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Nana to Kaoru  
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Kaoru is a 17-year-old virgin who has an SM fetish. He secretly dreams about an SM relationship with his childhood friend Nana. One day Kaoru's mom asks Nana to hide all his SM toys so he'll study for a change. However, Nana finds the leather one-piece that Kaoru bought and tries it on, but she accidentally locks it and doesn't have the key! The beginning of their super strange relationship.

Due to the popularity of Nana to Kaoru, the series resumes publication in Young Animal and chapter 22 is the final chapter in Young Animal Arashi. Publication of the series will continue in Young Animal, but renumbered as chapter 1 while maintaining the same name and storyline.


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Associated Names
Нана и Каору
نانا و كاورو
Nana & Kaoru
Nana and Kaoru
Nana and Kaoru's SM diary

Groups Scanlating
Free Time

Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.141 (c119) by Nanachanscans (5d ago)
v.17 c.140 (c118) by Nanachanscans (32d ago)
v.17 c.139 (c117) by Nanachanscans (44d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 2

User Reviews
nana to kaoru by darknova42

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1484 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 12th 2015, 1:58am PST



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Original Publisher

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Young Animal (Hakusensha)
Young Animal Arashi (Hakusensha)

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Monthly Pos #112 increased(+7)
3 Month Pos #97 increased(+31)
6 Month Pos #119 decreased(-15)

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Ever To English Paperback? + Basis of Sarashina Sensei   
Rating: N/A
by no-one-knows
June 29th, 2014, 12:22pm
I personally have enjoyed this work very much having read through it multiple times as well as the Black Label Edition. I am just wondering if they will ever make a English Paperback Edition since it is already in German and Japanese. Plus i was also wondering where the author got his ideas for Sarashina Sensei and his ideas. Great read and looking forward for more releases.
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Works for Me!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
May 30th, 2014, 8:46am
I've loved this series all the way up to where I am now (ch. 103). A proud blurb on each volume being put out at this stage says "1.5 million copies sold!"


1. Its story presents the fundamental shoenen trope of the inarticulate, socially inept, totally sexually shamed and repressed kid pursuing with endless clumsiness the hot girl in his class....

2. Interlaced with a comprehensive introduction to the titillating subject of S&M!

3. By this means NtK offers us a very standard manga experience: a chaste boy-girl relationship with a substantial addition of transgressive sensual behavior and feelings to keep us interested when the story flags. Often in shoenen manga the transgressive element is incest desires, but that's getting old, and this is an entirely new replacement for it!

4. Nana is so lovingly drawn that she comes across as very hot!

5. Dorky Kaoru is the perfect stand-in for the inexperienced young male reader, yet he shows traits that such a reader would like to believe he would display if he were so very lucky as to find himself in K's situation: willingness to take chances, willingness to work hard to improve himself, and complete, unselfish devotion to his loved one.

6. Acceptable power relationship between the MCs makes the story salable to girls. In the social world of the story, K is so far below Nana that he dare not even talk to her in public, but in the breathers he's totally in charge. If ugly Koaru were good-looking, he would have ALL the power in the relationship, which I think would turn off or even frighten lots of girls to the point where they'd never become readers.

Thank goodness for manga, and thanks to the scanlators of NtK. We in the USA will never see anything like this published there, I think.

... Last updated on May 30th, 2014, 11:41am
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
May 12th, 2014, 11:18am
This series is lame and one dimensional. Basically 20+ volumes without sex, romance or real SM.
Just endless teasing. Even some of the scanlators gave up. The mangas popularity comes from the Nana who is a submissive and a convenient girl next door. And the well done art. And of course that the whole series is pretty much a hard PG 13. At least by my european standards. The series will probably get to at least Volume 30 because of that and the stop and go writing style. My problems are these: Why do they have to keep their "relationship" secret ? Could Kaoru be more boring !
How comes that all the sex professionals are the friendliest people possible ? No shades of grey on any of the characters. Pun intended. Why is this set in High School ? It is seinen after all. And what is the rest of Kaoru´s harem doing in this manga besides representing (multiple)fetishes of course ?
The series is overall readable and hardly "bad" but just too boring to recommend. Watch Nymphomaniac and Secretary (2002) instead. These actuality feature developed relationships, sex, SM, and most of all award wining acting. I am not a prude you see. I just don´t like to waste my time. You shouldn´t ether.
And where are all the spin offs coming from ? Milking is lame.

Update: Now(Vol.15) that even his teacher has joined the bang bus and added another fetish i just can´t care anymore. 1 point deducted and finally dropped. But hey we now had pages upon pages of hardcore banging thanks to this arc even if they made no sense. Goodbuy Ryuta-san. We will probably never meet again outside a random first chapter no matter how many identical mangas you will start. Your previous work has bored me enough.

... Last updated on December 20th, 2014, 4:41am
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Rating: N/A
by IHavoc
December 9th, 2013, 1:24am
BS on the MC being lame and the girl being tsundere, since that isn't the case AT ALL. MC is pretty normal and the girl gives off zero tsundere vibes except maybe once in the beginning.
You are right about it being super slow though. It feels like an active effort is being made to develop the characters and their relationships as slowly as possible

... Last updated on December 9th, 2013, 1:29am
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Kinda boring   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by betmen
November 25th, 2013, 6:55am
It's different theme i'll gave the series that, but the rest is the same as other echi harem series. the same lame male protagonist, the same tsundere childhood friend female character, the same judgmental classmate. Good impression at the start but the development is so slow it's just like story for two hours movie adapted to 13 episodes of 1 hour long mini series. i read it till volume 5 and get bored

Atleast the art is good.
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Rating: N/A
by Rufusstan
April 18th, 2013, 2:53pm
This manga simply should not work.
The male lead is designed to be unattractive both Physically and in his personality.
The female lead is his childhood friend. She is meant to be his romantic interest, but is designed to be utterly unapproachable for him.
The central theme of the manga is a serious take on S&M, outside of a Hentai, and is the only thing that brings the characters together. While an Ecchi manga, it deals with the subject with next to no nudity; let alone sex.
It is episodic, most storylines depicting the events around one of their 'breathers', which is their name for their S&M sessions.

Amazume takes all of that and makes it work brilliantly. The art is good, typical of the author, but what makes it work are the characters. Both of the leads are fleshed out realistically, both are shown to be flawed. both are trying improve themselves. Each story arc moves their relationship on a little bit more. The supporting cast all add to the depth.

The story IS slow, and the theme puts a lot off (I had no interest in S&M when I started reading this; still don't), but it really is a must read.

Oh and unlike the previous reviewer, I think the pair are slowly spiraling towards each other, and they inevitably will end up together.
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Kaoru's pinning   
Rating: N/A
by Verito.S
January 11th, 2013, 11:57pm
I actually like a lot this manga because of the pinning, the not so background romance between Nana and Kaoru, and specially how Kaoru is in love with Nana and he tries his best to become a better person worthy of her, even when he sees himself unworthy of her, from his looks to his grades, and even when he could totally do something to Nana (not really consensual stuff, which happens on smut shoujo manga often enough, and they fall in love because the guy is hot and beautiful). Kaoru actually loves Nana, he doesn't betray her trust on him.

BDSM doesn't even have to be of your like (I don't love it either), and it's nothing like that 50 shades book. btw.

The sad part is, though, that I don't really see this manga ending with Kaoru and Nana being a couple, and that breaks my heart.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ckrat67
September 17th, 2012, 1:03am
I'm not very new to manga in general, but I became interested in it just at the start of last year. Since then, I've read quite a few, and I have to say this was actually one of the first I read.
After seeing a few of the comments talking about how 'ugly' Kaoru is, I just HAD to make an account and post my opinion. First, I like the fact that the main isnt such a perfect person, and actually makes an effort to grow through the manga. I'm not a person who judges a book by its cover, so to me, the personality of the character is everything. Unlike some other manga, Kaoru isnt exactly a wimpy fag and he actually pushes and exerts himself, and I think that is worthy of respect.

I have to say, the part which touched me most was when Kaoru engages in a short bout of self pity before picking himself up and training his stamina. At least he tries.

In short, read it, and may you find the motivation to push yourself as Kaoru does.
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Good set up, very repititous...   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
August 12th, 2012, 9:45pm
The overall set up of the story is great, but that's about it. Sadly it gets pretty repetitious after a while and overall the story is going nowhere. They just add a new toy or an outfit and call it a new arc. The guy acts retarded, like a grade school kid. He has feelings for nana but he has no intentions of ever telling her and about the only thing he can say to her is "shut-up" like an elementary school kid. There is just no ryme or reason for the way he acts. He's brave enough to engage in their "little breathers" but yet he doesn't have to guts to express his real true feelings. I still skim the new chapters once in a while, but unless something new happens, I'm just not interested anymore. If I were about 13, I wold probably love this, but being an adult, I just find it boring.

16+ volumes and there has still been no developement or progess in their relationship. i wonder how long this can go on bevore readers get bored.

... Last updated on September 25th, 2015, 1:29pm
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Truly Sensual Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jamievalero
June 12th, 2012, 12:43am
This manga truly excels in stretching the sensual tension to a fever pitch, releasing the tension through a gradual revelation of the care and affection between the romantic leads.

I initially couldn't get on board how such a dorky male lead would win the heart of the most attractive female high school student in high school. It's the equivalent of the head cheerleader falling in love with the pimply ordinary kid - it just can't happen.

That the author is able to make this believable by imbuing the male lead with significant touches of sensitivity and thoughtfulness in the exercise of their BDSM relationship - it's the equivalent of Cyrano long-nose winning the woman of his dreams through poetry.

So, thumbs up on this manga!
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