Ranked #21

Orange (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Orange
Synonyms: Haru-iro Astronaut, Haruiro Astronaut, Spring-Colored Astronaut
Japanese: orange


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 27
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 13, 2012 to Aug 25, 2015
Authors: Takano, Ichigo (Story & Art)
Serialization: Monthly Action


Score: 8.841 (scored by 11316 users)
Ranked: #212
Popularity: #83
Members: 30,721
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One day, Takamiya Naho receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Naruse Kakeru.

The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What's more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.

(Source: Day of the River)

Also includes Haru-iro Astronaut (Spring-Colored Astronaut) series.


After chapter 9 ran in Bessatsu Margaret in November 2012, Orange went on hiatus for over a year. In 2013, the series switched publishers from Shueisha to Futabasha re-publishing first 2 volumes. Starting from chapter 10, serialization moved to Monthly Action in December (2014-02 issue).

The series has sold a total of 1.6 million copies since it was serialized, with the fourth volume ranking 25 on Oricon's weekly manga rankings chart. Orange also ranked 15th among male readers in the 2015 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! magazine.

A live-action film adaptation will be released in Japan on December 12, 2015.

Seven Seas Entertainment will publish Orange in English in 2 omnibus volumes, each containing 2 and a half of original volumes, starting from January 26, 2016. Crunchyroll has been publishing digitally the manga since January 24, 2014. It is also published in Spanish by Tomodomo Ediciones.


Suwa, Hiroto
Suwa, Hiroto
Naruse, Kakeru
Naruse, Kakeru
Takamiya, Naho
Takamiya, Naho
Hagita, Saku
Hagita, Saku
Murasaka, Azusa
Murasaka, Azusa
Chino, Takako
Chino, Takako

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Mar 16, 2015
At first glance, Orange may not seem to be anything more than your typical romance/drama set in your usual shoujo location - a high school. The incorporation of time and causality as its main and defining premise, which in itself is nothing too unique even in the romance department, can lead to premature judgements being made about the manga and perhaps you to dismiss it as nothing special. It is a story of a young girl who mysteriously receives a letter from her future self imploring her to change her actions in order to free herself in the future from the regrets she will forever read more
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Sep 1, 2015
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Oh god Orange. Let's start with the good. The art is good. Time travel is done very well. I listened to Fullmetal Alchemist music while marathoning it which raised my score by association to an anime/manga that I hold in quite high regard.

First thing I hated, the characters. Naho is blandness incarnate. Describe her personality. She's uhhh... in love with Kakeru. The problem with series where all you know about the character is who they have a crush on is that you don't care about them or the character they "love" because all you know about the character they "love" read more
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Aug 24, 2015
Everyone has something in life they wish they could do differently. For Takamiya Naho it wasn’t one thing, but rather a series of events: poor choices, lack of communication and the inability to understand, that caused the loss of the most important person in her life. Her future self decides to send a letter, ten years into the past when she was in high school—warning herself not to make the same mistakes.

Orange is an unusual shoujo in that it tackles the heavy topic of suicide without glossing it over; it paints the ugly truth by pulling the reader through the dark cloud of depression. read more
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Dec 23, 2014
I think I understand why this manga is called orange. When you eat an orange, you don't know if it'll be sour, dry, sweet, juicy, etc. You try your best to pick the perfect one to eat, but you don't know what'll happen when you eat it. Will it be good? Bad? Will it leave a bad taste in your mouth or make you smile from deliciousness. When/if you read orange, you will understand what this means.

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This is a story about a girl named Takamiya Naho. She is 16 and on a certain day in April, she receives a letter from her future self. read more
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