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...
- Disappeared Dad: Rakuto's dad.
- Doting Grandparent: Raizo cares for Sachie a lot, and genuinely wants her to be happy.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Have we mentioned that whenever Rakuto is being
evilcharming he sparkles? A lot?
- Fanservice: Rakuto's waiter outfit, and Sachie's maid outfit in volume 6.
- Holding Hands:
- There are a lot of instances between Sachie and Rakuto, but some particularly significant examples include when they both go out to celebrate New Year's after they've confessed to each other and Sachie forgets her gloves, leading Rakuto to hold her hands.
- Another instance is after Sachie's graduated and going to the University of Kyoto with Rakuto, where the last couple of shots in the manga are of Sachie's and Rakuto's hands entwined together.
- Hot-Blooded: Amusingly enough, Sachie, whenever she gets riled up. These moments usually result in a Moment of Awesome.
- Luminescent Blush: Sachie sports this quite a few times. Usually near Rakuto.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
- Meganekko: Rakuto occasionally dons glasses when he's being a Sadist Teacher. You could hear the fangirls squealing a mile away.
- Moment Killer:
- Not So Stoic: Rakuto has his moments. They either end in a Funny Moment or a Tearjerker.
- Oblivious to Love: After eight volumes of wondering why her heart beats so fast and her temperature rises every time she's near Rakuto, Sachie's still pretty oblivious.
- Older Than They Look: Sachie's homeroom teacher, Chi-Chan. Much to his displeasure.
- Running Gag: Sachie running into the bathroom while Rakuto is still using it and being completely oblivious about his nakedness.
- Sadist Teacher: Rakuto, according to Sachie.
- 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.
- Triang Relations: Type 4; both Rakuto and Azuma have some pretty obvious feelings towards Sachie, but Sachie sees Azuma as a friend and only has eyes for Rakuto.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Sachie and Rakuto are this to each other, if Sachie ever realises that Rakuto is her first love.