Nanaka 6/17

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Nanaka 6/17
Nanaka manga vol 1.jpg
Cover if first manga volume
(Nanaka Jūnana-bun no Roku)
GenreComedy,[1] magical girl[2]
Written byKen Yagami
Published byAkita Shoten
English publisher
ImprintShōnen Champion Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Champion
Original run20002003
Anime television series
Directed byJunichi Sato
Hiroaki Sakurai
Produced byTomohiro Ogawa
Nobuhiro Ōzawa
Yūji Matsukura
Written byTomoko Konparu
Music byToshio Masuda
Double Oats
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run 8 January 2003 26 March 2003
Episodes12 + OVA
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Nanaka 6/17 (ななか6/17, Nanaka Jūnana-bun no Roku) is a 12-tankōbon manga series created by Ken Yagami and published by Akita Shoten between 2000 and 2003. The manga series was adapted into 12-episode anime series that aired on TV Tokyo in 2003. In 2004 the anime series was licensed for distribution in North America by ADV Films and released on DVD in 2006.


The story focuses on a cold and distant 17-year-old girl, Nanaka Kirisato, who only cares about studying and getting accepted into a good college. Nenji, her childhood friend, doesn't really care about school and often gets into fights. At the start of the story, Nanaka berates Nenji for fighting and tells him he needs to grow up. After Nenji tells her he never wants to see her face again, Nanaka is devastated but then falls down a flight of stairs. She loses her memories and regresses to the time when she was six years old. She also thinks that Nenji made a wish to become an adult just like her. Nenji ends up having to watch over her as she goes through high school, which causes trouble and comedic situations.[1]



  • Nanaka Kirisato (霧里七華)
Voiced by: Chiemi Chiba (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)[3]
The female protagonist and titular character, Nanaka is a senior high school student. For her, studying is the most important thing in the world so she has few friends. One day, after a fight with Nenji, she falls down a flight of stairs. This is what causes her memory to be lost back to the time when she was 6 years old. This 6-year-old Nanaka is a very spirited troublemaker and is obsessed with a children's anime television-show called Magical Domiko. The 6-year-old Nanaka is fond of saying the nonsensical words "hayaya" and "hawawa", and is recognizable by her side pigtail and wider eyes.
  • Nenji Nagihara (凪原稔二)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese); Chris Patton (English)[3]
The male protagonist, Nenji is Nanaka's classmate and childhood friend. He is a delinquent, but after Nanaka's accident, he seems to settle down quite a bit. Nanaka's father asks him to keep Nanaka's accident secret from other people and take care of her at school. Nenji is occasionally referred to as 'Wild Hair Nenji' by some of the other characters because he has long, spiky hair reminiscent of certain stylized Shōnen anime characters.
  • Yuriko Amemiya (雨宮ゆり子)
Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese); Kira Vincent Davis (English)[3]
Yuriko is Nanaka's classmate. Usually called by her last name by other students, she is an honor student, and the role model of a group of girls who dislike Nanaka. She is strict with Nanaka, but discovers Nanaka's secret by accident. Nenji entrusts her to help to keep Nanaka's secret. As she gets to know them both better, she falls in love with Nenji and also becomes kinder to Nanaka.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Jinpachi Arashiyama (嵐山甚八)
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese); Christopher Ayres (English)[3]
Jinpachi is a delinquent and Nenji's rival. He fights Nenji but always loses. When Nenji acts more mature, he gets irritated, however, when he encounters Nanaka acting as a six-year-old, he is charmed by her attitude and falls in love with her. He is the heir to the Arashiyama dojo but is perceived by his younger sister Satsuki as not being serious about it and is often punished by her surprise attacks.
  • Satsuki Arashiyama (嵐山五月)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Jessica Boone (English)[4]
Satsuki is Jinpachi's younger sister who is often seen with a wooden sword. She initially perceives Nanaka as a hussy for making Jinpachi act all weird around her, so she tries to attack Nanaka, but Nanaka unintentionally dodges her attacks easily. After Nanaka "saves" her from a falling shard, she begs for her forgiveness and wants to be her disciple and she can address Nanaka as Oneesama (big sister). She then "trains" Jinpachi harder so he can be a worthy suitor for Nanaka. Her attack catchphrase is "You're wide open!"
  • Kuriko Aratama (霰玉九里子)
Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa (Japanese); Sasha Paysinger (English)[5]
She is a kindergartener with blond twin-tailed hair. She has a major crush on Nenji because he rescued her from some bullies and because he resembles her older brother who is away for school. She often fights with her rival Nanaka.
  • Taizo Kirisato (霧里耐三)
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (Japanese); John Swasey (English)
He is Nanaka's father. Although he is sad that Nanaka is hurt, he is glad to have a chance to be close with his youthful daughter again.
  • Yoshida (吉田)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)[6]
He is Nanaka's classmate and an avid collector of anime merchandise. He befriends Nanaka after noticing the Magical Domiko toy she brings to school. Nobody knows who he is until he helps take care of Nenji when he is sick.
  • Chie Kazamatsuri (千絵風祭)
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (Japanese); Nancy Novotny (English)[7]
She is Nanaka's classmate and one of the mean girls who make up rumors about Nanaka. She has brown hair that she wears in twin tails and regularly converses with classmate Mari Tsuyuki who has a ponytail. Towards the end of the series, she has a change of heart at the events leading to the class play where Nanaka replies that she values her feedback and then chooses her to play its starring character.

Magical Domiko characters[edit]

  • Magical Domiko (まじかるドミ子)
Voiced by: Asami Sanada (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)[3]
The magical girl heroine and title character of a very popular children's anime. She uses magic to transform herself into a grown-up and assumes different professions to save the day. Nanaka is a big fan of this anime. Each Nanaka 6/17 episode features a vignette about how she finds the true way to use magic, but Pikota never takes her seriously.
Her real name is revealed to be Miko Shishido (宍戸美子)[8]
  • Pikota (ピコ太)
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)[3]
A fairy mascot from the magical world who assists Domiko. Its real name is "Pikoto" and it resents the misnomer by Domiko.[8]
  • Chemical Kemiko (ケミカルケミコ)
Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese); Nancy Novotny (English)[8]
A green-haired magical girl and Domiko's main rival. She is older and bigger than Domiko and rides on an upright vacuum cleaner. In one of Domiko's short scenes at the end of the episode, she says she has a new anime where she is a future queen of a magical land, and that the evil spirit of Domiko is hurting her kind spirit, but Domiko and Pikota don't believe her.



Nanaka 6/17 (ななか6/17, Nanaka Jūnana-bun no Roku) is a 12-tankōbon manga series created by Ken Yagami. The manga was published by Akita Shoten in 2001. The manga was initially licensed by Studio Ironcat for publication in North America but all plans on release were dropped with the company's bankruptcy.[9]


The manga series was adapted into 12-episode anime television series that was broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2003. An additional OVA "episode 13" was also produced but not broadcast with the original TV series.[1]

North American releases[edit]

In 2004 the anime series was licensed for distribution in North America by ADV Films.[10] ADV Films produced an English language version and released the 12-episode TV series and the OVA episode in three DVD volumes in 2006 and as a complete DVD collection of all episodes in 2008.

  • Nanaka 6/17 - Not So Magical Mishap, DVD volume 1, episodes 1-4, release date:2006-05-23
  • Nanaka 6/17 - Reality! Rivalry! Ridicule!, DVD volume 2, episodes 5-8, release date:2006-07-18
  • Nanaka 6/17 - Nanaka vs Nanaka!, DVD volume 3, episodes 9-12 and OVA episode 13, release date:2006-09-12
  • Nanaka 6/17 - Complete Collection, episodes 1-12 and OVA episode 13, release date:2008-12-23

The North American license is now held by Section23 Films. All 13 episodes of the ADV Films English version (only) are posted on the Anime Network website for online streaming.

Theme songs[edit]


Sunao na Mama (素直なまま) by Funta


Taisetsu na Negai (大切な願い) by CooRie

List of episodes[edit]

Episode Title Airing date Summary
1 Nanaka Kirisato, 6 Years Old / Kirisato Nanaka Roku-sai! (「きりさとななか、6さい!」) 2003-01-08 Nanaka scolds Nenji on getting into yet another fight, but when Nenji tells her he does not want to be friends with her anymore, Nanaka is shocked and falls down a flight of stairs. When she wakes up it is revealed she has the mind of a six-year-old. Nanaka's father asks Nenji to watch over her. When Nanaka goes missing at the hospital, Nenji finds her at her old kindergarten school and tries to comfort her.
2 Nanaka the Pianist / Pianisuto Nanaka (「ピアニストななか」) 2003-01-15 Nanaka's class wants Amemiya to play piano for their choir competition, but Amemiya asks for volunteers, which Nanaka gladly accepts. However, Nanaka does not know how to play. Amemiya tries to teach Nanaka.
3 Nanaka the Big Sister / Onee-sama Nanaka (「おねえさまななか」) 2003-01-22 Jinpachi loses a fight to Nenji and is forced to get his hair cut like Nenji’s. When Nanaka’s glasses get broken, she mistakes Jinpachi for Nenji and asks for his help. Jinpachi agrees to go with her to the stores and do other activities that resemble a date with a little kid. Jinpachi’s sister, Satsuki Arashiyama is not pleased with the development and tries to attack Nanaka, but Nanaka inadvertently dodges her attacks. Later when Nanaka is with Nenji, Satsuki tries to attack them again, but Nanaka trips and accidentally saves her from a falling wooden sword shard. Satsuki then asks Nanaka to be her big sister.
4 Nanaka: Three Good Friends / 3-nin Nakayoshi Nanaka (「3人なかよしななか」) 2003-01-29 When Amemiya catches a cold, she visits the hospital and discovers the truth about Nanaka's condition. Nenji asks Amemiya to keep the secret, but Amemiya harbors some jealousy of Nanaka monopolizing Nenji's attention that she refuses. Later, the other schoolgirls steal Nanaka's uniform during P.E. class, but Amemiya has an eventual change of heart and bails her out. She tells Nanaka she likes Nenji, but Nanaka interprets that as the three of them being best friends.
5 Nanaka's Triple Date / 3-nin Dehto Nanaka (「3人デートななか」) 2003-02-12 When Nenji saves kindergartener Kuriko Aratama from a bully, he becomes the target of all her affections. Nanaka's movie date with Nenji is stalled when Kuriko misplaces her wallet. Nanaka feels jealous of his attention, but when Nenji tells Nanaka to grow up, Nanaka takes it seriously and tries to study hard. After Amemiya talks with her about her feelings, Nanaka tries to take Nenji on a date to an amusement park, but end up going with Nenji and Kuriko on a three-person date.
6 Nanaka and the School Trip (「修学旅行ななか」) 2003-02-12 On a school trip to Kyoto, Nanaka gets separated from Nenji, but the trauma causes her to return to her 17-year-old self.
7 Nanaka and the Rest of the Trip (「旅行の続きななか」) 2003-02-19 Nanaka returns to being 17, but continues to hang out with Kenji during the trip to Kyoto. She does not care that her classmates do not like the 17-year-old Nanaka, but when she overhears Nenji mention similar annoyances to Amemiya, she becomes depressed and escapes to one of the Kyoto temples. Nenji catches up to her and they talk about being grown up. Nanaka faints, but when she wakes up, she is six years old again.
8 Nanaka the Nurse / Nurse na Nanaka (「ナースなななか」) 2003-02-26 Nenji is sick from a cold, and his parents are out of town. Nanaka dresses up as a nurse and tries to help Nenji nurse him back to health, but it just causes more chaos. Yoshida, a guy who is a fan of Magical Domiko, visits and helps them out.
9 Nanaka and the Cultural Festival (「文化祭ななか」) 2003-03-05 Nanaka's class plans to do a play for the cultural festival, but when the subject comes up on what to do, six-year-old Nanaka volunteers Magical Domiko. Chie Kazamatsuri volunteers Nanaka to write and direct the play. While looking at some old class photos, she has a lapse and returns to her 17-year-old self. She tells Nenji that she knows she has another self, and asks him which Nanaka he likes more. After Yoshida gives Nanaka some Domiko materials, she agrees to write the play. After being pressured to produce a cast list, Nanaka feels like she will relapse that night. The next day, when a set piece is about to fall on her, she faints and reverts to being six years old again.
10 Nanaka 17 to Nanaka 6 / Nanaka Kara Nanaka (「七華からななか」) 2003-03-12 Nanaka is six years old again but has no idea on how to continue the play. Fortunately she receives a letter from her 17-year-old self, who has completed the cast list and places Kazamatsuri as Domiko. Kazamatsuri agrees to do it, but catches a cold the day of the event, so Nanaka has to play the part. She gets stage fright and trips, but feels encouraged by her 17-year-old self and improvises the part. The play is a success. Nanaka's doctor explains she has multiple personality syndrome, but might have a chance for her personalities to come together in the near future.
11 Domico Nanaka / Domikaru Nanaka (「ドミかるななか」) 2003-03-19 Nanaka overhears Nenji mention that he didn't transform with her, and starts to wonder how she is going to be treated. To make things worse, the Magical Domiko show is presenting its final episode. Nanaka watches the show, where Domiko doesn't want to be a magical girl anymore, but then dreams that she becomes Domiko in the show with Amemiya, Nenji and the other characters. Following the show, Nanaka's father arrives to find that she fainted again, but when Nenji arrives, Nanaka is not home.
12 Nanaka Kirisato: 17 Years Old / Kirisato Nanaka Juu-Nana-sai (「霧里七華17歳」) 2003-03-26 17-year-old Nanaka tells Nenji that the six-year-old Nanaka might only show up one more time. Nenji takes six-year-old Nanaka to the amusement park at night as a farewell date. Afterwards, Nanaka feels faint, becoming her 17-year-old self and tries to head off by herself. She enters a dream where she relives the final Domiko episode and then meets six-year-old Nanaka. She later wakes at the hospital where she is 17 again, but seems to be at peace with how she wants to treat Nenji and the others.
13 Nanaka the Distraction / Nanaka Kibarashi (「ななか気晴らし」) unaired In this side episode, Nenji thanks Amemiya by inviting her to a movie, but Amemiya thinks he is asking her out on a date. At the theater, Amemiya sees Nanaka with her father, so she pulls Nenji away, only to encounter her again in other locations, as well as others throughout town.


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  5. ^ Nanaka 6/17, episode 5 closing credits
  6. ^ Nanaka 6/17, episode 8 closing credits
  7. ^ Nanaka 6/17, episode 9 closing credits - episode distinguishes her from the other mean girls by name
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