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Natsu no Zenjitsu  
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Tetsuo Aoki is a 4th year oil painter at a fine arts school. While working in an art supplies store, he meets an older woman named Akira Aizawa, who is the owner of an art gallery. Akira becomes interested in Tetsuo and she begins to pursue him when she catches him painting on the riverside. After such, their relationship begins to develop romantically. Will it develop smoothly? Or will there be unforeseen events?


Related Series
Mizu to Gin (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
The Day Before Summer

Groups Scanlating
Organization XIII

Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.25 by Maigo (41d ago)
v.4 c.24 by Maigo (95d ago)
v.4 c.23 by Maigo (127d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (363 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.63 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 3rd 2014, 10:04am PST

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good! Afternoon (Kodansha)

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If all manga was like this...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kitanne
April 2nd, 2010, 4:25pm
...I would probably give up reading normal fiction. The quality of the art here is so naturalistic but in a very precise sort of way. I'm completely in love with the crosshatching and the shading because it lends such a careful intimate delicacy to the images. My tiny internal artist is swooning all over the art in this. It just fits the story so well!

I love the characters. I totally identify with an artist's finding their inspiration or their lack of it in everything going on around them. Tetsuo is in that sort of lost stage; that place where you hate everything you do and whenever you have a picture in your head it comes out wrong wrong wrong. He's so internal and then all that internalization just sort of bursts out in little spurts. It's adorable. I love Akira, she has the same sort of intensity for her passions that I do. A little bit of a tease but mostly to hide the insecurity.

... Last updated on April 28th, 2010, 11:13am
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Natsu no Zenjitsu...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lilly.mamoru
August 14th, 2009, 2:59am
After reading 3 chapters, I must say that this manga is intriguing. I've always like older woman x younger man's relationship. That way, (perhaps) the woman is not a crybaby who clings and whines. And (perhaps, too) the guy will want to become an "adult" faster, so to speak. I don't know. It's just my theory anyways.

That aside, this story has a long way to go, unless if this is a short manga. *shrugs* I would love to see how the relationship between Akira and Aoki develops. Although that sunflower girl is a bit of a distraction for me. I just love how Akira describes the reason on why she doesn't care if Aoki's playing with her -- "All I want to see is him... and the world that he sees.."

God, it must be one hell of a gift to be an artist!


I still find myself re-reading the scanlated chapters. Only to be drowned in that sense of loneliness and obstinacy which belong to Tetsuo, and the hidden insecurities of Akira. And everything in between... and judging by it, I think I know why
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
they broke up in the end.... No!!!!

... Last updated on January 3rd, 2012, 9:25am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
November 5th, 2009, 11:10am
What an intriguing story... very intense, I think. The love making scene is beautiful: partly passionate and partly endearing. I love that. Don't quite know what it is about this manga that makes me want to read more and more. But the fact is, it's very easy to get addicted to this. Maybe it's the art style. The drawings look like they're taken right out of a sketch book. I like that too. It's a lil rough around the edges, but looks incredibly good as a whole.
Character wise, I really love Akira. You seldom meet a female who's so open about her sexuality and honest about her feelings. The whole older women, younger man thing works wonderfully in this manga. Great execution. Aoki is really a lovable guy: kinda moody and temperamental, but also endearingly innocent and inexperienced.

All in all, a great read...Hope there'll be many more volumes of this.

... Last updated on November 5th, 2009, 12:03pm
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Expected more from this...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by flowinmyboat
November 25th, 2012, 3:50pm
The male leads personality irritates me: he seems to have a lot going (looks, talent, caring family, hot girlfriend, nice friends, all whom are willing to put up with him) for him yet he's still grumpy and melodramatic. I also don't get the reason he likes Akira (although, Akira's reason for loving him is obvious). He seems more interested in the mysterious Hanami than the woman he "loves".

I think this is a manga artists would identify with and relate to because as a non-artist I don't get his angst at all and, in turn, just get irritated whenever he flips out or says he has no talent when countless people say he does (he might not be trying but it seems like he's fishing for compliments). However, as an average reader, I like the overall feel of the manga and the "Hanami" situation keeps me hooked.

... Last updated on November 25th, 2012, 3:52pm
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Like Nothing I've Read Before   
Rating: N/A
by swtheartt
May 3rd, 2011, 8:29pm
The story is very capturing. An innocent and realistic story of love. The romance is heartwarming and something that I'll be looking forward to read till the end. Also, the art is very different and it has more of an artistic appeal that makes it that much more realistic. Honestly, like nothing I've read before. I just hope that they scan quickly, fans are catching on. Which isn't a surprise!

ART: 10/10
PLOT: 8/10
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
March 17th, 2013, 2:50pm
It was surprisingly enjoyable.
I wasn't expecting anything much from it... But it turns out to be such a good manga.
It was a story about self discovery, or maybe more like rediscovery. He has lost his passion and soul for art somewhere along the line of living everyday life. His encounter and subsequent relationship with Akira, the owner of an art gallery, and his experience since then had helped him slowly open up and appreciate again. The male lead is very unique. He is sort of a tortured soul, yet he is always persevering: he knows his faults. And he s always striving to be better for himself.

The story was a bit confusing in the beginning fo me, but that might just be because I was absentminded as I was reading it at first. But... As I read it, things become more clear. Character developed so smoothly that I almost didn't see the moments of transition. The pacing was really good. The love is interesting also. Not the typical boy meet girl. It's a mature story, referring to some explicit scenes as well as the topic of the story itself. It touches some deep topics. Not a typical story at all. I love it.

I don't care too much for the art. I personally prefer a cleaner style. I do think however that this style is also nice. It's more...mature, in a sense? It's more expressive because its rough and looks unfinished in places. Anyways, I have no strong feelings about the art work itself.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
more about the romance. The male lead, who is an artist, pisses me off at times. He is basically two timing akira!! He loves her when he is not focused on his art. He likes the other girl, too. even obsessive about her. He views her as his muse; she inspires him to draw and paint. It's frustrating because i want him to be only devoted to Akira. Urgghh!!
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So much depth   
Rating: N/A
by yuufee
June 5th, 2013, 3:08pm
From the first glance at one of these pages you can tell you're in for so much more than just some smutty romp through the flippant life of a hungry young male. There is some flippancy and some hunger, yes, but that's part of how you get to know Tetsuo.

To compare him to the black panther as Akira does is entirely accurate: he is strong-willed, capricious, and proud. Although there were times when I could not understand his reasoning I never hated him for it. It only made him more real and more interesting- he can't be summed up entirely by the simple term of "tsundere." His pursuit of a goal and the feeling of discovering that goal is something that any person can relate to, artistic or not. Aoki's thirst for inspiration is as much of the story as the blossoming romance.

Akira is a wonderful character. She can be strong at the same time as precious and you want nothing more than for her to attain happiness because she deserves it. I absolutely loved her moments of spunkiness when she was entirely her own and knew exactly what and how she wanted something.

The movement between romance and artistry begin to blend until one becomes the other. The scenes of intimacy are both fiercely passionate and heartfelt so that no part felt like unnecessary fanservice. The rich style is poignant enough to assist the reader in learning the characters at the same time they are learning each other. Outside of the bedroom (and still sometimes in it) their interactions develop so naturally and are shown to be so honest and real that it's satisfying even before it is finished.

A clear favourite
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One of those RARE PLOT + ART   
Rating: N/A
by xsamu
May 31st, 2011, 3:14pm
The plot is interesting! It's not something I have ever seen or read before! Its charming, full of potential on both the two characters. This I've got to say, I've enjoyed reading so far. The Chapters online available go up to currently Ch.7. Oh I can't express how much I want to read more of these!
Please update!!!!!!!! It's really good!
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not your typical manga   
Rating: N/A
by puri
October 20th, 2011, 7:00pm
this manga is a perfect example that you dont need a meca magical all girls fighting reverse harem action shonen shoujo to get an interesting story. im captivated by the protagonists i really hope it gets translated further
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One of the Best Seinen Romance.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
October 7th, 2012, 11:28am
As the title of my comment says,It is one of the best(Mature,if I may add) romance manga. The plot is not only original,it is well planned out. Characters are lovely and realistic as well. The art is completly different from what we usually see in our mangas.
Comments below mine have already said much about the series,so I dont need to say the rest. Its definately worth a try if you like original,realistic and mature romance.
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