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Manga / Takane To Hana

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Takane To Hana is a manga by Yuki Shiwasu and is published monthly in Hana to Yume since 2015.

After her older sister refuses to attend an arranged marriage meeting set up by their father and the head of his company, 16-year old Hana Nonomura steps up and pretends to be her for his sake. But the meeting goes sour when she actually meets the head's grandson and heir to the company, 26-year old Takane Saibara. Right off the bat, he acts like a Jerkass to her and calls her a gold digger. The assertive Hana responds by throwing her wig at his face and leaving. Because nobody has ever stood up to him like that before, Takane is immediately smitten with her. And thus begins the Love Hate Relationship between the Tsundere Takane and Little Miss Snarker Hana.

The series became popular enough that it received a live-action drama series that began airing on Fuji TV on March 18, 2019.


This series shows examples of:

  • Age-Gap Romance: The main couple has a 10 year age gap. It initially causes issues as Hana worries that Takane's reputation will be destroyed if word gets out that he's courting her.
  • Arranged Marriage: What kicks off the plot. Takane's grandfather is looking for a bride for his grandson.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The series pretty much revolves around it.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Hana has a short, pink bob that makes her look youthful.
  • Fake First Kiss: Hana steals a kiss from Takane at the end of the first chapter, but their relationship is still ambiguous.
  • Genre Savvy: Subverted. Takane has moments where he talks or acts like a typical shoujo love interest, but it always backfires as Hana immediately makes fun of him for it.
  • Heroic BSoD: Played for laughs. After Hana kisses him, Takane spends the next 2 days crying in his bed. Why? Because he's embarrassed that a middle-class high school girl kissed him and he imagines people making fun of him for that and how he froze up afterwards.
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  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Hana barely reaches Takane's chest.
  • Idiot Hair: Hana has one sticking up.
  • Imagine Spot: Hana has one where she imagines what marrying Takane and sharing a domestic life would be like. It's her taking care of him and their three baby triplets who are exactly like Takane in appearance in personality.
  • Insult Backfire: Happens to Takane often when he's against Hana. He can't win. Represented in a 4koma where Takane pitches a baseball and Hana hits it back to him, with the ball exploding.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Hana does not take Takane's crap.
  • Luminescent Blush: Funny enough, the teenage Hana gets the adult Takane to do this often. Heck, Takane does it to himself when he says a corny line to her.
  • Manchild: Downplayed. While Takane does still act professionally when doing business, he generally acts like a moody teenager.
  • Meaningful Name: The title is a play on Japanese flower proverb takane no hana note , which means "something out of one's reach".
  • Messy Hair: You would think Takane would have neater hair, considering he's rich and a branch manager.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Takane eats at fancy restaurants every night because he can't cook and hates instant food.
  • Smug Smiler: Takane naturally smiles with only one corner of his mouth going up. Hana is quick to learn this and realizes he's faking a smile while she's spying on his meeting with another potential wife.
  • Something About a Rose: Takane initially brings a rose bouquet with him every time he meets Hana after school. Her house ends up filled with rose bouquets and she has nightmares about Takane because the smell reminds her of him.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's good-looking but when he opens his mouth, it scares the girls away (which Hana points out).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Hana and her sister, Yukari. Hana prefers wearing more simple clothes and is on the track-and-field team, while Yukari is more stylish and is a natural beauty.
  • Tsundere: Both of them. Takane's type-A mannerisms trigger the type-B Hana and vice-versa.
  • Those Two Guys: Hana's friends Mizuki and Hikaruko, who aren't named until chapter 3.
  • The Unfavorite: Downplayed. The Nonomura parents don't treat Hana badly, but she had to put in extra work for things that weren't hand-me-downs from her sister and never got to do what she wanted to do growing up.

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