Senpai: "It's fine, you don't have to..."
Nagatoro: "If you could ask me to do anything, wouldn't you be more motivated?"
Senpai: "For you, a present is probably more like a punishment game or something..."
Nagatoro: "That's because you lack spirit, Senpai."
Energetic freshman girl Nagatoro happens upon a timid Senpai who can barely speak to her when she discovers the Manga he'd been working on. She takes an interest in him despite his complete lack of social acumen, and she begins teasing, flirting with, and bullying him every chance she gets. Senpai puts up with it and starts to fall in love, and he's probably not the only one.
Originally a series of Pixiv webcomics starting in 2011, Nagatoro-san is 774's first non-pornographic published work, beginning in 2017. Nagatoro is a prime example of what 774 calls "Sadoderes." Like a Tsundere, Sadoderes flip-flop between acting loving towards their love interest, but instead of acting angry or embarrassed, Sadoderes will tease, insult, or otherwise toy with their love interest's emotions.
The series is currently being published by Kodansha as part of their Magazine Pocket line. It has been licensed in English by publisher Vertical with a planned November 2019 release.
This manga includes examples of:
- Adaptation Name Change: Inverted; In the webcomics, Senpai's name is "Hachiouji," but in the manga he has yet to be properly named.
- All for Nothing: Senpai and Nagaroro's efforts to compete with the Arts Club President and prevent her from requesting the dissolution of the club to the Student Council amount to a hill of beans due to Prez herself, as her artwork is removed from display at the Cultural Festival due to it being way, way too sexy for school - even more than a previous piece which was allowed last year. They all don't look too happy about it.
- All Just a Dream: Chapter 9 follows Senpai through a fantasy adventure dream, with Nagatoro as his companion. She turns out to be the villain he's looking for, and beats him into submission, laughing that he thought they were friends.
- Art Imitates Life: Has some in-universe examples:
- When Senpai is working on his Manga during Chapter 6 the main heroine's hairstyle has changed, being pulled back on the right side, just like Nagatoro's.
- Senpai absentmindedly starts drawing Nagatoro as a Cat Girl on Chapter 13, and when she finds the drawings, she's both excited and flattered.
- Invoked by Nagatoro. As she mercilessly tells Senpai, a story based on wrong assumptions will never be as compelling or remotely as believable and involving as one based on experience. One's characters' interactions will fall flat if one doesn't have real-world interactions, as this is what makes Mary Sues so unrealistic.
- Author Avatar: Nagatoro points out that this is the case for Senpai's manga character Siegfried and mocks him for it.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Typical of the genre, Senpai and Nagatoro have this dynamic.
- Bleached Underpants: The mangaka is (or used to be) a notable ero-artist whose adult works vary wildly in tone, from lovey-dovey Sweet Dreams Fuel to comedic exhibitionism to horrifying guro and other unmentionable stuff. However, his original Nagatoro comics weren't ever part of his more straightforwardly erotic works, and he has claimed he'll never draw her that way.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Discussed as part of Chapter 10. Nagatoro wants to act this out with Senpai. Notably she puts herself in the Boke role, subtly showing that she mostly means her teasing and bullying of him as joke, and wants him to stand up for himself and give retorts back. Goes horribly wrong at first, though Nagatoro manages to salvage it.
- Both Sides Have a Point: Comes up when the Arts Club President threatens to disband the club for improper activities and a general lack of seriousness. On one hand, Senpai, to whom she entrusted the club in her absence, has just been letting some outsider girls goof off in the club premises, and it doesn't help that his last artwork was of Nagatoro as a cat girl, more fitting for a manga club than a fine arts one. On the other hand, Nagatoro butts in to protest how the President can talk about disbanding the club despite being an inactive member, and she asserts that Senpai really is hardworking. The President acknowledges her point, but maintains that she can't just let things slide, as the school's student council itself is concerned about the misuse of the club.
- Boyfriend Bluff: Sakura asks Senpai to pretend to be her boyfriend after one of the boys from the video game club she was trying to break up starts stalking her. The date barely begins before Nagatoro finds the stalker and makes him swear to leave her alone.
- Break the Cutie: Senpai is bullied so much that the only way he can cope is by blocking out their faces. Before meeting Nagatoro, his ability to talk to girls was nonexistent.
- Breast Attack: Happens accidentally during Nagatoro & Senpai's impromptu Boke and Tsukkomi Routine.
- Call-Back: In the volume 1 promo comic, Nagatoro is shown kicking Senpai in the butt after accusing him of being a pervert. The way she kicks him and his positioning is near identical to how she does the same in 774's Pixiv set "Nagatoro-san's Punching Bag", though in the original, she's much more violent.
- The Cameo: The vampire chapter has Lady Yupiel (from 774's Yupiel-sama H-comic series) appear in the background while Senpai is imagining vampires, as she is apparently a fictional movie character in-universe.
- Cat Girl:
- During Chapter 9, Nagatoro appears in Senpai's dream as "Nekotoro."
- Nagatoro later incorporates her and the design into his drawings, much to Nagatoro's delight.
- In Chapter 36, Senpai is in need of a model for reference, and Nagatoro offers herself. In order to get her off his case, Senpai dares her to model as the Cat Girl from his designs, and is floored when she actually complies and shows up in a costume made by the sewing club.
- Cat Smile: When teasing Senpai, Nagatoro alternates between this, a Cheshire Cat Grin, and a Smug Smirk.
- Catapult Nightmare: Nagatoro has one where Senpai runs of to have fun with Nagatoro's friends.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Nagatoro, to the point where Senpai's Isekai dream during Chapter 9 features her as a Cat Girl. At least until she reveals that she's actually a Succubus.
- Continuity Reboot: Either this or a Prequel, given that Nagatoro and Senpai started dating after the first Pixiv log in the original concept, and they're only beginning to get to know each other here. However, as Nagatoro treats Senpai way better in the manga than in the original webcomic, this makes it rather unlikely.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:
- Senpai slips out that he wouldn't mind repeating a year because he wouldn't be bored with Nagatoro being there. A second passes before he realizes what he said, and albeit Nagatoro is mad at him for the suggestion, she also gets mad when he gets good grades, and she surmises from his scores that he didn't like the notion of being with her.
- In Chapter 42, Senpai absentmindedly tells Nagatoro that one of the reasons he chose her as the subject matter, and wants to paint a slice-of-life scene with her is to show how cute she is. It takes them both a second to realize the impact of those words, as it's the first time that Senpai has said something of the sort to Nagatoro in such a direct manner.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Nagatoro purposefully puts herself and Senpai into these kinds of situations, at one point even straddling him in a cowgirl position.
- Domestic Abuse: Nagatoro to Senpai. She gets better though, as her bullying becomes more playful teasing as time goes by.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
- Played with. Nagatoro's behavior towards Senpai edges into this, especially early on, both emotionally (Calling him disgusting, worthless, saying a girl would never confess to him) and physically (flicking him in the nose, holding him down, and hitting him) but both Senpai and Nagatoro acknowledge it as bullying, and when Senpai admits it makes him angry, Nagatoro scales it back and becomes more playful.
- Played straight in the webcomic, where Nagatoro is an all-out sadist, complete with a literal Kick the Dog moment.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When Nagatoro is forced to put up with two guys flirting with her, she has these.
- Faceless Masses: Thus far, Nagatoro, Senpai, and Nagatoro's friends from Chapter 11 are the only ones to have fully detailed faces, most other characters only get mouths and sometimes eyebrows.
- Hair Decorations:
- Nagatoro wears a pair of prominent clips on the right side of her hair.
- Sakura wears hair clips on both her temples.
- Head-Tiltingly Kinky: In Chapter 36, Nagatoro models a Cat Girl suit for Senpai at his request in order to draw a portrait (though he never thought she'd comply, as he wasn't serious about it when he asked), and both Yoshi and Gamo-chan "catch" them in their "play" and watch from outside the arts club room, aghast and basically deeming that those two's flirting got an awful lot kinkier than before.
- Hotter and Sexier:
- The serialization is more ecchi compared to the image-sets, which could be described as always work-safe unlike the later version.
- While the main chapters can get racy, omake chapters (some by different artists) in the collected editions can be more so than usual. For instance, one main chapter had Gamo-chan forcing Senpai to grope her chest, which turned out to be enhanced by bread buns so he only felt up the bread. In an omake, Nagatoro tries the same trick, but one bun slips and Senpai actually gropes her chest directly, only realizing it too late. Another omake had Nagatoro sending a video call to Senpai in the bath.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Nagatoro may bully and poke fun at Senpai, but when other people do it, even if they're her friends, she'll get pissed to all hell.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: In chapter 11, Senpai is called Nagatoro's boyfriend, pet, and slave and is even accused by one of Nagatoro's friends as not being a "real man". The only thing he strongly asserts against is that she isn't his girlfriend.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Nagatoro is considerably stronger than Senpai, and easily overpowers him on several occasions. This is due to the fact that she's athletic, while he's idle and lazy. She is also more domineering psychologically.
- Imagine Spot: When he and Nagatoro have to scamper to her house due to heavy rains, he is so wary of her that he imagines her mom, her dad, and even her cat making fun of him in the same manner as she does.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Nagatoro brings Senpai to tears in the first two chapters of the series.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art:
- Nagatoro teases Senpai by calling his manga drawings porn, which he denies (just a medieval fantasy story with sexy girls).
- More directly, when Nagatoro finds Senpai's highly ecchi manga (which seems to be alluding to Parallel Paradise), he says he just appreciates the artwork.
- Senpai later defends the Arts Club President's award-winning nude self-portrait as an excellent work of art allowed by the school management. Though the painting got a lot of students Eating the Eye Candy and ranked high in a school competition as well as getting an award at a famous exhibition elsewhere, Senpai insists the President didn't intend it to be seen in a salacious way, nor did it to get attention and votes, but simply did it as another piece of art.
- When the President does another nude self-portrait, it's finally too much for the student council who order it removed over her protests. The previous one was from the back, while this one is from the front, though neither show nipples or genitals. Before this happens, the President asserts that artists should use their own bodies as subjects, since the human form is an eternal theme to be pursued.
- Japanese School Club:
- Most of the story takes place at the Arts Club room where Senpai is the only active member. Senpai doesn't have any club bureaucracy duties (president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, etc.), so it's implied that he's not the only member of the club, and it's later explained that all the other club members are third-years busy with cram school (preparing for college entrance exams).
- Nagatoro is a helper of the Swimming Club and only has sporadic club duties, as she's not a formal member.
- Yoshi and Gamo-chan are not in any clubs.
- Sakura has an after-school part-time job, so it's unlikely that she belongs to any. Later she starts hanging out with the Videogames Club (after her attempt to break them up as a Honey Trap backfired).
- Kiss of the Vampire: Discussed. Nagatoro and Senpai talk about a vampire movie they watched, and Nagatoro decides to act this trope out, but with her as the vampire.
- Lighter and Softer: The manga, compared to the webcomics, where Nagatoro was much more "Sado" than "Dere". Justified, as that version of Nagatoro, while in an actual relationship with him, regularly took her treatment of Senpai too far to be palatable for a wider audience. Unless of course you're into that sort of thing, which is precisely how the webcomics built up a cult following.
- Love Confession:
- Nagatoro delivers one to Senpai at the start of Chapter 3. It turns out to be fake.
- In the webcomic, Senpai gives one to Nagatoro under heavy duress.
- Loving Bully: Nagatoro seems to be this, and it's the main draw of the series.
- Luminescent Blush: Both Senpai and Nagatoro have this when around each other.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Played with. Nagatoro's confident, strong, and rarely shows emotions other than smugness, while Senpai is a bullied, shy artist prone to strong emotions. However, in time, they start peeling each other's layers, realizing that he is manlier than she thinks, and she is girlier than she cares to admit.
- Minimalist Cast:
- Nagatoro and Senpai are the only two prominent characters so far. Nagatoro's friends gradually become more prominent as time goes by.
- Senpai belongs to the Arts club and spends most of his afternoons at the club room, but there has been no appearance whatsoever from any of his clubmates until Chapter 37.
- Magic Skirt: Played with. Nagatoro lifts her skirt to reveal more skin on occasion, but anytime it might show her panties, such as during her massive judo kicks, this comes into effect.
- Market-Based Title: The localized English title was first reported as Don't Mess With Me, Nagatoro! but apparently it was later changed to Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro! It seems someone thought it was necessary to point out Nagatoro is a girl.
- Modesty Shorts: Nagatoro wears these in the webcomic, but trades it out for a Magic Skirt in the manga.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Happens at the end of one of the webcomics. Nagatoro takes one of her jokes too far when she passes off her older brother as her boyfriend, despite Senpai being her boyfriend at this point. Nagatoro's face visibly has this reaction when she realizes how furious Senpai is.
- Mythology Gag:
- Some elements from the original, more hardcore (yet work-safe) image sets show up or are referenced now and then, such as the collar Nagatoro's friends make Senpai wear, mentions of Nagatoro's yet unseen older brother, and Nagatoro kicking Senpai in an omake (which is also an acknowleged Call-Back).
- A omake anthology story by a guest artist (the author of Please Tell Me! Galko-chan) homages one of 774's ero-doujins which had gunmen breaking into a school and making the girls strip, with a few almost identical panels. (Nagatoro knocks them out and takes the opportunity to harass Senpai, who refuses to look, even more than usual. Unfortunately for her, it's just a dream.)
- No Name Given: Senpai's name is never given. Nagatoro is only known by her last name, while Senpai doesn't even get that much.
- Possibly averted with Nagatoro; her friends call her "Hayacchi," hinting at what her first name might be.
- A game 774 made starring the pair reveals them to be "Hayase Nagatoro" and "Naoto Hachiouji". Senpai's last name had been given previously in other works, but his first name was shown here.
- Subverted in the case of Nagatoro's friends, who are named/nicknamed Yoshi (twin-tails), Gamo-chan (long hair) and Sakura (tan friend), after spending a considerable amount of time with no names mentioned.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Nagatoro loves getting in Senpai's face, as its one of the fastest ways to get him flustered.
- Not What It Looks Like: Senpai worries about this when Nagatoro ends up on top of him in Chapter 5. Nagatoro doesn't seem to care.Senpai: I-If someone sees this, it'll cause a misunderstanding! A-A-Are you okay with that?
Nagatoro: Eh? A misunderstanding? About what?
Senpai: That's... Many things...
- Nagatoro does get mortified when a couple of schoolmates spot her riding Senpai like a horse.
- Quiet Cry for Help: In Chapter 27, when Nagatoro and her group are about to get roped into a mixer by two boys they don't particularly care for, Yoshi's face tells Senpai to ''please'' get them out of there◊. After he's able to scamper them out, they are elated with Senpai's courage.
- Reality Ensues: By Chapter 38, the fact that Nagatoro and her gal pals keep hanging out in the Arts Club room draws the attention of the student council, and Senpai's senior, the Arts Club President, comes to chew him out over improper activities and his apparent lack of seriousness about the club, after she herself was warned by the council.
- Refuge in Audacity: In Chapter 34, Nagatoro teases Senpai and tells him that it's to soon for him to start dating, and he agrees in stride, implying that it's to soon to start dating her. Nagatoro is taken aback, but cannot help but crack a smile at his boldness.
- Say It with Hearts: How Nagatoro speaks, but only to Senpai.
- Secret Test of Character:
- It turns out that Nagatoro's friends were grilling Senpai as much as they did because they wanted him to step up and defend himself, given that they think he's Nagatoro's boyfriend. When he strongly, but meekly asserts that he's not, they finally ease up and apologize for getting the pair worked up.
- It's implied that in Chapter 34, Senpai agreed to go on a pretend-date with Sakura to make Nagatoro a little jealous because he got mad at the fact that she compared him to the stalker that was tailing Sakura.
- Self-Insert Fic: The first chapter consists of Nagatoro calling Senpai out for this and she takes it too far.
- Sexy Coat Flashing: Nagatoro does this in Chapter 4.5, but with a sheet and a one-piece swimsuit.
- Single-Target Sexuality:
- Nagatoro towards Senpai. She finds other boys boring, and only teases Senpai the way she does.
- Albeit Senpai is teased by all of Nagatoro's friends, he prefers to be with Nagatoro alone, and it's shown that he harbors feelings for her only.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl:
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Senpai denies being Nagatoro's boyfriend in Chapter 11.
- Shipper on Deck: Nagatoro's friends turn out to be pretty disappointed when Senpai asserts that he isn't Nagatoro's boyfriend, one of them even remarking "You had a good thing going there, you know!?"
- The Really 700 Years Old naked vampire girl in the movie that Nagatoro brings up in chapter 5 is recognizable as Yupiel, from Nanashi's Lady Yupiel hentai series.
- Senpai lends Nagatoro the boxing manga Hajime no Ippo for her to read. As a fellow athlete herself, she becomes a fan.
- When stretching together after jogging, Senpai and Nagatoro are caught by their friend Yoshi, who is walking her dog; their posture makes Yoshi think that they're performing a fusion dance from Dragon Ball and she mentions it much to their mutual embarrassment.
- Senpai mentions his intentions to finish a videogame by the name of "BQ"; this is a reference to Dragon Quest, which is commonly abbreviated to "DQ".
- Apperantly, Senpai's cooking is so good (when he makes an effort) that those tasting it get foodgasms.
- In one chapter Senpai imagined Nagatoro and her friends as titans, complete with colossal Nagatoro looking over the wall.
- Smug Smiler: Nagatoro, so much so.
- Suggestive Collision: Inverted in Chapter 4, with Nagatoro falling onto Senpai's crotch immediately after teasing him for wanting to act out this trope. Tellingly, this is the first time we see Nagatoro get genuinely flustered and lose her smirk.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Nagatoro delivers a minor one to the "musician" flirting with her in chapter 6, causing him to sulk off to the bathroom:"Musician:" Haha... Well it is a bit abstract.
Nagatoro: Abstract? I just didn't feel anything. All I feel is that you didn't actually try... Am I wrong?
- The Tease: Nagatoro, so much so. Regularly will roll up her skirt or unbutton her shirt just because she knows it will get a rise out of Senpai.
- Inverted often. Whenever Senpai calls her out on her more sexual teasing, or when she realizes she's exposed herself more than she meant to, Nagatoro will near instantly go full Luminescent Blush. Notably, when Senpai turned the tables and asked her to give an example of "something naughty" the best she could do was deflect and stammer out 'hugging and kissing' as examples.
- That Came Out Wrong: In Chapter 41, Senpai means to tell Nagatoro that she's his muse, but ends up blurting this instead:Senpai: Because you're the most stimulating person for me!!
- Unreliable Narrator: Played with. Early on, during some of the more severe instances of Nagatoro's bullying her dialogue is rendered in the same style as Senpai's thoughts, calling into question whether she actually said it or if he's projecting a worse meaning onto what she said. Nagatoro's facial expressions are also ridiculously sinister even when saying relatively mundane things. Could just be Early Installment Weirdness on the part of 774's relative newness to the publishing world.
- Taken even further in the Pixiv comics, where these moments are also accompanied by a red static Interface Screw.
- —"I'm a first year. You a second year?"
—"Aha! Got it. So I should call you Senpai, right?"