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Afterschool Dice Club (放課後さいころ倶楽部) is a slice-of-life manga written and illustrated by Hiroo Nakamichi, which began serializing in Monthly Shonen Sunday in March 2013.

It's spring in Kyoto, Japan, and shy, reserved Miki Takekasa is heading home from school on her usual route towards the Kamogawa River. It is there she suddenly meets Aya Takayashiki, a fellow classmate who has just moved into the area, and the two strike up a strong bond. One day after school, the two follow their class president Midori Ono to a specialty game store, The Dice Club, and there, the three decide to play a German board game. Soon after, the trio soon fall into the exciting and fun world of board games.

An anime adaptation debuted in October 2019, produced by Liden Films and currently licensed by Funimation.


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Afterschool Troping Club

  • Beach Episode: Episode 5. Though a storm occurs in the episode, the girls take the time playing Goita until the storm eventually passes and they all have fun at the beach.
  • Bland-Name Product: Averted, hard. All of the games seen in the shop, and every game the girls play, are real-world games like Codenames, Bunny Kingdom, and Marrakech. The only exception is Midori's homemade interior decorating game.note 
  • Blue with Shock: Happens occasionally to everyone. Miki gets hers during uncomfortable moments, while Aya's occur when she's losing while they're playing board games.
  • Brutal Honesty: George Beresford delivers one to Midori - during their first meeting, no less - when Midori won't let other people play her in-development board game prototype.
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  • But Not Too Foreign: Emmy's grandmother is Japanese.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Aya thinks Kinjo has a crush on Midori when who he really has a crush on is her.
  • Conveniently Seated: Miki sits next to the window in her class, to further her isolation in addition to her headphones.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: The series likes to point out the country of origin of the board games it's showcasing for each episode.
  • Cry Cute: Miki when it seems like she and Aya have gotten lost in the forest.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Emilia, who conveniently transfers to the same school as Miki, Aya, and Midori.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Miki is melancholic, Midori is phlegmatic, Aya falls somewhere between choleric and sanguine, and Emilia is sanguine.
  • Genki Girl: Aya.
  • Going Commando: Aya mentions feeling drafty after changing clothes in episode 1, because her school uniform was soaked and she didn't have spare underwear.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Miki, particularly at the beginning of the story.
  • Hypocrite: Aya is quick to accuse Midori of breaking the curfew rules told to her (in her defense, Midori had gotten permission from the school to work late). Midori is later called out by Mr. Kinjo of butting into the game.
  • Japanese Delinquent: Back in her younger days Maki seemed to be one of this, having the nickname "Mad Dog".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Maki.
  • Kendo Team Captain: introduced as a boy crushing on Miki has a stoic personality to match
  • Loophole Abuse: Lampshaded by Mr. Kinjo in regards to Midori offering to be Miki's teammate.
    Takeru: If you had any kind of superpower, it would be finding loopholes.
  • Never Trust a Title: The majority of the games played do not use dice.
  • Odd Friendship: Shy introvert Miki makes friends with outgoing new student Aya, and then both get to know uptight class rep Midori.
  • Parentsas People: Aya's dad is a nice guy that loves his daughters but admits he is selfish. When introduced the story reveals he has been on assignment for two years and he quickly tries to get another assignment soon after coming home for Christmas.
  • Product Placement: Every game is a real one you can buy in a game shop.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Midori doesn't approve of breaking the rules, but will voluntarily explain loopholes for others to get around them.
  • The Resenter: Briefly seen with Midori who becomes jealous of Emmy. Both want to be game authors and Emmy comes from Germany, the heart of Boardgame fandom.
  • Sheis All Grown Up: Maki when seen through a flashback is a skinny kid with chopped hair. Is n present she gained curves and long blond hair.
  • Shout-Out: Aya says "no whammies" while playing Marrakech in the dub.
  • School Festival: Episode 8 features the girls setting up a board game cafe for their School Festival.
  • Tabletop Games: The focus of the series.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Maki and Hana.
  • Tsundere: Midori Ono. "I honestly don't care either way!"
  • Yonkoma: The original format.

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