a succubus who harbors a dark and serious alternate personality that occasionally manifests, as well as a past childhood relationship with Shungo. In the anime, she is involved in many of the Houjou Group's businesses including influencing national policies, meeting with dignitaries and creating corporate products. In the anime, her alternate personality tries to take Shungo for herself.
Ryoko Ninomiya (二ノ宮 涼子, Ninomiya Ryōko)
Voiced by: Michiko Neya
, Naomi Shindou (first radio drama)
Shungo's older sister who works as a mercenary. In the anime, she joins the school staff as a nurse. She carries a camcorder and director's megaphone where she films and directs Mayu in roleplaying situations where she has to romantically interact with Shungo.
Mikihiro Tsukimura (月村 美樹彦, Tsukimura Mikihiro)
Voiced by: Ken Narita
, Daisuke Hirakawa (first radio drama)
Mikihiro is Mayu's older brother. He is an incubus, the male counterpart of a succubus. He enjoys manipulating Reika and others to do what he wants. He and Ryōko are long-time friends, as they are often seen working together, even in flashbacks. In the anime episode where Shungo searches for ramen ingredients, Mikihiro happens to own the related businesses: a wheat farm, an animal ranch, and a fishing boat.
Mitsuru Hosaka (保坂 光流, Hosaka Mitsuru)
Voiced by: Kouki Miyata
, Yuka Inokuchi (first radio drama)
Mitsuru is a senior student to Shungo, and Reika's main assistant both at school and at home. He has martial arts abilities that rival Shungo's.
Shinobu Kirishima (霧島 しのぶ, Kirishima Shinobu)
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba
Kirishima is the head maid for Reika's family. She carries a wakizashi sword, ready to execute Shungo, whom she thinks is not worthy of Reika. She uses Japanese honorifics towards Reika, but quickly reverts back to blunt speech towards Shungo. In the anime, she joins the cast after the gang spend a vacation on a private island.
Hinako is Shungo's classmate with the short hair. She likes to tease Shungo, and later befriends Mayu.
Shungo's classmate with the long green hair and glasses. She flirts with Shungo, and is later revealed to be a succubus when she kisses him and drains his energy during the class field trip. However, she later reveals it was a ploy to win the affections of a jealous Tasuku, whom she really loves.
Shungo's schoolmate with short green hair. He tries to interfere in Shungo and Mayu's relationship in order to get revenge from a fight many years ago, and is jealous because Irori kissed Shungo.
The series began as a light novel originally serialized in the Japanese shōnen light novel magazine Monthly Dragon Magazine in April 2005, published by Fujimi Shobo. As of September 2008, ten normal volumes under the title Goshūshō-sama Ninomiya-kun, and six smaller volumes under the title Oainiku-sama Ninomiya-kun have been published. The novels are written by Daisuke Suzuki with illustrations by Kyōrin Takanae. The series won second prize in Fujimi Shobo's Long Fantasy Novel Contest.
There have been two radio dramas for the series. The first, containing five broadcasts, aired between June 25, 2006 and July 23, 2006 and was a part of the Fujimi TeenAge Fun Club. These broadcasts were later compiled into a drama CD in December 2006. The second radio drama began on October 7, 2007 on the same station. The voices in the second radio drama are from the voice actors from the anime version, but the voices in the first broadcast were from different voice actors.
A manga adaptation, illustrated by Haiji Suzuro and Reiji Hamada, began serialization in Fujimi Shobo's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age in early 2007. The first bound volume was released in October 2007, and the second was released in January 2008.
An anime adaptation by the animation studio AIC Spirits first aired in Japan on October 4, 2007, and ended on December 20, 2007, containing twelve episodes. The anime was licensed for release in English by Kadokawa USA, but its Kadokawa Pictures USA subsidiary later closed down, therefore canceling the release. The opening theme is "Yubikiri" (ユビキリ, lit. "pinky promise"), and the ending theme is "Fure Fure Pon Pon!" (ふれふれっぽんぽん!, lit. "Go Go Pom Pom!"); both songs are sung as duets by Mai Kadowaki and Miyuki Sawashiro, who voiced Mayu and Reika respectively. Starting December 15, 2010, Crunchyroll released English subtitled episodes of the series under the title Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun. Episodes were released weekly in sets of three to the public, with the final three episodes being released on January 5, 2011.
Stig Høgset of THEM Anime Reviews was critical of the anime series stating, "Basically, if you're passing by this show looking for some good, saucy fun, then keep looking. There's nothing to see here."