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Itazura na Kiss  
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High school senior Aihara Kotoko has had a crush on Irie Naoki since freshman year. But she's been discouraged from confessing to him by a few things: he's a member of "Class A," the top ranking class in school, whereas she's in "Class F"; he gets the top score on every exam; and he's so smart, popular, and handsome that he's been class president every year. When Kotoki finally musters up the courage to present him with a love letter, though, Naoki outright refuses it, telling her point blank--with a look of disgust and boredom--that he doesn't like "stupid girls." Poor Kotoko's worst nightmare! Her heart is broken, but then a change in circumstance forces Naoki and Kotoko to be together every day...!?

Itazura na Kiss is a gem to the shoujo demographic, as it is the mother of a lot of cliches found in today's shoujo series. Despite the fact that it is 2 decades old, it still stands out as unique for it has the series follow the main characters well into their life, over a span of 10 years. It was so popular it inspired popular series like Marmalade Boy and Fruits Basket.

However, the author had an accident while she was moving homes with her son and husband, and passed away a few months later, leaving her popular manga forever uncompleted. It was adapted into a popular Taiwanese drama under the title "It Started With a Kiss", and it even earned sequel. It was also adapted as a short Japanese drama in 1996, and an anime series in 2008, with the anime portraying the author's planned ending.


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Associated Names
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A Mocking Kiss
A Prank Kiss
It Started With A Kiss (Tdrama)
Mischievous Kiss (Kdrama)
Nụ Hôn Tình Nghịch
Playful Kiss
The Kissing Game

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v.12 c.46 by Drop3njoy Scan over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Incomplete - due to death of author)
14 Volumes (Bunko - Complete)
12 Volumes (Fairbell Classico edition - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 23 as of Ep 22. Ep 24 ends at manga's original planned ending. Ep 25 is volume 12.

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (300 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 9th 2017, 9:51pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
DMP (10 Omnibuses - Dropped)
Manga Reborn

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Forum Posts
What do you think of the anime? 23 days ago
DMP 3-in-1 ItazuraNaKiss. Where are vol. 11 and 12?!?!?! about 1 month ago
Itazura na Kiss gets new Japanese Live Action drama adaptation over 4 years ago
Itazura will be a Kdrama over 7 years ago
Are they coming out with another Jdrama? over 9 years ago

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Funny, and full of charm   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hinaru77
March 18th, 2018, 8:17am
I donít understand why people hate the manga. I really enjoy it. Yeah, irie might be a jerk, but itís as if meeting a celebrity and kotoko see him that light. As that a good relationship? Well. Who knows. And yeah kotoko is stupid but I feel thatís the charm about her. I mean how many main characters arenít stupid. Usagi from sailor moon, naruto, heck even Goku from dbz is no different so why be upset about this one? Their relationship changes throughout the series and I canít help but enjoy it. Some of the moment where I think itís a typical never give up moment and it turns into something haliorious. Itís a shame about the authors death and we will never know how it will end but it was enjoy to read. Rip.
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Funny and Heartwarming   
Rating: N/A
by blowingblossoms
July 14th, 2013, 5:59am
I first watched the Taiwanese version one of my favorite series, then I got curious and watched the anime and also love it that I watched it 4 times. But it took me a long time to read the manga because I admit at first I don't like Naoki's art here. But when I tried recently just until volume 11 because I read scanlation, it doesn't really bothered me at all even though I'm picky when it comes to art because the story overcomes it (but kotoko and Yuuki here are really cute). I even like it better than the anime because it is funnier and the original story.

I really enjoyed reading it always makes me laugh, feels good and doki doki. Though some may find Kotoko and Naoki's mom annoying, I find them really funny! Kotoko's love was just pure and innocent and we can't just force her to love kinchan if she only feels friendship for him (put yourselves in Kotoko's shoes specially when you already has a special feelings to someone). Though she's dumb these are the traits I really like about her: she has a pure big loving heart. She's not selfish, she really knows how to give up if she thinks that makes Irie happy (many times). She's very enthusiastic and always do her best but it's just that she always failed because of her clumsiness. She's cute, funny and adorable, has a cheerful personality that always makes Irie's house full of life. Kotoko is clingy? well I can only say that it is not entirely her fault Naoki's mother and sometimes her friends are the one who pushes her. She's also very thoughtful to others like to the little patients in the hospital
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
when she volunteered to tutor them haha.. she took cared of yuuki when hospitalized and suggested Irie to become a doctor so that he can cure Nonchan's illness and she works part-time to give Irie an expensive Christmas gift for his muscle pain
I always thought that's the reason why Irie surrender his heart to her.

While in Irie's case in truth I pity him while reading this because he's always a victim of kotoko's clumsiness and stupidity that always made him embarrassed. That's why I can't really blame him if he's always angry with her (though he can also be teasing and encouraging to her). But he's always there and picking her up in times of trouble, I thought him really thoughtful the way he helps her even though it is not his nature that's why Kotoko's love grows more and more for him. He's just never been in love before that's why it is hard for him to express his feelings (not to mention his big pride and a pushy mother because he doesn't want to be controlled around).

Whenever I read this I always felt that I'm also a part of their family.
If someone is wondering why it was so popular and has many adaptations, well I can only say that there are more people who can appreciate it than those who don't.

I think there is more in the story and characters than what is in the surface. I love this lighthearted and heartwarming series even though it never ends the final from the anime series ends well. :-( that I really cried.

Go Kotoko, Naoki, Kotomi!

Happy Ending!

Chase Your Happiness, Always do your Best! Good Luck!

But in the end I still believe that it is how you perceive the manga some will like it and some will not.

Now I will add this to my favorite manga list: Rurouni Kenshin, Genbu Kaiden, mars, honoka ni purple, imadoki, skip beat and hakushaku to yousei!

... Last updated on July 26th, 2013, 10:20pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Saons
April 27th, 2013, 10:55pm
I can't help it. I just can't help it. I hate this manga. I wanted to like it, I really did--with the title of "mother of shoujo manga" and with the author's tragic death, I really had hope for it. In essence, the plot wasn't too bad and didn't deviate too far from the shoujo cliche.

But I abhor the main characters. Kotoko is some kind of horrid offspring between Bella Swan and the girl from Fushigi Yuugi. I was sure the plot had a massive twist near the end in which Irie would be revealed to be a robot. I could see the author's idea behind it--two polar opposites becoming a couple. But that isn't a good reflection of reality. I don't want to be with someone who's the complete opposite of me--who would?? But let's delve in here:

Kotoko is by far the worst. Dumb, lazy, and so clingy to Irie that she deliberately, disturbingly follows him in whatever path he follows in life. She has no dedication to her convictions in the slightest (unless it adheres to Irie)--one moment she's ready to move out, yet one word from Irie has her moving back in before she's left the lot. The worst trait? Stringing along her high school buddy. Why doesn't she like him? Even though he's completely devoted to her and never even looked at another woman, he's not bishie-robot enough.
But she's just so stupid. It's not endearing, not in the slightest, and like another commenter said, she doesn't even try to improve herself. Temporarily, perhaps, but there is no character development whatsoever, start to finish.

I also hate that it is her *goal* (though never stated, but so shoved in your face that I don't know how you wouldn't notice) to marry Irie, like it's the be all and end all accomplishment. Work hard, do well, live fulfilled knowing you got as far as you did with your own efforts? No! Just marry that hot smart guy, he'll pay for your life.

Irie, well, can you say abusive? Not to mention ridiculously childish. He has no emotions whatsoever except anger, and he takes it out on Kotoko all the way through. How anyone could like someone with that kind of personality I'll never know. He can't admit that he likes her, either, and just bullies her like a five year old. It's so repetitive and bland, and has the worst plot devices to keep the two living under the same roof.

I wish I could like it, but I just can't. The pros-- I think the art's cute, though old fashioned. It had an okay concept, but like I said, poorly executed.
However I believe myself to be a minority. If shoujo is your one-and-only genre, you'll probably love it!

... Last updated on April 27th, 2013, 11:01pm
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It's a gem...   
Rating: N/A
by ZL11
February 27th, 2013, 12:12pm
Every now and again I hit a series I want to re-read again and again, and INK is one of them. Although I think that Konoko is too friggin' stupid to survive, and Irie too smart not to have been killed by someone for his arrogance, I still love them both and I always regret when I get to the end that the mangaka passed prematurely.

My favorite things about this manga are that it's silly, but watching Konoko struggle for her love is bother heartbreaking and lovely. Irie's apparent affection for her, that he keeps under tight wraps, is also sweet, until the 10th volume when everything (seems) to culminate into what we hope for.

Still, the series goes on to vol 23, and we get to see Kotoko and Naoki grow up in various ways, as well as Yuuki and every one else. It was such a pleasure to watch them all grow up, and, really, every time I hit the last page, I'm just sad there's no more.

It does get a bit repetitive in its jokes about how clumsy and stupid Kotoko is, and how brilliant Naoki is, but... you also get to see how they fill each other out, with his brains and her heart. He can't do without her, and she can't live without him. By the end, it makes you feel like you've really endured a ride with them, like any GOOD shoujo does.

It's not the most awesome manga out there, but it's definitely one of my favorites for the rivalries, watching the "perfect" character grow as much as the "imperfect" one, and both struggling to find their way. I think that every time I re-read it... what a wonderful story (because regardless, it still ends well), but how sad it is...
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I can see why it took Erie a long time to "like" her...   
Rating: N/A
by pantomnesia
January 18th, 2013, 4:26am
Stupid and repetitive. But Irie was a hottie and the art style is nostalgic. A few good comedic moments here and there but... still stupid and repetitive. I scratch my head as to why this was so popular as a manga and as a live action drama.
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Wow for the anime   
Rating: N/A
by mythcom
September 5th, 2012, 3:00pm
About the Manga I liked it but I don't think that there is a girl that is that stupid and a boy who is that perfect
About the anime I looooove it but sometimes I felt really irritated with the hero, I mean can she really fall in love with such a cold and heartless man. I don't think I can
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Precious and Priceless Gem. Too good to miss out.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dearest88
June 29th, 2012, 9:19am
At first, when "shoujomagic" introduced this series, I backed off due to its old-fashioned art. However, it started to gain me some interest when a friend of mine told me that this series is so much fun, but it never got completed due to the tragic death of the author which is very regrettable. The good thing is that the 23rd volume was completed and Kaoru Tada-sensei told the ending to her husband, in which the ending was developed into anime. Also, the Taiwanese drama "It started with a kiss" comes from this manga, and it was a huge success. So I gave it a try when the licensed manga came out. I never got disappointed with it! I'm reading the manga in English version (omnibus), and I got hooked! It is very enjoyable, so hilarious. Every chapter has memorable events.

This manga gives me all the pleasure of reading because it presents a unique love story. The romance, comedy and humour, touching, and sad moments are all blended into one.
Although the art looks old fashioned and set in the 90s, the story is too good to be missed out. The dialogues, the pace of the story and the timeline fit together perfectly. And I think that the feeling of reading this manga is way different from watching the adapted live-action. In the manga, we watch the characters grow, develop, and the readers will grow fond of them too especially when each of them have their unique likeable individuality. Added to this, facial expression is Kaoru Tada-sensei's biggest manga asset. Her art may be sharp but all types of facial expression and body movement are well shown.

I've tried the scanlated version too, but I recommend the DMP licensed version over the scanlated one, because the licensed version's translation is superb and doesn't turn you off, it keeps you hooked! Let's buy the real version to spread the love of this manga, especially paying a tribute to Kaoru Tada sensei! ^_^ Sad that she died unexpectedly, leaving the remaining volumes uncompleted. Anyway, don't miss out this great manga, it is highly recommended ^_^
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by loveiszero
March 16th, 2012, 1:59pm
Basically this manga is all about being dumb + being intrusive = catching hot guys 101. Irie, although made to be "perfect" in everything, can't emote properly even if his life depends on it. The transition to love is so forced, since prior hints, if any, aren't done well.
Bottom line, if obtaining love means throwing away all your dignity is your cup of tea, go ahead and read it, otherwise, save your time. I'd give this a higher rating if the Irie actually looks hot, then at least I'd get some eye candy out of this...

... Last updated on March 16th, 2012, 2:01pm
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Rating: N/A
by alex3510
November 2nd, 2011, 3:11pm
Something about it pissed me off when I watched the KDrama, so then I moved onto the anime and this, and I LOVED it! Typical shoujo yet something entirely lovable. Not sure how it inspired Fruits Basket though, but I liked it none the less. It's so sad, though, how the author never got te see the manga's success.
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yay for the anime   
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by rockerpunk
September 14th, 2011, 3:55pm
Thank god the anime kotoko wasn't as dumb as the manga one. that was the only thing I really couldn't stand...the anime was outstandingly well done, except for the odd placed last episode but whatever, they incorporated almost everything important and did away with a completely retarded kotoko which made the story so much better, i mean she can't handle working in a restaurant? seriously. she sucked at everything she did, i don't care how much she pushed irie would not have given into that....and he wasn't that good looking....I ran thru the manga and then thoroughly enjoyed the anime. if you're fine with missing out on a few hilarious instances in the manga, just go for the anime.
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