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Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou  
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Yukino Miyazawa is the perfect model student. She's pretty, kind, good at sports, and is always at the top of her class; but she's not all that she seems. It's all an act of deception; she is really the self-confessed 'queen of vanity,' and her only goal in life is winning the praise and admiration of everyone around her.
When she enters high school, she finally meets her match: Soichiro Arima, a handsome, athletic, popular, and very intelligent young boy. Ever since he stole the top seat in the class from her, Yukino has hated him, and has been plotting on how to take back her former place as the object of all other students' admiration.
What she wasn't expecting, however, was that Soichiro, the very boy she hated, would confess his love for her; or that he would find out about her deception - and use it to blackmail her!
Together, they discover that they have more in common than they knew, and they slowly begin to bring out each other's inner selves.

Also included are the following short stories:
The Tiger and the Chameleon - A Promise
for One Week
(Vol. 1)
Ashita Mata Mori de Aoune (Meet Me Again Tomorrow in the Forest; Vol. 4) -
Always an outcast because of her black hair the heroine of the story finds a strange man in the forest - a man from Earth - and he has black hair, too.


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Associated Names
Он и она и их обстоятельства
С его стороны с её стороны
ظروفه وظروفها
그남자 그여자
그와 그녀의 사정
Circunstancias dele e dela
Con trai con gái F3
Elle et Lui
Elle et Lui - Kare kano
His and Her Circumstances
Kare Kano
La situazione di lui e lei (italiano)
Las cosas de él y de ella
Le situazioni di Lui e Lei
That Man That Woman

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c.Special by Crimson Flower (2361d ago)
v.21 c.99-102 (end) by Slow and Dirty (3885d ago)
v.20 c.94-98 by Slow and Dirty (3975d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
21 Volumes 1999 (Complete)
10 Volumes 2011 (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 33 (Episode 26)

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Kare Kano by moritana
Kare Kano by Mejust

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1460 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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LaLa (Hakusensha)

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English Publisher
TokyoPop (21 Volumes - Complete)

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If You're Superficial, You'll Give It 8   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yongzhi93
October 24th, 2011, 11:09am
For all the "kyaaa" fangirls, presumably, you'll have closed the books blissfully after Arima returned from the Kendo tournament as national champion and they find they love each other more than ever. Your more complex desires (if any) have been satisfied sufficiently by the intriguing premises - like Yukino being a closet mugger and putting up a front at school - and so you pat yourself on the back. Job well done, you say.

Well, no. That's not even reading half the story (literally), and that's like having friends just for shopping and goukons. Maybe you'll come back when you grow up a little, and realise that this is more than that. The start is really setup, and when you flip the final page on Yukino's story, the author does more than foreshadow: she says it right front. "This is where their stories diverge."

Because not all change is good. Yukino has overcome her own weaknesses and integrated well. Great. Her boyfriend hasn't, and he's hiding it more and more, and their roles are reversed. He doesn't want her to ever find out and leave him, and the pressure piles on in vicious cycles. Then the past starts coming to haunt him. The dark and sometimes surreal plot-twists are at once terrifying and exhilarating - like the motorbike that Arima's dad arrives on.

It peaks in insanity. You would never imagine it, and I'm not saying it - but you know if you read. Yukino, bless her, has grown. She's a woman (in more ways than one) and she's willing to sacrifice. And the ending we get is one borne of her maturity, where she has outpaced Arima in mental growth only so she can be the one to pull him back when he needs it most - just like he did for her right from the start. And that sacrifice, from utmost trust and love (pun), is perhaps the most touching of all.

It's not perfect. The artwork could do with touch-ups. Arima's inner struggles could've been brought out more strongly, and Yukino's leaps of faith are so amazing that she could be a saint. But the development was paced, even if not completely rational at times, and the author evidently knew where she was going. I think this is a deserved 9 out of 10.

Of course, if you're only shoujo-shopping and on the lookout for BISHIE X SULLEN GIRL (that never would get a boyfriend except in Manga ooh imagine I were her), then feel free to close this by the end of Yukino's story. You'll have been satisfied. But if you're brave enough to try out the darker side of reality, you'll come out slightly shaken, but stronger for the experience.
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Kare Kano: The more you put into it, the more you'll find it offers.   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Tsuppi
May 17th, 2011, 2:58am
Put in a bit, and to you this manga will be fun and cute at first, then drop off into a bit of a boring, confused funk, followed by, of all things, a violently dramatic final arc.

Put in a lot, and Masami Tsuda's work will reveal itself a deceivingly-simple, earnest, absorbing, intense tale, sometimes hilarious, often endearing, and downright beautiful.

And yes, Maho goes for a guy a decade or two her senior.


KARESHI Kanojyo no Jijo, or, His and Her Circumstances, is a manga following a number of girls and guys just new to high school--egoistic, anxious, blustery, full of potential, and lost...not to mention all of them crammed with hormones (the majority of which is provided by Hideaki Asaba)--down the paths they take towards the rest of their adult lives, supported by friends, family, and, over time, lovers.

It's not really for everyone.

As I hope the tl;dr version above demonstrates, Masami Tsuda's manga series (The series, in terms of her career) demands something. You won't get this impression with the first, oh, three volumes, really. The art is cute, charming, and although at times just too gorgeous--look at those lips, dammit--it does what it ought to... 'Intro, gimmick, joke, joke, angst, angst, chase scene, confession, kiss: Ah, love. Oh, life.' It's just nice.

And yet... the same could not be said of Tsuda's style in the latter half of the twenty-one--volume series. Recalling this about a few months after marathoning the last ten or so volumes, albeit after a long, long break, I'd say that Kare Kano (as it's popularly and very conveniently nicknamed) is... Well, I wouldn't really call it a novel made of pictures or a live-action film put on paper; I couldn't. Despite all its waily melodrama, this, friends, is real life in ink.

You'll have to trust me on this. Towards the end, Tsuda, as a manga-ka, just turns it up to Max Level. She draws well-rounded characters situated in a three-dimensional world, recalling reality with a style that's still 'anime,' still simplistic, still pretty, and always all her own.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. To be simply simple: Kare Kano begins as a high-school love story, but wends its way through a number of other romantic episodes (and a school play!?) to a drama that examines forgiveness, fatherhood, and the nature of living fully. It loses none of its original juvenile-type storytelling (soap operas, anyone?) yet manages all the while to push its own boundaries. This piece of work blooms. It grows into something Big.

All in all (congratulations on getting to this point!), if the art style's evolution is any indication, readers should expect a pleasant ride that will quickly turn into a little roller-coaster of a tale...which may well make your stomach drop and swoop as well as the real thing would, depending on how much is invested. It's up to you.

As a final note, let me say that the two-volume sidestory mid-way through is abso-freaking-lutely amazing, no ifs, ands, or buts. YIN AND YANNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

... Last updated on May 17th, 2011, 3:23am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by imadeyouread
December 31st, 2008, 12:08am
I saw the anime first. It was funny and I really liked the anime but as the ending came near... oh my gosh the animation is just totally bogus. The company didn't have enough money and they started to use stick figure puppets. oh gosh I cannot even describe my frustration for that.

Which led me to this manga~ I am so thankful for finding this manga after experiencing the horrible anime.

This manga is funny and has romance. The main female isn't some annoying dumb girl who has a weak personality and her lover is also awesome.

It's funny and all for a while but then about halfway through the manga, the "drama" in the romance begins--mostly concerning 'traumatizing' experiences and such as well as change in character & personality.

The plot is interesting, really funny but serious and nothing that would really make you want to pull your hair out while gritting your teeth (in my opinion).

Although the downside is within the VERY in depth stories about the "side characters". I guess that's why the manga has 21 volumes (that's long).

Oh ya, ARTWORK! Artwork is so important for me and I'm sure artwork is just as important to some others. This manga is published in 1996. Many mangas from the 90's are drawn really "old school". Old school like puffy hair, pointy faces, high pants etc etc. I don't like those lol (no offense to anyone). Well in my opinion, this manga is drawn very nicely compared to my view on many mangas published before 2000(ish).

... Last updated on December 31st, 2008, 12:13am
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The Icebreaker   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by llbloodll
April 21st, 2008, 11:58pm
Ya know, I have always hated shojo. Probably still do. Something about the super-naieve, innocent, 'come and get me' heroines really just bugs the crap out of me to be frank. On top of that you stack the manga with a half-wit beauty for a male lead, whose only purpose is to inseminate the main character, makes me sick to my stomach to be frank. They only character development you see in that is the same rinse and repeat method an attempted rape scene followed by some male character saving the girl. Comically, you can compare this rape scenes seen in many shojo's easily with the 'power up' developments of shounen mangas.

All in all, from Bleach to The Girl who leapt through time, any work of fiction is based on conflict and resolving that. This manga seems to do all that through its humerous diaglogue and crafty characters, without the need for either steamy scenes or fight scenes, bent on forcing the main character to some sort of life-changing realization.

I am glad to call this manga the first shojo manga out of probably 20-30 that I've read past the first volume, and been able to stomach. Well perhaps i shouldn't even call this a shojo manga because it insofar, has not used any of the major shojo plot devices. I've read only 2 volumes of
this manga but I can tell the rest is surely great. I dont think anything I can summarize here will do this manga complete justice. I just gotta say this is a great hit for everyone, its really got some GTO - moral fixing issues, with continutal character development. I mean Yukino is a person who has the brains, and guts to actually fix her own problems, and it doesnt take hundreds of chapters also --- amazing. I mean, who in real life hasnt felt the extreme isolation, and pride it is to be at the top of 'something'.

I also love the author's sense of humor, she just really knows how to strike a balance between a serious moment and a comedic one.

Great manga, instant top 10, I'm looking forward to finishing the series.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2008, 12:03am
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Rating: N/A
by dendenchan
December 12th, 2011, 10:12pm
Like many others said, this manga is splendid. Art is not the best, but still amazing. This is a really good romance story. I love the characters. Almost all of them.
I...I don't think this is for a younger audience. It gets really intense in the middle. By intense, I don't be smutty or anything crazy like that. I mean emotions.
Oh, I should point out one con. There are several side plots in this entire manga. If you don't like reading those, just skip them. They don't matter that much.
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One of those mangas...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Achiyugo
March 1st, 2010, 9:44pm
First let it be said that I'm a guy who enjoys reading seinen and shounen manga and that I have very few shoujo and josei that interest me.
This is one of the few manga that can actually cross the genre barrier. I read it from start to finish and it was quite enjoyable and refreshing.

If you're a guy who can stand reading something without echiiness and action then I recommend this to you.
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The absolute best romance manga over 10 volumes   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
April 26th, 2015, 5:59pm
Most romance manga that last more than a few volumes are filled with pointless over the top drama, and misunderstanding after misunderstanding. They also become very repetitious and frustrating after a while. Kare Kano is different on so many levels. Neither of the main protagonist are your typical cookie cutter characters. They actually say whats on their minds for the most part and they just don't assume what the other is thinking. It reads quickly and doesn't at all feel like 21 volumes at all. This is one of my absolute favorite romance manga of all time. The ending is not rushed and leave you with plenty of closure unlike so many others. If you decide to give this a try, read at least 3 volumes before forming any opinions.
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Good character development   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sogno
January 15th, 2014, 10:32am
It's a solid story from start to finish. The characters are not the same in the end as they were in the beginning. They change, progress, and learn. That's not seen often in shoujo.

There's comedy, but it does have really dark moments, especially in the second half of the story. It loses some of its initial childish charm, but that makes the ending much more enjoyable to read.

The only beef I have for this story is one particularly long arc that had to do with side characters. But I believe that's more personal than anything; many readers like to know about secondary characters. Well there was also that Twilight-esque vibe there at the very end haha... but it's not all that bad, just a warning.

The art isn't a problem for me; I rarely read a manga for its art.

The story is good, and if that's what you are looking for, then give this a go. You won't regret it.
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Perpetually engaged.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
May 1st, 2012, 1:02pm
I read this a while ago, but I still remember the plot and the long-lasting impression the characters and the romance left on me. It's dark in some part and light in some part. The humorous parts are not for everyone, though--I personally found it funny. The characters are extremely well-thought out, with good background and deep emotions.

It's a shoujo, but not in the stereotypical light-hearted, fluffy, and lovely way. It's deep. It *will* get darker as it goes along. If you don't like heavy and emotional manga, don't read it. The strong emotions will keep you perpetually engaged even years after finishing it.

I read below that someone was saying that Yukino is weak-minded after 3 chapters-worth of reading. No offense, and their loss, but don't listen. It's called character development. Yukino as well as Arima will grow as the manga progresses. They are not perfect--that's what make this so relatable (to an extent) and engaging--the maturation of these characters. Also keep in mind that this is a 21-volumes manga. It's long, so don't expect them to suddenly become mature and strong right away.

It's one of the classics. You can't really be a manga lover without at least knowing about this one, imo.
I was surprised that I didn't have this on my completed list already. I guess I know it by the name of "Kare Kano" not "Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou."
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Very nice read.   
Rating: N/A
by swahili500
July 28th, 2011, 11:08am
This manga is worth the time to read, but sometimes you have to be a bit patient. The characters were very nicely developed. Somestimes, some of them kinda....I don't know.....hog up a chapter or two? But other than that, it was a really nice read. I just love Yukino, she's unlike many shoujo characters I met. Really nice read. biggrin
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