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Mika is a regular girl who just goes day to day without any concrete dreams for her future. Until one day, when she sees her classmate Kaede playing pool in a billiards lounge. Kaede is a boy who hides many secrets... whose personality seems to change when he plays billiards. Entranced by the smile Kaede wears when he plays, Mika soon finds herself immersed in the game...!

Also contains the following short stories:

Platinum in vol. 1
Ichigo Namida (Strawberry Tears) in vol.2
Wakasama no Jijou (The Youth's Circumstance) in vol. 2


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Associated Names
Ichigo Namida
Nain Pazuru
Platinum (SAKAI Mayu)
Strawberry Tears
The Young Master's Situation
The Youth's Circumstance
Waka-sama no Jijou
Wakasama no Jijou
Wakasama no Jijuo

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.Extra 2 (end) by A Willful Muse (1881d ago)
v.2 c.5 by ShoujoMagic (2587d ago)
v.2 c.Side Story 1 - Ichigo Namida by A Willful Muse (2590d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (249 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.41 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 1st 2015, 9:27pm PST



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Ribon (Shueisha)

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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Gingeh
April 28th, 2009, 7:44am
It was good, but the ending was disappointing. You can't even really call that a final chapter - it didn't have an 'ending' feel to it at all. I felt like the mangaka just got bored and decided, "Hey, you know what? I don't feel like making another chapter. I know! I'll just do a bunch of side-stories instead!

When almost half of the manga is side-stories and oneshots, you know it can't be very good.
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by jeffreymgibson
June 10th, 2013, 8:43pm
I was looking for a short romance and the description sounded good. I get tired of all these mangas that are listed as romance but they end up with no romance at all. This is about a popular girl who starts playing pool with an anti social male and they become best friends. Thats about all there is too it. I thought it would lead to romance, but it's about friends ship and playing pool. It's wasn't very interesting at all.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by lily_kitty15
December 3rd, 2009, 1:41am
i agree there was nothing to call and ending to it story started out grate and was up to like 1 volume, the rest turned out to be only sides stories in volume 2!

and here i thought it was going to be something good.
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Not the Best   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by xfrommetoyou
October 9th, 2009, 12:10am
It's a quick and short read that would be recommended to those who have time to kill.
The plot seemed rather... incomplete. There wasn't much of a complication nor a resolution, and that was the downfall of the manga.
A cute and fluffy read - best for shoujo lovers or those generally a fan of Sakai Mayu's works.
The art is quite good, although not developed as her later works.

--completed the series

... Last updated on October 9th, 2009, 12:11am
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Rating: N/A
by Licia Valentine
January 15th, 2008, 7:57am
Hmmm... yet another story that deserves a review. There is so little romance in this title, makes one wonder, "Is this really a shoujo?!" This is my first try on Sakai-sensei's work and... I am not planning on reading more of that at the moment. felt... a hunger for romance. This is the first time among the shoujo mangas I've read though.... Ah~ I hope she try her best!
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Not That Great   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Kittenn1011
September 7th, 2008, 1:53pm
I won't go and say that it's a waste of time... but it wasn't great at all. The artwork was cute, and so were the characters, but there was no plot. I found no point to the story, and no romance to back up the plotless-ness.

It's cute, though in a pathetic way. Not really a manga worth going crazy over. I'm giving it a two for the artwork alone.


... Last updated on September 7th, 2008, 1:54pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by traziemykel
October 10th, 2006, 9:50pm
it's a pretty ok manga..
not that great but still ok..
same mangaka as Rockin' heaven..
so the characters are quite similar..
anywaiz.. just try reading this.
u wont loose nything..
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love ds   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dane_mangamanic
January 20th, 2008, 8:15am
i love the story and the characters..
BUT it the ending is.. urg!

i love to see the romance part!!!!!!!! NOOOO!!!!!!!!
my expectations..

but seriously it is good, funny, enjoyable and can't take ur eyes off the manga!
I LOVE KAEDE!!! i hope they wud have a sequel
well, they are middle school in ds manga anywayz,, ^^
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not the best   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Xuan
August 9th, 2007, 10:44pm
its not a manga that you would get interested in but the art is really great. its not a fast paced plot and there's no antagonist. its basically one of those happy-go-lucky mangas. again the art is great <---deserves 5/6 of my rating
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by yushi
July 19th, 2007, 1:15pm
I really love the drawing it's so cute but the story is really lame. Don't waste ur time reading it!
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