Manga / Nukoduke
From top to bottom: Sasame, Yuuya, and Kei.
Cat-like hominidae nicknamed "Nuko", a species that has evolved to be closer to humans than cats.

The heartwarming story about the daily lives of a freeter named Yuuya and his two part cat, part human pets known as Nukos.

Contains Examples of:

  • The Ace: Yuuya is extremely skilled in various arts and crafts (e.g. cooking, sewing). A lot of his acquaintances wonder why he's still a freeter when he's so talented.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Kei is very protective towards Sasame and frequently tries to "protect" her from Kana's irresponsible influences.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats for Yuuya. Even his Nukos are amazed that he's even more cat-like than them.
  • A Boy and His X: Nukoduke! is a story of a guy and his two pet Nukos.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: It's easy to forget that Kana's owner is a very rich and successful Chairman, seeing his extremely happy-go-lucky attitude and childlike enthusiasm about everything.
  • The Cutie: The Nukos.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The ghost of Inori, Yuuya's cute girlfriend, occasionally shows up to hang out with the Nukos and exchange stories.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Anyone that is in close proximity to a Nuko will immediately start commenting on how cute and adorable they are.
  • Drop-In Character: Kana frequently comes and visit Yuuya and Yamato, and sometimes acts as though the latter is her owner, despite the fact that she belongs to a rich family unrelated to any of the main characters.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Characters often mistake Kei for a girl.
  • Fiction 500: Implied with Kana's super rich owners. She mentions that, when she asked for a book for Christmas, they got her enough to fill a whole library. Then, when she wanted a kotatsu, they got a custom-sized one that takes up an entire room. They also have things like a personal ice-skating rink.
  • Food as Bribe: Back in their high school days, Yuuya would bribe Yamato with sweets to let him off the hook for being lazy/irresponsible.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: They're not actual siblings, but Yuuya and Yamato qualifies, as people see them as brothers. Yuuya is the irresponsible lazy bum who constantly steals cooking ingredients from the home economics club and frequently skips his chores, while Yamato is the responsible Vice-president of the student council whom the others go to rant at whenever Yuuya acts up.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Kei has a twin sister named Kana, who looks exactly like him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Yuuya and Yamato are Childhood Friends and neighbours. They often hang out with each other, and crash at each other's place seemingly at whim. Yamato can't maintain long-term relationships with girls because he's too busy taking care of Yuuya, while Yuuya himself almost never goes out with his girlfriend without Yamato tagging along. Inori remarks that they're inseparable.
  • House Husband: Although Yuuya is not married, the fact that he's so good at housework lead to Kei and Sasame viewing him as their mother (to his annoyance, since he'd rather be seen as their father). During his high school days, he'd also cook for his girlfriend Inori instead of the other way around.
  • Ill Girl: Inori is said to have a poor health and it's implied that this is the cause of her death. The scenes featuring her don't actually show her being sickly though.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The Nukos are basically tiny people with cat ears and tails.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Yuuya is a Nice Guy who loves his "cats" very much.
  • Lethal Chef: Yamato has the ability to make everything blow up, even when he is just pouring tea. Apparently, he got it from his mother, who is just as bad.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine:
    • Among the Nukos, Sasame has short hair and is the manliest of them all, having a Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy dynamic with Kei and a Tomboy and Girly Girl relationship with Kana, both of whom have very long hair.
    • Between Yuuya and Yamato as well. The former has longish hair and is such a good House Husband that his pets see him as their mother. The latter has a short and tidy hair, and is sometimes mistaken as the Nukos' father.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sasame is a girl, and Kei is a guy, but people often get their genders switched. They're also frequently drawn in crossdressing outfits.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!:
    • Kana demonstrates some shades of this in Chapter 75, where Sasame considers falling in love, and Kana's immediate reaction was to immediately demand who the bastard is.
    Kana: Who is it?! Where is he? I'll never forgive him!
    • This is the reason why Haruki is so hostile towards Inori (when she's still alive, that is). He understands that she's a Nice Girl, but at the same time, he's so certain that she'll break his heart at some point that he'd rather she leave him before he gets too involved with her.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Yuuya doesn't have a permanent job and has a different employment almost every chapter, depending on what sort of plot development is required.
  • Odd Couple: The Nukos are amazed to see how polar opposites are Yuuya and Yamato from each other: Yuuya is irresponsible and lazy, Yamato is reliable and hardworking. Yuuya is extremely skilled in all forms of arts and crafts (including cooking), while Yamato is a Terrible Artist and Lethal Chef. Yamato is also a Sweet Tooth, while Yuuya seem to prefer bitter and savoury.
  • One Degree of Separation: It seems that everyone knows everyone in this series, and no newly introduced characters are complete strangers. The first main character we see outside the central trio is Yamato, who is Yuuya's best friend. Then we're introduced to Kana, Kei's twin sister, and Haruki, who is revealed to be Yuuya's brother. The strange ghost girl whom the Nukos meet is Inori, Yuuya's girlfriend. Kana's mysterious owners whom she often mentions are Inori's family (specifically, her father and cousin).
  • Overprotective Dad:
    • Yuuya gets easily worried over his Nukos and fusses about them a little too much. He also hits his brother when the latter got somewhat lovey-dovey with Sasame.
    • Kana's owner takes it Up to Eleven. They have a secret service police to drive away people who gets too comfortable around Kana.
  • Precocious Crush: Kana has a crush on Yamato.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: The Nukos' eye glimmer like this if they want something.
    Yuuya: No mortal can resist those eyes...
  • The Reliable One: People always come to Yamato for help whenever Yuuya or Inori is in trouble.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Nukos.
  • Rule of Cute: The Nukos run on this.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Yuuya and his girlfriend Inori got along really well, and their friends and teachers like to tease them about how sweet they are together. They never really do anything together without Yamato, though, which detracts the effect of this trope somewhat.
  • Sleep Cute: Whenever the Nukos sleep, no one can be so heartless to wake them up.
  • Sleepy Head: Yuuya can barely wake up without his Nukos, and if left to his own devices, would fall asleep during baths or in the middle of the street.
  • Supreme Chef: Yuuya is a very good cook. Even Kana, who lives with a rich family and most likely has professional chefs making her food, said his cooking is the best.
  • Sweet Tooth: Yamato loves sweet and can eat a whole bunch of cookies and cakes without getting sick.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Accordingly, Yamato is very popular among girls. He's 183 cm, dark haired, handsome and is very cool and reliable.
  • Terrible Artist: All of Yamato's attempt at "art" would invariably turn out as an abomination. He can't even make a snapshot picture of the Nukos look creepy because his hands are so shaky.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sasame is rather manly and wants to become like a Prince. Kana, meanwhile, is just as girly and princess-like as her twin brother.
  • Tsundere: Kei.
  • You Taste Delicious: A rare not creepy example, the Nukos lick off chocolate that got on Yuuya's face while they were eating.