Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san

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Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san
Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san volume 1 by Shogakukan
Genre Romantic comedy, slice of life[1]
Written by Sōichirō Yamamoto
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Sunday
Original run 2013 – present
Volumes 9
Ashita wa Doyōbi
Written by Sōichirō Yamamoto
Published by Shogakukan
Magazine Yomiuri Chuukousei Shinbun
Original run November 2014November 2015
Volumes 2
Karakai Jōzu no (Moto) Takagi-san
Written by Sōichirō Yamamoto
Illustrated by Mifumi Inaba
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Gessan Shōnen Sunday Comics
Magazine MangaONE
Original run July 15, 2017 – present
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroaki Akagi
Written by Michiko Yokote
Music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Studio Shin-Ei Animation
Licensed by (Worldwide rights outside of Asia)[3]
Original network Tokyo MX, ytv, BS11
English network
Original run January 8, 2018 March 26, 2018
Episodes 12 + OVA (List of episodes)
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Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san (からかい上手の高木さん, lit. "Teasing Master Takagi san") is a Japanese manga series by Sōichirō Yamamoto. The series features the daily life of Takagi, who loves to tease her classmate Nishikata, and Nishikata's failed attempts to get back at her. An anime television series adaptation by Shin-Ei Animation aired from January 8 to March 26, 2018.

An OVA is confirmed for July 12, 2018 to coincide with the release of the 9th volume of the manga.[4]

An English adaption of the manga was released on July 24, 2018 under the title "Teasing Master Takagi san". It is available today at bookstores like Barnes and Noble.


Nishikata (西片くん, Nishikata-kun)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[5] (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke (English)[1]
Nishikata is the childhood friend and middle school classmate of Takagi, who loves to tease him and make him blush. He plans on getting back at her, but Takagi always takes advantage of the situation and thwarts him. Nishikata, in some ways, likes Takagi but is oblivious to that fact.
Takagi (高木さん, Takagi-san)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi[5] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)[1]
Takagi likes to pass time alongside Nishikata, teasing him; she loves him and enjoys his reactions to her pranks.
Sanae (サナエ)
Voiced by: Yui Ogura[6] (Japanese); Kristi Rothrock (English)[1]
Yukari (ユカリ)
Voiced by: M.A.O[6] (Japanese); Kristen McGuire (English)[1]
Mina (ミナ)
Voiced by: Konomi Kohara[6] (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)[1]
Nakai (中井)
Voiced by: Yuuma Uchida[6] (Japanese); Chris Thurman (English)[1]
Mano (真野)
Voiced by: Kotori Koiwai[6] (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)[1]
Takao (高尾)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[6] (Japanese); Blake Shepard (English)[1]
Kimura (木村)
Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai[6] (Japanese); Jerry Jewell (English)[1]
Mr. Tanabe (田辺先生, Tanabe-sensei)
Voiced by: Hinata Tadokoro[6] (Japanese); Cris George (English)[1]
The teacher of Nishikata and Takagi's English Translation class.



The manga is written by Sōichirō Yamamoto. The series began serialization in Shogakukan's shōnen manga magazine supplement Monthly Shōnen Sunday Mini in 2013, and it moved to the main Monthly Shōnen Sunday magazine in July 2016. It has been collected in eight tankōbon volumes. The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taishō awards in January 2017.[7] A spin-off manga series titled Ashita wa Doyōbi (あしたは土曜日, lit. "Tomorrow is Saturday") was serialized in the newspaper Yomiuri Chuukousei Shinbun between November 2014 and November 2015, and was collected in two tankōbon volumes. It was also adapted within the Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san adaptation in 2018.[6]

A third series titled Karakai Jōzu no (Moto) Takagi-san (からかい上手の(元)高木さん, lit. "Teasing Master (Former) Takagi-san") featuring an adult Takagi, now married with Nishikata, and their daughter, Chi, debuted in 2017.

Yen Press announced that the first volume of the English version would be available on July 24, 2018.


An anime television series adaptation was announced in the August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Shōnen Sunday magazine.[8] The series is directed by Hiroaki Akagi at Shin-Ei Animation with scripts written by Michiko Yokote and character designs by Aya Takano, and aired from January 8[5] to March 26, 2018. Crunchyroll simulcasted the series, while Funimation is streaming the series with an English dub.[9] The series ran 12 episodes.[10] The opening song titled "Iwanai Kedo ne" by Yuiko Ōhara. The first ending song titled "Kimagure Romantic" sung by Rie Takahashi (ep 1-2), the second ending song titled "AM11:00" by Rie Takahashi (ep 3-4), the third ending song titled "Jitensha"[Bicycle] by Rie Takahashi (ep 5-6), the fourth ending song titled "Kaze Fukeba Koi" by Rie Takahashi (ep 7-8), the fifth ending song titled "Chiisana Koi no Uta" by Rie Takahashi (ep 9-10), the sixth ending song titled "Ai Uta" by Rie Takahashi (ep 11), the seventh ending song titled "Deatta Koro no Yō ni" by Rie Takahashi (ep 12). An OVA was announced to be given with the 9th volume of the manga in July.[11]

No. English title[a]
Original Japanese title[12]
Original air date
"Keshigomu" (消しゴム)
January 8, 2018
"Day Duty"
"Nitchoku" (日直)
"Funny Face"
"Hengao" (変顔)
"One Hundred Yen"
"Hyaku-en" (百円)

In "Eraser", Nishikata is trying to taunt Takagi using an improvised jack-in-a-box. Takagi expresses frustration in opening her pencil case, so she asks Nishikata to open it for her. Nishikata opens the case and a horror-themed improvised jack-in-a-box pops in front of him. Takagi chuckles as Nishikata left in shock.

In "Day Duty", Nishikata goes to school and sees Takagi on the window. As he arrives in their classroom, Nishikata couldn't find Takagi until he sees her pair of shoes underneath of their teacher's table. Deducing that she is hiding, Nishikata bluffs by leaving the classroom but sneakily approaches the cabinet behind his desk. However, Takagi is not there, as well as underneath of their teacher's table. Nishikata sits down on his desk and Takagi pops out from the curtain besides him. Yet again, Nishikata fumbles in humiliation.

In "Funny Face", Nishikata asks his classmate for a perfect funny face that would make Takagi hysterically laugh. As he tries to make a funny face to Takagi, the latter gives him tips for a much improved and even funnier face. However, as he turns his head while in funny face, he faces their teacher and gets scolded.

In "One-Hundred Yen", earlier Nishikata thinks of it as a hundred yen coin but it turns out that it is just only an arcade token. Mina, along with Sanae and Yukari, walks home. Mina suddenly stops and steps on the coin. Yukari dismisses Mina that she just stepped on an arcade token.

"Shūji" (習字)
January 15, 2018
"Seasonal Change of Clothing"
"Koromogae" (衣替え)
"English Translation"
"Eiyaku" (英訳)
"Pūru" (プール)
"Kōhī" (コーヒー)
January 22, 2018
"Empty Can"
"Akikan" (空き缶)
"Tansan" (炭酸)
"Muscle Training"
"Suji tore" (筋トレ)
"Afureko" (アフレコ)
"Kasa" ()
4"Cleaning Duty"
"Sōji tōban" (掃除当番)
January 29, 2018
"Saka agari" (逆上がり)
"Kaze" (風邪)
"Bikō" (尾行)
5"Studying for the Test"
"Tesuto benkyō" (テスト勉強)
February 5, 2018
"Tesuto" (テスト)
"Test Results"
"Tesuto henkyaku" (テスト返却)
"Hon'ya" (本屋)
"Shelter from the Rain"
"Amayadori" (雨宿り)
6"Tandem Riding"
"Futari-nori" (二人乗り)
February 12, 2018
"First Day of Summer Vacation"
"Natsuyasumi shonichi" (夏休み初日)
"Test of Courage"
"Kimodameshi" (肝試し)
"Summer Science Project"
"Jiyuukenkyū" (自由研究)
"Water Tap"
"Suidō" (水道)
"Kaimono" (買い物)
February 19, 2018
"Mizugi" (水着)
"Umi" ()
"Heya" (部屋)
"Taifū" (台風)
February 26, 2018
"Marason" (マラソン)
"Wakibara" (わき腹)
"Miren" (未練)
9"Cell Phone"
"Kētai" (ケータイ)
March 5, 2018
"Horā" (ホラー)
"Shashin" (写真)
10"Who’s Taller?"
"Sekurabe" (背比べ)
March 12, 2018
"I Hate the Cold"
"Samugari" (寒がり)
"Osasoi" (お誘い)
"Two-Choice Question"
"Ni-taku Kuizu" (二択クイズ)
"Neko" (ネコ)
March 19, 2018
"Konomi" (好み)
"Nigaoe" (似顔絵)
"Fortune Telling"
"Uranai" (占い)
"Critical Hit"
"Kuritikaru" (クリティカル)
"Tegami" (手紙)
March 26, 2018
"First Day of School"
"Nyūgakushiki" (入学式)
"Seating Arrangement"
"Sekigae" (席替え)
13 (OVA) "Water Slide"
"Uōtāsuraidā" (ウォータースライダー) 
July 12, 2018 (Blu-ray only)


In December 2016, the manga had over 1 million copies in print.[13] By February 2018, that number had increased to 4 million copies in print.[14]


  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Karakai Jozu no Takagi English Cast & Crew". www.funimation.com. Retrieved 2018-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Yen Press Adds New Sword Art Online, WorldEnd, Little Witch Academia, Fruits Basket, Star Wars Titles". Anime News Network. November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2018 Simulcast License Acquisitions". Crunchyroll. January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san Manga Volume 9 Includes OVA | MANGA.TOKYO". MANGA.TOKYO. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  5. ^ a b c "Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Anime Reveals Promo Video, Cast, Staff, Visual, January Debut". Anime News Network. October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ashita wa Doyōbi Schoolgirl Manga Gets Anime 'Within' Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san TV Anime". Anime News Network. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ "10th Manga Taisho Awards Nominates 13 Titles". Anime News Network. January 23, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Manga Gets TV Anime in 2018". Anime News Network. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Karakai Jozu no Takagi-San, Dagashi Kashi 2 Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2017-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Anime Listed with 12 episodes". Anime News Network. January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Manga Gets Original Video Anime With Swimsuit Teased". Anime News Network. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018. 
  12. ^ ストーりー (in Japanese). Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  13. ^ ""Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san" Celebrates 1 Million Copies Milestone with New Year's Art". Crunchyroll. December 30, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Teasing Master Takagi-san Manga Has 4 Millioni Copies in Print". Anime News Network. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 

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