Never Give Up!
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Never Give Up!

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Synonyms: Sakura
Japanese: ネバギバ!
English: Never Give Up!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: 77
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 5, 1999 to Dec 5, 2002
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Showbiz Showbiz
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Hana to Yume
Authors: Mutou, Hiromu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.381 (scored by 882882 users)
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Ranked: #38512
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Popularity: #6088
Members: 3,062
Favorites: 26


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Volumes: /13
Chapters: /77


At the age of four, Kiri Minase fell in love with her childhood friend Tohya Enishi and proposed to him. Their families, however, were not very supportive of this match. Both children have parents who work as models and to whom they owe their good looks. The trouble is, Kiri inherited chiseled masculine features from her father and Tohya inherited his mother's delicate beauty. For years, Kiri has been working hard toward becoming a girl worthy of Tohya, but even now, she faces constant reminders that everyone regards her as unsuitable for him due to her lack of femininity.

One day, Tohya is scouted by a fashion photographer and agrees to work as a model for the agency owned by Kiri's mother. Kiri is concerned that Tohya will be preyed upon by other men in the fashion world, and so she begs her mother to hire her as well. Her wish is granted with a twist, as she is forced to pose as a male model under the name "Tatsuki." During their first photo shoot, it seems that Kiri's worries are well-founded when the photographer won't keep his hands off Tohya. With the desire to protect Tohya warring against the fear that she will appear undesirable to him the longer she pretends to be male, Kiri must come to terms with her identity and decide if outer beauty is really more important than what lies inside.

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Never Give Up! was partially published in English by Tokyopop, who published the first eight volumes from March 7, 2006 to July 8, 2008, before the company became defunct. The entire series was published in Indonesian by PT Gramedia.




Jul 27, 2008
Preliminary (15/77 eps)
I was attracted by the handsome guy that was feature on the manga cover. When I discovered that it was the heroine of the story, I was so disappointed that I wanted to throw the book aside. Luckily for me, I was out of mangas to read and so I forced myself to read the first chapter. It surprised me with the twisted way the characters were presented. This is so unique compared to the shoujos I've been reading. It pulled me into the story so much that I couldn't wait to read the next volume! This story is able to show the contrast between ...
Mar 30, 2009
Preliminary (10/77 eps)
I really like this manga even tho i haven't hade the time to read all of it.
To start with i loved how the character was present and how they where drawn. Off course i was confuse at the beginning(cos kiri really looked like a guy). But as i read the manga i got attract to it like a fly to light in the dark.
The story tells about high school girl kiri who looks like her death father. Her father was a famous male model. (she really looks hansom)
She's in love with her childhood friend Tohya Enishi. ( He really ...


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