• Official image of the 6 main characters
  • The official Japanese logo
  • The voice actors for the main characters

Nogi Wakaba is a Hero (乃木若葉は勇者である Nogi Wakaba wa Yūsha de Aru?) is a light novel serialized in Dengeki G's magazine. The serialization began on July 30, 2015. The story of Nogi Wakaba is a Hero takes place 300 years in the past, in 2018, the first days of the Divine Era. The six main characters form the first ever Hero Team: Nogi Wakaba, Nogi Sonoko's ancestor; Uesato Hinata, Takashima Yuna, Koori Chikage, Doi Tamako and Iyojima Anzu. A manga based on the series was released later.


  • Concept Designs: Takahiro (Minato Soft)
  • Illustrator: BUNBUN
  • Vertex Designs: D.K&JW WORKS
  • Writer: Shuhaku Aoi
  • Editor: Project 2H

Plot Edit

The novel begins with an introduction to the situation of the current world.

In the year 2015, Nogi Wakaba is an socially awkward girl who is currently in an evacuation center with her classmates. After a misunderstood and embarrassing moment, Uesato Hinata takes a picture of her and adds it to her 'treasured Nogi-chan collection'. Frantic, Wakaba pleads for her to delete it and Hinata leads her to a group of girls she was staring at earlier.

With a little guidance, Wakaba settles in with the group, and later thanks Hinata for helping her as the friends walk outside. As payback, Hinata asks if she can model for cosplay pictures; much to the former's chagrin.

An earthquake suddenly hits, and the two girls try stay safe-when Hinata has a vision of something 'really scary'. Vertex suddenly appear from out of nowhere, and attack the evacuation center where everyone else is. Through the chaos, Wakaba discovers-to her horror-that her new friends didn't survive. Angry, she dives towards the Vertex and battles them with a wooden stick. It easily breaks, and Wakaba is forced into a corner.

Suddenly Hinata appears, telling her 'it should be there'. In a broken alter, Wakaba finds an old katana that suddenly turns new again once she grabs hold. Not having a chance, Wakaba takes down a few Vertex and the rest regroup. She and the survivors make a beeline for The Great Seto Bridge, Vertex on their tail.

Three years later, Wakaba has assembled a team of 'Heroes', each with their own magical weapon they bring to battle. Aided by Hinata's visions and knowledge, the girls lead somewhat ordinary but adventurous lives within Marugame Castle-now converted into a school for heroes.

Wakaba regularly makes contact with Shiratori Utano-the sole hero protecting the Nagano district a lake over. The two have an Udon/Soba competition due to a debate over the two. Wakaba notices the line has become more unstable lately, and grows worried for her friend.

After Doi Tamako, a member of the team, tries to 'show off' Hinata's bust, Koori Chikage walks by in the background, slightly annoyed. Takashima Yuna then arrives, which makes Chikage delighted. The team has lunch, during which Tamako speaks out to Wakaba, then apologizes solemnly. Wakaba realizes Tamako is scared of the fight that is coming. Yuna then comments the food was delicious, not paying attention to the previous conversation.

Wakaba is still conversing with Utano-solemnly, though. When Utano suddenly starts breaking up, Wakaba gets worried, asking her if everything is alright. It is revealed Utano is hurt and an army of Vertex is approaching, 100-1. Utano asks her to keep fighting, as the rest is in her hands. The line falls dead, and Wakaba realizes with utter terror that Nagano has fallen.

Wakaba oversees the Forestization, and vows to protect the world in Utano's place. The Vertex have arrived.


Vol. Ch. Title Release Date
N/A 1 Sprouting (芽出 Me de?) July 30, 2015
2 Flower Buds (花蕾 Karai?) August 29, 2015
3 Blooming (開花 Kaika?) September 30, 2015
4 Hidden Leaf (陰葉 Kageha?) October 30, 2015
5 First Leaf (双葉 Futaba?) November 30, 2015
6 Root of Evil (禍根 Kakon?) December 26, 2015
7 Sprout (新芽 Shinme?) January 30, 2016
8 Glowing Flower (灯花 Akari Hana?) February 29, 2016
9 Petal of Light (光華 Kōge?) March 30, 2016
10 Lingering Snow (根雪 Neyuki?) April 30, 2016
11 Seed (種子 Shushi?) May 30, 2016
12 Forgotten Seed (忘種 Wasure Gusa?) June 30, 2016
13 Falling Petals (落花 Rakka?) July 30, 2016
14 Thorny Road (茨道 Ibara Michi?) August 30, 2016
15 Diseased Leaves (病葉 Wakuraba?) September 30, 2016
16 Confused Flowers (狂花 Kyōka?) October 27, 2016
17 Funeral Flowers (葬儀の花 Sōgi no Hana)
18 Uproot Part 1 (根元 Nemoto)
19 Uproot Part 2 (根元 Nemoto)
Extra The Passed Baton (渡されたバトン Watasa Reta Baton)


  • With the exception of Chapter 10, each chapter title mentions something related to plants (eg. Root of Evil, Glowing Flower, Hidden Leaf), following the same pattern in Yuki Yuna is a Hero.

External linksEdit

Japanese official site


Black & white

"Yuki Yuna is a Hero" Media Portal
Takahiro IV Project The Girls Aim For Being Wilder • Akame ga Kill!Washio Sumi is a HeroYuki Yuna is a Hero
Yūsha dearu Project Washio Sumi is a HeroYuki Yuna is a HeroNogi Wakaba is a HeroKusunoki Mebuki is a Hero
Media Washio Sumi Washio Sumi is a Hero (novel) • Washio Sumi's Chapter (anime) • Washio Sumi is a Hero (Manga)Washio Sumi's Hero Radio
Yuki Yuna Yuki Yuna is a Hero (anime) • Yuki Yuna is a Hero (Manga)Yuki Yuna Belongs to the Brave Hero ClubSonoko AfterSecond Volume Hero's Dairy
Nogi Wakaba Nogi Wakaba is a Hero (novel) • Nogi Wakaba is a Hero (Manga)Nogi Wakaba is a Hero (Drama CD)The Rooms of the Heroes
Games Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Memory of the ForestYuki Yuna is a Hero (game)Yuki Yuna is a Hero SYuki Yuna is a Hero: Shine of The Flower Braid
Music Hoshi to HanaAurora DaysSakiwafu HanaTomodachiTamashiiYakusokuEgao no kimi eYuki Yuna is a Hero Original SoundtrackYuki Yuna is a Hero -Washio Sumi Chapter- Original Soundtrack
BD-bundled CDs Yuki Yuna is a Hero Special Character Song (Kokon Musou) • Yuki Yuna is a Hero Arrange TracksYuki Yuna is a Hero Original Soundtrack Outtake (Inori no Uta)
Character Song Yuuki no BatonHello GirlsTokeijikake no KiokuEXODUSArittake love for youColorful World! ERROR !
Live Performance Mankai MatsuriMankai Matsuri 2
Radio Hero Club Activity Report

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