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Wild Ones (Arakure) is a shoujo manga by Kiyo Fujiwara, which was serialized in Hana to Yume from 2004 to 2009 and compiled into 10 volumes. Viz Media licensed the manga in English under their Shojo Beat label.

When Sachie Wakamura loses her mother, her estranged grandfather suddenly shows up to care for her, only to find out that her grandfather is actually the head of a Yakuza gang and she's a Mafia Princess, with the ever popular and infuriating Rakuto Igurashi as her guardian. Now Sachie's just trying to live a normal life while in a house filled with gang members, and trying to find out what exactly is Rakuto's deal...

Wild Ones employs the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Rakuto's parents are kind of shitty, as far as parents go. Especially the mom...Christ, what kind of parent tells their son she can't go to his school play because she's got better things to do and routinely calls him 'worthless'? And this all happens when Rakuto's in kindergarden.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Yasu with his 'Sakura Blossom Fairy' arc. Turned out to be surprisingly bittersweet
  • Almost Kiss: At least three of these between Sachie and Rakuto in every. Single. Volume. And there are ten volumes.
  • Always Someone Better: Rakuto and Azuma's relationship seem to consist entirely of Rakuto beating Azuma at Everything Ever, up to the point where Azuma is now The Chew Toy.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: The closest Sachie's ever come to overcoming her Oblivious to Love persona is when she sees Rakuto sleeping.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do NOT waste food in front of Sachie...
    • For Azuma, just anything to do with Rakuto.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sachie's the sweetest, most clueless girl around until you press her Berserk Button...
  • Big Eater: Sachie. When she goes on a class trip to Kyoto, all she can think about is trying the food there.
    Kayo: Hey, hey, what do you want to do?
    Sachie: Go to Irashi Yama to eat boiled tofu and eel; it sounds yummy. After that I want to try an outside cafe and eat things like warabi mochi. Yes, and buy souvenirs for Grandpa and the others like black seven spice blend and dried sardines...
  • Spell My Name with an S: Even the manga company themselves cannot agree on how to spell Sachi's first name.
  • Stepford Smiler: Rakuto is bit of a one. He seems cool and completely put together, but a lot of it's a cover to hide his cripplingly low self esteem.
  • Supreme Chef: Sachie; she actually wants to open her own restaurant when she gets older.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: It's pretty much impossible to find a scene where the yakuza that work for Sachie do any actual organized crime work.