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-> ''Courting the girl of your dreams is hard when you work at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan. It's even harder if you are scared of girls, and near-impossible if your brother's kind of shady, your best friend is too excited, and your co-worker hates your guts.''

A {{Comedy}} with a side of SliceOfLife, ''Sakana'', created by [[http://mynameismad.tumblr.com/ Madeline Rupert]], stars Jiro and Taro, two [[LoserProtagonist awkward]] japanese brothers working at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Ex-Delinquent Taro, the older brother, sincerely loves his job as a butcher and [[BigBrotherInstinct is very protective of his younger brother]], Jiro, who is a talented register worker, but terribly afraid of girls.

Other important characters are their friends, family and co-workers, especially [[FunPersonified Taisei]], Jiro's slightly silly and always cheerful best friend and roommate, and Yuudai, the [[{{Jerkass}} gruff]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] primary register worker, who bears [[SitcomArchNemesis a constant grudge]] against Jiro for being better at selling fish than he [Yuudai] is.

The plot revolves mainly around the awkward yet hilarious situations the brothers encounter, such as [[RomanticComedy Jiro's misadventures with girls]], but is not afraid to delve into more serious matters.

Is available on [[http://www.mangamagazine.net/manga-and-comics/SAKANA/detail-page/125 mangamagazine]] and [[http://sakana.smackjeeves.com/comics/1032298/001/ smackjeeves]].
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!!This comic contains examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Most of the characters, but particularly Jiro.
* TheAlcoholic: Taisei is "drunk 50% of the time".
* AnimeHair: Jiro has this due to it looking like a shark fin. It apparently grew this way over time, since he didn't have it as a child.
* AnimalMotifs: Each of the primary characters' design is based on some kind of seafood: Jiro has hair similar to a shark fin, Taro's design is based on a whale, Taisei's hair looks like jellyfish and Yuudai resembles an eel.
* ArtEvolution: It's subtle since the artist already has a distinctive art style, but the characters' bodies are drawn more proportionally in later chapters, and whether they're angular or curvy begins to depend on the character after a while. Most noticeably, however, although most of the characters already looked a part of a CastOfSnowflakes, since chapter 4 or so there has been steady improvement into making each character's facial features more defined and his or her own, and their expressions are no longer as minimalistic and more emphatic for it. Their eyes are also drawn larger later on (e.g. Yuudai, and if you compare the size of his glasses from chapter 1 and 9, Taro), and unlike in the first, Jiro consistently has a (pretty prominent) nose on side-view in later chapters, too.
** Yuudai's character design eventually changed to a less 'slippery'-looking (i.e. like an eel) one as he mellowed out from someone who's snide and hateful of everything but making sales to someone who's [[CharacterDevelopment simply irritable but awkward, snarking, and a little lonely]]. (In his case, it's the audience getting to know him better, though lately ''some'' people have been doing a good job in inadvertently drawing him out of his shell...) Chie's design changed more than the others', too, and her cheerful and outgoing behavior subsequently came off clearer than when she'd first appeared.
* BSideComics: [[http://www.mangamagazine.net/manga-and-comics/SAKANA-Sundays/detail-page/473 SAKANA Sundays]] is a collection of various lighthearted short stories that don't interfere with the main storyline.
* BerserkButton: Don't ever try to do something bad to Jiro. Taro WILL hurt you.
** Oh, and for those concerned, don't ever mention in front of [[TheUnfavourite Yuudai]] that Jiro is the better register worker.
** Yuudai is pretty sensitive to people talking about his scar.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Taro cares a lot for his little brother, and is always there to help him out, which goes as far as ''threatening Yuudai with a butcher knife'' when he's about to say something bad about Jiro [[spoiler: (and later punches Yuudai in the face when Yuudai's seemed to do that again)]]. This also applies to the time when Taro was a [[{{Delinquents}} delinquent]], but then it was taken to rather hilarious extremes:
--->'''Taro:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny DATE MY BROTHER OR I'LL THROW YOU DOWN THE STAIRS!!!]]
** [[spoiler:[[ComedicSociopathy And in the end, he really did it.]]]]
* BlackBeadEyes: A lot of the characters have these, unless they are shocked.
** Subverted with Taisei, whose eyes naturally have a crazed expression about them. It's the reason for his BlindingBangs; he doesn't like to put people off.
* BlindingBangs: Taisei has these, but sometimes [[PeekABangs you can see one eye]] or both.
* BloodyHilarious: [[RunningGag In many]] of the comic strips featuring Taro in his job as a butcher, he cuts fish with such a vigor that the [[HighPressureBlood blood splatters all over the place.]] [[Funny/{{Sakana}} And it ALWAYS leads to hilarious situations]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite being the silly, adorable, [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter naive]] man that he is, Taisei also is the assistant director for a pretty big company and is probably the smartest man of the cast.
* ButNotTooForeign: Yuudai is half-Swedish. He says that that's the reason for his [[ImplausibleHairColor hair]].
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with Jan.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Jiro has been in love with [[NoNameGiven "cashier girl"]], the girl who's working across from him '''for two years''', and had not the courage to talk to her casually, or even ask her ''name''. It's a good thing he has [[BigBrotherInstinct Taro]] and Taisei to help him out.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Thanks to the artists style being pretty recognizable, no character looks like the other. Even Jiro and Taro, who are ''brothers''. Also, every character has a dictinct personality [[RoundedCharacter and their own quirks]].
* ComedicSociopathy
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Taisei is a master in this.
* CoolOldGuy: Ren Sakana treats his nephews like favorite sons, and even gives them the afternoon off so Taro can keep an eye on Jiro while he goes on a date.
* CrashIntoHello: Taro and the angry looking lady from the train. So far, she was pissed off and [[DisguisedInDrag mistook him for a woman]], and he didn't care much about her because [[BigBrotherInstinct he had his mind on how well Jiro is doing on his date]]. We have yet to see what comes out of it, but the author mentioned something along the lines that she's going to be a bigger character.
* CringeComedy
* CuddleBug: A character trait of Taisei, who is rather prone to cuddling with anything within arms reach.
* DatePeepers: Taisei, Taro and Yuudai do this when Jiro is finally on a date.
* DeadpanSnarker: Yuudai has his moments. He is understandably confused when this and his general [[{{Jerkass}} brashness]] [[SarcasmBlind doesn't]] work on Taisei.
* DeathGlare: [[NoNameGiven The]] [[FanNickname angry looking lady from the train]] that Taro [[CrashIntoHello runs into]].
* DitzyGenius: Taisei is incredibly smart. He's also incredibly silly.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Taro, when wearing the disguise Taisei prepared for him while spying on Jiro. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] InUniverse by Yuudai.
** DisguisedInDrag
* TheFashionista: While Jiro is also interested in shoes or frequently goes shopping with Taisei, Taisei is primarily the one who loves fashion, all kinds of cool clothes and shopping. [[{{Irony}} The bad thing is that he can't wear most of the clothes he likes due to his enormous height]].
* {{Fetish}}: WordOfGod says that Taro has a fetish for angry sex, along with Big Butts.
* FunWithForeignLanguages/ WingDinglish: When Taro meets Jan, the German assistent sushi chef who speaks very little Japanese with a [[http://sakana.smackjeeves.com/comics/1067709/083/ very heavy accent]], they, of course, don't understand each other and wacky hijinks of Taro trying to get his point across ensue.
* FreudianExcuse: It was recently revealed that Jiro's girl issues stem from when he was around six. A little girl in his class declared him her boyfriend, and when he asked what that meant, she decked him. Their relationship after this point consisted entirely of her abusing Jiro while shrieking "BOYFRIEND!"
* TheGamblingAddict: Genji, Jiro and Taro's cousin. He's first introduced hitting his father up for money to pay off his debts.
* GentleGiant: Taisei is the largest member of the cast (and that's saying something), and he's also the kindest and the happiest.
* GrumpyBear: Nothing but his [[KindheartedCatLover cat]] (and maybe Jiro being "devastated"...) seems to make Yuudais day brighter.
* HatesBeingTouched: A defensive mechanism of Yuudai, and it's implied [[JerkassWoobie that he has a pretty good reason for it]].
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Yuudai [[http://sakana.smackjeeves.com/comics/1033527/035/ claims]] that he's this, but it seems to be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] since [[{{Tsundere}} he]] [[PetTheDog adores]] [[KindHeartedCatLover his cat]] and seems to get along at least a little bit better with Taro than with everyone else, so he makes exceptions for some.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jiro and Tasei have been best friends since middle school, and they are practially inseparable, [[HoYay go shopping together]] and share an apartment. Oh, and after Jiro ''finally'' goes on a date with [[NoNameGiven cashier girl]], Taisei can't stop worrying about him getting hurt, and so he [[DatePeepers stalks their date]].
** Mad stated that Shigeru and Taro are "bros for life".
* HiddenDepths: You wouldn't think that Yuudai, the [[GrumpyBear grumpy guy]] with the {{Jerkass}} behaviour loves cats and everything [[CutenessProximity cute and cat-related]], and also is a [[AllThereInTheManual big fan of anime]].
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Taisei doesn't seem to notice that Yuudai is not exactly Jiro's friend, and instead immediately sees Yuudai as [[TrueCompanions part of the team]].
* ImpliedDeathThreat: When Genji shows some reluctance going along with [[FauxAffablyEvil Ryoji]]'s plan, [[spoiler:([[WhamLine persuading Uncle Ren to give up Sakana stall]], so [[{{Yakuza}} Ryoji]] can use it for his own shady business),]] he delivers one of these, directed at the poor Genji.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Taisei loves to go [[LargeHam SHOPP-ING~!]]
** Yuudai [[AllThereInTheManual apparently]] also likes {{Shoujo}} manga.
*** Jiro frequently watches japanese soap operas. [[HoYay With Taisei.]]
* JapaneseDelinquents: In his teens Taro was this, but [[AllThereInTheManual in his childhood]] he UsedToBeASweetKid, [[http://mynameismad.deviantart.com/art/YANKEE-PUNCHONETTA-159132607 apparently]]. Now he's more like a NiceGuy, though, [[BewareTheNiceOnes unless you get on his bad side.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Yuudai certainly acts this way, but some panels indicate that it's actually just him being fed up with life and having no trust into people. Because if someone (Read: [[LoveYouAndEverybody Taisei]]) would strip Yuudai out of all his layers of his [[BuffySpeak Jerkass-ness]], then it shows that he is actually just a shy and a quite lonely person.
** The angry looking lady from the train is mean to [[NiceGuy Taisei]] of all people, which quickly earned her this status. Granted, she did have a bad day.
** Yuki, the girl Jiro really wanted to date when he was young, who brushed his off LoveConfession pretty rudely.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Yuudai in his better moments.
** Also Genji, the cousin of the brothers, could qualify as this, as he apologized (while Taro already left) to Taro after he tried to sponge off some money.
*** [[WordOfGod Word of Mad]] is that Genji would love to not be a raging dickhole to his family, [[NoSocialSkills but has no idea how not to be a raging dickhole to his family]].
* {{Keet}}: Taisei, although he's rather tall.
** Jan also qualifies.
* KindheartedCatLover: [[HiddenDepths Yuudai]], who has a cat called [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Hime]] which he loves very much, and who is pretty much his only friend.
** Taisei likes them too! But then again, [[FriendToAllLivingThings it's difficult to find something]] [[GentleGiant he]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings doesn't like]].
* LoserProtagonist
* LoveBubbles: "Cashier Girl" has them and [[BishieSparkle sparkles]] in Jiro-Vision.
** In chapter seven, a lovestruck Jiro is surrounded by [[http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/SAKANA-Chapter-7-Chapter-7/125/6/7 gigantic roses and sparkles]].
* LoveYouAndEverybody: Taisei, in contrast to Yuudai.
* LuminescentBlush: [[{{Tsundere}} Yuudai]]! Have some [[http://sakana.smackjeeves.com/comics/1205262/106/ here]], [[http://mynameismad.deviantart.com/art/SAKANA-134-279277820?offset=25#comments here]], [[http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/SAKANA-Chapter-8-Chapter-8/125/7/18?lang=en here]], and, perhaps a more visible one due to it being coloured, [[http://mynameismad.deviantart.com/art/tumblbumbls-2-251972475?q here]].
** Not surprisingly, [[http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/SAKANA-Chapter-7-Chapter-7/125/6/10 it happens to Jiro, too]]. In TheRant, Mad even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] [[http://mynameismad.tumblr.com/post/21768015103/yuudai-hes-moving-in-on-your-blushing-territory on it]], and on the aforementioned number of [[LuminescentBlush Luminescent Blushes]] Yuudai pulls off.
* MistakenForGay: Yuudai thought Taisei was [[HoYay Jiro's boyfriend]].
** "[[http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/SAKANA-Chapter-4-Chapter-4/125/3/6 Are you coming onto me]]?"
** [[http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/SAKANA-Chapter-7-Chapter-7/125/6/19?lang=en Taro coming to his own conclusions]] about [[spoiler:Mori and Chie.]].
* NiceGuy: Taisei, of course. "Cashier Girl" ''seems'' to qualify as a [[NiceGuy nice girl]] and could be [[OnlySaneMan the sanest member of the cast]].
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Taro, [[BloodIsTheNewBlack of]] [[KnifeNut course]].
* NoNameGiven: Due to Jiro's shyness when it comes to girls, he hasn't got a chance to ask "cashier girl" for her name. This has developed into a RunningGag of sorts, since every time Jiro gets to talk to her, he always somehow fails to get her name.
** Seems to be a rule with ladies in Sakana; The other prominent female character introduced lately has also no name given yet, which is only adding to the mystery if any of those girls is [[spoiler: the girl that bullied Jiro in kindergarden]].
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Taisei. The awkwardness level of it is especially high because he's so tall.
* ObliviousToLove: [[SubvertedTrope Seemingly subverted]]. Jiro tries to ask Chie out on a date, but [[CanNotSpitItOut is too nervous when talking to her to actually do so]], so he asks her for some change instead. Depressed, Jiro goes back with the change, but Taro notices a piece of paper with her phone number on it...
* OhCrap: Our three DatePeepers pull an epic one [[http://sakana.smackjeeves.com/comics/1343981/122/ here]].
** Jiro also does this pretty frequently. [[spoiler:[[http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/SAKANA-Chapter-7-Chapter-7/125/6/11 This is probably the best example]] (beware, spoilers!)]].
* PerpetualSmiler: [[{{Yakuza}} Ryoji]], [[FauxAffablyEvil who is far from being pleasant]].
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Despite being the smallest character out of all the important characters introduced right now (5'4'' or 163 cm), Taro, former [[JapaneseDelinquents delinquent]], is probably the most {{Badass}} and strong.
* PluckyGirl: "Cashier Girl" sure has to be one when one of her jobs is training gigantic, feral-looking dogs for "companionship".
* RecurringExtra: A guy with a cap with the phrase [[FunTShirt "THIS GUY"]] on it shows up frequently in the background. He seems to be a ChekhovsGunman, because the artist revealed that he will have a bigger role in the future.
* RuleSixtyThree: [[http://mynameismad.tumblr.com/post/19486809384/what-if-a-genderbending-beam-came-and-shot-the-whole#notes With official art provided by Mad herself ]], please enjoy [[http://mynameismad.tumblr.com/tagged/girlkana Girlkana]].
* RunningGag: The brothers epically failing to get "cashier girl"'s name.
** Taro being in awkward situations because of him being covered in blood or looking AxeCrazy due to his work as a butcher.
* {{Salaryman}}: Taisei
* SceneryPorn: There are some rather neat and detailed drawn shots of parks, Harajuku and, of course, the Tsukiji Fish Market.
* SeriousBusiness: Because he's a butcher, chopping up fish is SeriousBusiness to Taro.
* ShipTease: Between Taro and Yuudai. [[http://mynameismad.tumblr.com/post/13488765706/somebody-mentioned-something-about-shipping-these No, really]].
* SickeninglySweethearts: Jiro, in an attempt to eat a cheap place on his date, accidentally goes to a place where ''[[UpToEleven everyone]]'' is this, which only furthers his embarassment.
* TheStoic: Shigeru is a pretty calm and cool dude.
* SourOutsideSadInside: We have some hints of it in the comic, but {{Word of God}} confirms that Yuudai is this.
* SweetTooth: Yuudai likes donuts. And Pocky.
* TalkingInYourSleep: A common thing for Taisei. He also is described as a "traveling sleeper", meaning he tends to roll around in his sleep, sometimes crushing or coming too close to his poor roommates by doing so.
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: Chie's friend, Sango, is introduced fantasizing about Jiro and Chie being in a shoujo-manga like relationship.
* TranslationConvention: The only hint you get that the characters are speaking in Japanese is in [[http://sakana.smackjeeves.com/comics/1633716/209/ Chapter 9]], when Jan and Taisei pronounce an American movie's title in English.
* TrappedByGamblingDebts: Heavily implied about Jiro and Taro's cousin Genji. And his dad Ren is getting sick of bailing him out, so he's gearing up to cut Genji off...
* {{Tsundere}}: Yuudai is very ''tsun'' around his co-workers, and very ''dere'' [[KindheartedCatLover around his cat]]. The moments where he actually shows his kind side to them are rare indeed. He is not a bad guy, though.
** He is also [[HoYay notably flustered]] whenever [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace Taisei]] invades Yuudais normally well-protected comfort zone [[LoveYouAndEverybody just by being friendly]].
** [[http://mynameismad.deviantart.com/art/SAKANA-134-279277820 He was]] [[http://mynameismad.deviantart.com/art/SAKANA-135-281396248 also recently]] (for a short time) in total ''dere'' mode after Taisei [[Heartwarming/{{Sakana}} complimented him with genuine kindness]].
** [[http://www.mangamagazine.net/read-manga/SAKANA-Chapter-7-Chapter-7/125/6/23?lang=en Yuudai, your Tsundere is showing again.]]
* WhamLine: Ohoho. And what a WhamLine it was.
-->[[spoiler: '''"Cashier Girl":''' No! You haven't done anything wrong! I'm the monster here! I've felt guilty for so long I just have to say it! I'm sorry, Jiro Sakana. I'll never forgive myself for what I did in preschool.]]
* XMarksTheHero: Subverted, while Yuudai is a main character, he's not really heroic.
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