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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.


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オレンジ (高野苺)
Orenji (TAKANO Ichigo)

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c.17 by Crunchyroll (96d ago)
c.16 by Crunchyroll (126d ago)
c.15 by Crunchyroll (157d ago)
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4 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (668 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 5th 2015, 2:38am PST



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Betsuma (Shueisha)
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Crunchyroll (Digital)

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This Manga is NOT over, it's back 285 days, 17 hours, 19 minutes ago
Takano Ichigo quitting manga? 395 days, 19 hours, 12 minutes ago
Suwa - ch 8! 831 days, 23 hours, 17 minutes ago
Chapter 7-8 (SPOILER) 861 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes ago

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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by himemai
January 11th, 2015, 9:16am
Recommended by my friends, and I end up borrow the first volume from her (..^ ⌣ ^..).

The plot is nice.... The concept of 'letter from future' somehow remind me of Daddy Long Legs but reversed version//eh. Character okay, everything in this manga is enjoyable. I like it! I like it even more because Suwa^ o ^

But above everything else, I really like Takano sensei art style. It's beautiful, simple, yet so sparkling at the same time (for me at least). I found it unique and I fall for the art >///< really! I really like the way she drew eyes, mouth, and etc.
So try to read this. If not because the story, then read for the art. ♪\(´▿`)
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so this shoujo mangaka decided to make seinen money   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Darkn1te
September 25th, 2014, 6:57am
pure shoujo drivel made "serious" from a mangaka who only does shoujo, expect allot of drama and the usual stupid stuff that comes with shoujo with a little mature theme like suicide cuz you know.. its seinen now.
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Happiness Day indeed   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Papaya1124
July 1st, 2014, 3:28pm
This manga makes me smile so much. Every time something happens between Naho and Kakeru I get so happy, I can't help squealing. Although I will say this story evokes some serious heart pangs, it is totally in a good way. The art is beautiful in a unique way, and I just love. It's kind of a shoujo in disguise so if you like shoujo, read it.

... Last updated on July 1st, 2014, 4:02pm
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by Ifra12
July 1st, 2014, 12:44pm
Such a unique and original plot with great relatable characters. So glad its being continued because I would hate for this story to be left unfinished, as it is awesome!
But its really sad, so if you like light-hearted manga, then this isn't for you as every time I read it, I almost always end up crying ;_;. Really good and really recommend.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by purfect_kutie64
February 1st, 2014, 10:37pm
The repetition of regret really got to me. I was in a pre-crying phase after finishing chapter 9.
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26 year old Naho finds out Kakeru liked her the whole time and was given the flowers "from" Kakeru. TEARS! The part where Suwa's letter that said he regrets not supporting Kakeru and Naho and always seeing her cry after the funeral..MORE TEARS
. This manga has a really good plot line. Kakeru must not die. I hope the author does not quit being a mangaka and finishes this manga.
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Super love the unique story ^o^   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cornelia0306
December 18th, 2013, 3:57am
A very unique plot so thats why i was intrigued and started reading it. I hope ms takano ichigo would continue to write orange and would not stop being a mangaka because im really looking forward to reading this manga. It has been a year since the last chapter was made and now im also reading re collection. I hope this would continue very soon because i really like ORANGE!

... Last updated on December 18th, 2013, 3:58am
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Wow. WOW.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fufufuyen
June 27th, 2013, 10:10pm
At first drawn by its beautiful drawings, I was immediately planning on reading this manga before its first release and have waited over a year and only 9 chapters out, which is pretty disappointing. This manga is a work of art and it is almost like a cross between two other very good series (which I highly recommend if you enjoy this manga in the case of the mood and the drawings/characters) Bokura ga Ita and Bokura wa Itsumo.

The story line is amazingly clever and fresh and new. I love Naho's character as she is very strong; she takes control of her situation and she is responsible, unlike the protagonist in Bokura wa Itsumo, yet she is also so gentle. The best quality about her has to be her sympathy for others and I think that is very distinguishing and strong. This is the perfect quality for someone who is motivated to
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protect her love and her future, which I think are genuine goals!

I also enjoy these mangas with a group being the center characters and this one does the job well. I seriously have cried in every chapter and it's unfathomable how amazing the art is. It inspires me as I read; I utterly love the art style. I also can't comprehend how sexy Kakeru is, and his personality is really awe-inspiring. It's truly depressing. There are all types of literary irony going on that I think the author uses cleverly and effectively and I enjoy this manga so much (as well as the length of the chapters, wow!) and cannot get bored of it. I'm actually keeping myself from reading anymore because I don't want to wait!

The mini-antagonist was also a pretty good one too.

And, like in Bokura ga Ita, there is a central theme in which is the center and basis for the (love) story, and, like in BGI, it is of a human flaw or human tendency and in this case it is the inclination towards regret, which I feel is very powerful and relatable. This manga is amazing and I can't praise it anymore; I actually really want to buy it, if only it was in English. I'm upset that Takano-sensei wants to retire but according to Baka-Updates she will be finishing the series so I really hope so, or else I will be utterly, utterly sad. However, I waited years for BGI, and this is a manga worth waiting for, so I guess I better get ready. In the meantime, I'll be checking out her other work because she is seriously amazing. I can't find a flaw at all.

... Last updated on June 29th, 2013, 1:04am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sallyen
April 13th, 2013, 2:07pm
This is f-- sad! I randomly clicked the manga and now I am in tears! I am not sure what I am feeling more sad about:
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Kakerus suicide or Suwa unrequited love which he knows won't be fulfilled
.. I am rooting for Suwa, but this is a complex series. I am loving it, but the mangaka has quit the manga right? :'(
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jj11103
March 3rd, 2013, 4:04pm
I first became aware of Orange when it first came out in the "What's New" section. It's cover art instantly drew me in, but I did not read it until now.... I was already crying by the third chapter. The emotions that Takano Ichigo conveys are so deep, they are hard to describe. The words UsoSora and lola-san123 use are probably better than what I can write. However, I am sure that if someone was to read this manga, they would understand because the emotions that are felt are definitely inherent in all human beings. Better put in the words of UsoSora's title "Something we're all striving to...," the feelings of wanting to right a wrong or to change a regret that are innate transform into something more; something more substantial: the changing of oneself. No longer just a simple fix, it is the effort to better oneself and perhaps saving another in the long-run.

These are sappy words, but if you read Orange, I imagine you will empathize because it is definitely worth reading.
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WARNING: You may punch your screen while reading this manga   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by braiam
February 7th, 2013, 8:37pm
This series is good, but it can be annoying in one-two pages, enough for you want to quit, but wait, don't quit it, it just that if you knew what people think and do all the time, you will too think they are annoying. So don't say that the plot is bad (with it isn't) nor the characters (there are 6 billions humans out there, someone might do the same thing in the same situation).

This is one of the few (very few in fact) of the not current series witch I give over 9 points, going against my rule of rating after I read the whole series.
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