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Pastel Volume1 Cover.jpg
The cover of volume 1 of the Pastel manga (English edition).
Genre Romantic comedy
Author Toshihiko Kobayashi
Publisher Kodansha
English publisher United States Del Rey Manga
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine (2002-2003)
Magazine Special (2003-Present)
Original run 17 November 2002 – ongoing
Volumes 23 [1]
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Pastel (ぱすてる Pasuteru ?) is a shōnen manga by Toshihiko Kobayashi and published in the U.S. by Del Rey Manga. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine, then moved to Magazine Special in 2003. From chapter 50 and onwards, it is in monthly magazine format. The story follows a similar plot to Kobayashi's earlier work Parallel.



Mugi Tadano is a 16-year-old boy who lives alone; his mother died years ago and his father is always on frequent trips as a photographer. When his first love, Hinako, leaves him for Tokyo, he is understandably heartbroken. Kazuki, Mugi's best friend, invites him to work with him at his aunt's beach-side inn, in the hope of helping him shake off his depression. But things take a fateful turn one day when, while at work, he spies on a beautiful girl, Yuu Tsukisaki, changing clothes in an alley behind the inn. Yuu, instead of getting angry, charges him ¥120 (approx. $1.05 USD) for watching her. This isn't the last that he would hear from her, though, as the next day Kazuki sets him up on a blind date with none other than Yuu. They proceed to have a great time, but a great misunderstanding (and a sign of things to come) rears its ugly head when Mugi walks in again on Yuu, this time who is currently having a bath. Later, Kazuki tells him that she's taking the earliest ferry back home, seemingly agitated, Mugi runs to the harbor with the intent of trying to prevent another relationship from being nipped in the bud, she is long gone. Dejected, unsure he would ever see her again, he arrives home to get ready to search for her, only to discover that Mugi's father had allowed Yuu and her younger sister to live with them, because their father, who was a friend of Mugi's father, had died.


Major characters

Mugi Tadano (只野 麦 Tadano Mugi ?)
The male protagonist of the series. He spent most of his childhood living in Onomichi by himself because of his mother’s death and his father’s work. He is very self-sufficient and able to do house work, make various repairs, budget money, and especially cook. Even though he is described as plain-looking—his name is routinely punned Tada-no-Mugi "common Mugi" (or "common wheat")—he has a few girls that are attracted to him. Most of the time he is unaware of their feelings. He has become very devoted to Yuu, who he fell in love with at first sight, but he does not tell her out of fear of their relationship crumbling and her not having anywhere to live. Once Yuu’s circumstances changed, he has been trying to confess to her, but is often hindered by his own indecisiveness or being interrupted. He is prone to be in compromising situations with the female characters or having sexual fantasies about Yuu and also seems to have a tendency to blurt out almost anything about his feelings or opinions, much to his embarrassment. As of the end of volume 14, he confessed to Yuu and found his feelings reciprocated. During volume 16, Mugi's long-anticipated kiss with Yuu had finally been realized.
Yuu Tsukisaki (月咲 ゆう Tsukisaki Yū ?)
The female protagonist of the series. She chose to take up Mr. Tadano’s offer to live with Mugi after her father died, because she did not want to trouble her mother’s new marriage. She is a good-natured girl who is smart and responsible. She is described as being very cute with a developed body. She is popular in school and has an easy time making friends. Unlike her sister, she chooses to come back to Onomichi to live with Mugi instead of moving to America with her mother. Although at times she has denied having any romantic interest in Mugi, she often gets jealous when Mugi is with other girls. As of the end of volume 14, she stops denying her own feelings, declares her love to Mugi, and agrees to date him, although in secret to all but their closest friends since everyone believes them to be related. In volume 16, Yuu finally shares a long-anticipated kiss with Mugi. Throughout the remainder of later volumes, Yuu's inner thoughts mirror that of Mugi's inner thoughts (excluding any ecchi desires).
Tsukasa Tsukisaki (月咲 つかさ Tsukisaki Tsukasa ?)
Yuu’s younger sister by one year. She is a vibrant, mayhem-causing character that loves attention. She is more sexually mature then her older sister and often embarrasses Mugi by correctly guessing his perverted thoughts. She has a propensity with coming up with complex plans and changing games to have a sexual variation. She chose to move to America with her mother, but often comes back to visit. During her last visit, her body has matured to the point that if she wears a wig she can impersonate her older sister almost perfectly.
Kazuki Sanmiya (三宮 一機 Sanmiya Kazuki ?)
Mugi’s best friend since childhood. He looks about four years older than his actual age because of his dark complexion. He is often be seen as a delinquent by people who do not know him because he drinks, smokes, get into fights, and rides a motorcycle. Because of this image, he is both popular among younger girls and also feared by others, like Manami’s friend Fumiko. Most girls that he flirts with flatly reject him, those that do not usually slap him because he is too forward. Strangely, after he begins dating Manami, he has started to clean up his act in order to feel that he is deserving of her.
Manami Sakiya (崎谷 まなみ Sakiya Manami ?)
She is one of Mugi’s childhood friends. For six long years she has harbored a secret crush on Mugi, but would not do anything about it because Mugi at the time was dating her friend Hinako. She confessed to Mugi twice, both times being rejected because he already fell in love with Yuu. She was shocked when Sanmiya confessed to her on his 18th birthday telling her that he has liked her for the past ten years. After Sanmiya got into a motorcycle accident, she realizes that she has feelings for him and they begin to date.
Sayuri Watase (渡瀬 さゆり Watase Sayuri ?)
Mugi’s childhood crush who became like a mother to him when his real mother died. She taught Mugi how to cook, and remains one of his harshest critics. She has since moved to Tokyo where she attends Tokyo University and models part-time. She often comes to visit in order to binge on beer and play Tekken with Tsukasa. She values her relationship with Mugi to the extent that Takumi was introduced to him before her own parents.[2] In Chapter 94, she and Takumi finally get married.
Ken Tadano (只野 健 Tadano Ken ?)
Mugi’s father, who is a scenic and wildlife photographer. Because of his profession, he often is away from home for long periods of time and Mugi is never sure when he is returning. He made a promise with Yuu and Tsukasa's father that he would take care of his daughters, which he has kept. He has a habit of forgetting to tell his son important decisions that he has made, yet evidently strives to be good father to Mugi. Ken briefly returns in Chapter 98, to check up on Mugi, Yuu and Mako, where the latter tells him that she has fallen in love again, reminding him of a promise he had made to her when they first met that when she ever does, he would give her a reward. When she hints that it is him, he simply smiles and signs the marriage certificates that Mako faked earlier and officially becomes his wife, indicating that the feelings between them are mutual.
Tetsu Shiba (志波 哲 Shiba Tetsu ?)
Tetsu is owner a small Japanese-style restaurant that offers Mugi and Yuu refuge when they get caught in the rain. After tasting Mugi’s cooking, he offers Mugi a part-time job and becomes his cooking mentor. He is a big believer in overall food presentation, which is shown in his prized plate collection. Much to Aoi's annoyance, he seems to have a fondness for older women.[3] In the end however, Tetsu eventually comes to realize his feelings for Aoi and accepts her, and the two become a couple.
Aoi Sonobe (園辺 あおい Sonobe Aoi ?)
Aoi is a young talented traveling artist that usually shows up at Tetsu’s restaurant on rainy days. She claims that she no longer has any family or home, but when Mugi offers her to stay at his home she claims that she is happy with her current life style. She is very much in love with Tetsu, but he does not return her affections because he believes it would only hold her back. She has a tendency of hugging and kissing people. In the end, when Aoi finally gets tired of Tetsu after hearing from him that he was getting an omiai, she resolves to leave but before she does completely, Tetsu catches up to her and asks her to come back to him, promising her that he would give her happiness, thus becoming an official couple.
Mako Minamino Tadano (只野 南野 マコ Tadano Minamino Mako ?)
Mako is the newest resident of the Tadano household. Ken met her in Alaska when he was taking pictures during the Aurora Borealis, where she was mourning the third anniversary of her high school sweetheart’s death. She was first introduced to Mugi as his new mother, but it is later learned it was a lie and that there were no plans for a wedding. Only being five years older than Mugi, she enjoys suggesting activities with Mugi that Yuu deems inappropriate. Much like Tsukasa, she likes to play games with a sexual twist, like strip Janken, of which so far she has not lost one game. As of Chapter 98, she reveals that she has in actuality come to love Ken and became Mugi's genuine step-mother by the end of that chapter. A running joke is that she dazzles men with her large breasts, which causes various results. In later volumes of the manga, it would seem that she has devised several schemes to try and "consummate" Mugi and Yuu's relationship further, albeit, schemes involving intimate and perverted antics much to her amusement (but to everyone else's annoyance).
Kiku Murakami (村上 菊 Murakami Kiku ?)
Kiku is a popular girl from another class that the main characters meet on a group date. She likes to tease guys and use them for her own entertainment. After seeing how popular and innocent Yuu is, she makes her goal to sully Yuu’s reputation and make her life miserable. While she pretends to be Yuu’s friend, she takes scandalous pictures of herself dressed up like Yuu and sends them to their classmates. After hoax was revealed, she then tries to seduce Mugi because she viewed him as Yuu’s strength[4]. She returns later on through a chance encounter with Mugi. She no longer acts innocent, but is still popular with guys. It is insinuated that she now has genuine feelings for Mugi even though she knows that he likes Yuu. She believes that a relationship between Mugi and Yuu will not last over three years because they are too similar and it would not be equal partnership.

Minor characters

Hinako Kayama (加山 ひな子 Kayama Hinako ?)
Mugi’s childhood friend and ex-girlfriend. She broke up with Mugi when she left for Tokyo for school. Many characters view Mugi and her as being very compatible. She is very accident prone, but seldom gets hurt. During Mugi's trip to Tokyo, it is revealed that she still has feelings for him. Later, she travels to Onomichi hoping to get back together with Mugi but he turns her down, explaining that he likes Yuu. It should be noted that she and Mugi used to progress so slowly, that Kazuki and Manami had to forge love letter for each of them, to get them together.
Yuu and Tsukasa’s mother (岩井 Iwai ?)
She divorced her husband when her daughters were still in elementary school because she could not handle the long period of time in which he was away[5]. She has since been remarried. After her ex-husband's death, she wished for her daughters to live with her, but her new husband was against it because his son was still living at home. Eventually she missed her daughters so much that she was willing to divorce her second husband in order to live with them, but since her stepson already moved out her husband was willing to accept Yuu and Tsukasa. She has since relocated to the United States because of her husband’s work. She eventually finds out when Mugi suddenly blurts out that he and Yuu are officially a couple (even though she knew all along since Tsukasa informed her before Mugi could say anything).
Yuu and Tsukasa’s father
A former rival photographer and friend of Ken Tadano. Both were in the same University's Photography Club. His wife divorced him because of the long periods of time he would be away, due to the fact that he partially put his rivalry with Ken above his family, after the divorce he retired in order to take care of his daughters. He has since passed away because of an undisclosed medical condition.
Yūji Tachibana (立花 優時 Tachibana Yūji ?)
He is popular boy from Onomichi School that took a liking to Yuu. Even though he is good looking with a positive personality, he also is known to be carefree and take aggressive approach to girls he likes. Much to his disappointment, Yuu only thinks of him as a friend. In Chapter 102, he already has a girlfriend, much to Mugi's relief and ego, however, his girlfriend somewhat resembles Yuu, albeit, in a more homely way.
Megumi Iwai (岩井 めぐみ Iwai Megumi ?)
She is described as the prettiest girl in the grade above Mugi. She is a serious student that was the Student Council President, member of the Photography Club, and won many awards. Because of this reputation, many guys deemed her unapproachable. Much to Mugi surprise, she asked if Mugi would go on a date with her during her farewell speech. At first she claimed the date was only to make some memories before she left for Tokyo. It was later discovered that she has secretly liked Mugi for the past 6 years, but could never find the courage or proper circumstances to tell him.
Takumi Shijou (四条 拓実 Shijō Takumi ?)
He is introduced as Sayuri’s fiancé. He works at a small second-hand furniture shop, which Sayuri happen to visit. After first time he saw her, he produced his name stamp and bank booklet, and proposed marriage[6]. After dating for a while he proposed again, which she finally agreed. He has a habit of repairing other people's stuff when he is not asked. Unlike Sayuri, he does not drink alcohol, but instead enjoys tomato juice.
Makoto Sasagawa (笹川 誠 Sasagawa Makoto ?)
One of Yuu’s Tokyo friends who has since moved to Osaka. He is mistaken by Mugi as Yuu’s ex-boyfriend. He later revealed to Mugi that he does in fact like Yuu and tried to take an aggressive approach with her, but has had little success.
Hana Hanayama (花山 花 Hanayama Hana ?)
A daughter of one of Tetsu’s friends who also owns a restaurant. For a week Mugi works for her because her father is in the hospital for a broken bone and Mugi needs extra money. At first Mugi believes that she is older than him, but later he learns that she is actually a grade below him. After working together, she falls in love with him. She frequently walks with Mugi to school and bring him food for lunch. Yuu is not be very fond of her because she resembles Hinako.
Urara Haruno (春野 うらら Haruno Urara ?)
A girl that took extra lessons with Mugi. She is in the school volleyball team. People describes her as ero-kawa (a combination between ero and kawaii, which is erotic and cute). At one point, Yuu grew jealous of her when she saw her hanging around with Mugi. She speculated that Urara may have a crush on Mugi, but Urara revealed to Yuu that she really had a crush on a childhood friend who is into sports as much as her, due to the fact he somewhat resembles Mugi by appearance.

Manga volumes

Note: This list uses official English-translated titles through volume 14, unofficial Japanese translations thereafter.

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 I Love Yuu 2002-11-15
ISBN 4-06-363175-3[7]
ISBN 0-345-48627-7[8]
  • English language edition contains 5 colour plates.
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra The Pastel Meeting.
  • Miracle 1: The Night the Moon Laughed
  • Miracle 2: I Want to Protect You
  • Miracle 3: The Burden of Love
  • Miracle 4: Living Together
Mugi's girlfriend Hinako moves away to Tokyo, leaving him heartbroken. Taking a job in an island bar to ease his troubled mind, he catches a beautiful girl changing into a bathing costume behind the building. Instead of being mad at him, she instead charges him ¥120 for the privilege. Later, his work-shy friend and colleague Kazuki unknowingly sets him up on a date with the very same girl, called Yuu. Mugi is smitten. Unfortunately, the following day he accidentally walks in upon a naked Yuu emerging from the hotel baths... and this time she isn't so understanding, slapping him hard across the face. When he later goes to apologise, he discovers that she has left the island for good. Saddened, he returns to his home on the mainland, only to discover that Yuu and her sister Tsukasa have moved into his house at the generous invitation of his father. Mugi takes the two girls under his wing when his father departs for a photographic assignment.
2 Love Triangle 2002-12-17
ISBN 4-06-363181-8[7]
ISBN 0-345-48628-5[8]
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra At Work on Pastel 1.
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra At Work on Pastel 2.
  • Miracle 5: The Long Day
  • Miracle 6: The Secret Pair
  • Miracle 7: Three Kids, One Roof
  • Miracle 8: Good Luck to an Honest Man!
  • Miracle 9: Old Friends
  • Miracle 10: A Midsummer's Triangle?
  • Miracle 11: A Night at the Summer Festival
  • Miracle 12: Fragments of Love
  • Miracle 13: Graduating From Friendship
3 Back to School 2003-02-17
ISBN 4-06-363206-7[7]
ISBN 0-345-48689-7[8]
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra Pastel Special Guests.
  • Miracle 14: Second Love
  • Miracle 15: Women...
  • Miracle 16: A Stormy New Semester
  • Miracle 17: Love Goes Round and Round
  • Miracle 18: What Makes the Man?
  • Miracle 19: The Dating Obstacle Course
  • Miracle 20: The Midnight Romance Express
  • Miracle 21: Tokyo Love Stories
  • Miracle 22: Opposite Paths
4 Rumors in the Air 2003-05-16
ISBN 4-06-363238-5[7]
ISBN 0-345-48690-0[8]
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra At Work on Pastel: The Tale of the Ninja.
  • Miracle 23: The Intersection of Love
  • Miracle 24: A Distant Promise?
  • Miracle 25: A Gift on a Rainy Day
  • Miracle 26: The Shape of Happiness
  • Miracle 27: The Smile of a Fallen Angel
  • Miracle 28: An Invisible Trap
  • Miracle 29: Where Rumours Lead
  • Miracle 30: How to Get Your Man
  • Miracle 31: A Moment of Relaxation
5 Smooch! 2003-07-17
ISBN 4-06-363264-4[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49324-8[8]
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra Pastel Colored Back Pain.
  • Miracle 32: Only One
  • Miracle 33: The Steps of Love
  • Miracle 34: Riding the Rails
  • Miracle 35: The Dream Tree
  • Miracle 36: A Pleasant Shower
  • Miracle 37: The Perch
  • Miracle 38: Aimless Heart
  • Miracle 39: Happy Birthday to Yuu!
  • Miracle 40: A Young Girl's Worries
6 Sayonara, Yuu! 2003-09-17
ISBN 4-06-363288-1[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49325-5[8]
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra A Pastel-Colored Year.
  • Miracle 41: One the Other Side of the Film
  • Miracle 42: Portrait of a Family
  • Miracle 43: Mother and Daughter
  • Miracle 44: Mugi's Decision
  • Miracle 45: Yuu's Heart
  • Miracle 46: All Those Memories
  • Miracle 47: After You're Gone
  • Miracle 48: Like the Day We First Met
  • Miracle 49: The Miracle that is Today
7 A New Temptation 2004-02-17
ISBN 4-06-363340-3[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49326-2[8]
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra A Pastel Colored Mouse.
  • Miracle 50: A New Season
  • Miracle 51: What it is to be a Man
  • Miracle 52: Our First Fight
  • Miracle 53: An Angel's Prank?
8 Sister to the Rescue 2004-07-15
ISBN 4-06-363402-7[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49876-2[8]
  • Miracle 54: Forecast of the Future
  • Miracle 55: Dating Diploma
  • Miracle 56: The Little Demon Comes Home
  • Miracle 57: Saying I Love You
9 A Special Present 2004-12-17
ISBN 4-06-363463-9[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49877-9[8]
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra A Pastel-Colored Korean Boom.
  • Bonus drawing An-Age 17.
  • Notes about Apricot Girl.
  • Miracle 58: The Day of Heroes
  • Miracle 59: Please Love Me
  • Miracle 60: A Single Promise
  • Miracle 61: Turning 18
10 Fool for Love 2005-04-15
ISBN 4-06-363511-2[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49878-6[8]
  • Bonus panel Hang in There Mugi! I.
  • Bonus panel Hang in There Mugi! II.
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra A Pastel Colored....
  • Miracle 62: The Best Cheer Ever
  • Miracle 63: Manami's Love Strategy
  • Miracle 64: Osaka Love Quarrel
  • Miracle 65: No Ordinary Day
11 Mugi Mama 2005-07-15
ISBN 4-06-363555-4[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49879-3[8]
  • Short story A Bouquet for the Candy Girl.
  • 12 character design sketches with mini-biographies.
  • Miracle 66: Mako-chan the Witch
  • Miracle 67: The Skies of Yesterday and the Unforgettable Promise
  • Miracle 68: Bridging the Gap
12 A Summer Confession 2005-11-17
ISBN 4-06-363595-3[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-49880-9[8]
  • Short story Kiku and Mame.
  • Miracle 69: The Isle of Love?
  • Miracle 70: A Midsummer Miracle
  • Miracle 71: A Wavering Future?
  • Miracle 72: The Other Side of Confession
13 An Old Flame 2006-03-17
ISBN 4-06-363640-2[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-50828-7[8]
  • Short story Apricot Girl.
  • "Behind the Scenes" extra A Pastel-Colored Comic Jack.
  • Miracle 73: Now's My Chance!
  • Miracle 74: The First Step!
  • Miracle 75: God's Test!?
  • Miracle 76: If You Don't Love Me...
14 No More Excuses 2006-07-14
ISBN 4-06-363693-3[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-50829-4[8]
  • Miracle 77: A Loss of Warmth?
  • Miracle 78: When Things Spill Over
  • Miracle 79: Getting Through That Lonesome Night
  • Miracle 80: More Than Yesterday, More Than Today!
15 2006-12-15
ISBN 4-06-363758-1[7]
ISBN 978-0-345-50830-0[8]
  • Miracle 81: Two people slowly
  • Miracle 82: The relation that cannot be told
  • Miracle 83: Feelings that embeds gradually
  • Miracle 84: Is lying the start of love?
16 2007-04-17
ISBN 978-4-06-363817-2[7]
  • Miracle 85: An ero-kawa in love?
  • Miracle 86: Steps to a kiss
  • Miracle 87: The taste of happiness
  • Miracle 88: Love is... sunny, followed by a changeup?
17 2007-08-17
ISBN 978-4-06-363866-0[7]
  • Miracle 89: A sketch that began today
  • Miracle 90: A dream painted by Yuu-chan
  • Miracle 91: Is it a dream or reality!?
  • Miracle 92: Waking up from the dream, a brand new morning...
18 2007-12-17
ISBN 978-4-06-363926-1[7]
  • Miracle 93: Growing Feelings
  • Miracle 94: All You Need Is Love!
  • Miracle 95: Beautiful Winding Paths
  • Miracle 96: A Trap For The Young Couple?
19 2008-05-16
ISBN 978-4-06-363984-1[7]
  • Miracle 97: Conscious About The Future
  • Miracle 98: Pendulum In The Heart
  • Miracle 99: Capricious 18th
  • Miracle 100: Bright Adolescence
20 2008-09-17
ISBN 978-4-06-384039-1[7]
  • Miracle 101: Be Yourself
  • Miracle 102: Colors of the Heart
  • Miracle 103: First Love
  • Miracle 104: Fully Embracing You
21 2009-01-16
ISBN 978-4-06-384084-1[1]
  • Miracle 105: Stairs to Adulthood
  • Miracle 106: Chrysanthemum in the Heart
  • Miracle 107: Couples
  • Miracle 108: Flowery Divinations
22 2009-04-17
ISBN 978-4-06-384119-0[1]
  • Miracle 109: Girls Far and Near
  • Miracle 110: 15 years of Selfishness
  • Miracle 111: Orion Found
  • Miracle 112: Parallel Motives
  • Miracle 113: Tempting Blue Eyes
23 2009-08-17
ISBN 978-4-06-384169-5[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pastel" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved 07 December 2009.  
  2. ^ Pastel, volume 9 tankōbon (Chapter 60, Page 028–029).
  3. ^ Pastel, volume 6 tankōbon (Chapter 42, Page 014)
  4. ^ Pastel, volume 4 tankōbon (Chapter 30, Page 145).
  5. ^ "Pastel" Manga; Volume 6 tankōbon (Chapter 40, Page 003).
  6. ^ "Pastel" Manga; volume 9 tankōbon (Chapter 60, Page 011).
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Pastel" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved 07 December 2009.  
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Search Results: Pastel". Del Rey/Random House. Retrieved 2009-01-12.  

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