Golden Time

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Volume 01 cover.

Golden Time is a light novel series by author Takemiya Yuyuko and illustrator Komatsu Eeji. It has an ongoing manga adaptation written by the original author and illustrated by Umechazuke. An anime adaptation was broadcast over two cours: fall of 2013 and winter of 2014.

The series is complete at 8 volumes (with 3 extra volumes of side-stories).

Golden Time is also available in the following languages:

Story Synopsis

Tada Banri, a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo, found himself completely lost after the opening ceremony, trying to find his way to the freshman orientation. Just then, he ran into another lost freshman from the same school, Yanagisawa Mitsuo, and they hit it off at once. As they were hurrying to their intended goal, with hardly any time to spare, there appeared in front of them a beautiful girl holding a bouquet of roses. The girl whacked Mitsuo across the face with the bouquet and handed the flowers over to him. "Congratulations, Freshman!", was all she said, and then she left. The stylish, well dressed, perfect woman that had swung at Mitsuo was his childhood friend, Kaga Kouko. As children she had promised to marry him one day, fulfilling her dreams. In order to escape from her, Mitsuo had gone out secretly and taken the entrance exam for this well known private college, but now there she was in the freshman orientation hall. She had taken the law school entrance exam too, and had caught up to him there.



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Format Standards

Every Chapter (after editing) must confirm to the general format guidelines.

  • General Format/Style Guideline
  • Names - Standard translations for the characters' names.
  • Since Baka-Tsuki uses American English as its standard for English, in this translation (Golden Time), temperatures, weights and sizes are given in English units (degrees Fahrenheit, pounds and feet+inches). Monetary units remain in yen, however.


  • Aug 23, 2020 - Volume 6 started.
  • Jul 26, 2020 - Volume 5 completed.
  • Jul 28, 2015 - Volume 4 completed.
  • Jan 23, 2014 - Volume 3 completed.
  • Apr 01, 2013 - Volume 2 completed.
  • Apr 14, 2012 - Spinoff, Chapter 1 completed.
  • Feb 01, 2012 - Volume 1 completed.
  • Oct 11, 2010 - Translation of chapter one started.
  • Oct 03, 2010 - Project started with teaser (the prologue).

A more complete list of updates can be found on the Golden Time Updates page.

The Golden Time series by Yuyuko Takemiya

The Golden Time series by Yuyuko Takemiya

Volume 1: A Blackout in Spring

Vol1 Cover

Volume 2: The Answer is YES

Vol2 Cover

Volume 3: Masquerade

Vol3 Cover

Volume 4: Don't Look Back

Vol4 Cover

Volume 5: The Ghost of Summer, Japanese Summer

Vol5 Cover

Volume 6: To Memories of Other Lives

Vol6 Cover

Volume 7: I'll Be Back

Vol7 Cover

Volume 8: Winter Journey

Vol8 Cover
  • Novel Illustrations
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6 (15% done, last eight pages only)
  • Postscript
  • Translator's Notes and References

Spinoff: Mr. Two Dimensions Special

Spinoff Cover

Extras: A Hundred Years After That Summer, We're Still Laughing

Extra Cover
  • Novel Illustrations
  • Chapter 1: Mitsuo's Room
  • Chapter 2: A Hundred Years After That Summer, We're Still Laughing
  • Chapter 3: Summer Night Tour
  • Postscript
  • Translator's Notes and References

Biographies: AFRICA

Biographies Cover
  • Novel Illustrations
  • Your Eyes Only
  • A Brief Transgression
  • Postscript
  • Translator's Notes and References

Project Staff

  • Supervisor: 分からない
  • Project Manager: 分からない


  • Rpapo (Since the beginning...)
  • Fukukaze (Arrived in a blaze of fire, and then burned out.)
  • GundamSFS (Will return once becoming more fluent at Japanese)
  • Larethian (Retired from project)
  • Nura Rihan (Retired from project)


All editors that speak English proficiently are welcomed, and if you understand written Japanese . . . all the better!

Publishing History


  • Golden Time 1: A Blackout in Spring, ISBN 978-4-04-868878-9, September 10, 2010
  • Golden Time 2: The Answer is YES!, ISBN 978-4-04-870381-9, March 10, 2011
  • Golden Time 3: Masquerade, ISBN 978-4-04-870735-0, August 10, 2011
  • Golden Time 4: Don't Look Back, ISBN 978-4-04-886546-3, March 10, 2012
  • Golden Time Spinoff: Mr. Two Dimensions Special, ISBN 978-4-04-886631-6, June 10, 2012
  • Golden Time 5: The Ghost of Summer, Japanese Summer, ISBN 978-4-04-866897-6, September 10, 2012
  • Golden Time Extras: A Hundred Years After That Summer, We're Still Laughing, ISBN 978-4-04-891324-9, January 10, 2013
  • Golden Time 6: To Memories of Other Lives, ISBN 978-4-04-891557-1, April 10, 2013
  • Golden Time Biographies: AFRICA, ISBN 978-4-04-891858-9, August 10, 2013
  • Golden Time 7: I'll Be Back, ISBN 978-4-04-866059-4, October 10, 2013
  • Golden Time 8: Winter Journey, ISBN 978-4-04-866414-1, March 10, 2014


  • Golden Time Mr. Two Dimensions Special, Dengeki Bunko Magazine #16, November 2010, pages 60-77.
  • Golden Time Love from Mr. Two Dimensions 2011, Dengeki Bunko Magazine #19, May 2011, pages 98-118.
  • Golden Time The Nijigen Incident (Before), Dengeki Bunko Magazine #21, September 2011, pages 100-110.
  • Golden Time The Nijigen Incident (After), Dengeki Bunko Magazine #22, November 2011, pages 108-125.
  • NANA-senpai is dead drunk and turns into THAT ____-chan...!?, Dengeki Bunko Magazine #24, November 2013, pages 20-35.

NOTE: The first four were gathered into the spinoff book "Mr. Two Dimensions Special".


  • Golden Time 1, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-886494-7, March 27, 2012 (chapters 01-06, LN v1 c1-3)
  • Golden Time 2, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-891022-4, September 27, 2012 (chapters 07-12, LN v1 c4-5)
  • Golden Time 3, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-891456-7, March 27, 2013 (chapters 13-17, LN v2 c1-3)
  • Golden Time 4, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-891767-4, July 27, 2013 (chapters 18-22, LN v2 c4 to LN v3 ~p50)
  • Golden Time 5, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-866236-9, January 27, 2014 (chapters 23-28, LN v3 c1 to LN v4 prologue)
  • Golden Time Official Comic Anthology, Dengeki Comics, ISBN 978-4-04-866296-3, January 27, 2014
  • Golden Time 6, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-866704-3, June 27, 2014 (chapters 29-33, LN v4 c1 to LN v5 prologue)
  • Golden Time 7, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-869130-7, December 20, 2014 (chapters 34-38, LN v5 c1 to LN v6 c2)
  • Golden Time 8, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-865218-6, July 27, 2015 (chapters 39-44, LN v6 c3 to LN v7 c6 1st half)
  • Golden Time 9, ASCII Media Works, ISBN 978-4-04-892372-9, Sep 27, 2016 (to end of story)

NOTE: The manga series Golden Time has been licensed and published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. It is available in both printed and Amazon Kindle forms.

More Information

The Baka-Tsuki forum topic for Golden Time.