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Asu no Yoichi

Name:     Asu No Yoichi
Alternate Name:     Ashita no Yoichi!
Year of Release:    2006
Status:     Ongoing
Author:     Minamoto, Yu
Artist:     Minamoto, Yu
Reading Direction:  Right to Left
Genre:     Comedy, Ecchi, Martial Arts, Shounen

Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi (明日のよいち! Asu no Yoichi!?, lit. Tomorrow's Yoichi) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yū Minamoto. It has been serialized in Monthly Shōnen Champion since October 2006 with last volume to be released on March 8, 2011. The manga is licensed and released in Chinese by Sharp Point Press. The manga is licensed in North America by Tokyopop as Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi!.
It has been adapted into an anime series by AIC and was broadcast in Japan on TBS between January 8, 2009 and March 26, 2009.

After learning martial arts in the mountains for 17 years under his father's teachings, Yoichi Karasuma's father orders Yoichi to continue his training to strengthen his spirit with the Ikaruga family in the city, as he has nothing left to teach him. The current head of the Ukiha Divine Wind Style Swordplay school of martial arts, Ibuki Ikaruga, and her siblings gradually accept Yoichi as a freeloader at their dojo. In addition to domestic problems, Yoichi deals with Washizu's jealousy of Ibuki and Yoichi's supposed relationship and his school life.

Yoichi Karasuma (烏丸 与一 Karasuma Yoichi?)

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
A high school sophomore who is also a young swordsman and has moved away from his mountain life to live with the Ikarugas in the city to continue his training. He is a very active person who actively enjoys martial arts with swordsmanship in particular. Due to his early childhood in the mountains with his father, he does not know the current customs in Japan or how to act around a girl. He is very honorable, which is shown when he addresses everyone with the dono (殿?, lit. lord/master) honorific. However, due to constant misunderstandings, Ibuki, in particular, constantly attacks him under the assumption that he had done something perverted. He is usually seen wearing a Japanese martial arts uniform and a wooden sword. He is a freeloader at Ikaruga Dojo and is a student of the Ukiha Kamikaze Swordplay (Soaring Wing, Divine Wind Style). He attends the private school Yoku-Ryou Gakuen with Ibuki and Ayame, and he's in the same class as Ibuki and Washizu. He recently was forced to join the Acting Club and was initially paired with Ibuki to play the main hero and heroine of a love-play, but Ayame took over Ibuki's role afterwards so she could get closer to Yoichi. He always gets nosebleeds after unintentionally doing or seeing something perverted, usually the latter. His training in swordsmanship has left him with greatly advanced fighting skills; one of the key factors in his moving was to earn experience to add to his knowledge. He is also oblivious to the fact that Ayame, Ibuki, and Angela are in love with him.

Ikaruga family
Ibuki Ikaruga (斑鳩 いぶき Ikaruga Ibuki?)
Voiced by: Rina Sato
Ibuki is a high school sophomore who becomes a self-appointed head of the Ikaruga family. She is popular at school due to her beauty. She becomes a maternal figure for the Ikaruga family since their parents went overseas at an early age. She secretly likes Yoichi but is the first to attack him for no reason as well as circumstantial reasons, usually when it involves other girls. She is good at studies, sports, and martial arts. She is the Assistant Instructor of Ikaruga Dojo, which teaches Ukiha Kamikaze Swordplay. There are only five students in her dojo due to her violent nature. However, she treats children in a maternal fashion. It is revealed in chapter 19.5 of the manga that her violent nature developed when her parents left Ibuki to look after her siblings at an early age. As the story goes after overcoming the hardships that her parent left for her thanks to Yoichi and her sisters she realizes she is in love with him.
Ayame Ikaruga (斑鳩 あやめ Ikaruga Ayame?)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
Ayame is a freshman in high school and Ibuki's younger sister. She has a shy, tsundere personality and is acutely aware of her small breasts when compared to those of her siblings. It took a while for her to like Yoichi romantically and she tries to help him at times while saying it was for no particular reason. She is bad with household chores in general and dislikes being compared to Ibuki, as she is constantly overshadowed. She has kissed Yoichi twice while he was unconscious during the performance of the play (the first unintentional and the other intentional).
Chihaya Ikaruga (斑鳩 ちはや Ikaruga Chihaya?)Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
Chihaya is a 15-year-old, 3rd year junior high school student and the second youngest (and most sexually frank) of the Ikaruga family. She is also a professional manga artist who uses her siblings and Yoichi as a basis for her manga by manipulating events to bring about satisfying resolutions. She also seems the most knowledgeable about relationships out of the sisters as she flirts with Yoichi while poking fun at the others. She is the only person in the Ikaruga family to wear glasses. Her signature hair antennae are reminiscient of Naru Narusegawa's from Love Hina.
Kagome Ikaruga (斑鳩 かごめ Ikaruga Kagome?)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
Kagome is the youngest of the Ikaruga family and an elementary school student. She is clumsy and does the washing up for the rest of the family. She has a shy personality and is very talented in cooking. Her breasts are bigger than Ayame's, so she binds her breasts to hide them. She is 10 years old in the anime.
Ryo Washizu (鷲頭 涼 Washizu Ryō?)
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai
Washizu (also known as "Wa-san") is Ibuki's classmate and a famous delinquent. At the beginning of the manga, Washizu was depicted as a loner, and the only friend he had was Torigaya. As the manga progressed, Washizu started being friendly to other people around him. Washizu has a crush on Ibuki and sees Yoichi as a perverted pimp who plays around with many girls, including Ibuki. He despises him because of his misunderstanding of the relationship between Yoichi and Ibuki. However, he occasionally teams up with Yoichi to fight a common enemy. Instead of confessing to Ibuki, He accidentally confessed to Ibuki's sister, Ayame, and they started acting as a comic relief of the manga. They usually think together for how they could get close to their respective love interests (Ibuki for Washizu, Yoichi for Ayame). The "Washizu Fantasy Channel" in the manga and "Washizu Vision" in the anime are Washizu's misinterpretations of the situation, usually concerning Ibuki. They can also be Washizu's fantasies.
Keita Torigaya (鳥谷 恵太 Torigaya Keita?)
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma
Torigaya is Washizu's only friend until Washizu started opening himself to other people. She usually acts cocky and arrogant when she is with Washizu and is very fond of children. Both in the anime and manga she started looking like a male, but chapter after chapter she apparently shrinks in size and shows more feminine traits. In the anime, her actual gender is suddenly revealed in the last chapter, while in the manga the change is much more gradual, having the first hint towards her actual gender when she dresses as a maid in chapter 37. This change seems to be noticed only by Washizu.

Tsubame Benten Ryuu Dojo
Tsubasa Tsubame (燕 つばさ Tsubame Tsubasa?) 

Voiced by: Yui Makino
Tsubasa is the next heir of the Tsubame Tenryu Ryouge, a martial arts school threatening to collapse due to lack of funds, and was originally hired by Ukyou Sakinomiya to assassinate Yoichi. She is a clumsy and shy girl who dreams of having a normal life. She has a crush on Washizu because he was the first one who treated her normally, but she gets hurt deeply after hearing Washizu saying that he hates martial arts. She insisted to her subordinate Angela that she should go to the same school as Yoichi so she would have a good opportunity to assassinate him, although her true motive was to be a normal high school girl. In one incident, she slices a soccer ball heading towards her in front of her classmates due to her instincts and gets depressed because everyone became silent. Yoichi openly greets her to ease the tension of the scene, and everyone else follows suit. After school, Angela ripped Tsubasa's clothes off in public, causing her to turn into a deadly martial artist in a trance-like state due to her embarrassment and attacks Yoichi at Angela's orders. However, when Washizu interrupted their fight, Tsubasa broke out of her trance and fled the scene crying from humiliation. Later, she told Angela that she hates both martial arts and Angela. But the next day, she forgave Angela and started a ramen shop with her. Like Washizu, she has her own version of the Washizu Fantasy Channel/Washizu Vision called the Tsubame Fantasy Channel ("Tsubame Vision" in the anime). Her full name translates to "Sparrow's Wings" or "Wings of a Sparrow" in Western order.
Angela Takatsukasa (鷹司 アンジェラ Takatsukasa Anjera?)Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame
Angela is a 16-years-old girl and Tsubasa's subordinate, who Yoichi describes as being "as tall as a model with a dynamic body". Initially Angela was hired by Ukyou Sakinomiya to assassinate Yoichi and she has been observing Tsubasa because she thought that the next heir of Tsubame Tenryu Ryouge should assassinate Yoichi. After she witnesses Tsubasa's lack of interest in proceeding with the job, she ripped off Tsubasa's clothes so she would turn into a deadly weapon, but the fight between Tsubasa and Yoichi was interrupted by Washizu. After Tsubasa left because of the embarrassment, Angela followed her and was in deep shock after hearing Tsubasa say that she hates both martial arts and Angela. She then attempted to assassinate Yoichi that night by herself, but was scared by the ghosts that she had seen in the Ikagura's household. In reality the "ghosts" were Ibuki's sisters whom Angela mistook for ghosts. After she reached Yoichi's room, she attempted to assassinate him, but Yoichi avoided all of her attacks while asleep. Due to when Yoichi was still in training at the mountains he diligently trained to stay on guard even while being fast asleep. She was taken off guard and was sexually harassed by Yoichi while he was still sleeping, but was saved by Ibuki and her sisters. After Yoichi woke up, she explained everything to the Ikarugas about the assassination plot and her assassination attempt. Yoichi lectured her about her mercenary ways and that she should use her martial art skills with pride as a member of the Tsubame Tenryu Ryouge as well for the revival of her martial arts school. After that, she left the house and encountered Tsubasa, who had already forgiven Angela for her previous actions. Angela then started a ramen shop with Tsubasa the next day. Angela also likes Yoichi romantically. The first kanji in her family name means "hawk" (鷹 taka?), in referenced to her watchful nature towards Tsubasa and the finger talons she uses as weapons.

Saginomiya clan 

Ukyo Saginomiya (鷺ノ宮 右京 Saginomiya Ukyō?) 
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Ukyo is the head of the Saginomiya clan and the head of the Heron's Temple, Azure Sky School. He has a crush on Ibuki and constantly attempts to kill Yoichi and forcefully kidnaps Ibuki. He is followed and helped by his younger sister, Sakon.
Sakon SaginomiyaShe faithfully follows her older brother around, and is very skilled in the arts of Disguise and "her skills with herbs are top notch." She was able to disguise herself as a little old lady and Ayame, although her "boobs were too big" to make the latter one effective. She is voiced by Sayuri Yahagi

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Volume 9
Volume 10
Volume 11
Volume 12
Volume 13
Volume 14
Volume 15

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