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1-3) Cherish
Chihiro is starting university where her deceased mother and the man who raised her attended. She wonders what's in store for her in this new chapter of her life, but is almost immediately confronted with her past! Her old boyfriend is back in the country and on top of that, who is the strange man watching her?

4-5) Happiness
Akatsu-kun is a young man in love with his work partner, Kayano-san, a pretty and intelligent woman. One day, while Akatsu-kun was shopping in a little store, he saw a little boy who was reading a Playboy magazine, then, Akatsu-kun realized this little boy is Kayano-san's son!!


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Happiness (YOSHIZUMI Wataru)

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v.1 c.5 by ShoujoLove (2420d ago)
v.1 c.4 by ShoujoLove (2613d ago)
c.3 (end) by Shoujo Manga Maniac (2917d ago)
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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (317 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.53 / 10.0
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Not josei?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Liria
January 4th, 2009, 7:42pm
I'm new to a majority of the genres of manga... I hadn't heard of josei until around a month ago. However, I'm apparently in the dark about what is considered "josei" if this story isn't, as some of the other comments suggest. The definition on this site is: "Targets women 18-30. Unlike shoujo, the romance is more realistic and less idealized. The storytelling is more explicit and mature."

I don't see how this story is somehow more 'shoujo-like' than realistic. I could envision the whole episode happening just as it was written on my own university campus. No, it doesn't have the "explicit" nature, but trying to fit something explicit into this story would only be gratuitous and would detract from the emotional value (especially at this length). The subject matter (acceptance of non-conventional definitions of family) is fairly mature, and it does seem to me to be less idealized than most shoujo. So I guess I'm confused as to what everyone else is considering josei if this story isn't.

I like the story and the artwork. And even though the subject matter isn't comedic, it isn't heavy. It's treated in a mature manner. It's a great short read, and I recommend it.

... Last updated on January 4th, 2009, 7:46pm
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On the shoujo side..   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
April 28th, 2008, 5:13pm
The manga feels more like a shoujo than a josei... It was too short and couldn't develop the characters well enough. It focuses too much on all the typical miscommunication in a relationship. It was good, but kinda bland... well better than many shoujos.. but didn't explore the potential it had.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by otaku_dreamz
October 14th, 2007, 2:02am
really really cute story...! It's a great story about how communication is important to relationships. The ending is a bit rushed and leaves a few questions unanswered and [as others have said] there seems to be an emptiness in something that needs to be said is left unsaid.

The artwork is so beautiful and I love the connection of events in the story!

Highly recommended!

... Last updated on October 14th, 2007, 2:05am
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Sincere plot, above-average art and wonderful heroine, but not entirely josei.   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Stickerhappy
October 27th, 2008, 4:41am
The plot of this manga is, in my opinion, passable yet unique. It's one of the rare types of stories which involve two homosexuals being of the heroine's assistance. The flow of the story is considerably realistic, except for the twist that would be revealed later in the story.

I like the art. The sketches were astounding despite its simplicity. I like all the characters in this manga. However, what made this manga special in my heart though is my fascination for the heroine. In all of the manga titles that I've read, I hated almost 60% of each of their heroines. But in this manga, the heroine won my heart. I like her views and principles with regards to family. Though, I agree with some reviewers that "Cherish"'s plot does not quite fit in the "josei" category.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
March 5th, 2008, 11:08pm
Such a great story, the art is great and the plot is so profound i really wished it was longer but i can see why the story can be cover on so little chapters. Sensei sure knows how to make good stories i cannot wait to read more.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by emihneleh
August 11th, 2007, 3:16am
Something seems missing. The manga is enjoyable but rushes through the emotions so it is a bit difficutl to sympathize with the characters.
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a light romance :]   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by countingwounds
July 29th, 2009, 5:52pm
well, it was pretty good. the only thing that stuck out to me, though, was the whole gay-relationship-parent thing.

i mean, i was interested more in haruka's story.. (her mom's) that so sad. v___v a bit melodramatic though. -laugh- but oh well.

a light, pretty cute read i guess. i cam see why people would like it. the couple genuinely loved each other, even though there wasn't much couple airtime in the present. oh well~
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Feel tricked   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Fronzel
July 13th, 2009, 12:42pm
Competant and original plot with believable characters totally undone by last-minute narrative sleight-of-hand making the whole story nearly meanginless. What a waste!
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My humble opinion   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Dagorkitty
August 31st, 2007, 4:13pm
I just read this manga, it's a good piece of work, the drawing is beautiful, like i like it in shoujo, but as someone said before, there is something missing and one can't get to empathize with the main character us much as one would like. Also the ending is a bit to abrupt and one doesn't get to know what happened between Chihiro and her new boyfriend. Anyway i still enjoyed the strory and would recomend it to anyone that wants to read a light and short story.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by rita
May 31st, 2007, 4:16pm
The plot was okay. The dilemma is the fact that the heroine is being raised by gay lovers but her love interest has a hard time coming to terms with that. I personally would myself...tough issue. But in general its an alright read, it doesn't focus all that much on the "gay" part for those of you that are concerned, since it is under a josei category.
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