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Sangen Tonari no Tooi Hito  
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What if you were to meet your childhood friend again after ten years of separation? This was exactly the case for Mitsuya, a recently transferred company executive who found out that the person living three doors down from his new apartment was none other than Noboru, his older's brother best friend... and his first love. As a young and brash middle schooler, Mitsuya had forcefully kissed Noboru and drove him away. Deeply regretting his action, he kept a tight lid on his feelings. But now, being with Noboru again is bringing all those heated memories back, as if they were never gone to begin with.


Related Series
Merry Checker (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
3 ken Tonari no Tooi Hito
The Guy Three Doors Down

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.5(end) by Dangerous Pleasure (2479d ago)
v.1 c.4 by Dangerous Pleasure (2563d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Dangerous Pleasure (2577d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (508 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.21 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 10th 2014, 2:50am PST



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Chara Selection (Tokuma Shoten)

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*deep gasp*   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Baniita
June 7th, 2014, 3:37pm
1. Hello again, overused yaoi manga trope where the brother's friend is in love with the brother and the younger brother steals him away after a reunion!

2. Hello, the best and more realistic and wonderfully written version of this trope with great dialogue and great and interesting characters! Thing is, I believe that cliches (especially cliches that have yet to be well executed) aren't necessarily a bad thing. What's important is to rock it, which Tsuta totally did.

Holy hella--this was lovely. The main story was rushed at the end, but it was good.
The main character Mitsuya is jaded and blunt, and when he goes dere it's adorable.
Meeting Jinx and giving him so many pages in the 1st chapter seemed like a waste.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The part where Mitsuya asked Noboru to firmly reject him so he can move on tugged at all my angst-moe-heartstrings. aaaaaaaaaa

First one-shot:
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And I think somewhere along the line, I started preaching to him the dangers of walking on water.
Pffft. This ossan is great. I'd love to get drunk with him and go off on plot and writing tangents.

The author's diary comic--she wanted to do "something along the lines of 'student council president banging the janitor* (COU HG HACK) HAHAHHAHHA 10/10 would read! Go for it, Tsuta-sensei!

Dangerous Pleasure is quality, man. Great manga choices, flawlessly edited, and has great translations.

... Last updated on June 7th, 2014, 3:43pm
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Mixed feelings   
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by MirayAllen
October 1st, 2013, 9:43am
Mitsuya is the protagonist I always craved for so; stoic, no doubt, but nonetheless insightful. The buildup was quite well executed, partly -- mostly -- thanks to the voice he was granted. He is one of those refined characters that pulls you in so effortlessly, you won't know what hit you.

My main issue lies with Noboru. For starters, I didn't like the change in personality and I don't think his half-assed excused for it made any sense. But my mistrust worsened with the last chapter and the sudden change in attitude towards Mitsuya: the guy poured his heart out, got nothing from it, and two days later they are having sex. I sincerely doubt Noboru's "love". I think he was just curious (he said so himself) and took advantage of Mitsuya's feelings (he almost said so himself likewise). It was a real let down and I got really mad because Mitsuya didn't deserve that kind of treatment.

For this to work there should've been more resistance on Noboru's part -- perhaps a whole chapter dedicated to his own feelings or something of the sort. Of course now I'm torn. I found the whole thing an extremely enjoyable ride but it ended in a trainwreck quite frankly....

I recommend it on Mitsuya's behalf and on account of the beautiful art.

... Last updated on October 1st, 2013, 9:44am
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by gwkimmy
August 17th, 2013, 10:55pm
this mangaka is boss at making characters with moe expressions. both seme and uke in both stories were hella adorable. i'll definitely check out her other works.

in regards to the first story however, im still reeling with how it all played out. like, what!? just like that?
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i mean, what, after the guy confesses, noboru is suddenly in love with him and wants him? i guess i can see how he might begin to be attracted to him because of how moe mitsuya looked when he confessed XD but still! we just heard it from his mouth, it didn't show us anywhere his sudden change in heart to explain it at all and then bam, sex. also was he ever in love with his older bro? i felt like that love triangle never got explained, it was just a plot device i guess.

kinda disappointed because i lovedddd the rest of the characterizations, from the gossip-loving coworker to the older bro with a brother complex. i guess noboru and some other key plot points didn't get the same attention to detail treatment. whhyy sensei whyyy!
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I really liked it but....   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by reine eclair
May 28th, 2013, 11:19am
I really liked how the plot plays out, that it is going slow and you can understand how mitsuya is feeling. I agree to the comment below. The ending really disappointed me. It is not really justified how his love became requited like that. This series would have a lot more to anticipate if the ending was not too abrupt to end like that..

Well all in's a good read i guess

... Last updated on August 11th, 2013, 4:17am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Poemi
April 26th, 2013, 10:03pm
Definitely didn't expect their relationship to go the way that it did, at least so suddenly. It seemed like the story was going so slow at first. I was thinking, "get on with it already!" Then everything quickly fell into place. I'm not sure if I liked that part or not. It did make for an interesting uke, though. So bold!
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by nezushi
July 19th, 2012, 9:46pm
This was a very fast paced manga, i mean what the hell kind of plot was that?
i really enjoyed the beginning of this manga when the boys were still finishing up in high school/middle school, graduating and getting ready to move on into adulthood.
i would have rated it higher if they continued the storyline like that and how
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Mitsuya was secretly in love with Noboru and kissed him, but got rejected in the end.

That would of made things more interesting and developed.

When the author did the sudden time skip, everything moved way to fast. ESPECIALLY when
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Mitsuya reunited with Noboru and he finally confesses his hidden feelings after ten long years, but of course got rejected again. Then a couple of days later it's like BAMN, sudden change in Noboru's feelings and he's all like
"i love you," i find you attractive, so let's try this dating thing after i've been tramatized as a teenage kid by you suddenly kissing me!~ He should of dated that other kid with black hair
(forgot his name XD)

Honesly i'm disapointed.

... Last updated on July 19th, 2012, 9:49pm
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Great Art, Great Story!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dezi
September 19th, 2011, 6:45am
This was definitely a very good read. I was all tense and nervous and I really suffered with the main character Mitsuya. SUZUKI Tsuta is very good at creating complex and deep characters in a short amount of pages. I think this is her best story!

... Last updated on November 15th, 2011, 1:46am
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:3 Gentle   
Rating: N/A
by Sasageru
June 1st, 2011, 2:16pm
This is what i call a nice gentle story, theres no huge dramaful twists, no nasty stuff to make things spicier, no pointless fluff or floweryness. But, its good that way. This story has some nice emotional work going on, it has realistic elements - its not teenage style love and fluff, its more realistic and mature than that. I can appreciate that ^^ i also like stories that move at a relaxed pace without losing any momentum - and this is such a story.
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I didn't like it at all   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by jellaaay
April 24th, 2011, 1:40pm
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So Noburu fell in love with him after he confessed? But wasn't he in love with the older brother? So he had a change of heart just cause the guy confessed? If it were me I'd constantly worry if he was still in love with my brother.
Honnestly, what a dull plot.

Enough said. Complain any further would only exhaust me. T.T

... Last updated on April 24th, 2011, 1:41pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by pleochroic
March 14th, 2011, 9:18pm
i generally like "childhood friends fall in love" stories, but this one stands out as original, and proves that it's not the plot that leaves a story a mere cliche, but the execution. what makes this one original is mostly the protagonist, who's outwardly stoic, but what he thinks to himself is quite insightful in a laconic way, which often comes across as funny; he is a great "straight man" to his own thought processes. i also like that he's decisive when he has figured something out (or thinks he has). i had such a good time reading this, and i wish there were more to read about this guy. (and i thank the scanlation team; the translation is fluid and natural, which is so hard to achieve with japanese -- what a fantastic job!)

but. the ending. in one way it's quite good; it's fun to see the bespectacled noboru be daring, and i love how he just floors mitsuya who thought he had it all figured out. but it's over so fast, and after the meticulous buildup through mitsuya's inner monologue, it feels way too abrupt.

the other thing for which i am deducting a point is that several of the characters look too much alike; at the start i had trouble knowing who was mitsuya and who his brother, and who went with what name anyway, and later on i didn't immediately know whether mitsuya met noboru at his job (i was wondering why they didn't recognise each other), and whether it was nanase or noboru (with contacts) who was speaking at times. i know there were supposed to be similarities to establish mitsuya's "type", but it was too close.

but, neither is bad enough to ruin the story, not by a long shot. and it actually deserves to be ranked higher considering some manga that are ahead of it. highly recommended.

... Last updated on March 14th, 2011, 9:24pm
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