Ganbare! Nakamura-kun!!
Go For It, Nakamura!
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Ganbare! Nakamura-kun!!

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ガンバレ!中村くん!!
English: Go For It, Nakamura!
Spanish: ¡¡No te rindas, Nakamura!!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 11
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 27, 2014 to Aug 27, 2016
Genre: Boys Love Boys Love
Theme: School School
Serialization: Opera
Authors: Syundei (Story & Art)


Score: 7.851 (scored by 1483714,837 users)
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Ranked: #11132
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Popularity: #620
Members: 29,364
Favorites: 885


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Okuto Nakamura is a timid and gloomy-looking student who cherishes only two things in this world: his pet octopus and his kind-hearted classmate, Aiki Hirose. Ever since the school entrance ceremony, Nakamura has admired his jovial classmate, albeit from a distance due to his poor social skills. After mustering up all the courage within him, he finally decides to talk to Hirose.

During this first attempt to make contact, an instinctive mistake turns the idea of friendship into a distant dream, as he creates a hilarious impression on his crush. At school, students are expected to cooperate on numerous activities together, meaning Nakamura gets to spend extra time with Hirose. Given these opportunities, can he successfully redeem himself and accomplish his goal of becoming good friends with Hirose?

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Ganbare! Nakamura-kun!! was published in English as Go For It, Nakamura! by Seven Seas Entertainment on July 3, 2018. It was also published Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones.


Tamura, Arandou
Aokiyama, Reiko


Sep 28, 2017
An absolute favorite. Like, this is everything I could have ever wanted. A cute, funny, and most of all, sfw manga about a shy gay boy trying to become friends with his crush, drawn in a classic 80's art style. Speaking as a gay boy who loves classic manga, this is an absolute blessing. It feels nice to read something that doesn't feel fetishized, for once. I can relate to both Nakamura AND Hirose in a number of the situations, the girl characters don't just exist to be annoying, and I was smiling the whole way through! I'm always sure to tell my friends about ...
Sep 22, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Finally, some decent shounen ai. A lot of anime and/or manga with gay men in the lead roles just turns into shitty, often rapey fan-service for women. It's not very fun to look at and good writing or entertaining characters are often sacrificed in the name of fan-service. This one is different.

This manga has a light tone with a lot of focus on comedy. The characters are simple but serve their purpose (comedy) and most importantly, the characters aren't just vehicles for fap-material, they are written as actual human-beings. The main character for example has a lot of fun quirks about him and the ...
Mar 29, 2023
TL;DR: What with the push among some for BL manga to be “wholesome” and “relatable”, I think it’s hilarious that Ganbare Nakamura-kun is one of the poster children. This manga could be considered insidious—it masquerades as a cute, silly story about a guy who loves his classmate, but if you squint, you can easily reveal the author’s fetishes. If you’re uncomfortable with some of the less savory BL tropes, be wary of the sequel. This is relatively tame; the sequel is worse. I doubt that the events of that story are a misunderstanding or a setup for criticism of that trope because of what I’ve ...

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