Manga / Dagashi Kashi

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Dagashi Kashi is a manga series by Kotoyama

The story revolves around Kokonotsu Shikada. His father owns a rural candy shop and wants Kokonotsu to inherit one day. Kokonotsu wants nothing to do with the shop and aspires to become a manga artist instead. One day a weird but cute girl named Hotaru Shidare visits the shop. Hotaru is part of a famous family-owned sweet company and wants Kokonotsu's father to join her company. However, his father only agrees to if Kokonotsu can be convinced to take over the shop. She then makes it her mission to convince Kokonatsu to do so no matter how long it takes.

Originally released as a manga, it received an anime adaptation, airing as part of the Winter 2016 Anime lineup.

Dagashi Kashi provide examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: More like "A-Cup Anger". Saya gets rather upset after seeing the modifications made to Kokonotsu's drawings of Saya and Hotaru... and thought it was all Kokonotsu's doing.
  • The Ace: Saya is shown as being the absolute best at any game they play, to the point that Hotaru calls her "Master".
  • Adorkable: Saya and Hotaru are both delightfully awkward in their own ways.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Coconuts" for Kokonotsu by Tou and sometimes Saya (depending on the subs). It's a bit of an Embarrassing Nickname to him though.
  • Alice Allusion: The anime's ending is a series of scenes from Alice in Wonderland with Saya as Alice and Hotaru as various Wonderland characters, including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, and the Walrus (chasing mini-donuts with Tou and Kokonotsu's faces).
  • Birds of a Feather: Kokonotsu dosen't like to to admit it, but he's almost as much of a dagashi nerd as Hotaru.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tou always seems to find in himself at the receiving end of a beatdown from his sister.
  • Buxom Is Better: Kokonotsu, least according to his father, has a thing for large breasts. Which partially explains his attraction to Hotaru.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Hotaru gets plastered after one drink of Non alcoholic Beer.
  • Childhood Friends: The Endou siblings, Saya and Tou, have known and been friends with Kokonotsu since they were kids.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Saya doesn't take it well when she first hears about Hotaru. She angrily fills a coffee cup, then loads a lot of sugar into it after Kokonatsu asks for a second cup. Fortunately for him, he drinks it and compliments her coffee, defusing the situation at least for now.
  • Covert Pervert:
    • Saya, after she takes his comment about "tying up Hotaru" the wrong way, has an Imagine Spot where Hotaru and Kokonotsu are engaging in BDSM complete with Hotaru in bondage rope harness while he whips her.
    • And even before that, she seemed really happy when Kokonotsu accidentally touched her chest with his elbow while the two of them and Hotaru were all crammed in a box while hiding from Kokonotsu's dad.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Kokonotsu has an uncanny ability to discover how to make sweets better tasting and appealing. This makes running a sweet shop perfect for him and is a huge reason why his father is extremely pushy about him taking over the family business even though Kokonotsu really wants to be a manga artist instead.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Saya Endo has them.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: Evoked. Though she's not actually playing a game, Hotaru mentions recruiting Kokonatsu's father for her father's candy company as if she were in a role playing game. The anime also shows scenes as if she were an adventurer exploring unknown lands and fighting against monsters as well.
  • The Determinator: Hotaru will do whatever it takes to make Kokonotsu take over the family candy store in order to get his father to work for her father's candy company. Unfortunately he wants to be a manga artist instead, but she starts showing up rather frequently to try to get him to do it.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Kokonotsu at times with Hotaru, who will occasionally but inadvertently use Erotic Eating. Or occasionally say things in a way that can be taken in the wrong context, such as asking him to be an adult... by drinking a non-alcoholic drink that looks like beer but is actually apple or pineapple juice.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Kokonotsu catches Hotaru and his dad at night in the store with the lights off making a sketchy deal. The Dagashi that they have is treated like an addictive drug where Yo goes into withdrawal.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Saya tends to hit her brother quite a bit, usually in response to his teasing her.
  • Drunk on Milk: Hotaru somehow manages to get drunk on "Namaiki Beer", a non-alcoholic drink that only looks like beer which Kokonotsu mentions tastes like apple or pineapple juice. Could be this trope or Fake High, depending on whether she knew it doesn't actually have alcohol.
  • Engagement Challenge: Kokonotsu accidentally clears one set by Hotaru's father by being able to snap ice cream packs in half.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Hotaru has multiple rings in her iris that are a bit on the creepy side.
  • Family Business: The candy shop's been in Kokonotsu's family for generations and his dad really wants him to inherit it.
  • Friendship Trinket: Saya's goldfish, shown in the OP and in scenes taking place in her family's cafe is revealed to be this in episode 7, having been given to her by Kokonotsu when they were children, after a goldfish scooping stall owner takes pity on him for miserably losing. At the end of the episode, he is given another goldfish, which he also gives to Saya.
  • Genki Girl: Hotaru is extremely energetic, especially when it comes to talking about sweets.
  • Hair Decorations: Hotaru is almost never shown without her black rose hair ornament. Saya always has two hair clips on her bangs.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Hotaru reveals she was "born and bred" in Osaka. She then immediately starts nibbling on a bowl of rice, and comments on a random candy with a hick accent. End of the issue shows she's a filthy liar.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Hotaru, who doesn't seem to care about being seen naked by Tou.
    • She also doesn't see any problem with the thought of being tied up and blindfolded while having Kokonotso put something long and pink in her mouth...
  • Instant Expert: Saya manages to flip multiple cards during her first few attempts at the card flipping game in episode 2. Both Kokonotsu and Hotaru are shocked, and the latter hilariously asks to be her disciple despite having more experience in the game than Saya.
  • Large Ham: Hotaru very much acts in this manner, especially when it comes to eating or describing snacks.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Hotaru rarely wears anything else besides her trademark "casual lolita" outfit.
  • Love at First Sight: Kokonotsu is awestruck when he first sees Hotaru, who also coincidentally looks much like a girl he had been drawing for his manga.
  • Love Triangle: Kokonotsu has a obvious crush on Hotaru, while Saya has had a crush on him for a while. Hotaru feelings on the matter are a little vague, but there are hints that she might be interested in Kokonotsu.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Hotaru is a fairly textbook example: she barges suddenly into Kokonotsu's life, is extremely quirky and energetic, and her presence helps bring him out of the funk he's been in. She even looks a lot like his "ideal" girl he's been drawing in his manga.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Saya & Tou (they are twin siblings, after all). Saya has Cute Little Fangs most of the time, but when full teeth are called for, both get full-on shark teeth.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: A manga whose protagonist is an aspiring manga artist.
  • Mundane Made Awesome
    • Hotaru will often burst into these moments when describing snacks. And she often uses it to describe mundane things she was doing, such as going to ask Kokonotsu's father to join her father's company, and treating it as if she were on a quest in a role playing game.
    • Kokonotsu's father tends to make use of this as well, such as when he tells Kokonotsu to take over the family shop. They end up "fighting" each other in obnoxious, over the top ways such as boxing each other as they engage in a little Ham-to-Ham Combat.
  • Naked First Impression: The first time Tou sees Hotaru, she's just come out of the shower. Hotaru, for her part, doesn't seem to mind in the least, even telling Tou (who has been rendered unconscious by Saya) while she's still naked that he has a wonderful sister.
  • Ninja Log: Kokonotsu's father does this in the first episode. After he falls to the floor as if he were dead, he immediately disappears, and places a hugging pillow in its place. As Kokonatsu looks it over, he then shows up by the hallway, and takes off somewhere, forcing his son to watch the shop for a while.
  • Oblivious to Love: According to Tou, Saya has been in love with Kokonotsu for a long time and her feelings for him are very transparent. Kokonotsu is just too dense to realize it.
    • Recent episodes however imply that Kokonotsu has some romantic affection for her as well if the flashback in the sixth episode and the way he's beginning to look at her differently in the seventh are anything.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: It's possible Yo is doing this just to bring out Kokonotsu's knack of dagashi.
  • Playing Doctor: Kokonotsu and Saya play this in a flashback in episode 6, but mostly not in the way Saya wanted: Kokonotsu played a quack who never "examined" her and just handed her a candy that came in pill-like blister packaging.
  • Pun-Based Title: The title is a pun on "dagashi" (cheap sweets, with "kashi" meaning "sweets") and "daga, shikashi" (an insistent and pompous way of saying "however").
  • Punny Name: Kokonotsu = Coconuts
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Hotaru almost always wears tights, so she can make her dress flutter around with impunity.
  • Serious Business: Candy and snacks for Hotaru and Yo. As they tend to ham it up whenever they bring up.
  • She's Got Legs: Saya gets a Feet-First Introduction in the OP.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Kokonotsu's father does this for him and Hotaru, and even mistakes her for his girlfriend at first. She then says she's in love with someone else, and then points to a character on the snack Kokonatsu was eating. He seems even more embarrassed by that, than the fact that she said she liked someone else first.
      • Later, it seems that he's also aware of Saya's affections for Kokonotsu during episode 7, allowing and encouraging Kokonotsu to spend some time and have some fun with Saya at the ongoing festival.
    • Saya's brother Tou also flip flops between shipping Kokonotsu with either his sister or Hotaru.
  • Ship Tease: Episode 7 is full of this for Kokonotsu x Saya.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The first episode of the anime alone has several shout-outs. At one point Kokonotsu attacking his father turns into a brief Saint Seiya parody, with a galaxy and a Greek temple in the background, and the constellation of Pegasus replaced with a reindeer. Hotaru's fantasy looks like something out of Dragon Quest, that turns into a Dragon Ball parody the moment she has to face a dragon looking like an orange Shen Long (complete with seven heart-shaped Balls floating beside it).
    • There's also many references from Mobile Suit Gundam from RX-78 taking down two Zakus to Axis dropping into Earth.
    • The OP animation gives us shout-outs to the original Star Wars films with Kokonotsu as Luke Skywalker and his dad Yoh as Darth Vader duking it out with glowing candies that resemble lightsabers, and the Indiana Jones films with the Endou siblings cosplaying as Indiana Jones characters.
    • The ED gives us one for Alice in Wonderland.
    • In Chapter 3, Kokonotsu's father is able to form the face of Pochi-kun (a snack mascot) by flexing his back muscles, in a manner similar to Yujiro Hanma's "Oni's Face" from Baki the Grappler.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Tou wears sunglasses 99% of the time, including at night and indoors.
  • Tsundere: Saya is a Dere type. Overall a nice and pleasant person to everyone, but gets flustered whenever her crush on Kokonotsu is brought up. Or, you know, you just happened to be her brother who loves riling her up nearly all the time. Interestingly, she only occasionally plays up the tsun card with Kokonotsu every once in a while as she's usually seen actually being really nice to him whenever they talk.
  • Urban Legends: Hotaru's knowledge of dagashi slips into this, though they are usually based on real-life urban legends on dagashi. For example, the Sonomanma gum "game", where you try to avoid the super sour one. Hotaru believed the packaging was the key to avoid it.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: All of the characters' eyes tend to look like this to some degree, but Saya and Tou are particularly extreme examples.


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