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Saruyama!  
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Description
From Viz:

Haruna Aizawa thinks that school life is just like a monkey mountain--all the monkeys form cliques, get into fights, and get back together again. The school that she just transferred to is no exception. There's even a boy called Macharu Yamashita who reminds her of a baby monkey!

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Manga

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Associated Names
サルヤマっ!
ثانوية القرود!
猴样男孩
รักเธอนะ เจ้าลิงน้อย (Thai)
Monkey High
Monkey High!
Monkey Mountain
Saruyama

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (601 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.12 / 10.0
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May 26th 2015, 11:49am PST


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Year
2005

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (8 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #530 increased(+171)
Monthly Pos #889 increased(+40)
3 Month Pos #957 increased(+25)
6 Month Pos #1005 decreased(-37)

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On 987 reading lists
On 783 wish lists
On 1590 completed lists
On 112 unfinished lists
On 328 custom lists

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Good Shoujo   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by plotrobert
December 1st, 2016, 6:50am
I have to agree with what a few of the other reviewers have said so far, this is an enjoyable and well-done series that does a good job of not overindulging in various shoujo tropes found in a lot of other stories. Haruna in particular is a fun character to read about, she doesn't act much like most other shoujo heroines I've seen and thankfully doesn't get all dramatic at the drop of a hat.

I think I just liked this series because it felt oddly realistic. Sometimes people get together and doubt themselves the whole time, especially in high school. Both of our main characters have a tough time coming to fully love one another and even though they are dating relatively early in the series it still takes them a while to feel like a proper couple.

Some minor complaints, like at times the other classmates just felt like an annoyance. I don't know why they didn't just leave them behind a few times. That and Macharu's best friend kind of felt like a huge asshole while he constantly tried to steal Haruna every chapter. At some point I don't know why someone didn't give him a talk about being creepy.

Even though this is not at all the most exciting I romantic story out there I still liked it. The characters were fun and I felt like the story was funny and romantic even if it's not the best ever. I recommend this if you want to read a shoujo manga but are sick of the girls being whiny and crying all the time
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A wonderful romance   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SangMo
November 17th, 2016, 1:06pm
The characters were enjoyable. I laughed at the comedy. The romance was sweet. It had everything a good romcom has.

Macharu and Haruna were a great couple from beginning to end. I really enjoyed watching their growth.

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They get engaged, and it would have been nice to see a flashforward, but obviously they will get married eventually.


Atsu was an actual enjoyable popular guy. He filled quite a few roles. Best friend, popular guy that all the girls like, but he was also comic relief.

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He also liked Haruna as well because she was a girl he couldn't have and didn't pursue him like all the others so he was antagonistic in a few ways to Macharu and Haruna's relationship.


The others were enjoyable to watch as well.

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Kobu liking Emi at the end was a little out of nowhere, I liked his chemistry with Yuko, but it happens. Nothing comes of the other 4.


Overall, a really enjoyable read throughout.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2016, 1:06pm
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shojo yes, but not overclichéed   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
December 15th, 2013, 5:09am
I liked reading this. I laughed, which is what I wanted when reading. But I agree with previous reviewers, I think that the tactless crowd and Atsu where getting on my nerves... But I'm not sure Atsu was meant to be pitiable. If it was, it's lost on me! I liked the whole idea and the main character oscillating between being cold and cute.

... Last updated on December 15th, 2013, 5:12am
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Rating: N/A
by doroteya333
November 9th, 2012, 9:58am
I usually like Akira Shouko's works, but in this one something was off. Constant references to monkeys become really annoying in time, there isn't much chemistry between the characters either. Also, can't they do anything without their classmates' presence? Why does the whole class have to be in each chapter, so tactless too?!
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very good   
Rating: N/A
by shadowwalker
August 23rd, 2012, 1:58pm
Got every high points you may be looking for a good manga. Almost all characters are likeable (despite their flaws which makes them more not less) there are a couple of ppl that would have been completely left out and wouldn't have changed the outlook of manga but i think that is ok i mean just because there is someone drawn in a manga shouldn't make him/her a hero/heroine in his/her own-right. Art is likeable, story actually starts from somewhere and goes to a place it even has a decent ending! i do wish there was an extra which we could see the ppl we came to know in a future time like ten years.. but its still enjoyable even like this.
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Decent Entertainment   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zeidrich
January 25th, 2012, 12:51am
Agree with pinkfizz. Without Atsu this story would have been better. IMO, the author was reluctant to make Macharu's best friend a serious love rival and propel this story into a typical love-triangle. I'm glad the mangaka didn't fall into this trap. bigrazz

Wonderful female lead. Quite surprised to find a good head on her shoulders. Haruna isn't a perfect heroine, which makes her that much more interesting. She doesn't fall into any stereotype beside tsundere, but her other personality qualities add another dimension to an otherwise static character.

Macharu is also not a completely an energetic airhead. Given the right circumstances he can achieve character growth with contrivances of the usual rom-com.

Decent artwork, good story, excellent gradual development. Worth the time spent to read all eight volumes.
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At first ....then..   
Rating: N/A
by slykid
August 23rd, 2011, 4:40am
It gets really boring I actually really liked the beginning and thought it was sweet and yeah the heroine is different but not in a way I like , she's like that chick from beuty pop but a less intense version n I just don't like the I don't care personality , at first it wa cute but now its getting tiring and the thing that I liked at first is the guy wasn't perfect and for once they choose the less attractive as the lead male but later on it gets annoying cuz I want a more attractive male and he's just like the mLe lead from lovely complex I quess u could say ....anyway I think my manga days are over I've had enough and I feel depressed I think its time for a break and back to anime like naruto.
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Good Read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by superman89
August 15th, 2011, 2:40pm
Have to go with the rest of the reviewers that it's a pretty decent read. Sure it's nothing mindblowing, but it's an overall nice read.

The heroine isn't a retarded bubble head who cries every other page. Nor wavers from person to person. She's level-headed and actually uses her brain.

Only thing I disagree is with the reviewers and their sympathy for Atsu, except for pinkfizz's.

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Atsu tires to steal Haruna away from Macharu on numerous occasions. Macharu has an inkling of what was going on, but nothing to the extent of what happened at the bus stop on their field trip. I would have kicked his ass to the curb right along with the rest of the so called friends.

Not once in the entire manga were they NOT ragging on Macharu. From start to finish it was childish name calling and whatever else that happened throughout the manga that they could make fun of Macharu about.

Other than that it was a good manga.


... Last updated on August 16th, 2011, 7:58pm
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Amazing!! Except for Atsu   
Rating: N/A
by pinkfizz
August 7th, 2011, 6:44pm
Finally a Shoujo heroine with taste and brains! Haruna knows what's good for and goes for it, no wavering dumbo here.

My only gripe is ATSU. He and to be honest, the rest of the group, treat Macharu like crap. He stabs him in the back and insults him all day long and he is seriously supposed to be sympathetic to the reader? Seriously? He brought down the series because he is so selfish and terrible.

Other than him, it's a great manga.
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Shoujo done right   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Konstantine2010
July 7th, 2011, 6:55pm
I really enjoyed this manga. Is it something brand new and exciting, not really. It's your standard shoujo in that your couple gets together relatively quickly and then face various conflicts. Despite this, you should definitely give this a read. I would have to say this in shoujo done right. The romance is believable, the characters are lovable, the humor is great, and the conflict is realistic and not obnoxious. Besides, who goes into the shoujo genre looking for something other than cliche love stories? That's basically what defines it. haha

Personally, what i think makes this stand out is definitely the characters. I felt that they were all very well developed and it gave the story a very real feeling which was nice. The male lead is just adorable. He's the more childish type, being called a baby monkey, but it's not like that's all there is to his character. He has his occasional serious moments too. If you're sick of shoujo with perfect male leads, you'll love him. smile The female lead is you're cool/cold type, but she's well rounded in that this isn't the only aspect of her personality. And well the romance between them is just adorable and awesome.

I also loved the way in which they went about the conflicts in this. They were done nicely, and were realistic conflicts. It wasn't you're typical crazy obsessed girl who's going to come and steal the guy or anything, and the way in which characters reacted to the conflicts was believable as well.
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I really felt for Atsu and almost wanted them to be together at times. I think this is because his feelings seemed to slowly grow and you got to see a lot of his inner turmoil over staying true to his friend and the girl he liked. I could totally relate! I also liked that they stayed friends despite this. Poor little monkey though. :(
Also, the classmates are hilarious. I laughed so much at the reactions to the "idiot couple"

The ending was nice too. Not you're typical everything in the world is now perfect ending, but still satisfying. It ended the way I wanted it too. smile
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Basically I was happy that the conflict with Haruna's family was never fully resolved, but seemed to improve. The way it was depicted throughout the manga, it would have been unrealistic for everything to be perfect in the end with her fam, so I'm glad that didn't happen.


... Last updated on July 7th, 2011, 7:02pm
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