Cover of Boyfriend volume 1 as published by Shogakukan
|Written by||Fuyumi Soryo|
|Original run||November 26, 1985 – April 23, 1988|
Boyfriend (ボーイフレンド Bōifurendo?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fuyumi Soryo. Boyfriend manga received the 1988 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga. In 2008, the manga was posted on the Yahoo! Comic Japan website, for free browsing, to celebrate Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic's 40th anniversary. The manga focuses on Masaki, a delinquent and former basketball star, and Kanako, a girl with an heart condition that forces her to repeat two years of school, as they develop a relationship.
Takatou Masaki is the second youngest of four sons, and seemingly a delinquent by nature. His hot temper has put a wedge between himself and his strict father, gotten him kicked out of one school, and tossed him at a school notoriously horrible for the one thing he's truly good at, basketball. A chance encounter with the willful Yuuki Kanako may serve as a catalyst for change, as the indefinable connection she feels with him draws them together...
- Masaki Takatō (高刀 柾 Takatō Masaki?)
- Kanako Yūki (結城 可奈子 Yūki Kanako?)
- Sō Nakatsugawa (仲津川 荘 Nakatsugawa Sō?)
- Akira Sofue (曽笛 亜樹良 Sofue Akira?)
- Tadashi Takatō (高刀 正 Takatō Tadashi?)
- Masao Takatō (高刀 正雄 Takatō Masao?)
- Masahiko Takatō (高刀 正彦 Takatō Masahiko?)
- Miwako Takatō (高刀 美和子 Takatō Miwako?)
- Misako Tanaka (田中 美智子 Tanaka Misako?)
- Koga (古賀?)
- Aki Togawa (戸川 亜季 Togawa Aki?)
- Megumi Hanyū (羽生 恵 Hanyū Megumi?)
- Mami Hayashino (林野 まみ Hayashino Mami?)
- Tōru Ogi (尾木 透 Ogi Tōru?)
- Ōba (大場?)
- Saeko Sofue (曽笛 冴子 Sofue Saeko?)
- "小学館漫画賞：歴代受賞者" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
- "Sho-Comi Mag Marks 40th Anniversary with Free Manga". Anime News Network. 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
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