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Naisho no Tsubomi
Genre Slice of life story, Romance, Drama
Author Yuu Yabuuchi
Publisher Japan Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Original run 2005 – ongoing
Volumes 5
Original video animation
Director Akira Shigino
Writer Naruhisa Arakawa
Studio Studio Kikan
Released 2008-04-25 – 2008-06-27
Episodes 3
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Naisho no Tsubomi (ないしょのつぼみ ?, lit. Secret Tsubomi) is a Japanese shōjo manga authored by Yuu Yabuuchi, and published by Shogakukan. As of 2008, 5 volumes have been released in Japan. An OVA anime for the series was released on the 24th of April, 2008. A second OVA episode was released in June, 2008. The series received the 2009 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.[1]



Naisho no Tsubomi is a critically acclaimed manga that tells the story of Tsubomi Tachibana, a fifth grader dealing with rather sensitive issues such as her mother's pregnancy, her first period and the strange feelings she has started to get when around boys. When she first met Daiki, she tends to blush a lot when she is around him, she does not know what that feeling is at first, but further into the story she then discovers that she, in fact, has fallen in love with Daiki.

Main characters

Tsubomi Tachibana: A fifth grader who deals with sensitive issues while growing up. She is worried about the people around her and tries hard to help them when they are in need. This leads to her trying to handle issues such as her first menstruation alone. Although Tsubomi is a responsible and helpful girl, she is naive in a sense that she does not understand many things around her. She is happy about her mother's pregnancy.

She is troubled about lot of things like the strange feelings that she has around Nemoto, the "indecent things" that her parents have done to make a baby, and her feelings towards Saya when she gets close to Nemoto. Tsubomi is shown to have feelings for Nemoto but does not quite know it herself. Seiyuu: Kaori Nazuka

Saya Endo: A beautiful new transfer student in Tsubomi's school and class. She knows many things and is a friendly character. She gets along with Tsubomi from the beginning of the story and acts like a sister to her by helping her with her problems. Not only she helps Tsubomi, she even helps Daiki. She seems more mature than other children of the same age. Seiyuu: Ami Koshimizu

Daiki Nemoto: He is friend of Futoshi and You. He calms Tsubomi down when she is going to see her mother and gives her a toy pidgey which she to attaches to her bag. He is nice and popular with girls, including those who are better trainers than himself. He starts to have feelings for Tsubomi, and realizes them after they secretly see Yae and You battling. Seiyuu: Ryoko Shiraishi

Yae Yamabuki: She is tall, slim and calm. She is one of Tsubomi's best friends and her nickname is "Yae-chin". She is troubled by buying bras and her flat chest. She likes Saegusa and starts going out with him in chapter 5, and they kiss in chapter 9. Seiyuu: Sanae Kobayashi

Rea Katou: She is small, hyperactive and very curious, mostly about perverted things. She is one of Tsubomi's friends and Futoshi's childhood friend. She is teased by Futoshi many times, which makes her want to be slim and beautiful. Her nick name is "Rea-Pi". Seiyuu: Akemi Kanda

You Saegusa: He is quiet, very popular and considered "the class idol". He has an older sister that helps Yae with her problems. He likes Yae and becomes her boyfriend in chapter 5, but they keep it a secret because many girls would be jealous. Seiyuu: Mitsuki Saega

Futoshi Kuki: He is You and Daiki's friend, as well as Rae's childhood friend. He is perverted and often talks about big breasts. He also likes to tease Rea, though he is actually concerned for her because he likes her. Seiyuu: Kouki Miyata

OVA Episode List

Episode Airdate Title Synopsis
1 Babies are a secret.
2 Boys♂ Girls♀
3 Why we fall in love.


  1. ^ "54th Shogakukan Manga Award Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009.  

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