Manga / Hachi Ichi

Kinoshita Shinichirou is a normal 17-year-old teenage boy; he likes video games, doesn't have much of an idea of his future and really wants a girlfriend. His grandfather, meanwhile, is head of a multinational corporation that Shinichirou is set to inherit upon turning 18. Not liking the supposed lack of direction his grandson has shown, he moves him into a mansion, where he is greeted by eight extremely pretty, very friendly girls in maid dresses.

His mind is promptly blown when they inform him that they are all his potential fiancées, there at his grandfather's bidding. And he must pick one within the year, but! No sex before the wedding, or the deal's off. If he fails to pick any girl, the deal is also off.

Hachi Ichi is an Ecchi Seinen harem comedy that adds a refreshing amount of reality and intelligence to the standard plot by writing each girl as their own characters, each with unique motivations, and having the male react appropriately to the standard tropes.


  • Accidental Pervert: Midori gets it out of the way with Ye Olde Walkeing Inn On His Bathe Scene. However, both are embarrassed, no-one gets megaton punched, and his frank and heartfelt apology means she has gotten over her nervousness around him as a result.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: He uses up a lot of tissues relieving his... tension.
  • All Just a Dream: 2 consecutive chapters have the girls dreaming about Shinichirou & the girl herself in various situation...except for Nana whose dream are more focused on being trapped, and Miyu having a wedding that is interrupted.
  • Ambigious Ending: The manga ends without Shinichirou choosing anybody, although the entire year still haven't played out yet.
  • Balanced Harem: At the start, he has never seen the girls before in his life, so he must court them equally. Things get less balanced as the series goes on, with Miyu and Kaede seemingly pulling ahead.
  • Chick Magnet: Granted, the girls were all placed in the house with Shinichirou by his grandfather, but most of them end up genuinely falling for him. Usually after he gives them an orgasm...
  • Chivalrous Pervert: On the one hand, he's surrounded with beautiful girls who can't help but excite him. On the other hand, he shows as much restraint as (or more than) the girls themselves.
  • Cosplay: Nana thinks of her maid costume being "like cosplay". Normally she dresses down to avoid attention.
  • Date Peepers
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Nana is initially cold and harsh with Shinichirou, but eventually shows her softer side.
  • Ecchi: Shinichirou is not allowed to have sex with the girls; this doesn't exclude everything else. Technically, he shouldn't even touch them, but the girls have other ideas.
  • Engagement Challenge
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Midori is...extremely popular at her all-girls school.
  • Idiot Ball: Generally avoids it. Shinichirou is a fairly savvy young man, but he still gets things wrong or allows his hormones to lead. He also decides to talk to them before anything, simply to get to know them.
    • As he's a virgin who hasn't dated, though, he's still pretty clueless about sex and dating. And as the girls are virgins too, so are they.
  • Imagine Spot
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Ai is by far the most forward of the girls, and takes every chance she gets to try and get Shinichirou to sleep with her. Shinichirou even starts locking his bedroom door when she sneaks into his bed on their first night in the house.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: When Shinichirou and a few of the girls visit his grandfather's cabin, Kaede either gets possessed by the ghost of a courtesan or just gets really drunk. Either way, she drops her timid and reserved persona and becomes aggressive and condescending.
  • Meganekko: Midori. Rei and Nana also were glasses occassionally.
  • Mood-Swinger: Yui's crying over several different things in the space of a few pages.
  • New Transfer Student: Kaede, who transferred to Shinichirou's class at the start of the series.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Hana.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Midori's classmate Rui, who's in love with her. During the brief time she lives at the house, she kisses Midori and feels her up while she's sleeping, and nearly rapes Shinichirou for blackmail material to get him to agree not to choose Midori. She eventually backs off when she discovers that Shinichirou is a virgin, and isn't using his position to sleep with Midori.
  • Raging Stiffie
  • The Reliable One: Miyu when doing her housework, to the point that despite everybody is supposed to do their chores together, gradually the bulk of the tasks are transferred towards Miyu. When Miyu went through a BSOD after an episode with Shinichirou's brother, the state of the house becomes messy very fast.
  • Reality Ensues: Shinichirou feels pressured by their declaration that they chose him, and quickly catches on to the possibility of the girls liking him solely for his money. Also, despite the maid implications, he has to do the chores alongside them.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Midori goes to a private girls' school which seems to be populated by a fair number. The school even has a tradition called a "Sister Vow", ostensibly where students enter into Romantic Two-Girl Friendships with each other, but of course appears to be a pretense for them to hook up.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Ai's default response whenever anyone calls her on her complete inability to do any household chores, which they're all supposed to share; that is, she doesn't have to because she's cute. She eventually gets better about it.
  • Ship Tease: Obviously, Shinichirou gets truck-loads with each of the girls. There's also some between Miyu and his second older brother, and Nana and his oldest brother.
  • Shrinking Violet: Kaede and Midori are both quite shy and reserved.
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • There Is Only One Bed: Shinichirou lets Rei sleep in his room when the roof of her room springs a leak. He offers to sleep on the floor, but she invites him to share the bed.
  • Those Two Guys: His school friends. One's The Casanova (who has to be steered away from going after the candidate in his class), the other's a gaming otaku.
  • Trash of the Titans: Ai is so terrible at household chores that her room is an absolute nightmare. She eventually asks Kaede to help her learn how to clean up after herself.
  • Unwanted Harem: Invoked in the most blatant way possible - his grandfather stocked the house with girls to fit a boatload of moe archetypes. There's the tomboyish athlete, the ojou, the up-and-coming cute and chubby girl, a (realistic) tsundere, the glasses-wearing bifauxnen, an insecure, shy and quiet girl, a very forward cutie and a scary genki girl. The girls were also briefed with the most intimate details of Shinichirou's life, and some aren't above forcing his consent.
  • Wedding Day: An entire volume focus on the main cast attending Shinichirou's brother wedding.
  • World of Buxom: Yep...