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Nikoniko Nikki  
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Description
Kei is a young, not-so-successful screenwriter. One day, she finds an unexpected vistor at the door of her apartment. A little girl named Niko, a secret child of a famous actress Mifuyu Shibano. Niko is sent to Kei because she is the only person who knows this secret, since she used to work for Mifuyu when she was not so famous. As she begins to live with Niko, she finds the girl is very self-contained. She tries an 'exchange diary' to communicate with her.

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Nico Nico Diary
NicoNico Diary
Niko Niko Diary
Niko Niko Nikki
Smile Diary
ニコニコ日記
니코니코 일기

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Latest Release(s)
c.32b (end) by Dayment scans 10 months ago
c.32a by Dayment scans 10 months ago
c.31 by Dayment scans 10 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
4 Bunko (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Average: 9 / 10.0 (34 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 22nd 2020, 9:14pm PST


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Year
2000

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Chorus (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

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6 Month Pos #3585 increased(+1263)
Year Pos #5174 decreased(-373)

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On 202 wish lists
On 21 completed lists
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Found Family  
by AA-A-AA
July 24th, 2020, 9:18am
Rating: N/A
This was an example of a series that is still a great read, even two decades later. The story centers around Kei and Niko similar to that of the found family trope, or family of choice. Watching over their relationship throughout the course was incredible. Even watching over Kei’s romantic relationships throughout the series was enjoyable, which I initially doubted the experience would be anything but. It has realistic elements imbedded into it that are fun and heartbreaking at times.

Kei’s struggles as a temporary legal guardian are presented throughout the story as certain limitations are imposed on her that prevent her from fully adopting Niko. Thus she has to obtain certain permissions from Niko’s mother as has neither the full custodial rights. Niko’s own struggle is with her own identity, or lack of ability to acknowledge her parentage, through her distant, yet neglectful mother. This explains Niko’s strong attachment and desire to stay with Kei throughout the series.

My only complaint with this manga is that I I felt like it ended prematurely. I felt like there was a chapter or three that could have wrapped it up better, but the ending itself isn’t bad. That, or I just simply enjoyed myself too much to be ready to let it go.
The last two and most important loose ends are tied up, but it also leaves the consequences and possible repercussions of another one open, but is left forgotten as the story itself wrapped up. I was a bit disappointed by the last choice in the manga, which was one of the most central issues throughout the story - the issue of
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adoption.
I felt like the ending was essentially leading up to that particular point, yet it decided not to at the end, for reasons not explicitly explained. I felt like a critical piece of dialogue was missing to explain this decision, but nonetheless the story wraps up on an otherwise good note.
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Love the story, but awful artwork!  
by buywrong
November 1st, 2010, 5:06am
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
Very sweet and heart warming, though the romance is not intense enough (hoping for shoujo!)
Anyway, I think this has been dropped... so it's a pity and didn't get to find out what happen to Kei & Nico! >x<
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sweet  
by x91
June 28th, 2008, 2:42am
Rating: N/A
A very sweet and endearing manga, i find it captivating how the main character changes slowly because of a child. It's disappointing that the series is not being scanlated anymore due to the two dead groups.
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was it dropped?  
by destati
May 20th, 2008, 8:13pm
Rating: N/A
I hope I'm not the only one who is disappointed at the slow rate of the scanlation. Now I'm thinking it might've been dropped altogether. Either way, it's a shame because the story was just starting to get interesting (who is Niko's daddy?). I wish I had the raws to speed-read...
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Sweet and tender...  
by pearlesque
June 12th, 2007, 8:45am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This manga is a wonderful exploration of how a single woman finds herself charmed -- and, in a sense, enlightened -- by a child. There are relatively few josei stories out there that focus on this kind of maternal relationship, rather than on the romantic relationships that are so easy to find. Finding Nico Nico Diary was a real pleasure. Read it!
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