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Shima Akio and Soma Yoshino are lovers, facing the reality of their fourth year in university. No matter how much they try and think things over, they canít quite figure out what to do about their parents, their friends, or even their own relationship. This is the story of their youth. Youth fraught with pain and regret.


Related Series
Gonensei (Sequel)

Associated Names
The 4th Grade
Yonen Sei

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-6 + Extra (end) by Anonymous Spore (1223d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (56 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.22 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 28th 2015, 3:18pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

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Weekly Pos #1077 increased(+148)
Monthly Pos #2468 increased(+234)
3 Month Pos #3637 increased(+666)
6 Month Pos #5011 increased(+667)

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false romance. its. a. trap...for romance manga reader.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by ajaykumaryadav
September 11th, 2014, 3:40am
Don't believe that our main female(yoshino)and male love each other. Because in sequel....the it is revealed
1.initially it is showned that they love each other.chapter 1 to 10 middle boom the female lead fall for another man(married with child) in his 50s ..And she calls it is her first love. And revealed that she never liked the male lead just used him for sex and she always looked down upon him but then also wants to be with male lead for sex life.and our male lead is pathetic tells her OK. Only to be dumped by her the next day..because she want to chase after another guy...chapter 11 to 20
3.there is hopeful romance between female lead and other guy only to be their relationship to be broken by the other guys wife....the female lead is cruel because she wanted to break their family..chap.21 to 31 our female lead thinks of our male lead......blah. ...blah...
5.our male lead enter another relationship only to be dumped afterwards because the girl just wanted to kill time. How. Pathetic our male lead can become..... our main female and male leads meets for last say goodbye..then also our pathetic male leads want to be with her in spite she doesn't like him at all. And gets regected.. Another time. ..sigh..

Dammit I want my wasted. Time on this manga...damn..damn...

... Last updated on September 11th, 2014, 3:44am
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Learning to Be a Couple   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
July 23rd, 2013, 3:46pm
This is so GOOD! Manga almost always refuses to touch real everyday life. That's not surprising. Manga is popular entertainment, and everyday life is normally doesn't seem very entertaining. Popular storytelling usually avoids everyday matters on this side of the Pacific too. You just can't help people get their minds off their everyday troubles by giving them more everydayness....unless, that is, you're capable of imagining characters who seem similar to the readers, and above all likable.

With such characters the writer is free to do anything. Kio, Shimoku, better known for his great manga about an otaku club of highly likable people, "Genshiken", here shows us how a couple in their early 20s struggle with their relationship. The manga is like being a fly on the wall watching these two interesting and smart people discovering themselves and each other. Almost everyone in their late 20s or older will have their own version of this story. I think most such readers will find this manga true to life and fascinating. As for younger readers, I believe most will find will find it a revelation. Everyday life is only uninteresting on the surface. Deep down, emotions make it dramatic and worth living.

... Last updated on December 28th, 2014, 3:59pm
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