Monkey High!
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Synonyms: Monkey Mountain
Japanese: サルヤマっ!
English: Monkey High!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 33
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 24, 2004 to Feb 13, 2008
Genre: Romance Romance
Theme: School School
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Betsucomi
Authors: Akira, Shouko (Story & Art)


Score: 7.561 (scored by 48974,897 users)
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Ranked: #24822
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Popularity: #1567
Members: 12,258
Favorites: 136


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Haruna Aizawa is forced to transfer out of the renowned K Academy after her politician father is involved in a corruption scandal. She thought that she had strong bonds with her previous friends, but they all too easily cut ties with her once the headline became public. As a result, Haruna holds a skeptical view of her new high school and future classmates. She believes that school life is like being on a monkey mountain, where monkeys in the same gang constantly fight and get back together again, and a hierarchy gets established. As such, she has no expectations of fitting into the pre-existing hierarchy at this school.

Masaru "Macharu" Yamashita is one of Haruna's new classmates, and even his appearance is akin to that of a baby monkey. He is remarkably sincere in his interactions with Haruna, and despite herself, she begins to open up to him. One day she makes the mistake of comparing their class to a pack of wild monkeys while in his presence, and he questions her about her standing in that situation. Is she looking on from the top? Or is she on the outside as an observer? Spending time with Macharu forces Haruna to confront her vulnerabilities and ponder why she is willing to let her guard down only for him—could this be love?

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Saruyama! was published in English as Monkey High! by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from March 4, 2008 to December 1, 2009.



Jun 7, 2022

Shoujo can be a hit and miss genre, especially romances. Unpopular girl gets the attention of the most popular, handsome guy in school. Mix in a lot of drama and stupidity and you get your typical shoujo romance manga. Granted, not all are like that. Some are better, and try and break through cliches. Saruyama is one of them, well mostly. Haruna has to transfer schools from a prestigious school to a normal public high school. There she meets the Male Lead, Macharu, and then falls in love and so on.

What I found refreshing was that Macharu is the short, okay looking guy, and ...
Mar 30, 2019
I first read this as a young teen and am now re-reading it as an adult and enjoyed it just the same- I am specifically saying this just to say that it is good for a wide age range. The story was a rather typical shojo story. Nothing too epic to separate it from other school setting shojo manga in the term of plot. I love that the relationship was set pretty early on instead of 80% of the manga focusing on them being friends and gaining emotions and getting into a relationship more towards the end- which seems to be the more common route ...
Nov 16, 2012
Mixed Feelings
"monkey High" is the type of manga you'd read for the simplicity of it, its a gentle journey through the world of high school romance and it is unique in its characterization.

I liked how the relationship in focus is vastly different from what you usually find in teen manga< thier problems and trials also seem so real when you read.

as for the art..its simple and i sometimes found myself disliking how rough the lines looked but..overall its not awful or amazing and it fits the story.

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