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Orange (TAKANO Ichigo)  
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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.


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

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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

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

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1097 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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Original Publisher
Futabasha (2014)
Shueisha (2012)

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)
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English Publisher
Seven Seas (2 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Monthly Pos #920 (No change)
3 Month Pos #995 decreased(-58)
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Orange (TAKANO Ichigo) Gets TV Anime This Summer 701 days, 22 hours, 43 minutes ago
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Something we're all striving to ...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by UsoSora
November 27th, 2012, 10:19am
"If the sky were to suddenly open up, there would be no law, there would be no rule. There would only be you and your memories."

I believe this manga is more than a typical shoujo drama and tragedy, with the influence of supernatural and infusion of romance in it. It's much more than that, for certain.

The moment the letter was introduced to the story, I knew something deeper and more complicated is there to come, and it did.
This story converges to a semi-serious piece of literature work worth of a careful analysis. It has many mystical points, many allusions, allegorical lines and what's most important, it gives you a sensation of changing your feelings and expressions very rapidly, but with sense. It makes you think about the human, foremost mortal yearn for overreaching, breaking the boundaries and changing the things that are eating you and making you regret it for being just a weak human being, overpowered by its own cowardice and fear. But then, you can always try to overcome yourself do better.

If someone needs to read a story that won't give you a hard time, nor fun ride either, but instead open the door of an ordinary life from this dimension and stepping into another one, breaking through the paradox of phenomenon called time, and being given a chance to meddle with its segments called past, present and future, this manga is the right one to read.

Have a tumbling journey! : )

... Last updated on November 27th, 2012, 10:24am
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Adorable & fresh   
Rating: N/A
by flowinmyboat
June 18th, 2012, 6:59am
This is the freshest manga I've read in a long time. The premise is original, execution is great, pacing so far is not too fast or too slow. It has a tinge of mystery and melancholy. And as a plus the art is ridiculously cute, in a dreamy sort of way. The lead isn't a cry-baby but she's not strong either, however that's a part of the story.

The entire manga feels like eating an orange, I swear, It's just sweet and refreshing. Honestly, if you aren't reading this series, you're missing out on a lot.
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* edit: I still really like this series but I'm confused on the time-travel aspect...I mean in the future, Kakeru is still dead (they flash forward and back) so does that mean they failed? Or do they live in an alternate timeline in the future? I'm not sure how the series is headed but I hope the author doesn't drag out the plot. The pace she's set right now (and the time frame!) seem perfect and would make this manga so so so much better. Short, bittersweet, and to the point.

... Last updated on November 24th, 2012, 4:04pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jj11103
March 3rd, 2013, 4:04pm
I first became aware of Orange when it first came out in the "What's New" section. It's cover art instantly drew me in, but I did not read it until now.... I was already crying by the third chapter. The emotions that Takano Ichigo conveys are so deep, they are hard to describe. The words UsoSora and lola-san123 use are probably better than what I can write. However, I am sure that if someone was to read this manga, they would understand because the emotions that are felt are definitely inherent in all human beings. Better put in the words of UsoSora's title "Something we're all striving to...," the feelings of wanting to right a wrong or to change a regret that are innate transform into something more substantial: the changing of oneself. No longer just a simple fix, it is the effort to better oneself and perhaps saving another in the long-run.

These are sappy words, but if you read Orange, I imagine you will empathize because it is definitely worth reading.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2015, 2:27pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sallyen
April 13th, 2013, 2:07pm
This is f-- sad! I randomly clicked the manga and now I am in tears! I am not sure what I am feeling more sad about:
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Kakerus suicide or Suwa unrequited love which he knows won't be fulfilled
.. I am rooting for Suwa, but this is a complex series. I am loving it, but the mangaka has quit the manga right? :'(
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Best shoujo.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hivemind
May 28th, 2015, 6:42pm
One of the best shoujo ever written. All of the characters are lovable and understandable and incredibly mature for their age. It's lovely seeing how each character matures as the story progresses, and you want to root for them along the way. I read mangas simply to kill time, but this is the first manga where I actually learn something: do everything you can in the present so you won't have any regrets in the future. I know the theme is cliche, but this manga makes it powerful. Definitely recommend this manga to all audience.
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A Story With Tears And Joy~   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lola-san123
November 28th, 2012, 3:05am
If there is anything I can most definitely say, that is that this story is one you can't escape from without any deep thoughts and feelings attached to it, so much that you may even be able to relate yourself to it. My feelings and opinions on this story will and most likely may not sound as "well-said" or "mature" enough to truly convey what I initially intended to say, but I just can't seem to ignore commenting on here because I feel my deep feelings about this story are too much to bear on my own. If you do however read my comment, thank you. (My comment below isn't anything all too deep or special;; It's just my honest thoughts, that's all.) I won't bother too much with the plot of this story; I'll just go straight to the story's theme and message in depth but with my own feelings/thoughts mixed in, so it may not sound all that great...BUT the story is, so go read it!!! (I hid my opinions and thoughts as a spoiler just in case I may have said too much, but feel free to read it! ♥)

But first and foremost (before you see the long blocks of text below, haha), I recommend this story to ANYONE who's looking forward to reading something that has a sweet & sour taste to reality and life. This story is definitely filled with emotional spreads where you'll just want to cry both tears of joy and sorrow for Naho and Kakeru, and even their friends too. It's definitely something you'll tie yourself into and a series you won't regret having read, so please give it a shot and support the mangaka! ♥

And off with my thoughts/opinions:
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The story starts off with a letter that leads into the protagonist's past, present and future. From there, the story continues with two different time periods in which dictate the life of the protagonist as she interacts with her friends. Of her friends, most importantly her life-long crush is whom she deeply has feelings and regrets for based on her actions from her life ten years ago, which is being re-lived again by the protagonist (you'll know what I mean when you read the first chapter).
Obviously it's a shoujo-based manga, but mainly this story has something deeper within its plot and characters, something that I can't properly explain (and I apologize for that), but within that lies the message that truly struck me with such emotion (to the point that I honestly cried in every single chapter as the story and characters continued to progress), and part of @UsoSora's comment is what I'm trying to elaborate on, but with my own feelings attached into it.

It's not only the fact that while being given the chance to change your past for the hopes of erasing your regrets from your previous life that makes this story interesting and intriguing. The fact that these characters, who are a strong, loyal group of friends, are willing to put themselves out there to be truly helpful and caring for one another adds up to the true beauty of what is hard to find in our society today, and that is true friendship (in my opinion). And I can honestly say that for each of Naho's friends to sacrifice their time and feelings for the sake of Naho and Kakeru's relationship really emphasizes the emotional and precious relationship between them two and their beloved friends. And it just makes me so happy to know they're together because for Naho to eventually step out of her shell and truly express what she regretted not having done so really shows how committed and regretted she was, and along with such amazing friends, what more could she not be capable of doing? It is however painful at the same time because in between the story it shows the future Naho and her deepest regrets of what she did ten years ago, and it's so unfortunate that with such strong feelings she couldn't express herself honestly during that time. She totally deserves to have Kakeru marrying her, but it's also a sweet & sour twist to the story because in the future Naho, she ended up marrying Suwa, the guy who loved her for so long and sacrificed even his feelings just for the sake of their happiness. It's a lot to explain, but you'll know what I mean as you go on reading it. And with the way how I say "future Naho" and "younger Naho", I'm trying to identify them apart because future Naho is the 26-year-old while younger Naho is the currently younger Naho we see trying to follow up with the letter and trying so desperately change Kakeru's life with every chance and opportunity she's got.

Oh gawsh, the younger Naho that's in junior high right now.... I sure hope she ends up successfully changing those regrets and ends up with Kakeru. Even if her future Naho couldn't end up with Kakeru, as long as younger Naho can at least grant her future Naho's wishes in her place, she can truly deepen her bonds with both her crush, friends, and most of all, herself through strong commitment and sacrifice, and that's what deepens the story even more.
"Just because you can't change time and its past, present and future doesn't mean you can't change the person and people who lived during that time." ---> That, I think is the message that somewhat sums up my point, though I know my use of words kind of screwed over my original intentions, but whatever. Anyways, from there, [current] younger Naho may not be able to change her future Naho's past, but if she works hard to change her own present, she may end up creating a happy future, one that the both future Naho and younger Naho would have truly wished for.

... Last updated on November 28th, 2012, 3:11am
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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:
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.
Nothing needs to be said. It was great! smile
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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Happiness Day indeed   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Papaya1124
July 1st, 2014, 3:28pm
This manga makes me smile so much. Every time something happens between Naho and Kakeru I get so happy, I can't help squealing. Although I will say this story evokes some serious heart pangs, it is totally in a good way. The art is beautiful in a unique way, and I just love. It's kind of a shoujo in disguise so if you like shoujo, read it.

... Last updated on July 1st, 2014, 4:02pm
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Super love the unique story ^o^   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cornelia0306
December 18th, 2013, 3:57am
A very unique plot so thats why i was intrigued and started reading it. I hope ms takano ichigo would continue to write orange and would not stop being a mangaka because im really looking forward to reading this manga. It has been a year since the last chapter was made and now im also reading re collection. I hope this would continue very soon because i really like ORANGE!

... Last updated on December 18th, 2013, 3:58am
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Wow. WOW.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fufufuyen
June 27th, 2013, 10:10pm
At first drawn by its beautiful drawings, I was immediately planning on reading this manga before its first release and have waited over a year and only 9 chapters out, which is pretty disappointing. This manga is a work of art and it is almost like a cross between two other very good series (which I highly recommend if you enjoy this manga in the case of the mood and the drawings/characters) Bokura ga Ita and Bokura wa Itsumo.

The story line is amazingly clever and fresh and new. I love Naho's character as she is very strong; she takes control of her situation and she is responsible, unlike the protagonist in Bokura wa Itsumo, yet she is also so gentle. The best quality about her has to be her sympathy for others and I think that is very distinguishing and strong. This is the perfect quality for someone who is motivated to
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protect her love and her future, which I think are genuine goals!

I also enjoy these mangas with a group being the center characters and this one does the job well. I seriously have cried in every chapter and it's unfathomable how amazing the art is. It inspires me as I read; I utterly love the art style. I also can't comprehend how sexy Kakeru is, and his personality is really awe-inspiring. It's truly depressing. There are all types of literary irony going on that I think the author uses cleverly and effectively and I enjoy this manga so much (as well as the length of the chapters, wow!) and cannot get bored of it. I'm actually keeping myself from reading anymore because I don't want to wait!

The mini-antagonist was also a pretty good one too.

And, like in Bokura ga Ita, there is a central theme in which is the center and basis for the (love) story, and, like in BGI, it is of a human flaw or human tendency and in this case it is the inclination towards regret, which I feel is very powerful and relatable. This manga is amazing and I can't praise it anymore; I actually really want to buy it, if only it was in English. I'm upset that Takano-sensei wants to retire but according to Baka-Updates she will be finishing the series so I really hope so, or else I will be utterly, utterly sad. However, I waited years for BGI, and this is a manga worth waiting for, so I guess I better get ready. In the meantime, I'll be checking out her other work because she is seriously amazing. I can't find a flaw at all.

... Last updated on June 29th, 2013, 1:04am
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