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Orange (TAKANO Ichigo)  
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In the Spring she was 16, Takamiya Naho receives a strange, but detailed letter from herself, ten years in the future. At first she thinks the letter is a prank, but then the things written in the letter actually happen, including the new transfer student that sits next to her in class, Naruse Kakeru. The letter reads just like her diary entries, down to the same characters. It is not till two weeks later, when Kakeru shows back up at school, that Naho finishes the letter. In the letter, her 27-year-old self tells her 16-year-old self that her biggest regret is that Kakeru is no longer with them in the future, and asks her to watch him closely.

Note: Was nominated for the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2016.


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Associated Names
オレンジ (高野苺)
Orenji (TAKANO Ichigo)

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5 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (929 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.92 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 26th 2016, 2:57am PST



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Original Publisher
Futabasha (2014)
Shueisha (2012)

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)
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English Publisher
Seven Seas (1 Volumes - Ongoing)

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An emotional ride   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wishing_star
May 9th, 2016, 7:46pm
I stumbled upon this manga before and already the plot had already pulled me. We are taken right away in the story. With themes like friendship, love and the heart tugging feelings of regrets. And these feelings did reach to me as I was rooting for the characters
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on their journey to save Kakeru
and cried along the way. Loved Suwa's character.

Story was sweet and short, yet managed to create this emotional turmoil in me. It reminded me a little of the novel
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Everything I never told you why in terms of the repercussions of death of a loved one

... Last updated on May 9th, 2016, 7:53pm
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one of the most emotional shoujos i've read.   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by noticing
April 12th, 2016, 9:25pm
I absolutely love this manga. The theme of this manga is focused on regrets, fate, and hope. Everyone has regrets, sometimes the choices we make aren't the right choices, and it's all process of life. This is one of those 'what if we took the chance we couldn't back then' 'what if we were able to stop that event from happening' actually coming true. Yes, it is not possible that we could actually stop our past selves. But we should be honest with ourselves and prevent the regrets before it's too late. Fate does it's work, but don't be so set on it that it's just the way it's supposed to be and will be, because it isn't. I think that's what this manga is telling us. I also like how it points out
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how much losing your loved one and suicide doesn't affect you only but everyone around you as well. Past Kakeru thought the gang would forget about him and are better off without him, but really, they aren't. I'm really glad the gang let him know that the future 'them' missed him terribly and still misses him.

I enjoyed the Parallel Worlds theme, not only because it won't affect the Naho of the present that married Suwa, but because it is a symbol of hope. The hope that you're doing okay in your own way in your own world and that the other you is doing okay too.
I really liked how Kakeru was complex and really mysterious at times, but very fragile and relatable.
One thing I could point out as a flaw, I felt like other than Kakeru and Naho, the gang felt a little forced, were like a typical shoujo background "friend" characters at times, and were not given as much depth as the Kakeru and Naho. Later in the series, I felt like Hagita was given more depth and I loved it. I just wished it was like that throughout and with the rest of them. One of my favorite part is that
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Hagita actually broke Kakeru's bike ahead of time. It was so Hagita to do that, since he's the type that would really think hard and analyze the event itself to save Kakeru, not about why or how to prevent it in emotional sense but literally "stop" him from the event. It makes me realize every one of the gang is important and plays a role in stopping Kakeru, not just Naho and Suwa alone. Also nice that he was given depth and tense the plot a little with his analytical personality, but we get to also see the funny goofy side of him throughout.

The plot is not slow nor fast, it's perfectly paced. I do think there are things that could've been added near the end to make it feel more finished, but nothing is rushed to wrap up the story and it's great as it is. I like the nostalgic feeling this gives me, as if I was a part of this world. The plot just sucked me into the story.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2016, 9:33pm
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Back to Shoujo   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Dalmoon
December 29th, 2015, 12:17am
Honestly, I haven't been into shoujo for a long time so it's pretty amazing that I liked this one. I've read a lot of shoujo manga before but this one really got me. I loved the nostalgic feel and the psychological aspect of the whole thing instead of just the romance. This manga connected to me a lot because I was actually put in a similar situation before. It touched me and definitely gave me the feels. However, this did not receive a 10/10 due to the following reasons:
All of the characters were not very original. The main female protagonist, Naho, was the very typical shoujo girl: dense, cute, and shy. The main love, Kakeru, interest was the very generic: sporty, handsome, and popular. The friends supportive and loving. I feel like more development could have been to made to the third wheel, Suwa, and his love for Naho. I think that the author could have made the audience sympathize more to him to make the manga more heart-wrenching. I fell the biggest element that made this manga stand out from others was Kakeru's depression. Otherwise this would just be your typical shoujo manga characters.
Nothing needs to be said. It was great! smile
The plot itself was original, but it was a bit confusing. The whole "sending letters to the past" was not very well-explained. Also, I feel like the plot revolved around Naho too much. There could've been more scenes featuring Kakeru and his feelings.

In the end, these are all based on my opinions so to truly know you should just read it for yourself. I promise you won't be overly disappointed.
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Rating: N/A
by tty45321
December 19th, 2015, 7:22pm
This was a really lovely manga. I see a lot of people in the comments annoyed at the use of the seinen genre and I'd have to agree that it's definitely not seinen in my opinion (i don't read seinen manga), but besides that it really is a truly lovely story and extremely nostalgic (sometimes to the point of making your heart hurt).The mangaka did a great job of depicting depression. I think it's really hard to depict how depression eats away at people despite being surrounded by loved ones, but this manga did a great job of it. I usually stay away from manga that makes me cry, but I'm really glad I read this manga.
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Shoujo disguised as Seinen   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by yuri999
October 12th, 2015, 10:15pm
Just adding the theme of suicide doesn't turn a cliche ridden shoujo romance into seinen. Credit where it's due - the author tries to explain time travel but how much of it you buy is where ymmv. Otherwise, the main character is stupidly dense and even for just 5 volumes the amount of repetition in her "he likes me, he likes me not" is downright nonsensical. At times the manga was good but the overall feeling I got was that it needed tighter editing, a better use of the cast and most of all the emotions felt too fake.

That was the problem - a lot of the time the emotions felt were too manufactured and the way everyone meets 10 years later and how they just "happen" to remember what happened over a decade ago was too far fetched to believe. Overall, you can give it a read but don't expect it to hold up to a second read because it starts falling apart on the first one itself.

... Last updated on October 12th, 2015, 10:16pm
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love these kinds of shoujo   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by sinxer
October 9th, 2015, 10:24pm
I love it when a shoujo is like this, you get your fluffiness you would expect but with a hard does of reality mixed into it. depression is not an easy subject to work into a story but i feel this does a great job at looking at not only how it effects the individual but how the people around you as well and the "what if i did this instead" they feel wen someone does commit suicide. one of the key things i really felt for in this was the fact that even though the letters were sent back they had no way of knowing if it would work and if it did it wouldn't necessarily change their time line but create a parallel world in wich he was alive in which case they still wouldn't know, but they do it anyway.
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A sweet little story   
Rating: N/A
by fwoom
September 19th, 2015, 5:11pm
Really loved this one. Refreshing and a pleasure to read as it came out, without too much crazy shoujo "rollercoasters" but rather a deep, thoughtful look into human relationships.

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near perfect   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by rockerpunk
September 19th, 2015, 4:42am
this is a beautiful read. description kept me away from it for a while - it's one of the better reads I've had in a looong while. poignant. and just really really good. not a 10 because I'm a sucker for comprehensive endings
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Very good, but not flawless   
Rating: N/A
by Hime_Takamura
August 25th, 2015, 7:44pm
My favorite part of this manga is the art, it is gorgeous. The story is certainly sad, though not in a hopeless way; you're always rooting for the protagonists and feel like they'll actually save Kakeru. It deals with some pretty serious themes of death, suicide, and hopelessness which really hit home for someone dealing with that kind of thing. The segments from the future reminded me a lot of the ones from Nana where the characters are looking back on their pasts but also moving on together
The main character Naho is likeable and cute but she is so incredibly dense-moreso than your average shoujo protagonist. Kakeru comes just short of telling her to her face that he likes her and she's like "Duuuuh I wonder who he's talking about?" There's really only focus on Naho, Kakeru and Suwa and while the other main characters don't feel out of place, it would have been nice to see more of them. They had unique and likeable personalities but a lot of the time it felt like they were being forced into scenes to be glorified background characters.
The story flows well and none of the chapters or scenes seem superfluous. And did I mention the art? Because it's amazing. I hope the author does more manga like this one rather than normal boring generic shoujo like they seem to have exclusively done in the past.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Adorbs
July 30th, 2015, 9:23pm
DAMN IT. This manga breaks me. A gem. I'm so glad I've read this.This is not your typical shoujo manga. Sure it has its cliches but, man, it tugs your heartstrings every single chapter. Kakeru just suffocates me not in a bad way but that just means that the mangaka is really good at getting these kinds of feelings across the reader. It has a similar feel to Kyou no Kira-kun but this just breaks my heart.

I'm also torn between Kakeru and Suwa though I like Suwa better (goddammityouresuchagoodguy).

... Last updated on July 30th, 2015, 9:26pm
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