Nana Komatsu is a naive, unmotivated girl who spends her high school days chasing one crush after the other. Despite continually facing failure in her quest for love, her spirits have never dampened. At the age of 20, she finds herself on a train to Tokyo with hopes of reuniting with her current boyfriend. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is feisty and prideful. After joining a local band during her high school days, she falls in love with music and one of the band members. However, when faced with the choice between her relationship and her musical career, she chooses the latter and separates from her boyfriend. On her 20th birthday, she boards the same train to Tokyo, like her namesake, where she aims to become a top vocalist. The two girls with the same name but very different aspirations find themselves sitting together on their journey to the city, and, as fate would have it, eventually share the same apartment. A deep and unique bond is then forged, where they will support each other in this saga of love, music, friendship, and heartbreak. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
They wanted to die for their own reasons. Juri Mutou is the daughter of a once-famous pianist whose career came to an end after giving birth to her. After a traumatic event she experienced as a teenager, Juri has attempted suicide three times and has come to hate her mother. With her life clouded due to a dark past, her aunt Monica, a member of the clergy, invites her to visit a convict sentenced to death. Yuu is a death row inmate charged with murdering three people, leading to many attempts at ending his own life within his jail cell. He frequently receives letters from Monica, who hopes to help him, but sees this as an act of pity. But when Yuu decides to meet Monica to say that he wants her to stop sending letters, he encounters Juri, a meeting that would change both of their lives. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Your Lie in April
At a very young age, Kousei Arima was strictly taught how to play the piano and meticulously follow the score by his mother, to the point where he dominated every competition he entered with ease. He earned the title of "Human Metronome" for performing almost perfectly. Every musician of his age looked up to him. However, after his mother suddenly dies, he became tone-deaf due to the shock and then disappeared, never to be seen onstage since. Two years later, Kousei lives a monotonous life with his childhood friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari supporting him. He continues to cling to music, although performing is still an impossibility for him. This is until his unexpected encounter with Kaori Miyazono, a violinist who performs freely without the dictations of a score. A story of friendship, love, music, and a single lie, Kousei's life begins to change and gain color as Kaori helps him to take up music again. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Sixteen-year-old Ai Hoshino is a talented and beautiful idol who is adored by her fans. She is the personification of a pure, young maiden. But all that glitters is not gold. Gorou Honda is a countryside gynecologist and a big fan of Ai. So when the pregnant idol shows up at his hospital, he is beyond bewildered. Gorou promises her a safe delivery. Little does he know, an encounter with a mysterious figure would result in his untimely death—or so he thought. Opening his eyes in the lap of his beloved idol, Gorou finds that he has been reborn as Aquamarine Hoshino—Ai's newborn son! With his world turned upside down, Gorou soon learns that the world of showbiz is paved with thorns, where talent does not always beget success. Will he manage to protect Ai's smile that he loves so much with the help of an eccentric and unexpected ally? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
Yukio "Koyuki" Tanaka wasted away his middle school days listening to Japanese pop music and apathetically trudging through life—until a casual run-in with the enigmatic guitarist Ryuusuke "Ray" Minami. Through this encounter, Koyuki realizes what he has been missing all this time as Ray introduces him to western rock music and jumpstarts his desire to play guitar. Although various struggles plague his path to rock fame, Koyuki refuses to abandon the passion that gave his life purpose, balancing it together with school, work, and friends. Beck tells the story of the love and trial that accompanies pursuing a professional career in music as Koyuki and Ray work toward realizing the guitarist's dream of the ultimate band. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
There is a tune stuck in Mafuyu Satou's head. As he clutches the guitar in his hands, this melody swirls around and around, screaming words of regret, longing, and loss. But with his careless expression that always seems to be up in the clouds, no one knows his true feelings. However, a chance encounter with classmate Ritsuka Uenoyama may finally give Mafuyu the push to let his voice be heard. Uenoyama is the guitarist of a band, whose fellow members include the kindhearted bassist Haruki Nakayama and rough-looking drummer Akihiko Kaji. Even without a vocalist, their ragtag group has done well as an instrumental-only band. However, their chance to reach even greater heights may have arrived when Uenoyama hears Mafuyu's voice—Uenoyama is enchanted, inviting the reluctant Mafuyu to join. Working in a band is a difficult task; often, emotions threaten to break it apart, but they can also bring its members closer together. With Uenoyama's help, Mafuyu may finally be able to express the feelings that fight to break free from within his heart. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The story follows the life of Yuu Haruna, who recently moved into Tokyo with his sisters after their father is forced to transfer overseas on work. On his way to buy dinner while looking at his Twitter account, a high school girl suddenly crashes into him. Thinking he was taking upskirt pictures of her, the girl takes Yuu's phone, breaks it, and slaps him before leaving Yuu lying on the ground. As it turns out, this girl—Fuuka Akitsuki—also goes to the school Yuu is transferring to. Unlike most people, Fuuka doesn't own a cellphone; she even listens to music using a CD player. Eventually these two become closer, and decide to form a band with their friends and enter the professional world of music. With Fuuka around, what will now become of Yuu's new life in Tokyo? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
At the tender age of twelve, Mitsuki Kouyama has a sarcoma in her throat. Though this rare cancer can be cured by removing her vocal cords, Mitsuki refuses because of her desire to become a pop singer and keep her childhood promise to Eichi Sakurai, her first love who left for America. Unable to both heal and keep her voice, she allows her health to deteriorate as she accepts her tragic fate. One day, while escaping the home of her music-hating grandmother to attend an audition, Mitsuki meets two shinigami Takuto Kira and Meroko Yui. Realizing that Mitsuki can see them, Takuto and Meroko reveal to her that she will die in a year. Moved by her plight, Takuto allows Mitsuki the chance to pursue her dream by giving her the ability to transform into a healthy sixteen-year-old girl. After being chosen for a contract with Seed Records, Mitsuki makes her debut under the stage name Full Moon and chooses to pursue her dream music career before her life's end. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Included one-shot: Volume 2: Ginyuu Meika
The Light Music Club indulges in easy and simple activities, or that is what the carefree Yui Hirasawa first believes. When Yui goes to formally quit the club, she finds out that if she leaves, the club will not have enough members to continue its activities. This puts Yui in a sudden dilemma. However, its members—the mature Mio Akiyama, the playful Ritsu Tainaka, and the ladylike Tsumugi Kotobuki—decide to perform an instrumental piece to try and keep Yui. The song not only fills her up with excitement, it also leads her to decide to remain in the Light Music Club. While the sounds of cheerful girls fill the clubroom of the Light Music Club, the members juggle both schoolwork and their love for music. They may play around once in a while, but that makes the high school life in K-On! even more exciting! [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Constantly transferring schools since childhood, Kaoru Nishimi has always been seen as a social outcast when he transfers due to his intellectual nature and wealthy background. But after moving to Kyushu for his first year of high school, things begin to change when Kaoru befriends the class president Ritsuko Mukae and, unexpectedly, the notorious school delinquent Sentarou Kawabuchi. While Kaoru is an honors student, Sentarou is constantly getting into fights and skipping class. However, these two opposites find a common ground in one thing—music. One day, Kaoru is invited by Ritsuko to visit her family's record store, where he finds Sentarou in the basement showcasing his skill in jazz drumming. Kaoru, being a classical pianist, knows nothing about jazz. But inspired by the performance, he begins to open his mind to the genre alongside Sentarou. The duo begin to practice in after-school jazz sessions in the record store's basement. As he spends more time improving his skills in jazz, Kaoru finds a person whom he can truly call his friend, and comes to learn the joys of playing music. Sakamichi no Apollon follows their story of friendship and love brought together by jazz. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Shinichi Chiaki, the perfectionist son of a famous pianist, is in his fourth year at Momogaoka College of Music, hoping to achieve his secret dream of being a conductor. His admiration for his father led him to pursue a career in music. As much as he wants to return to Europe, his phobia of flying traps him in Japan where he now lives. One night, he passes out, and ends up being taken in by Megumi "Nodame" Noda. Upon first glance, Nodame is a talented pianist, but she is also slobbish and eccentric. What's even worse is that she is his neighbor and he ends up forced to work with her. Though it sounds like a recipe for disaster, Chiaki is drawn to this girl who makes him remember the love for music he once held. Just what does the future hold for this musical duo? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Shuichi Shindou is determined to take his band Bad Luck to the top of the Japanese pop charts. With his drive, talent, and satiny singing voice, he just might stand a chance. But Fate throws a wrench into his well-oiled machine in the form of a handsome stranger named Yuki, a romance writer with an attitude. Yuki is Shuichi's biggest critic, but as the two young artists gravitate towards each other, friendship, and perhaps something more, is sure to blossom. (Source: Tokyopop)
When they were young, Nino Arisugawa and Momo Sakaki had promised that if they were ever separated, they would use their song to find each other again. However, Momo moved away without notice, leaving Nino with a constant urge to scream. For this reason, she begins wearing a mask. During this time, while still missing her first love, Nino encounters Kanade "Yuzu" Yuzuriha, a boy her age who composes music and gives her the nickname "Alice." Nino falls in love with his music, while Yuzu falls in love with her. Every Wednesday they would meet at the beach—but one day, Yuzu also stops coming. Six years later, Nino and Yuzu reunite in high school—unbeknownst to her, Momo has also entered the same school. Holding on to the childhood promise she made with him, Nino sings Yuzu's songs, hoping that her voice can still reach Momo. However, while she tirelessly tries to reach him, Yuzu continues to long for her, escalating a love triangle that has been built across years of separation. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Included one-shot: Volume 13: Tsuiraku Jelly
In the middle of a forest rests an abandoned piano. If one were to walk by, they may hear music coming from it, and sitting at the chair is a young boy: Kai Ichinose. He lives with his young, single mother—who works as a prostitute—and he is somewhat of a troublemaker at school when it comes to defending transfer student Shuuhei Amamiya from class bullies. Shuuhei comes from a family of distinguished pianists, so he is expected to follow in their footsteps. He practices rigorously every day to live up to his parents' expectations. Meanwhile, Kai—with help from his teacher, a former pianist legend—wants to not only reach Shuuhei's level of success, but also wants to become the best pianist from Japan. This rivalry between the two friends will not only raise their talents to new levels, but it will also inspire other rising pianists from all over the world. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Souichi Negishi is a common boy, timid, quiet. He loves flowers, walking and musical hits like the ones that radios play. But he is also Krauzer II, leader of Detroy Metal City (DMC), the most popular underground metal band of Japan! Souichi would like to change his life and start to play Swedish pop songs with peaceful and loving lyrics instead of the violent and vulgar ones of DMC, but when he is playing with his band he completely changes his attitude and behavior...
Sakuta loves to keep his earphones in his ears at all times because he loves to hear the world through his earphones. He especially loves the band INCEST and the singer, named IVE (pronounced eve), who is like an idol to him. One day when he visits the music shop, he gets his hands on a concert ticket for INCEST. Surprised and excited about the concert, Sakuta goes to the concert and he sees the band. He also sees IVE, who he notices is the new transfer student who transferred to his school the very same day. When their eyes meet, the music stops, and IVE stops singing. She looks into the crowd and asks the audience to make room for her to pass by. She walks down the middle of the aisle, towards Sakuta, and the next thing he notices, IVE is hugging him tightly saying, "I've wanted to meet you!" WHAT!? (Source: MangaHelpers)
People everywhere admire the popular idol group AKB48, and Hiroko Yoshinaga is no different. She dreams of becoming a member of AKB48, but stage fright gets in the way of every audition. Having failed so many times, Yoshinaga decides to tryout one last time before giving up for good. Though uninterested in idols, Minoru Urayama wants to help Yoshinaga realize her dream. Disguising himself as a girl named "Urakawa Minori," he participates in the audition for AKB48 as well, hoping to assist Yoshinaga through the tryouts. However, things go better than expected when both Yoshinaga and "Minori" are recruited! As he enters the world of pop music, Minoru must continue to hide his secret all while supporting Yoshinaga's dreams and finding one of his own. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Shiori was once a guitarist in a light music club in high school, but her first live performance was dashed when her brother ran away from home with a lot of debt to become a musician in Tokyo. A decade later, Shiori is now a high school teacher, leading a boring, uneventful life and paying off the debt...until she runs into the ghost of none other than famous guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The story of a 27-year-old woman on her way to becoming a music legend begins here. (Source: MU)
Every few years, the prestigious Seiso Academy holds a prominent musical competition, and only the very best students at the Academy are allowed to participate. Though all are eligible to apply, only students from the music department actually make it to the competition...until now. (Source: VIZ Media)
The latest great works by Ishizuka Shinichi! A high school 3rd year student, Miyamoto Dai, whose heart was touched by Jazz, continued to play the Saxophone alone in Kawahara, rain or shine, day or night, for many years. "I want to become the world's best Saxophone player...!!" Effort, talent, faith, environment, luck...which are necessary? A tale of reaching towards his goal recklessly and sincerely begins in Hirosegawa, Sendai. (Source: MU)
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
Lucia is the new girl at school. She and her sister run a public bath that's all the rage. When Lucia meets a terrific-looking surfer boy, there's just one little problem: Lucia is a mermaid-not just any mermaid, but a princess on an important mission to save the seven seas from an evil force bent on taking control of the marine world. Such a responsibility doesn't leave much time for romance. But Lucia vows to protect her world and win the heart of handsome Kaito. (Source: Del Rey) Included one-shots: Volume 7: Moonlight Goddess Diana, Get Nude, Cherry Blossom
Enter Hikawa Naomi, son of a music critic and Ebisawa Mafuyu, a young prodigy pianist who suddenly dissapeared from the music world. Together they formed a rockband with members involved in classical and rock music.
Crash is about a girl named Hana who has a very unusual gift. Her home is a talent agency and she helps her mother using her "gift". She literally has nosebleeds when she sees someone with celebrity potential. Naturally, this is a secret she keeps from her classmates. On the company's anniversary, Hana is sent to find a new awesome talent. And that's when the story unfolds... (Source: MU) Included one-shots: Volume 3: Wagamama Hime no Yakusoku Volume 5: Piyokko 24 Volume 7: Good★Game
Once again, we join Sentarou, Kaoru and their friends in a short jam session of friendship, music and love. 1. Junichi and Yurika, after Junichi's move to Tokyo 2. A short story about Kouta, Ritsuko and the guy who answered the phone when Kaoru called Ritsuko 3. Tsutomu Murae (Ritsuko's dad) and how he finds his way into Jazz 4. Sentarou Kawabuchi and how he discovers his new resolve 5. After story...
Mashikaku Rock Miyako Kitagawa always lives by her father's words to obey rules. With the goal of performing flawlessly at school, she aspires to eventually land a well-paying job. However, beneath her diligence for a consistent life is her passion for rock music. When her seemingly aloof classmate, Koutarou Azuma, pulls Miyako into joining his rock band, her outlook for her future begins to change. Faced with a difficult decision, Miyako needs to ask herself whether strict rules are worth neglecting for a hobby she has covertly indulged in for a long time—all while being troubled by her feelings toward Azuma. Tonari no Hanako-san In his final year of high school, a boy ponders about his seatmate, who seems to have passed away. Without knowing her face nor her real name, he calls her Hanako and holds onto memories of the girl he once met. At first, their encounter seemed like a chance one, but somehow her voice still lingers within his heart. Sayonara Sankaku Noto Natsuo, Maruya Haruichi, and Nishizake Shuusuke have been friends ever since they were little kids. But one day, an unexpected confession on the school rooftop changes their childhood relationship completely. Tangled in their now complicated triangle, they attempt to work things out and understand each other. Tsui Me de Otteshimaimashita. For Hazuki Nakano, Youta Murakami's blonde hair stands out so much that it always catches her attention. Yet, despite being annoyed by its bright dazzling color, she cannot help but keep her eyes on him. From the outside, Murakami looks all lighthearted and flamboyant. But as she follows him more, Hazuki soon discovers another side of Murakami—which may just cause her to fall in love. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Fujisaki Maki once had a peaceful life, but one day, she decides to help Nobitani, who was being bullied, and now everyone's bullying her! Because Nobitani feels guilty, he gives Maki tickets to a famous local band called 'East Robo.' Maki decides to go and during the concert, the leader singer plays a ballad and is looking at Maki?! Included one-shot: Volume 1: Bagutte Change
Hwee Kang is in a band with all his friends and is recruited by a well known company called JBL because they all have the looks of stars. However, there are high expectations. During the audition, what surprise will they give everyone, and what will Hwee Kang do? (Source: Eclipse Scans)
As a child, Ono Tsubasa saw a Shirato baseball game on TV and was amazed at the Trumpet player in the band playing. Now, in order to play the Trumpet, she enters Shirato High School. There, she meets Yamada Daisuke, a catcher for the baseball team. With each others support, they go towards their dream of playing at Koushien.
At first glance, Lucky Sonoda appears to be a mediocre middle school boy, but he is actually one of the Otogami septuplets—a group of genius piano-playing siblings. Out of the seven, Lucky is the only one who lacks his siblings' talent, earning the ire of his equally talented pianist father, Gakuon. Publicly, the Otogami siblings are known as sextuplets due to Lucky's ostracization from the family following their parents' divorce. Because of his mother's subsequent hospitalization, Lucky now lives with his abusive aunt who treats him like a housekeeper. Despite the suffering he has endured, Lucky still loves the piano and plays it whenever he visits his mother in the hospital. One day, he is surprised to find his mother awake and off her medication. She laments that she was unable to give birth to Lucky as a genius, which saddens him—he does not blame anyone but himself for being a failure. When he seeks her guidance, his mother encourages Lucky to prove to his father that the talentless can also play the piano. This inspires him to take the entrance exam for the prestigious Shibuya Music High School, where his unique, albeit mediocre, playstyle catches the attention of Hideo Dada—his father's former teacher. After his admission, Lucky finds himself being tutored by Dada alongside a reluctant Ako Furusu—the class representative yearning for vengeance against Gakuon for pushing her pianist mother out of the spotlight. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
A short story about a boy whose name is Yutaka and successfully sings as a soloist in a choir with his soprano voice, but then gets into the trouble of his puberty vocal change. (Source: MU) Included one-shot: Volume 7: Octave (pilot)
Hajime Aono used to live for the sound of his violin playing. Ever since he was young, he had admired his world-renowned violinist father, who inspired him to pick up the instrument himself. But following his parents' bitter divorce, Aono swears to never play again and heads for high school without a direction or a prospect. During a physical education class, the unathletic Aono gets struck in the face with a ball and ends up in the infirmary. There, he meets the brash Ritsuko Akine who begins to play the violin in the room, believing she is alone. However, following a past incident, there have been rumors claiming that Akine is a bully, which has isolated her from her peers—a fact Aono was unaware of. Akine dreams of enrolling in a school with an orchestra, but her amateurish playing and lack of musical knowledge grates on Aono immensely. Seeing this as a perfect opportunity for the two to become friends, their teacher suggests that Aono teaches Akine how to play the violin, something Aono is vehemently against. However, as the pair spends more time together, they soon learn to understand and help each other—and Aono may finally discover the lost passion and melody in his life. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
This is the story of a girl who was forced to become a piano prodigy with the pressure starting from the moment she was born. Her family has had distinguished musicians in their past. She is constantly forced by her father to practice (up to 12 hours a day, 10 if he's being nice), wear gloves whenever she's not playing, no friends, makeup, etc. (Source: MU)
Reiji and Kasuga head out to Tokyo to become the "Gods of Rock," but they seem to always attract trouble. On their way, Hayama Ryo and Fujii Ran join them in their quest. (Source: ANN)
Yukiya Iiyama, an ordinary young boy, is tired of the noisy sounds the city produces. The headphones he wears deafens him from the blasting radio that plays everywhere he goes. Truthfully, Yukiya holds a deep passion for music and songwriting. However, he hit an art block when his best friend and songwriting partner, Natsumi Souda, rose to fame as a new idol. Today, her music frequently broadcasts on the radio. Although Yukiya is filled with admiration, her music also immensely frustrates him as he cannot write songs anymore. One day, Souda shows up at the music store Yukiya works in and tries to reinsert herself into his life. She asks him if he has been writing anything new and expresses interest in singing to his music like old times. Yukiya initially acts guarded, but deep down he wishes to be able to write songs again. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Otonokizaka High School stands on the border of three cities: Akihabara—a pop culture mecca that's evolving by the minute; Kanda—a conservative, cultured city where history and tradition reign supreme; and Jinbo—a quiet area reserved for a more mature, sophisticated population. Amidst this culture clash, the school now faces closure due to the enrollment of fewer and fewer students. With the school planning to close within three years, nine female students come together with one thing in mind—form a pop idol group to revive the school's popularity and keep it from shutting down. "In order to protect our beloved school, there's only one thing we can do...become pop stars!" Their goal is simple: Become an overnight sensation and use their nationwide media exposure to promote their school and bring in a wave of new students to the ailing area. A simple but solid plan, they figure. Naturally, they're nervous and wonder if this plan can really succeed, but for better or worse their new journey has begun... "All we can ask for is just a tiny bit of support from you. We truly believe that with your help, we can change the world around us. We will make our dreams come true!" (Source: NIS America)
After the death of her father, Ren Taki travels to Vienna to fulfill a promise she made to him: attend the Melite Conservatory of Music. While traveling there, she meets the flirtatious musical wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who is surprised to hear her plan to enroll at Melite. As it so happens, Melite is an all-boys school! After talking with the headmaster, Ren enters the school as a student under the male alias "Rentarou." Sworn to secrecy, Mozart is assigned as her roommate. In this new place, Ren meets eccentric classmates such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; but since they live in the same dormitory, keeping her secret from them is a difficult and never-ending task. With Mozart's help, she hides her gender while making every effort to remain in the prestigious school. Surrounded by peers of unimaginable talent, Ren strives to match their skill and compose resonating musical pieces. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
An anthology comic of K-On! by various mangaka.
Azuki, a young girl whose father is the president of an entertainment Inc., is always out of luck when it comes to dating. It seems like every boy she had dated before, are all trying to use her as a bridge to get into the world of media. So when Azuki met the guy in her dreams, who also happened to be a contestant in the audition her father set up, she wasn't so sure what to do anymore. Help him make the audition or not? This is something Azuki has to think of. After all, this might effect her happiness and the rest of her life! Included one-shots: Volume 4: Julliet Club, Bokura to Akuma to Christmas (We, the Demon, and Christmas)
Instead of her father, Hina is the one running the duties of the Building Manager in "Apricot House." One day, Hina accidentally destroys the keyboard of room 304's strange resident. Hina is then asked by this strange guy to run errands for him as reimbursement. In truth, the resident of 304 is the charismatic vocalist of a popular band... What will be his true face!? What will Hina think once she sees him sing on stage? (Source: The Paper Dolls Project) Included one-shots: Volume 6: Hyakunen no Hatsukoi. Dokuringo Hime
A mysterious and beautiful young woman with a hypnotic singing voice named Ai finds herself waking up lost on the cold, hard streets of Tokyo with no memory of who she is or why she's there. She must go on a journey to search for her identity and salvation in this world and beyond. She must piece together clues about who she is, why she's on earth, and the secret of the seemingly deadly heart-shaped box she carries.
Kurata Shiho lives in the small town of Kinoto, up in the mountains. She's in her final year of middle school, and she loves playing piano in the music club. Shiho dreams of teaching piano in her small town in the future. One day, a transfer student arrives from Tokyo. The transfer student, Koba Nanami, is beautiful, but quietly contemptuous of the isolated country town. Soon, Shiho learns that Nanami is much more skilled at the piano than she is. What's worse, Nanami has no interest in piano, and mostly quit playing years ago. Will Shiho be able to continue enjoying the piano and strive for her dream, knowing that she doesn't measure up to even indifferent players her age? On top of her musical dream, Shiho is moving into the awkward teenage stage of life, full of small humiliations, friendship, and tentative romance. (Source: MangaHelpers)
Minato Asano is a tall but stooping first-year in high school. Though she's a killer trombone player, she does everything she can to fade into the background. Despite her best efforts, Minato catches the attention of her bubbly and charismatic senpai Hibiki, who wants Minato to join the mysterious band she's forming at school. And she won't take no for an answer! Will Minato be able to let go of the past and play in a school band again? Can polar opposites harmonize through music? Slow jam your way into this dulcet yuri series! (Source: Seven Seas Entertainment)
"When you can play this tune, play it for me..." Suzuno has always been searching for the boy who told her that, whom she met at a piano recital when she was small. After entering high school, she was chosen to play the piano to accompany a chorus competition. Suzuno started practicing with Aiba-kun and Fujisawa-kun from her class, but Fujisawa-kun told her that they used to meet when they were small...!? (Source: Intercross)
Sakuma Yukari decided to start a band on her own after seeing a certain band during the Sakura High School festival, then with her best friend Shimizu Kaede, they want to join the Light Music Club only to discover that in their school there isn't a club like that. With help from Sawabe Maho, they discover there is a Light Music Appreciation Society with only one member, Satou Riko.
Kirari Tsukishima is a beautiful yet gluttonous 14-year-old girl. While those around her are worshiping the popular idol duo, SHIPS, she only devotes herself to food. One day, however, Kirari, who is dense when it comes to the matters of the heart, encounters Seiji Hiwatari of SHIPS and falls in love with him at first sight. In order to be with him, she aspires to become an idol herself. With the help of SHIPS—the gentle Seiji and the bad-mouth Hiroto Kazama—and her cat mascot Naa-san, Kirari pursues the entertainment world, where she discovers that being an idol is not all fun and games, and that in order to persevere in both her love and her career, she must overcome any challenges that fortune has in store. (Source: ANN)
Through piano lessons a love slowly grows between the cool adult, Goshima-sensei, and one of his students, a high school girl named Kae. The most popular stylish love romance. (Source: Perpetual Dreams) Included one-shots: Volume 1: Uwasa (Rumors), Ano Natsu (That Summer), Osaka Life Volume 6: Yoku Aru Hanashi.
Youhei Yoshino is a member of Komaki High School's wind ensemble. Just a few months after beginning his high school journey, he starts dating Azumi Saeki, a cute girl a year older than him and the band's president. Although the other members are aware of the couple's relationship, Azumi is nonetheless embarrassed to display her fondness for Youhei in front of others. Since it is the first relationship for both Youhei and Azumi, they blush at every romantic interaction. Despite their embarrassment, the lovers' immense affection for each other fills their days with happiness and shows the product of their sweet and wholesome romance. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The story revolves around a 16 years old boy called Nao, which is son of a music critic and has a hobby of fixing machines. On a visit to a junkyard he meets a girl which is supposed to be a piano prodigy, to their surprise, she transfers to his school and enters his life. On top of it, he has a strange senpai and his childhood friend who want him to join their band... (Source: Sayonara Piano Sonata Wikia)
After the Third World War, the world descended into chaos and a matriarchy was established in the power vacuum. In Japan, a new female-only government controls the country, forcing the male population to live outside of Chuuouku. Furthermore, the "H Law" is put into motion, which prohibits all weaponry; instead, people must fight battles using devices called "Hypnosis Microphones" that directly affect the opponent's mind through lyrics. A year later, a conflict in Ikebukuro rises between two factions: "Mad Comic Dialogue," lead by gang member Samatoki Aohitsugi, and "Starway to Heaven," of which 17-year-old Ichirou Yamada is a part of. Both of them are bound to confront each other in order to gain more territory in the district. Elsewhere, medical specialist and former assassin Jakurai Jinguji meets the cheerful but mysterious Ramuda Amemura after Ramuda saves him from a rebel attack at the hospital where he works. Impressed by the new musical technology, Jakurai asks Ramuda to teach him how to rap and become a mic-wielder. When the four men join forces by pure chance, they realize they have what it takes to gain control of all divisions in Japan and fight against the unjust system created by Chuuouku. But everything might not go as well as they planned when their enemies are closer than they expected. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
They say no one's ever heard her voice in person... Meet Kanae, an introvert about to have her life transformed in the most unusual way—through music. Kanae's transformation begins when she accidentally bumps into Hina, an independent singer who releases her music via the Internet. As the girls become good friends, they quickly find that they've become one another's inspiration—in more ways than one! (Source: Seven Seas) Included one-shots: Tokubetsu na Hito (Someone Special), Tobira (Opening)
This is a story of how an esper meets a girl in a small northern town. Tsubasa lives in a dying hot springs town, and he's a mostly friendless middle school delinquent. He actually has super powers, though he thinks of them more like embarrassing and useless powers. Sure, he can use his telekinetic abilities to brush his teeth while getting dressed, or read a book while drinking tea, but for the most part, it's easier just to do stuff with his hands. One day, though, he hears the thoughts of a mute girl, Yuki, who is targeted for rape by other delinquents, due to her silence. He comes to her aid, and finds that to his surprise, he's able to manipulate her body to beat up her attackers! Unsurprisingly, she draws the conclusion that she is the one with super powers. Since Tsubasa's the only one who "knows her secret," their story together is just beginning! (Source: MangaHelpers)
Piyohiko has a dream: he wants to be a successful guitar player. Then Jaguar pops up, and forces him to play the recorder, and thus ends Piyohiko's noble dream. Included one-shots: Volume 16: Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar [Masuda Kousuke] Volume 20: Poo
Three girls want to make a girls-only band, but they need a singer. This one cute voice turns out to be from a boy! What will happen when this boy gets involved with them? (Source: MU)
Touya Fuji, a college student, is dating a rising idol singer named Yuki Morikawa. There are numerous challenges to the couple's relationship from the other people at Fuji's college, Morikawa's work, and elsewhere.
Conor, a Korean-American, lives in a city where same-sex marriage has been legalized, but where racist and homophobic hate crimes are still frequent. He joins a band with the blonde hair, blue-eyed Simon and the two go on to create their own "dark heaven" in an abandoned church. Feelings develop between the pair, but light cannot dwell with dark, and their time together will soon come to an end... (Source: Lezhin Comics)
In the heart of a society where AIs are as common as ordinary people, Diva—nicknamed "Vivy" by her human friend—is the first autonomous humanoid AI in history. Like every other AI, Vivy is tasked with her own individual mission: to make everyone happy with her singing. She is programmed with a magnificent voice, but struggles to grasp the essence of a soul needed to touch a human's very core. When Vivy seemingly suffers a technical issue, her personal archive is plagued by a strange cubical AI who calls himself Matsumoto. He claims to come from a hundred years in the future, where AIs have turned against mankind and caused a harrowing bloodshed. With advanced capabilities, Matsumoto's specific duty is to, together with Vivy, alter the pivotal moments of history to prevent their peaceful coexistence from crumbling down. Ready to save lives, Vivy risks everything to aid Matsumoto's century-long mission, all while fighting an anti-AI terrorist organization and searching for the true meaning of happiness. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The story centers around five Japanese high school students who are too young to be called adults, but who no longer think of themselves as children. Wakana Sakai once took music lessons, but she withdrew from music after losing her mother. Konatsu Miyamoto is a positive-thinking girl who loves singing and spends time after school at the vocal music club. Sawa Okita is a spirited archery club member who dreams of becoming a horse rider. Daichi Tanaka is a chronically late badminton team member who lives with his college student sister. "Wiin" just transfered into Wakana's class after 12 years abroad in Austria. Music brings Wakana, Konatsu, Sawa and the others together into an ensemble during their last summer in high school. (Source: ANN)
Kosame, first year student, decides to join the music club after a romantic setback in his last year of junior high school but there is a problem... Where exactly is this club?!
Shamisen is a traditional Japanese musical instrument that looks similar to a guitar. Teenager Setsu Sawamura's grandfather, who raised him and his older brother Wakana, recently passed away. His grandfather was one of the greatest shamisen players, and the two siblings grew up listening to him play and learning to play the instrument. Since his grandfather's death, Setsu dropped out of high school, moved to Tokyo and has been drifting, not knowing what to do besides play his shamisen. That's when his successful and rich mother Umeko storms into his life and tries to shape Setsu up. She enrolls him back into high school but little does Setsu know that he is about to rediscover his passion for shamisen. (Source: MU)
Your Lie in April: A Six-Person Etude
There’s not a competition that piano prodigy Arima hasn’t won since he started playing. His renditions are matchless in their precision. When he’s only eleven, however, his peerless fingers fall silent—right up there on stage. Exploring the shock of the incident and its aftermath from his friends and rivals’ perspectives, 6-nin no Études accompanies the boy’s halting efforts to pick himself up as an adolescent. Based on the hit series, these prose chapters expand on the original but form a coherent and hard-hitting tale of its own. (Source: Vertical)
The series of novels based on the TV series. Each book retold from different heroine's point of view.
Miyabi has lost her voice from losing her happy family, and she is adopted by Naozumi who runs a piano school. There, she meets Yue. Yue has loved Miyabi's piano-playing since he was small; he stops playing piano, and looks at Miyabi who closes her heart to the world. Thus, he becomes desperate trying to bring her back to the world of sound, but... (Source: Midnight Scans)
Ya Boy Kongming!
General of the Three Kingdoms, Kongming had struggled his whole life, facing countless battles that made him into the accomplished strategist he was. So on his deathbed, he wished only to be reborn into a peaceful world...and was sent straight to modern-day party-central, Tokyo! Can even a brilliant strategist like Kongming adapt to the wild beats and even wilder party people?! (Source: Kodansha USA)
Our main char falls with a big bang for the new beautiful transfer student Natsuki. While he keeps it in himself, he finds out that Natsuki is quite the rebel who does what she wants, she's strong enough to break his mean senpai's arm and send him to the hospital, and she's the one who just broke his bass guitar. He still follows her around and finds out that she's quite nice but tries to distance herself from others. The reason is that she's getting married as soon as she graduates. This is also the reason why no one really punishes her for doing the stuff she does in school. Still our main char falls more for her and it seems like the love is mutual? The hindrances in this story at the end of first chapter are the marriage and the mean senpai who falls for Natsuki after hearing her sing in an instrument shop. (Source: MU)
Apartment building manager by day and electronic music composer by night, Kiyosumi enjoys his "clean and simple" existence free from relationships and distractions. He only needs his music, or so he thinks. One day, he gets an unexpected admirer as a distressed female neighbor destroys both his room's window and his solitude... (Source: The NoNames)
H-Era, Year 3: Following the disbandment of The Dirty Dawg, former member Dr. Jakurai Jinguji receives an invitation from the Party of Words to participate in the first iteration of the Division Rap Battles—a new initiative that puts the best of each division against each other in a head-to-head battle for territory, pride, and a large monetary prize. The new rap contest is an opportunity for Jakurai to exact revenge on Ramuda Amemura, another former member of The Dirty Dawg who now hates him. With salaryman Doppo Kannozaka and Shinjuku’s number one host, Hifumi Izanami, Jakurai forms his own rap group, Matenrou, to compete in the Division Rap Battle. Elsewhere, Ramuda is forming his own crew to participate in the same competition. Teaming up with gambler Dice Arugisawa and author Gentarou Yumeno, the trio form Fling Posse to represent Shibuya. As the two teams face off in the tournament, Ramuda and Jakurai find themselves entangled in a complicated situation with the new powerful government of Japan. Having taken a special interest in Jakurai, the Party of Words will do anything it takes to ensure his cooperation. It will take more than just superior rap skills to uncover the truth behind what happened to The Dirty Dawg and the government’s true intentions. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Kokoro and Haru's first encounter was the worst. Even so, they found out that they are both huge fans of the same band and started walking home together after school. One day, they meet up with the singer of that band, Kai. Haru is unhappy that Kokoro started crying because of how moved she was. He took her with him and left Kai. However, Kokoro is still excited...!? • Shuuroku Sakuhin • Bokura no Sekai de. • Bokutachi no Shunkan. • Ano Koro no Watashi Tachi ha. (Source: Midnight Scans)
Miku-4 is originally a doujin web comic written by an amateur writer Nagimiso. Crypton authorized him and East Press to publish this manga. This is a sad and touching story of Hatsune Miku, a shy android created by Crypton. She grew up with the help of the people she met during her journey and gained a human mind by the devotion of an engineer.
Akira, charismatic vocalist for the hit rock band Charon, has it all: youth, beauty, fame, and fortune. But what he really wants is Sunaga, a popular but mysterious actor, and he doesn't know how to interpret the signals that Sunaga is sending. (Source: DramaQueen)
H Era Year 3: The legendary rap group The Dirty Dawg has disbanded, an unprecedented event driven by sudden animosity. Ex-members Ichirou Yamada and Samatoki Aohitsugi receive invitations to participate in the first iteration of the Division Rap Battles—a new initiative by the Party of Words that pits the best of each division in Tokyo against one another for territory, pride, and a substantial monetary prize. Due to their hatred for each other, both men form their own respective teams to compete. Ichirou joins forces with his younger brothers, Jirou and Saburou, to form Buster Bros!!!. Meanwhile, Samatoki strikes a deal with corrupt police officer Jyuto Iruma and ex-Navy member Riou Mason Busujima to form MAD TRIGGER CREW. Using the power of rap, both groups fight their way through their respective division qualifiers to represent Ikebukuro and Yokohama. As the two teams clash with each other, the dispute that caused the rift between Ichirou and Samatoki begins to unravel into a complicated situation involving Japan’s new matriarchal government. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Two years ago, a pair of idols, Tsubasa Kazanari and Kanade Amou, collectively known as ZweiWing, fought against an alien race known as Noise using armor known as Symphogear. To protect a girl named Hibiki Tachibana, who got severely wounded by the Noise, Kanade sacrificed herself. Two years later, as Tsubasa has fought the Noise alone, Hibiki ends up gaining the same power as Kanade. (Source: ANN, Wikipedia)
A boy who can see music... A man rescues an instrument from a museum... And a boy hears the first rhythm... These stories and more are included in this collection of music-related one-shots from the mangaka of Oh, My Sweet Alien! and Why Not Be My Dog. (Source: Antisense Scanslations)
The Song of Yoru & Asa Encore
It has been half a century since humanity colonized Mars and established an advanced, AI-powered society there. At the heart of this new civilization is Alba City, where everyone seeks greatness. Aiming to reach such ambitious heights is 17-year-old Tuesday—a gentle, aspiring musician who has run away from home, armed only with her precious Gibson guitar. While wandering through the bustle of the capital, a captivating song draws Tuesday to Carole, a tenacious girl playing her keyboard on the streets. While at first glance the girls could not be more different, their genuine love for music unites them in their endeavor to conquer the arduous path to success in Mars' challenging music industry. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Hibike! Euphonium begins when Kumiko Oumae, a girl who was in the brass band club in junior high school, visits her high school's brass band club as a first year. Kumiko's classmates Hazuki and Sapphire decide to join the club, but Kumiko sees her old classmate Reina there and hesitates. She remembers an incident she had with Reina at a brass band club contest in junior high school. (Source: ANN)
The "idol-training produce game" takes place at a private boys' idol-training school with a history of turning out many great talents in show business. The protagonist is the school's lone female student who transfers to the school because of a special situation, and enters the school's producer department. (Source: ANN)
Charon's lead vocalist Akira wants to sing a song written by Sunaga, a famous actor but Sunaga requests Akira's body as payment for that song. Sunaga has great musical talent, but he has a careless attitude towards everything; Akira is angry with Sunaga's easygoing attitude, but can't help himself from feeling... (Source: MU)
In the year 2008, high school girl Sakura Minamoto is abruptly killed in a traffic accident. Ten years later, Sakura, along with six "legendary" girls from various eras of Japan's history, are brought back as zombies by a man named Koutarou Tatsumi, who seeks to save the Saga prefecture by putting together an all-zombie idol group. (Source: MU)
Kanata is a rookie soldier and trumpeter on her first posting to a city called Sezu. She arrives to Sezu on a festival day, honoring the actions of legendary maidens who defeated a demon in defense of the city. She has some free time to enjoy the festival before meeting with her new superior, which gives her plenty of opportunity to get into trouble! Will the rookie Kanata be able to become a respectable and capable soldier and trumpeter? (Source: MangaHelpers)
Uranohoshi Girls' High School, a private school in the seaside neighborhood of Uchiura at Numazu city, Shizuoka prefecture. A small high school in a corner of Suruga Bay, it is home to nine teens, led by second-year student Chika Takami, driven by one seriously big dream: To become the next generation of bright, sparkling "school idols"! As long as we don't give up, any dream can come true... All we have to do now is keep pushing hard for fame and glory! Now their "School Idol Project" begins to make their dreams come true! (Source: Official site)
From the popular game "THE IDOLM@STER", comes a petit spinoff cute and soothing 4-koma! The setting is the same 765 Production from the games. One day, 765 Pro idols Ami and Mami bring in the mysterious Petit-dols "Afuu" and "Yukipo"!? More and more Petit-dols gather at the offices where everyone works. Leisurely enjoy their daily lives full of laughs and happenings.
Country boy Haiga has many questions he wants to learn the answers to when he moves to the bustling capital for his university life—and one of them happens to be, "do I like guys, too?" When his upperclassmen dare him to check out a box spa behind Shinjuku's Nichoume District, Haiga uses this opportunity to find out the answer to his question—and runs into his senior Kanae, who has one simple solution for him—clothes, off! (Source: Fantasista Inc.)
Humans near to dying may hear a death god's aria, designed to entrance their soul and usher it toward heaven. Candidate Yuzuki Miwa must perfect her song and successfully collect the soul of Hinata Shiina to graduate to full-fledged death god status. However, rather than charming the subject of her test as she had planned, Yuzuki finds herself on the receiving end of a voice so beautiful that it mesmerizes listeners. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
A girl is obsessed with her favorite idol, a minor member of a less popular group, enough that she says she'd die to see her play at Budoukan.
Hatsune Miku and her friends Rin, Len, and Luka are not only back in manga... they're back to school, enrolling at the St. Diva Academy for Vocaloids! They're going to give it their best at St. Diva, as a wonderland of friendship, determination, and even love unfolds! But can they stay out of trouble, especially when the mad professor of the Hachune Miku Research Lab is nearby? (Source: Dark Horse)
14-year-old Rin Amami is a gifted dancer who has been forced to give up his dream of becoming a singer like his mom because of his deep, frog-like voice. A chance encounter with the idol singing group Beatmen, however, gives him the opportunity to bring his old dream to life. Despite its oddness, his voice possesses a certain charisma: a captivating power, recognized by some as the legendary "Dragon Voice." Rin's destiny becomes intertwined with the Beatmen, Shino, Goh, Toshi, and Yuhgo, as the smalltime idol agency RedShoes attempts to take them to the top! (Source: Tokyopop)
A collection of five short stories, including one that is related to the author's previous work, "Nosatsu Rock Shounen"
Vocalist Shori and guitarist Nozomu are engulfed in a passionate love affair when they should be studying for their college entrance exams. And arrogant bassist Ai is going to America alone? Even worse, drummer Yumeji seems to be involved in a mysterious incident. Looks like the day when the band members take off their school uniforms and go their separate ways is quickly approaching. The band might be breaking up as reality intrudes on their simply school lifestyle, but you can bet that these guys are going out on a blaze of glory. (Source: June Manga)
Kanamu's favourite time of day is after school, when she meets to practice with her three-person band, "Chocolat no Yell." She may be inexperienced, but she's determined to do well. If only Rito, her senpai in the light music club, weren't always showing up to pick on her. With the band's first live performance coming up, will everything go off without a hitch? And what exactly is Rito's problem, anyway? (Source: Shoujo-Sense)
Taiyou Ashie is a third-year high schooler who belongs to the light music club. His dream is to become a musician and his strength, yet also weakness, is not knowing when to give up. Before graduating from high school, his goal is to perform on stage with his band at the school cultural festival. However, his band members soon retire in order to study for their entrance exams, leaving him alone. Trapped between his reality and dreams, somebody appears before his eyes... [Written by Sun]
Pavane for a Dead Girl
During a field trip to the imperial capital, Tokyo, Kaga Nanao overhears the beautiful melody of a violin and immediately becomes captivated by it. In order to meet the mystery violinist, Nanao learns the violin and defies her father's wishes by attending the Marianne Music Academy for girls in Tokyo. Upon arriving at the school, Nanao comes across her mystery violinist who turns out to be Sagami Takenomaru, the violin prodigy and adopted son of the famous violinist, Sagami Chougo-sensei. However, Takenomaru isn't just a regular person, he's determined to complete a mission and fulfill a contract... (Source: Syuura)
A oneshot about the beginnings of the Japanese pop duo WaT. Told from the point of view of Teppei Koike.
Mei is a girl that can only be described as "normal" when compared to her older brother. While she's a devoted member of her school's Wind Orchestra Club, he's a famous musical prodigy. When their irresponsible parents send a girl named Mel to live with the siblings, Mei's feelings for her brother start to seem a lot more complicated than she first thought.
The story is about ravaging of all girl idol group, Shining Musume., by a sex demon.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Included one-shots: Itoshi no Osananajimi wa Watashi wo Suki ni Naranai, Kimi no Inai Sekai de
Hitori Gotou is a high school girl who started learning to playing the guitar because she dreams of being in a band, but she's so shy that she hasn't made a single friend. However, her dream might come true after she meets Nijika Ijichi, a girl who plays drums and is looking for a new guitarist for her band.