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Kono Oto Tomare! is an ongoing Manga by Sakura Amyuu first published on August 4, 2012 in Jump Comics SQ.

Kurata Takezou is a second-year at Tokise High School, and with the graduation of his upperclassman, the only remaining member of the Koto Club. While the club is a cherished memory to him, it will soon be defunct if he cannot recruit at least four more members. Furthermore, his meek demeanor draws ire from bullies and delinquents in his class, who use his club room as a squatting ground.

During a particularly vicious encounter with the bullies, another student arrives and drives them off - Kudou Chika, the most feared freshman in the school. To make things even more confusing, Kudou gives Kurata a club application form, declaring that he, too, will play the koto. Why does such a rough-looking delinquent want to play the koto? And how far can he and Kurata take the floundering club?

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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Houtsuki gets on her knees asking to borrow a 17-string koto from her mother.
  • Big Brother Bully: Inverted, it's Takezou who gets insulted and look down upon by his younger brother Takeru.
  • Book Dumb: Chika, Sane, Mitsu, and Kouta all need tutoring help from their friend Tetsuki.
  • Breather Chapter: After Takinami explicitly cancels club activities following the prelimiaries, Chapter 55 is all about members of the club remembering how to relax.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mio from Hokuto High is the focus of their koto club despite his tendencies.
  • Character Development: Almost every named character, even the more minor ones and those from other schools, get this.
  • Childhood Friends: Chika and Tetsou, Kiriyuu and Asano from Meiryou.
  • Child Prodigy: Houtsuki, a serious competitor in the most prestigious koto competition in the nation while only a middle schooler. Akira’s brother is another.
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  • Crush Blush: Though the club takes priority over romance, later chapters have some amazing moments and developments.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Akira losing to Houtsuki; Takinima being forced to write songs.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Hakuto, which neither Himesaka nor Tosike has heard of, wins The Kanto Music Festival. Hurts even more since they played right after the main characters, who simply dismissed them and didn’t bother trying to listen.
  • Determinator: Everyone in the Koto Club.
  • Duet Bonding: When Akira and Houtsuki play together in Chapter 40.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Most of the professional koto players fall into this, as well as Takinami’s parents.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Takinami and Chika’s aunt were in the same high school, but they didn’t actually interact.
  • Family Business: Several of the characters come from groups that devote themselves to the Koto, and inheritance is passed down
  • Fangirl: Kazusa to Houtsuki
  • Gaming and Sports Anime and Manga
  • The Glomp: Kouta attempts one on Chika in chapter 60.
  • I'm Crying, but I Don't Know Why: In Chapter 39, Akira suddenly starts crying, to everyone’s shock and confusion.
  • In-Series Nickname: Chika, Takeyan
  • Jerk Ass: Club Advisor Takinami, Akira's grandmother.
  • Last-Name Basis: Takezou still refers to his club members by last name.
  • Megane: Takezou
  • Nosebleed: Sane and Mitsu get one after first encountering Takinima’s sister in a bathrobe.
  • Only Sane Man: Takezou, often among the four boys.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lampshaded in the National primaries, Chika expects Kazusa to come rushing for Houtsuki, but she doesn't.
  • Performance Anxiety: The club members understandably get this before their competitions and performances.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Chika, before the start of the series, [[Nephewism now raised by his aunt.]]
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Delinquent Chika likes sweets and strawberries.
  • Rousing Speech: Takinami to the club members after their loss at the Kanto Music Festival.
  • Ryokan (inn): Kurusu’s uncle owns one, and they went to it for their summer training camp.
  • Save Our Team: The first few chapters are concerned with Takezou stopping the Koto Club from disbanding.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Takinami in Chapter 20.
  • School of No Studying: Subverted, though Chika attempts to invoke this, the male club members are forced to study to pass their exams.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Sen-chan from Eidai High School isn’t satisfied with winning in prefecture.
  • Secret Test of Character: In chapter 25, as Takeru points out, if Takinami was only looking out for himself, he would have already brought Chika to the first aid station for his injury.
  • Serious Business: The Koto and the Koto Club, of course.
  • Shrinking Violet: Atsumu Yoshinaga
  • Sleep Cute: Chika, Sane, Mitsu, and Kouta having a sleep over at Tetsuki's during chapter 55. And Sane in particular from Amyuu’s official Instagram account.
  • Spit Take: Happens multiple times.
  • Stepford Smiler: Played with. Kiriyuu Ousoke seems to be genuinely happy around his friends, but is also terrified of losing those friends and ending up alone.
  • Stunned Silence: Chapter 52, before Mio breaks it.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Akira to her brother.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Houtsuki plays at this in the beginning.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Takinami oftens laughs at their antics
  • Team Spirit
  • Tears of Joy: Chika, after winning the primaries, and Houtsuki, after reuniting with her mom.
  • Time Skip: Four months, after Chapter 59.
  • Training Montage: Several of these.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Averted, and then justified.
  • Unknown Rival: Briefly, in the Kanto Musical Tournament, Hakuto, whose performance wasn’t even shown, takes the win from Tokise and Himesaka.
  • Wham Line/Shot: When Takinami reveals that Takezou and Kurusu have only one shot at the nationals.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Takinami makes a point of this, at first to tell the club members how little he thinks of them, but it comes up again when he encourages the members after their lost in the Kanto Music Festival, leading Takezou to realize that Takinami isn’t just messing with them.


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