Manga / Silver Nina
aka: Shirogane No Nina
Silver Nina (Shirogane no Nina) is a Slice of Life manga series by Itokatsu.

Shimazaki Shutaro recently lost his job in Tokyo and sees himself forced to return to his hometown. When he enters his parents' house, he is surprised to find a out that a young silver-haired girl has been living there too. The, girl, whose name is Nina, also happens to be his niece, sent by his older sister (who lives abroad) to live in Japan. Now, Shutaro tries to find a new purpose in life while bonding and taking care of his niece.

The manga's most recent chapters can be read on Crunchyroll.

Silver Nina contains examples of the following tropes:

  • But Not Too Foreign: Nina is half-Japanese, half-Finnish.
  • Childhood Friends: Tomoe and Shutaro are this, having grown up together in the same small town. Much of the tension between them stems from Shutaro's failed attempt to make it big in The Big City and having to come back home.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Nina invokes this trope on Tomoe and Shutaro, fully expecting the two to get married because of this. They vigorously deny it, but something does seem to be developing between the two...
  • Cheerful Child: Nina is this. She smiles frequently, is energetic, and has a very positive outlook on life in general.
  • Food Porn: A high number of chapters are focused primarily on Nina getting to try some new type of food.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: In his high School days, Shutaro wanted to be rich and have his own business. Ten years later, he is jobless and penniless. He gets better, though.
  • Idol Singer: Nina's dream is to be one of them someday.
  • NEET: Shutaro starts the story as this. He gets a temporary job at a farm later on.
  • Mukokuseki: Much is made in-story of Nina's exotic looks. However, her facial appearance is no different from that of the fully Japanese characters, and one of the girls in her class has the same shade of hair as her.
  • Parental Substitute: Shutaro is effectively this for his niece Nina, on account of her mother being overseas.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Nina and Shutaro very quickly become inseparable. It helps that he's effectively taken on a fatherly role in her life on account of her parents being divorced and her mother working overseas.
  • Scenery Porn: The manga, which is mostly set in Tsumagoi, a small, rural town in Gunma Prefecture with lots of greenery, is full of this.
  • Shipper on Deck: Pretty much everyone is shipping Tomoe and Shutaro.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Leans heavily on the idealism side of the scale, thanks to Nina's positive influence on those around her.

Alternative Title(s): Shirogane No Nina