Tokimeki Tonight

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Tokimeki Tonight
Cover of the 25th manga volume
(Tokimeki Tunaito)
GenreRomantic comedy
Written byKoi Ikeno
Published byShueisha
Original runJuly 1982October 1994
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Sasagawa
StudioGroup TAC, Toho
Original networkNTV
Original run October 7, 1982 September 22, 1983
Tokimeki Midnight
Written byKoi Ikeno
Published byShueisha
Original run20022009
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Tokimeki Tonight (Japanese: ときめきトゥナイト, Hepburn: Tokimeki Tunaito, lit. "Exciting Tonight") is a Japanese manga series by Koi Ikeno. It was serialized in Shueisha's manga magazine Ribon from July 1982 to October 1994. An anime television series directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa was adapted from the manga and was broadcast on NTV from October 7, 1982 to September 22, 1983.


15-year-old Ranze Eto lives in an isolated castle in Japan with her werewolf mother, vampire father, and younger brother, Rinze. Despite her lineage, she has yet to demonstrate any special powers of her own, and her parents are worried she might be a normal girl. One day, Ranze's innate power finally manifests itself when she, quite by accident, discovers that she can change herself into a carbon copy of any object she bites, whether it be a person or an inanimate object like a piece of bread, and can return to her normal self only by sneezing. Her parents are overjoyed, but Ranze's new powers make it difficult to continue living life as a normal teenage girl.

On Ranze's first day at her new school in junior high, she meets and falls in love with the brash yet handsome young athlete, Shun Makabe. The chief problem with this is that Ranze's parents will not allow her to date a human - although there may be much more to Shun than meets the eye. On top of this, she also has a bitter rival in the pretty but spiteful Yoko Kamiya (the daughter of a yakuza boss) who also likes Shun and doesn't take kindly to Ranze's intruding on her turf.

Final anime episode[edit]

Since the anime series ended years before the manga, the writers had to create an original ending. This leaves the story open-ended. In the last episode, it had Shun being discovered of a star birthmark, proving that he is actually the long lost prince of the Demon World. Ranze is thrilled by the news, meaning she'll be able to marry him. However, when confronted by the King, Shun denies being the long-lost-prince and claiming the star as a bruise. The King bans the Eto Family from the Demon World, until they can bring back his long-lost-son. When Shun returns home, his mother reveals that the star is actually a birthmark and he realizes that he's the true long lost prince of the Demon World, and the Eto family were right about it all along. The following morning, Shun tries to talk to Ranze about that star on the way to school, but Yoko ends up interrupting the conversation. The series closed with a special ending, with not only Ranze but the main cast dancing (in cloaks) to the ending, "Super Love Lotion".


The lead character, a 15-year-old girl, Ranze originally manifests no supernatural powers until she bites Yoko Kamiya and discovers she has vampiric powers that let her "metamorph" into whatever she bites a certain way.
The boy Ranze loves whom she also sits next to in class.
Ranze's rival, the spoiled daughter of a yakuza lord who also loves Shun.
Ranze's 5-year-old younger brother, he appears to not have any supernatural powers, but seems to be the only one that can tell who Ranze really is when she is transformed.
Ranze's father, a vampire
Ranze's mother, a werewolf
Ranze's classmate who has a crush on her
A demon who is the Prince of Spirit Kingdom. He has the ability to duplicate anything he touches. He is in love with Ranze.
A demon
Yoko's father, he is in love with Hanae Makabe
Shun's mother
  • Mr. Mitsuki
Ranze's middle school teacher.



There are 30 volumes in the original release of the manga series in Japan. In 2006, they sold 26 million copies, making Tokimeki Tonight the sixth best-selling shōjo manga.[1]

Tokimeki Midnight[edit]

In 2002, a second manga series called Tokimeki Midnight, also by Koi Ikeno, began serialization in Shueisha's magazine Cookie. The manga is an alternate retelling where the roles are reverse. The series completed in 2009 at nine volumes.


A 34-episode anime television series adaptation, directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa and produced by Group TAC and Toho, aired in Japan between October 7, 1982 and September 22, 1983 on NTV. Its opening theme is "Tokimeki Tonight" and its ending theme is "Super Love Lotion".

Episode list[edit]

  1. Ranze Eto's Secret (October 7, 1982)
  2. Door to The Demon World (October 14, 1982)
  3. Bathroom Crisis (October 21, 1982)
  4. A Small Friendship (October 28, 1982)
  5. Ranze goes to the Demon World (November 4, 1982)
  6. Foggy Night Romance (November 11, 1982)
  7. Beware the Cultural Festival (November 18, 1982)
  8. Love, Camera, Action (November 25, 1982)
  9. Tamasaburo's Love (December 2, 1982)
  10. The Invisible Girl, Miel (December 9, 1982)
  11. Birthday of the Full Moon (December 16, 1982)
  12. Eh?? Ranze's Wish (December 23, 1982)
  13. White Sweethearts (January 6, 1983)
  14. I saw it!! Ranze is a Tanuki! (January 13, 1983)
  15. Sorry for the Nudity (January 20, 1983)
  16. Love of The Young Runner (January 27, 1983)
  17. Fickle Magic Teacher (February 3, 1983)
  18. Title Match of Love (February 10, 1983)
  19. The Sentimental Giant (February 17, 1983)
  20. Chaos! Too many Ranzes! (February 24, 1983)
  21. Love Letter from E.T. (March 3, 1983)
  22. Panic! Pajama Game (March 10, 1983)
  23. Sand's Love Story (March 17, 1983)
  24. Ardent Love! Great War in the Demon World (March 24, 1983)
  25. The Transformation is seen! Shun must die (March 31, 1983)
  26. Execution Battleship! Space Wars (April 28, 1983)
  27. Clash! Rocky VS Shun (May 5, 1983)
  28. Stretching Angel, Hunter of Love (May 19, 1983)
  29. Shock! Future Encounter (June 9, 1983)
  30. The Prince's Order of Assassination (June 16, 1983)
  31. The Migratory Bird Returns (June 23, 1983)
  32. Venture! Island of Sweethearts (July 7, 1983)
  33. Tokimeki Folklore Comic (July 28, 1983)
  34. I Love you! I Love you! Love Triangle! (September 22, 1983)


On Anime News Network, Justin Sevakis said the anime was "a thirty year-old comedy that's still funny, with a setup that's still plausible and interesting, and animation that's still serviceable".[2]


  1. ^ "Historic Shōjo Manga Circulation Numbers". ComiPress. 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
  2. ^ Justin Sevakis (February 5, 2013). "Tokimeki Tonight". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 22, 2014.

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