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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 Sakana, two [[LoserProtagonist socially inept]] 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 is a rather anxious young man otherwise - particularly around women.

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 various hectic yet (usually) hilarious the cast manages to get themselves into, starting off with [[RomanticComedy Jiro's misadventures with]] [[NoNameGiven "Cash Register Girl."]] Lately, however, it's begun to delve into more serious matters.

An affiliate of [[http://www.sakana-comic.com/ Hiveworks]]. Previously available on Website/SmackJeeves and the now defunct Inkblazers[=/=]Mangamagazine.

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!!This comic contains examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Most of the characters, but particularly Jiro.
* 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 crab, Taisei's hair is meant to be reminiscent of an octopus 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://sakana-sakana-sakana.deviantart.com/gallery/28820259/SAKANA-SUNDAYS SAKANA Sundays]] were a collection of various lighthearted short stories that didn't interfere with the main storyline, but instead showcased each character going about their everyday life when not at work.
* 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.
* BlackBeadEyes: A lot of the characters have these, unless they are shocked (which they are very often).
** 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]].
* 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 distinct personality [[RoundedCharacter and their own quirks]].
* ComedicSociopathy: Taro provides about 95% of this in the comic.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Taisei is a master in this.
* 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.
** [[spoiler: She actually ended up being Chie's older sister.]]
* CringeComedy
* DatePeepers: Taisei, Taro and Yuudai do this when Jiro is finally on a date.
* DeadlyEuphemism:
-->'''Endo:''' You remember the last time we saw each other? When [[{{Yakuza}} Nishimura]] said it was either you or the stall?
-->'''Genji:''' ...Yeah?
-->'''Endo:''' That's what this was. He wanted us to make... an '''executive decision''' on whether you'd show returns on his investment or not.
-->'''Genji:''' ... What?
-->'''Endo:''' He said we could kill you if you acted like an idiot.
* DeathGlare: [[NoNameGiven The]] [[FanNickname angry looking lady from the train]] that Taro [[CrashIntoHello runs into]].
* DomesticAbuse: [[spoiler:Yuudai suffered from this in his previous relationship. His ex, Arata, is the one who gave him the scar on his face]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Taro, when wearing the disguise Taisei prepared for him while spying on Jiro. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] InUniverse by Yuudai.
** DisguisedInDrag
* FunWithForeignLanguages/ WingDinglish: When Taro meets Jan, the German assistent sushi chef who speaks very little Japanese with a [[http://sakana-comic.com/comic/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!"
* GrumpyBear: Nothing but his [[KindheartedCatLover cat]] (and maybe Jiro being "devastated"...) seems to make Yuudai's day brighter.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Yuudai [[http://sakana-comic.com/comic/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.
* HateSink: Arata Tasaki, [[spoiler:Yuudai's [[DomesticAbuse abusive ex-boyfriend]]]]. In his first real appearance alone, he [[spoiler:is shown to be harassing Yuudai with text messages, shows up at his work unannounced acting insulting and manipulative, and outs him to Jiro when he won't leave work for a talk.]] If he has redeeming qualities, they haven't been shown yet.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jiro and Tasei have been best friends since middle school, and they are practically inseparable, go shopping together, and share an apartment. Oh, and after Jiro ''finally'' goes on a date with Chie, 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 shoujo manga]].
* 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.]]
** Genji, too. Although it hasn't [[{{Understatement}} exactly]] [[NervousWreck worked out]] [[TrappedByGamblingDebts for him.]]
* {{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.
* {{Keet}}: Taisei, although he's rather tall.
** Jan also qualifies.
* LoveBubbles: Chie has them and [[BishieSparkle sparkles]] in Jiro-Vision.
** In chapter seven, a lovestruck Jiro is surrounded by [[http://www.sakana-comic.com/comic/149 gigantic roses and sparkles]].
* LoveYouAndEverybody: Taisei, in contrast to Yuudai.
* LuminescentBlush: [[{{Tsundere}} Yuudai]]! Have some [[http://sakana-comic.com/comic/106 here]], [[http://sakana-comic.com/134 here]], [[http://www.sakana-comic.com/comic/186 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.sakana-comic.com/comic/152 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://sakana-comic.com/comic/078 Are you coming onto me]]?"
** [[http://sakana-comic.com/comic/162 Taro coming to his own conclusions]] about [[spoiler:Mori and Chie.]].
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Taro, [[BloodIsTheNewBlack of]] [[KnifeNut course]].
* NoNameGiven: "Cash Register Girl," and only because Jiro is too nervous to ask for it. [[spoiler:We eventually learn that it's Chie Yamamoto... A.K.A, the terror of Jiro's preschool years.]]
* 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-comic.com/comic/122 here]].
** Jiro also does this pretty frequently. [[spoiler:[[http://www.sakana-comic.com/comic/153 This is probably the best example]] (beware, spoilers!)]].
* PerpetualSmiler: [[{{Yakuza}} Ryoji]], [[FauxAffablyEvil who is far from being pleasant]].
* 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. It turns out he's actually [[spoiler: Yuudai's ex-boyfriend]].
* 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 failing to get Chie's name until the actual date proper.
** Taro tends to respond to being woken up by his alarm by punching the alarm clock.
** Yuudai's penchant for pulling off ''perfect'' [[SpitTake Spit Takes]] seems to be becoming one as well.
* 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.
* 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.
* SourOutsideSadInside: We have some hints of it in the comic, but {{Word of God}} confirms that Yuudai is this.
* [[spoiler:StraightGay: Yuudai]]
* 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.
* TranslationConvention: The only hint you get that the characters are speaking in Japanese is in [[http://sakana-comic.com/comic/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... Not helped by the fact that as of chapter 17, it's beginning to emerge as a new plot point.
* WhamLine: Ohoho. And what a WhamLine it was.
-->[[spoiler: '''"Chie":''' 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 [[http://www.sakana-comic.com/comic/153 I did in preschool.]]]]
** Yet another one from [[{{Jerkass}} Arata]], this time regarding [[spoiler: Yuudai]]:
--->[[spoiler: '''Arata''': I mean, honestly, where do you get off texting me on a Saturday night, when you already have a new boyfriend?]]
** And another:
--->[[spoiler: '''Jiro''': You also kissed Taisei on Saturday.]]
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