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Orange (TAKANO Ichigo)  
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Description
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In the Spring she was 16, Takamiya Naho receives a strange, but detailed letter from herself, ten years in the future. At first she thinks the letter is a prank, but then the things written in the letter actually happen, including the new transfer student that sits next to her in class, Naruse Kakeru. The letter reads just like her diary entries, down to the same characters. It is not till two weeks later, when Kakeru shows back up at school, that Naho finishes the letter. In the letter, her 27-year-old self tells her 16-year-old self that her biggest regret is that Kakeru is no longer with them in the future, and asks her to watch him closely.

Note: Was nominated for the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2016.

Note-2: There is an another entry for Orange: Future on MU

Type
Manga

Related Series
Orange: Future (Sequel)

Associated Names
Orenji (TAKANO Ichigo)
オレンジ (高野苺)

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Latest Release(s)
c.22 by Crunchyroll over 3 years ago
c.21 by Crunchyroll over 3 years ago
c.20 by Crunchyroll over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, chapter 1

User Reviews
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Forum
10 topics, 59 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1134 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 29th 2018, 3:34am PST


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Year
2012

Original Publisher
Futabasha (2014)
Shueisha (2012)

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)
Manga Action (Futabasha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Seven Seas (2 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #474 increased(+37)
Monthly Pos #792 increased(+2)
3 Month Pos #920 increased(+150)
6 Month Pos #1131 decreased(-10)
Year Pos #1127 decreased(-132)

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On 2378 reading lists
On 1423 wish lists
On 1445 completed lists
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Forum Posts
Your favorite couple in Orange about 1 year ago
Ichigo Takano's Orange Manga Gets Spinoff about 1 year ago
Orange Gets Anime Sequel Film Written by Creator over 2 years ago
Orange (TAKANO Ichigo) Gets TV Anime This Summer over 2 years ago
Orange Will End in August over 3 years ago

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Worth reading...though keep a box of tissues handy   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by LingFei
July 27th, 2018, 5:28am
This is a wonderful manga! I don't want to repeat what most people have mentioned before so I'll keep my review short and simple
Pros:
- This is how you do emotional school-life manga right (no insta smut here....in fact no smut!)
- Shows solid friendship, the kind you reminiscence of your school days
- Does approach the topic of suicide from a different angle- mainly how OTHERS deal with a loved ones suicide (Although i respectfully disagree with another reviewers comment that this manga did the theme of depression right...my take is that the depression was not the main issue here- it was the unexpected death of a loved one; the "how could we-the closest to him- could have missed the signs of depression and suicidal tendencies)
- Best character- Suwa!

Cons:
- The explanation to the time traveling was confusing as if the author wanted to make it sound very scientific.
- Nao- I get that there are people who are naive and shy etc etc but the number of times she almost asked Kakeru what was troubling him- but didn't ask in the end; as well as her "he loves me-he loves me not" was very irritating -_-
- Poor Suwa!
While the author makes the Nao x Kakeru pairing seem like they were meant for each other, I couldn't help feeling sorry for Suwa in the real world. It's one thing to love a girl in school, only to have a friend take her away, but for the adult suwa, I'm not sure if Nao did finally come to love him because I found their marriage just plain convenient. In the whole series, there is only one time the author addresses it and Nao lamely says, "thats not it, I was very happy when you confessed to me" 0_o Ummmmm not enough....
Anyway on the whole- a manga worth reading!

Edit: Apparently Orange:Future will show Nao and Suwa in college and how they fall in love as well as some chapters from Suwa's point of view....

... Last updated on July 27th, 2018, 5:33am
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Great read   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by nonightshades
July 28th, 2017, 6:56am
I tend to stay away form shoujo, but this one was actually really good. I know that there are some readers who thought that the female protagonist was a typical shoujo type, but she's not. There are many people on this earth who are just as shy and passive as this person is, and she's not annoying like most shoujo characters. Her worries and doubts are not shallow as they are dealing with a SERIOUS issue. Who wouldn't be stressed knowing that

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the choices you make will be instrumental in someone's death at 16-years-old? o__O?? One thing that bothers me though is that the artist made it pretty clear that if Kakeru had not committed suicide, Naho probably would have never married Suwa. I don't know...for as great a person (awesome, really) that Suwa was, it just seems like Naho settled. The love of her young life was gone forever, and Suwa, who loved her and whole-heartedly treasured her, was right there waiting for her through all of her grief. I don't doubt that she loved Suwa, but it just didn't feel...unconditional on her side? It felt more...safe and familiar. While moving on with one's life is not a bad thing, I just kind of hate that a great person like Suwa most likely never fully received Naho's heart. I know that some might say, "Well, she might have chosen him in the end," and that might be true had Kakeru not died. But he did, and in such a tragic way, so the impact of his death, and then the true nature of his death revealed to his close friends years later only served to further impact Naho's feelings and inflict further damage on everyone's fragile resolve. I felt bad for everyone, really, and I didn't dislike anyone because of their circumstances. Life happens.


This series did a pretty good job of shedding light on parallel worlds. What I gathered from this series is that the letters didn't so much as travel back in time as they did travel to a parallel universe? Kind of like the concept of "In reality one, person-A narrowly escaped being hit by a car at a crosswalk; but in a parallel universe, person-A made one wrong move and was killed instantly by a speeding car." So while the manner in which the author attempted to describe the "time travel" phenomenon was pretty lacking, the concept was not a new one and basically very understandable--I'll take that. The boundary between two parallel universes breached due to the strong feeling of love, heartbreak, longing, and regret of others--that's basically what I gathered. Could be wrong, but more or less makes sense to me. So this series' execution was quite marvelously done. It was far from perfect, but definitely not your run-of-the-mill shoujo, which I GREATLY appreciated. Also, the manner in which the author attempted to approach the subjects of depression and suicide and how it effects the person suffering, as well as their loved ones, was touching and very well done. The characters were all likeable, pretty realistic, and the overall pacing was good. Again, there were several areas that could use some improvement, but this series is a great read overall.

My main gripe about this series is that the ending felt rushed. It could have made much more of an impact and could have been quite profound with a little more input. :/

P.S. For the record, if the above comment was in response to what I said, I just like to point out that I said that Orange's take on depression was done "well", not "right." Depression is not the main theme of Orange (though it is a very important factor of the series), because the entire series revolves around the effects of Kakeru's suicide on those who loved him in one reality, and the effects of Kakeru's feelings of hopelessness and impending suicide on the people around him in the other reality. So, I definitely agree with you on that. No shade, just clarification

... Last updated on October 25th, 2018, 8:48am
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Beautiful Message   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by NoOneSpecial75
May 11th, 2017, 1:47pm
This series has really solid art and a great message about the value of life. Sure, it can get a little preachy, and when taken too far the message can be a little counterproductive (yes, absolutely love people and help them, but in the end if they still make bad choices that's on them...) But I think this series gets things just right. I was really on the edge of my seat during the "exciting conclusion" and when things do get resolved it's very fulfilling. I understand there's an anime, movie, and all kinds of spin-offs. I haven't looked into any of those, so this review is just for the manga. I probably won't look into the spin-offs either, since this story is nice and concise on its own and I think extra material would make it too complicated...
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Legendary   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kyeoptae
November 7th, 2016, 9:37pm
A friend had actually recommended me to read this manga and knowing myself, I ABSOLUTELY HATE reading tragedy because I know how extremely depressed I get afterwards. There's no doubt that I'll go through that feeling once again now that I've just finished reading this series.

I don't know how much I teared up even after just the first chapter. I still teared up til the very last chapter and I can assure you that reading this will definitely give you a better outlook on life. You won't regret it (reference from the manga, so please read it to find out what I'm talking about!)
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Extremely emotional   
Rating: N/A
by Ariaofthesong
August 25th, 2016, 7:42pm
I was hesitant to read this because I knew it was probably going to make me sad. While it may seem fluffy it's definitely not.

I seriously cried. Maybe it's because I'm alot like both Naho and Kakeru, but I felt this pit of sadness in my stomach. I lost someone I loved deeply to death in the same way as the characters do. I have these deep regrets and often I wished that I could change the past.

This manga really gets it right. I promise if you read it you will cry.
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Exceptionally good, does crippling depression like very few manga do   
Rating: N/A
by dsfargeg
August 7th, 2016, 8:40pm
Extremely powerful tale about a boy and his suffering, from the point of view of his friends. Someone saying that said person doesn't act realistically probably(perhaps blissfully ignorantly) hasn't ever had or known someone who has crippling, chronic depression and tragedy-related trauma. Especially later on I can say with fair certainty that he acts very accurately. The author probably has some significant second, if not first-hand experience with the topic to write it so well. The shojo shenanigans are whatever, sure some of it's pretty corny, but the overarching storyline throughout the entire thing is incredibly strong that it ties it all together really well. A definite pro-read. Just maybe don't read it if you're already in a bad headspace.
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An emotional ride   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wishing_star
May 9th, 2016, 7:46pm
I stumbled upon this manga before and already the plot had already pulled me. We are taken right away in the story. With themes like friendship, love and the heart tugging feelings of regrets. And these feelings did reach to me as I was rooting for the characters
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on their journey to save Kakeru
and cried along the way. Loved Suwa's character.

Story was sweet and short, yet managed to create this emotional turmoil in me. It reminded me a little of the novel
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Everything I never told you why in terms of the repercussions of death of a loved one


... Last updated on May 9th, 2016, 7:53pm
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one of the most emotional shoujos i've read.   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by noticing
April 12th, 2016, 9:25pm
I absolutely love this manga. The theme of this manga is focused on regrets, fate, and hope. Everyone has regrets, sometimes the choices we make aren't the right choices, and it's all process of life. This is one of those 'what if we took the chance we couldn't back then' 'what if we were able to stop that event from happening' actually coming true. Yes, it is not possible that we could actually stop our past selves. But we should be honest with ourselves and prevent the regrets before it's too late. Fate does it's work, but don't be so set on it that it's just the way it's supposed to be and will be, because it isn't. I think that's what this manga is telling us. I also like how it points out
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how much losing your loved one and suicide doesn't affect you only but everyone around you as well. Past Kakeru thought the gang would forget about him and are better off without him, but really, they aren't. I'm really glad the gang let him know that the future 'them' missed him terribly and still misses him.

I enjoyed the Parallel Worlds theme, not only because it won't affect the Naho of the present that married Suwa, but because it is a symbol of hope. The hope that you're doing okay in your own way in your own world and that the other you is doing okay too.
I really liked how Kakeru was complex and really mysterious at times, but very fragile and relatable.
One thing I could point out as a flaw, I felt like other than Kakeru and Naho, the gang felt a little forced, were like a typical shoujo background "friend" characters at times, and were not given as much depth as the Kakeru and Naho. Later in the series, I felt like Hagita was given more depth and I loved it. I just wished it was like that throughout and with the rest of them. One of my favorite part is that
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Hagita actually broke Kakeru's bike ahead of time. It was so Hagita to do that, since he's the type that would really think hard and analyze the event itself to save Kakeru, not about why or how to prevent it in emotional sense but literally "stop" him from the event. It makes me realize every one of the gang is important and plays a role in stopping Kakeru, not just Naho and Suwa alone. Also nice that he was given depth and tense the plot a little with his analytical personality, but we get to also see the funny goofy side of him throughout.

The plot is not slow nor fast, it's perfectly paced. I do think there are things that could've been added near the end to make it feel more finished, but nothing is rushed to wrap up the story and it's great as it is. I like the nostalgic feeling this gives me, as if I was a part of this world. The plot just sucked me into the story.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2016, 9:33pm
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Back to Shoujo   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Dalmoon
December 29th, 2015, 12:17am
Honestly, I haven't been into shoujo for a long time so it's pretty amazing that I liked this one. I've read a lot of shoujo manga before but this one really got me. I loved the nostalgic feel and the psychological aspect of the whole thing instead of just the romance. This manga connected to me a lot because I was actually put in a similar situation before. It touched me and definitely gave me the feels. However, this did not receive a 10/10 due to the following reasons:
Characters:
All of the characters were not very original. The main female protagonist, Naho, was the very typical shoujo girl: dense, cute, and shy. The main love, Kakeru, interest was the very generic: sporty, handsome, and popular. The friends supportive and loving. I feel like more development could have been to made to the third wheel, Suwa, and his love for Naho. I think that the author could have made the audience sympathize more to him to make the manga more heart-wrenching. I fell the biggest element that made this manga stand out from others was Kakeru's depression. Otherwise this would just be your typical shoujo manga characters.
Art:
Nothing needs to be said. It was great! smile
Plot:
The plot itself was original, but it was a bit confusing. The whole "sending letters to the past" was not very well-explained. Also, I feel like the plot revolved around Naho too much. There could've been more scenes featuring Kakeru and his feelings.

In the end, these are all based on my opinions so to truly know you should just read it for yourself. I promise you won't be overly disappointed.
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Nostalgic   
Rating: N/A
by tty45321
December 19th, 2015, 7:22pm
This was a really lovely manga. I see a lot of people in the comments annoyed at the use of the seinen genre and I'd have to agree that it's definitely not seinen in my opinion (i don't read seinen manga), but besides that it really is a truly lovely story and extremely nostalgic (sometimes to the point of making your heart hurt).The mangaka did a great job of depicting depression. I think it's really hard to depict how depression eats away at people despite being surrounded by loved ones, but this manga did a great job of it. I usually stay away from manga that makes me cry, but I'm really glad I read this manga.
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