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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.

Note: The chapter numbers were reset after moving from Young Animal Arashi to Young Animal.

Original Manga:
Young Animal, Manga Park

Official Translations:
English (Denpa, Fakku)


Related Series

Associated Names
Attache-Moi (French)
Nana & Kaoru
Nana & Kaoru - Fesselnde Liebe (German)
Nana and Kaoru
Nana and Kaoru's SM diary
Nana e Kaoru (Italian)
Нана и Каору
نانا و كاورو

Groups Scanlating
exks translation
Futari wa Pretty Anon

Latest Release(s)
v.18 c.156 (c.134) (end) by nanachanscans over 6 years ago
c.155 (c.133) by Nanachanscans over 7 years ago
c.154 (c132) by nanachanscans over 7 years ago
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in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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nana to kaoru by darknova42

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (1739 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.36 / 10.0

Last Updated
November 3rd 2023, 2:28pm



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal Arashi (Hakusensha)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Fakku (4 Volumes [3-in-1 Omnibus] - Ongoing)

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Why is the harem tag there??? Wtf  
by HistoricGamer46
November 30th, 2022, 5:10pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I avoided this amazing romcom for years because of the harem tag not just here but other manga sites so I assumed this was about some loser sadist doing s&m with a bunch of girls obsessed with him but it’s nothing like that at all!!! At most only a love triangle with both main characters having a love rival.
Only decided to give it a try cuz fakku licensed this and I thought why not add the physical volumes to my collection. Got the first 3 volumes and was hooked so I binged the rest online in 3 days.
You’ll love this if you like seinen romcom and don’t mind light s&m (no sex or anything too violent except one unrelated side story which is just author low key wanting to draw hentai again).
If you finish this then be sure to read the sequel as that provides the true satisfying conclusion!
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Masterpiece. And the saga only gets better  
by HailBritannia_
November 27th, 2022, 2:49am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
I highly recommend it: the characters are well built, truly human, the story unfolds very naturally and shocases the issues of growing up from adolescence into adulthood, choosing one's future and dealing with emotions when building relationships with those around you. The whole manga is filled with kindness and care for the other together with the hardships of properly expressing oneself. Art is top knotch and very
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I <3 this.  
by HCB
December 18th, 2018, 8:11am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Amazume Sensei is a sly one; he sneakily does fan service scenes from the POV of the protagonist, making you, the reader, feel like you're actually in the scene (with disembodied limbs à la CS or some hentai game).

If you cannot deal with UST, stay away. This is for those who are into the slow burn.

P.S. The live action film 1 was blah for me. Didn't watch 2 so can't comment on whether it was equally awkward.

... Last updated on December 18th, 2018, 8:16am
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Way better than 50 shades  
by Trey21
March 14th, 2017, 11:50pm
Rating: 7.5  / 10.0
Made me laugh, had it's hot moments Nana to Kaoru is pretty much a way of introducing people into the world of bdsm guess it'd be considered light side of it. would love to buy the complete set of this manga if it's ever fully translated into english
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just read it  
by sinxer
January 4th, 2017, 4:42am
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
to me this was just an awesome read, even if u don't understand their fetish at first you still get shown how it makes them feel physically and emotionally. I also don't care what anyone else says the romance was there right from the start and how they (mostly the mc.) had a lot of conflicting emotions going through their heads over it. My only negative is the more hentaish chapters/filler with the teacher that seemed pointless to me.
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Response to critiques  
by zoloft147
December 15th, 2015, 10:10pm
Rating: N/A
The number 1 complain about this series I think is the depiction of the main character : "idiotic", "short sleazy pervert", "pathetic", "chubby orr fat ", "midget alien creep ", "ugly", "retards", "unattractive both Physically and in his personality"
_ "idiotic", "retards", ""pathetic" : Sorry to say this but I think you need to redefines what those words mean because I don't see how it fits Kaoru. He exceled in academics and fitness back when they were kids, but he was lost in finding a purpose for his life and fell short. He feels inferior to everyone. He loses his self-esteem. He acts like a thug to stay away from the people who he thinks are too good for a useless bum like him. I doubt "idiotic" and "retards" can be used on a rational being that can deceive people skillfully like him. I also don't think they can describe the psychological problems of human beings either. Do you call people with ADD, inferiority/superiority complex, or DID retards or idiotic?

"Pathetic", "short sleazy pervert", Pathetic? Are you sure you are not talking about his family situation because I think it should be the case. He lost his father. His family is dirt poor. He was not blessed with virtues like aspiration or bravery or wit. Is his life pathetic? I say yes. Is his personality pathetic? I don't think so. He strives to better himself. He hones his skills. He has a kind heart. If any of these characters are considered pathetic, I guess even Mother Teresa would not be considered a virtuous person either. "Short sleazy pervert"? Do you have a grudge against short people? Sleazy pervert? Are you sure you are using the right words to describe a young man that cries as he hurts his beloved despite their mutual consents? And are you sure you are not pervert yourself by thinking of getting into a sexual relationship with women/men while all Kaoru has done is relieving Nana's stress? Their S&M are even more pure than normal relationship I would say. They expose everything to each other: both the ugly selfish sexual desires and platonic care for others. On the other hand, a platonic and pure relationship we usually see in movie or other manga ultimately lead to visible or invisible sexual relationship (Otherwise, there would be no babies). If both S&M and normal relationship involves sexual theme, there is no way for one to distinguish if one type is better than the other. It is simply a logical contradiction when one judge S&M as pervert and the other type as goodness.
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Ever To English Paperback? + Basis of Sarashina Sensei  
by no-one-knows
June 29th, 2014, 12:22pm
Rating: N/A
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!  
by cecropiamoth
May 30th, 2014, 8:46am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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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Unromantically the SM gears keep grinding  
by residentgrigo
May 12th, 2014, 11:18am
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
Nana to Kaoru is utterly lame and one dimensional as it features 20+ volumes without actual sex, romance or even proper SM. The endless teasing after the over the top pilot even managed to burn out some of the scanlators and the series is pretty much a hard PG-13 by European standards. The manga´s popularity obviously comes from the female lead Nana who is a submissive and a convenient Mary Sue next door and the professional art so the manga will probably last to volume 30 without changing in any significant way. My main problems are these:
Why do they have to keep their "relationship" secret? Why is this sexploitative seinen manga set in a high-school? Could Kaoru be more boring? How comes that all the sex professionals are the friendliest people possible?
How come that the teens are allowed to work in public sex shops? There are no Shades of Grey on any of the characters due to that. Pun intended and that abortion at least managed to be filled to the brim with sex.
Where are the spin-offs coming from? Milking is lame and what is the rest of Kaoru´s harem doing here besides representing (multiple) fetishes? Isn´t this supposed to be a childhood sweethearts romance...
The series is overall more readable than most sex manga, whatever that means, but it is just too boring and pointless to recommend so 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 and you shouldn´t either. The way more erotically charged Natsu no Zenjitsu (9/10) and the actually pornographic Sensei o Mite Kudasai (7,5/10) both got a positive review from me so read them or the Eisner winning Sex Criminals (8,5/10) from Image. Don´t settle for less!
Update: I was dumb enough to flip through recent volumes and even Kaoru´s teacher has joined (a separate) bang bus to add another fetish. I am not able to call the series tame anymore due to the endless graphic sex and blowjobs thanks to that arc and the main gang now also partakes in public sex shows while still keeping the swimsuits on. Any more would ruin the Mary Sue factors a guess? Goodbye Ryuta-san as we will never meet again, regardless of how many identical pr0n manga you will start, as all your previous nonsense managed to burn me out.

... Last updated on December 21st, 2015, 7:25am
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by IHavoc
December 9th, 2013, 12:24am
Rating: N/A
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, 12:29am
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