Tonari no Kashiwagi-san

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Tonari no Kashiwagi-san
Tonari no Kashiwagi-san Volume 1.jpg
Cover of Tonari no Kashiwagi-san volume 1 by Hōbunsha featuring the characters Kotone and Yūto (the chibi)
Genre Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Written byKinusa Shimotsuki
Published by Hōbunsha
Magazine Manga Time Kirara Forward
Demographic Seinen
Original runSeptember 24, 2009August 24, 2016
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Tonari no Kashiwagi-san (となりの柏木さん, lit. "Next to Kashiwagi") is a Japanese manga series by Kinusa Shimotsuki, serialized in Hōbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Forward from September 2009 to August 2016. [1] It has been collected intwelve tankōbon volumes as of February 2015.



The series follows the life of Yuto Sakuraba, a high school boy who is open about his otaku lifestyle, much to the dismay of his classmates. He works at a shop called Anime Haven. He fawns over an online artist named Sayane because of her moe -styled drawings. At the beginning of the school year, he is assigned a seat next to Kotone Kashiwagi, a popular girl who is known to strongly dislike otaku culture. However, when he discovers that Kotone actually does like anime and manga, they begin a friendship where they discuss their passion in secret. However, Kotone has another secret: she is actually the artist Sayane. When Yuto eventually makes that connection, he must figure out how it will affect their friendship. Meanwhile, Yuto and Kotone's best friends try to encourage them to advance their relationship together, while ending up coupling themselves.


Yūto Sakuraba (桜庭 雄斗, Sakuraba Yūto)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara [2]
The Male Protagonist, openly otaku and unpopular. He's a gentle boy who can be attentive, but also unable to read the mood at times. He discovers Kotone's secret but promises to not tell anyone, thus becoming friends with her. He later realizes he has a crush on Kotone, but tries to take it on his own pace. He's fan of an anime series called "Gadget Maid" (ガジェット☆メイド, Gajetto Meido). He also works at the anime shop Anime Haven.
Kotone Kashiwagi (柏木 琴子, Kashiwagi Kotone)
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki [2]
The heroine of the series is a timid otaku who is afraid of revealing herself. She's attractive and popular. She usually shows herself as someone who hates Otaku culture, but will reveal her true side to those she trusts. After Yūto discovers she's actually an Otaku, he promises to keep her secret and they become friends. She regularly posts art on a message board under the pseudonym of Sayane. She dislikes being mistaken for a fujoshi . Like Yūto, she's a fan of Gadget Maid.
Sayaka Fukuda (福田 清花, Fukuda Sayaka)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi [2]
Kotone's best friend and her self-proclaimed No. #1 fan. She has been a friend of Kotone ever since childhood, and is very protective of her, often smiling and acting friendly on the surface, but hiding her own feelings about this. Kazuki falls in love with Sayaka and confesses to her despite her initial refusal to be involved, but they become a couple. Kotone and Yūto think Sayaka is a bit of a tsundere .
Kazuki Kusano (草野 和樹, Kusano Kazuki)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda [2]
Yūto's best friend. He is not an otaku, but is very popular. He has a crush on Sayaka, ever since he saw her cry during the School Entrance Ceremony. Later, they both start dating.
Kotori Abekawa (安倍川 琴理, Abekawa Kotori)
Voiced by: Eriko Matsui [2]
Kotori manages the Anime Heaven shop where Yūto works. It is later revealed that she is Kotone's older sister. She is 32 years old and is married, and has a short stature and youthful appearance.
Takuya Abekawa (安倍川 拓也, Abekawa Takuya)
Kotori's husband and Kotone's brother-in-law. He's a company employee. He is called "Taku-chan" by Kotori. He's 26 years old. Like Yūto, he's a fan of Gadget Maid.
Christina Müller (クリスティーナ=ミュラー)
She is an exchange student from Germany who transferred to Yūto's class. She loves otaku culture and becomes friends with Yuto. She has a boyfriend in Japan, and moved there so she could meet him in real life. She is nicknamed "Tina" (ティナ, Tīna).
Kōtarō Sasayama (笹山 孝太郎, Sasayama Kōtarō)
Tina's boyfriend.



The manga started serialization in the December 2009 issue of "Manga Time Kirara Forward", published by Hōbunsha, ending in the . As of September 2014, 12 volumes have already been published. The chapters are all unnamed, so they're known only by their number.

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
1Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 1(となりの柏木さん 1)April 12, 2010 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-7904-9
  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
2Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 2(となりの柏木さん 2)November 12, 2010 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-7959-9
  1. Chapter 8
  2. Chapter 9
  3. Chapter 10
  4. Chapter 11
  5. Chapter 12
  6. Chapter 13
  7. Chapter 14
3Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 3(となりの柏木さん 3)June 13, 2011 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4034-6
  1. Chapter 15
  2. Chapter 16
  3. Chapter 17
  4. Chapter 18
  5. Chapter 19
  6. Chapter 20
  7. Chapter 21
4Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 4(となりの柏木さん 4)February 13, 2012 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4109-1
  1. Chapter 22
  2. Chapter 23
  3. Chapter 24
  4. Chapter 25
  5. Chapter 26
  6. Chapter 27
  7. Chapter 28
5Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 5(となりの柏木さん 5)September 12, 2012 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4191-6
  1. Chapter 29
  2. Chapter 30
  3. Chapter 31
  4. Chapter 32
  5. Chapter 33
  6. Chapter 34
  7. Chapter 35
6Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 6(となりの柏木さん 6)May 11, 2013 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4295-1
  1. Chapter 36
  2. Chapter 37
  3. Chapter 38
  4. Chapter 39
  5. Chapter 40
  6. Chapter 41
  7. Chapter 42
7Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 7(となりの柏木さん 7)December 12, 2013 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4377-4
  1. Chapter 43
  2. Chapter 44
  3. Chapter 45
  4. Chapter 46
  5. Chapter 47
  6. Chapter 48
  7. Chapter 49
8Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 8(となりの柏木さん 8)July 11, 2014 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4460-3
  1. Chapter 50
  2. Chapter 51
  3. Chapter 52
  4. Chapter 53
  5. Chapter 54
  6. Chapter 55
  7. Chapter 56
9Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 9(となりの柏木さん 9)February 12, 2015 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4460-3
  1. Chapter 57
  2. Chapter 58
  3. Chapter 59
  4. Chapter 60
  5. Chapter 61
  6. Chapter 62
  7. Chapter 63
10Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 10(となりの柏木さん 10)February 12, 2015 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4613-3
  1. Chapter 64
  2. Chapter 65
  3. Chapter 66
  4. Chapter 67
  5. Chapter 68
  6. Chapter 69
  7. Chapter 70
11Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 11(となりの柏木さん 11)March 12, 2016 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4672-0
  1. Chapter 71
  2. Chapter 72
  3. Chapter 73
  4. Chapter 74
  5. Chapter 75
  6. Chapter 76
  7. Chapter 77
12Tonari no Kashiwagi-san 12(となりの柏木さん 12)September 12, 2016 [3] ISBN   978-4-8322-4741-3
  1. Chapter 78
  2. Chapter 79
  3. Chapter 80
  4. Chapter 81
  5. Chapter 82
  6. Chapter 83
  7. Chapter 84

Motion Comic

A motion comic, or Manga 2.5, was produced. It ran for 11 episodes. [2] [4]

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