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Koukou Debut (Manga)

Koukou Debut

Alternative Titles

English: High School Debut
Synonyms: Osananajimi wa Gakunenchou, Enren Debut, Koukou Debut Enrenhen, Koko Debut
Japanese: 高校デビュー


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 62
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 13, 2003 to May 13, 2013
Authors: Kawahara, Kazune (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Margaret


Score: 8.351 (scored by 17552 users)
Ranked: #2562
Popularity: #69
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Haruna Nagashima gave her all to softball in middle school, and now that she's made her high school debut she's decided to give her all for a new goal. Getting a boyfriend and falling in love!

However, she has one small problem. Since she never paid any attention to fashion or trend in middle school she has no idea how to go about attracting her yet-to-be-found love. But a chance encounter with with Yoh Komiyama provides her with the opportunity she needs. If he coaches her in how to become attractive, surely she can find herself a boyfriend!

(Source: Boku-Tachi)

The last 2 volumes (vol.14 & 15), Koukou Debut -Enrenhen- (高校デビュー -遠恋編-), contain oneshots and side-stories of the series.


Koukou Debut was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint in 13 volumes between January 31, 2008 and February 2, 2010; and again in 5 3-in-1 editions between February 4, 2014 and February 3, 2015.

The series was also adapted into a drama CD on June 10, 2005; a novel written by Kuramoto Yuu; and a Japanese live-action film adaptation on April 1, 2011.

The manga was a best-selling series during its publication in Japan and was well-received by critics in North America.


Komiyama, Yoh
Komiyama, Yoh
Nagashima, Haruna
Nagashima, Haruna
Asaoka, Yui
Asaoka, Yui
Tamura, Fumiya
Tamura, Fumiya
Jouhou, Akito
Jouhou, Akito
Komiyama, Asami
Komiyama, Asami
Takahashi, Mami
Takahashi, Mami

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Feb 23, 2008
This is such an enjoyable manga in every way possible. The story is lighthearted, but not superficial nor dumb; it is a typical shoujo manga that should satisfy any fan of the genre, yet there's still a freshness to it that won't make you feel like you've already read this a thousand times before.

The story's premise is fairly simple. Haruna is a tomboyish girl who spent most of her junior high school involved in sports, and now that she's in high school, she wants to get a boyfriend and learn how to act and dress like a girl. The problem is, she has no idea read more
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Feb 13, 2009
Think She's All That meets My Fair Lady meets emo hottie! Haha, okay it's kind of hard to visualise all that. The story is touching because you feel so dearly for our heroine Haruna and love that she isn't clumsy, can lift 70Kg!, doesn't expect her boyfriend to come protect her, knows how to deal with jealous classmates and doesn't cry at every obstacle. The male lead was a bit well, unlikeable in my opinion but I suppose that's because he isn't a dashing Sir Lancelot like we've become accustomed to. He's equally shy and awkward when it comes to dating (though highly knowledgeable about read more
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Jul 20, 2015
Here's my first review

This manga is about a careless girl who just graduated from middle school going into high school. During her years of middle school, she focused on baseball resulting in her poor sense of style. Haruna is hardworking and buff.

She reads tons of magazines in search of a boyfriend, using the style from the magazines but after days she still fails. After realising the best way to beautify herself was to get a coach who knew how to impress male. Remembering she bumped into someone who had the perfect requirements, she found him in her school realising he was her senpai.

Hopefully I didn't read more
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May 26, 2010
Seldom have I read a long running shoujo manga that I've enjoyed so immensely. Everything from Koukou Debut from it's characters to it's art was really enjoyable for me!

The premise is simple, yet refreshing - Haruna, whom devoted all her time to softball in middle-school, wishes to get a boyfriend in high-school and lead a "normal" teenage girl's life. She bumps into Yoh, resident aloof hottie and teenage heartthrob, and gets him to be her "coach", but with the condition that she mustn't fall in love with him!

Although we all know that the condition will sooner or later be broken, Koukou Debut still manages read more
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Manga: Lovely★Complex
The heroines of these manga want to get a boyfriend, but that's not so easy for them. Risa is a bit too tall while Haruna has a bad fashion sense and a masuline build due to playing baseball in middle school. Along the way they end up going out with the guy who supported them and helped them from the beginning. 
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Manga: Kimi ni Todoke
well, kimi ni todoke and koukou debut was somewhat similar to each other. the art is somekinda similar too. the love story is light and refreshing to read.^^ 
reportRecommended by chie_shou13
Manga: Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu
Both have a girl who's a little stupid when it comes to guys and such, and a guy who all the girls want but he never dates. (Trust issues). Overall both are really great and funny stories about love. 
reportRecommended by lovingmyth
Manga: Dengeki Daisy
Both have as protagonists a tomboy girl with a very energetic and optimistic personality, and willpower. She ends up being helped and protected by a serious good looking boy, and starts to get along with him everyday. The boy, who in the beginning only had the goal of helping her, actually starts smiling around her, and slowly changing, opening his heart, while the feelings between the two start to grow. A lot of comedy and sweet moments:) 
reportRecommended by Akarioru
Manga: Kimi wa Girlfriend
Both have very cute sojo stories with romance, humor and some awkwardness from the characters, which makes it just so cute 
reportRecommended by as3
Manga: Otomegokoro
Very similar type of plot. 
reportRecommended by bakatenshi

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