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This is everyone's City.

"Long ago, there lived a bird. One day, the bird fell asleep while flying and a tragedy occurred. The bird flew beak-first into a long rock protruding up from the ground. The bird was afflicted by a disease which caused it to turn into stone as well, and so it remained lodged in the rock as eons passed by. In some eras it was worshipped, in others it was used for storage... Its function changed as it took root in different areas. And now...


What happens when a penniless college student moves into an ordinary city filled with extraordinary people?

CITY is a Japanese comedy manga by Keiichi Arawi. Starting as what seems to be a Spiritual Successor to Nichijou, the series follows Midori Nagumo, a sophomore student at Mont Blanc Uni with hardly a penny to her name. She's moved into the simply-named City and, together with her friends Ayumu Niikura and Wako Izumi, attempts to get herself enough money to get through her new life. Along the way, she meets a massive cast of people who bring this City to life.

The manga had begun publication in Morning in 2016, and was licensed for English release by Vertical Inc. in 2017. The first English volume was released in March 2018.


Not to be confused with City Hunter, or the trope The City, although the City definitely qualifies for this at times.

And now... This is a list of tropes that has something to do with the CITY:

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Riko appeared in one single frame at the start of the CITY Race in chapter 94. She is also the one making the Makabee explode, ensuring Matsuri and Ecchan's victory.
  • City of Adventure: And how!
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Wako Izumi is more than a little out there. In her introductory chapter she casually mentions praying to a god she made up.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Good Person who eats at Makabe's Western Bistro. His name is never given, and everyone just recognizes him as a super nice person.
  • Franchise Zombie: Happens in-universe with "Mr. Bummer : Life Sure is Hard, If You Ask Me". When we're first introduced to the plotline, the creator has finally run out of ideas and ending the long-running comic...Then the replacement artist falls through at the last minute and he and his editor desperately struggle to keep Mr. Bummer going...
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  • Horrorscope: Tatewaku spends a decent chunk of the first volume wearing a mini-skirt (Much to his chagrin) because his horoscope listed it as his "lucky item". A later segment reveals the staff of the local newspaper determine the horoscopes by throwing darts at a big wheel since no one actually believes their predictions anyway.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: In chapter 122 of the tankoubon version (119 in the Morning Magazine), as Niikura instantly changes Nagumo into her Youtube costume.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Three pages worth of characters, in fact.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lampshade Hanging as Nagumo's only summer outfit is her plethora of blue hoodies. Niikura even asks if this is a cartoon.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The Makabe family matriarch is rather prone to violence whenever anyone fails to pay their rent on time or gets in the way of her collecting their rent. She once successfully beat up an entire mob of citizens trying to stop her from selling Nagumo's belongings as collateral for paying rent.
  • Once Upon a Time: The manga opens with a Non Sequitur about a bird who flew into a rock.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Niikura makes a real-life version specifically to invoke the type of slapstick routine it's usually used for when she gets fed up with Nagumo and Wako's antics.
  • Plucky Girl: Wako Izumi is a perpetually upbeat and cheerful young lady...who is also completely out of her gourd.
  • Production Throwback: To Nichijou
    • In the full color double-page of chapter 1, there's a poster of the book "Hand" by Hajime Sakurai at the Tomuraushi Bookstore.
    • Niikura said Nagumo graduated from Tokisadame High School.
    • In the color page of volume 2, there's a pack of Snq snack.
  • Rain of Blood: The mob that Granny beat up in Volume 1 begins gushing High-Pressure Blood out of their noses into the air, causing a blood rainfall that prompts Niikura to open an umbrella.
  • Roommate Com: Niikura unwittingly finds herself in the middle of one of these when Nagumo moves in with her after having her gas and electricity turned off and Wako moves into her closet because she thought it would be fun.
  • Rule of Three: Wako believes that good things come in threes... literally. Meaning that if three good things happen to her in a day, she can't get any other good things that day, so she tries to return one of her good things in order for a different good thing to happen.
  • School of No Studying: Mont Blanc Uni, where the students seem to just lounge around the campus until something interesting goes on.
    Niikura: This is a college campus. Ergo... It's a nest of people with nothing else to do!
  • Show Within a Show: "Mr. Bummer : Life Sure is Hard, If You Ask Me", a manga serialized in CITY Weekly Magazine.
  • Sleepyhead: Wako's sister Riko. We're introduced to her falling asleep in the middle of being asked a question by her teacher. Pretty much all of her appearances have her either asleep or on the verge of losing consciousness.
  • Slice of Life
  • Spiritual Successor: To Nichijou, another one of Keiichi Arawi's works. The end of Volume 1 implies a full blown case of Canon Welding when an artist named Daisuke Naganohara (A Pen Name Mio frequently used in Nichijou) is hired to create a replacement comic for Mr. Bummer in the local newspaper.
  • Worst News Judgement Ever: Weekly CITY Magazine. Its publication consists of 2 pages of horoscopes, a page of manga, 4 pages of articles, and 93 pages of advertisements.

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