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Itazura na Kiss  
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From ShoujoMagic:

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
القبلة المؤذية
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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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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.46 by Drop3njoy Scan over 2 years ago
v.12 c.45 by Drop3njoy Scan over 3 years ago
v.12 c.44 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.

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (298 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.86 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 9th 2017, 9:51pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
DMP (10 Omnibuses - Dropped)
Manga Reborn

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Weekly Pos #633 increased(+172)
Monthly Pos #1387 increased(+163)
3 Month Pos #1849 increased(+32)
6 Month Pos #2156 increased(+152)

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Forum Posts
DMP 3-in-1 ItazuraNaKiss. Where are vol. 11 and 12?!?!?! 9 months ago
Itazura na Kiss gets new Japanese Live Action drama adaptation over 4 years ago
What do you think of the anime? over 4 years ago
Itazura will be a Kdrama over 7 years ago
Are they coming out with another Jdrama? over 8 years ago

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dumb ISN'T cute or funny   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by pleochroic
February 21st, 2011, 10:02am
dumb is unfortunate at best. dumb without the willingness to improve at all is a serious character defect. kotoko is apparently smart enough to study when she's being helped, and so it's not an innate inability, but willful disregard of other people. why anyone with any brains at all would like kotoko, nevermind fall in love with her, is quite beyond me. one doesn't have to be a pompous prick to find her insensitivity seriously aggravating; it's not just that she's inept and clueless, but she's also an intrusive stalker and constantly violates naoki's privacy. that's not "love". i just wanted to throttle her, and gave up on the manga.

furthermore, the japanese live action version of this is the worst thing i have ever had the misfortune of watching. at least with the manga you don't HEAR kotoko's shrill antics. i couldn't finish watching it, it is so bad -- and i am saying that with regret because i really like kashiwabara takashi (the actor playing naoki), but it was just impossible to continue watching with kotoko throwing inane fits every few minutes.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2011, 12:17pm
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recommended >.<!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pyonk
February 13th, 2011, 12:57am
OMG!! This manga surprise me!
never expect that it will be a good one shojo I ever read!
This manga is one of the rare manga which The Main Female Chara not annoying [for me]

sadly, it wont be release in my country,
and the scanlation team working on it seems died.
It will be a nice Valentine Present if there is someone out there continue scanlate it >.<!

anyway, this manga worth to read!!!!
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The BEST shoujo out there   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by polarpotterbear
June 2nd, 2010, 8:48am
At first I was skeptical about this one: usual plot, usual characters, etc. (and don't get me started about the art, it is definitely not to the taste of people these days)... but don't let any of that fool you! It is funny + romantic, has great characters, and just makes you want to re-read it over and over again. It truly deserves the title of a romantic comedy! Plus, this one is so good that I looked for the raws for this for about 7 hours before rejoicing when I found it.

I know that Kotoko is probably the dumbest girl in manga history, but I think it sort of gives her this cute charm and is also a great way to create some hillarious comedy. Naoki is just... oh man, AWESOME ha ha Although he can be a huge jerk, you'll love him to bits once you get to understand him + he gets to know Kotoko better smile You can't expect characters to grow in just a few chapters or volumes like in most shoujos, so don't be frustrated when the characters are a bit...overwhelmingly either dumb or arrogant. Kotoko doesn't stay stupid and Naoki doesn't stay a pompous prick. It takes some time for people to grow/develop like in real life!

And where else are you going to find a shoujo where it doesn't end after they get married? It brings you along on their journey through the ups and downs of their marriage. And the romantic scenes are so...ah, they make me squeal each and every time! So, there may not be a lot of them, but they're worth it! Plus, it makes it so that the two main characters are not all over each other every chance they get like some mangas out there.

If you're worried about how it never finished because of the author's death, the anime ended with some of the notes she left behind and closed all the loose ends smile There's also a Japanese (Itazura na Kiss), Taiwanese (It Started With a Kiss, They Kiss Again), AND Korean (Mischievous/Playful Kiss) drama available! X)

Seriously....just read it!

... Last updated on December 10th, 2010, 5:06am
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i hated it   
Rating: N/A
by Kittycat101
May 2nd, 2010, 1:29am
i also hated lovely complex. something about this series and that one i cant stand. although i ADORE hanada and love love love! and every other series by aya nakahara! but this was dumb. the main girl is dumb as hell and the main guy is a cocky jerk :/ i guess in a makes sense...if you had more than 3 brain cells you would realize he wasnt worth the effort! :I
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A Joy   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yellowsunglasses
April 1st, 2010, 11:11pm
This manga is incredibly sweet and funny. The art isn't that good, but this style was very popular in the 90s I believe. Don't let the illustrations get you down, for the story is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL AND CUTE. smile
It's too bad that it was not completed because the author died. It's also sad that the scanlating groups have stopped working on this title.
Well, anyway, I hear that it's already licensed so when it's in your area, you better buy this series! I absolutely love it and I can only hope that some group would start working on this soon!!!

... Last updated on April 1st, 2010, 11:14pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
March 8th, 2010, 7:19pm
For the most part this is a great story. It's sweet, adorable, and funny; you cry when they cry and you squeal when they get married.

The only downpoint I noticed was that the main character just can't get ANYTHING right! She can't cook, she can't study, she falls down all the time. I think I'd have been much happier with the story if she hadn't been a total ditz, because while it was endearing at first, it grows old, especially when she graduates highschool and enters college. Without Naoki as a foil, you start wishing she was actually competent at -something-.

Other than that, this manga is fantastic.

... Last updated on March 8th, 2010, 10:57pm
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Rating: N/A
by vuongyenxuan
January 13th, 2009, 12:57pm
I dont want see a manga without ending so I watch the anime. The anime is unbelievable. That is very great.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kujika
November 22nd, 2008, 12:16pm
It's actually my first time with a manga I rooted for the main lead girl's rival... she's just too stupid for me to like her. Don't get me wrong. I'm pretty open-minded. But her stupidity is so exaggerated that it makes her seem very unreal.
In reality, every person has at least one strong point even though this person might not know about it. I must admit I didn't finish the anime yet... but I can't see her personality getting better, to be truthful...
Therefore I can't really get a grip on this char.

I only read it because of its hilarity ^_^

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2008, 12:20pm
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Rating: N/A
by CassiusOS
July 10th, 2008, 11:45pm
I've never come across a character that looks ok from the side or directly front, but look at him from 3/4 view, he's ugly as sin lol. Same in the anime.
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Thanks IS-WAK!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aurorae
June 3rd, 2008, 10:10am
It's a very nice shoujo. Other people may not like the art...I didn't at first, now it's one of the things that I like about it.

The romantic scenes are a bit scarse but when there is one my heart flutters!!hehehe

If you're not patient this isn't for you as it takes quite a while for something to develop between them but it was worth the wait for me.
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