Tokimeki Tonight

Tokimeki Tonight

Cover of the 25th manga volume
(Tokimeki Tunaito)
Genre Romantic comedy
Written by Koi Ikeno
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ribon
Original run July 1982October 1994
Volumes 30
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa
Studio Group TAC, Toho
Network NTV
Original run October 7, 1982 September 22, 1983
Episodes 34
Tokimeki Midnight
Written by Koi Ikeno
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Cookie
Original run 20022009
Volumes 9

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 Hiroshi Sasagawa was adapted from the manga and was broadcast on NTV from October 7, 1982 to September 22, 1983.


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

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. The following morning, Shun tries to talk to Ranze 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".




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

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

  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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