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The story centers around Keito Aoyama, a former famous child actor. Due to a childhood incident, she retired from her career early and withdrew from normal society. Now 16, she passes her days in boredom and without purpose. But one day she runs into a stranger who takes her to El Liston--a free school for high school students like herself, who don't have a place where they belong. Though hesitant at first, Keito decides to enter El Liston and subsequently, she begins a new stage in her life. With the help of her only remaining childhood friend, Taiyou, and her new classmates Rei, Momiji, and Kouichi, Keito slowly finds the courage to open up to others and to accept their support. Will Keito return to acting? Will she find true friends? Love?


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v.8 c.Extra Story 2 by A Willful Muse (2401d ago)
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8 Volumes 2005 (Complete)
5 Volumes 2011 (Complete)

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (2066 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.77 / 10.0
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Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

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Somehow perfect   
Rating: N/A
by matt_is_the_best
January 23rd, 2015, 3:02pm
I wouldn't say it is the very best manga ever, but somehow, everything in it is perfect as is. I really enjoyed the characters and story way more than I thought I would. Like everyone else has said, there is more to it than the summary lets on. The characters will drawl you in. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. P.S. Thank you author for being one of the few who an write about programming without sounding ridiculous. =D I know a little bit of programming, and reading about it or seeing it in books and movies is always hard, because you can tell the writers had no idea what actually goes on in programming. I mean, not to say this was perfect, but it was definitely not off-putting. =) Again, if you have the time, this is definitely worth reading. Very motivational.
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Inspirational and touching   
Rating: N/A
by YukiSaito
November 13th, 2014, 8:34pm
The manga was amazing (though the art not so much) in the way it inspired. How everyone started aiming for their dreams in the end, and got what they desired.

The main problems were the timeskips, though. The timing kept skipping from a few weeks to years in a matter of a chapter (or under). It's extremely confusing-I don't even know how old Keiko is, seriously. Some characters weren't given enough screen time, especially when it was nearing the end-Momiji, for example.

But this was a really sweet manga in the end. I enjoyed reading it.
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A page turner   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Cherelle Ashlee
July 7th, 2014, 12:08pm
I've always came across this manga in the past and always skipped it. It never really interested me, however after reading a few reviews for it, I gave it a go. Man do I want to kick myself!! This manga was perfect. The characters kept me reading as they all shared different personalities and not one person was placed in the manga who had no importance. Everyone was absolutely relevant and the plot went smoothly. Yes there were some hiccups like Keito's first relationship that I found completely stupid and her nonsensical and annoying sister. But over all, it was a page turner, it kept me reading even though it was 4am in the morning. The characters were wonderful, art was beautiful, the plot was a breath of fresh air and the climax was outstanding!! Bravo

... Last updated on October 15th, 2014, 9:09pm
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Beautiful Story   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by moonmystery
June 9th, 2014, 4:45pm
I did not originally think this manga would be worthy of a review...but, now that i've finished the whole thing, I can say with confidence that this manga is sweet, relatable, and definitely amazing.

As I read the story, I found many parallels between the past Keito and me--both have suffered and fallen from a mistake, and have been unable to get back up to their feet. For me, it's not as dramatic, and doesn't involve having no friends; but, my situation definitely made me enjoy this manga more. To me, this manga and its characters are inspiring, and I think I will read it again some day just so I can fully absorb the messages hidden within.

Meanwhile, here's a review:


This manga has cute and pretty art that is not over the top. The characters don't look like fashion models, but you can see an attractiveness within each.

I love how each of them had a dream they wished to pursue, and how romance didn't really get in the way of things. The four main characters were pretty well developed, and I love them to death. But, unfortunately, the other characters who didn't show up as much weren't as developed. And I see a lot of potential.

However, the book did a good job of keeping tabs on what's happening to all the characters--we see something about them every now and then so we know the author hadn't forgotten about them.

Other Aspects
Yeah. This story.... while it's not perfect, it exceeded my expectations so much that I will give it full score!...ok maybe not. biggrin (I was expecting something along the lines of ... hmm... Charisma Doll or something?) Oh, I also wish there was more "acting" in the story. The girl is an actress, but we only see a couple of her roles.

Judging by other reviews, I think my personal experience made me relate to the character on a deeper level, which made me understand her pains and be more happy about the slightly cliche parts (it gave me hope of a similar future)---which were admittedly, somewhat unoriginal

But whatever. If you are feeling down, this manga might just give you hope again. Have fun! smile

... Last updated on June 29th, 2014, 1:57am
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Better than HYD   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by marunero
December 22nd, 2013, 2:54pm
I mean it! At least the story didn't drag on for that long. Surprisingly, I didn't get sick of the characters. I recommend those serious readers to read the first parts in which Keito slowly comes out of her shell. It just turns into a typical shoujo series after the time skip, so you can skip all the way to the ending. It was usual that she ended with the third guy she met, I guess that was somewhat unique. smile Sorry to compare it to Hana Yori Dango, by the way, but I think some people may have just come here because they watched the drama of that series and wanted a similar series. Well, there are some things you need to know: First of all, the main character, Keito is not as annoying as typical shoujo MC's, considering that she's a hikki biggrin, second of all, the series isn't as light-hearted and funny, but it's not super dark, either, Keito doesn't wreck Nako's life, and lastly, the art is more modern, so that may be appealing. Actually, I wanted to say that the drama for CS looks so much less appealing than HYD...the cast looks like they're in their late twenties. Geh... Anyway, I think it was overall an interesting read and would recommend this to the casual reader.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by princess_bubblegum
December 5th, 2013, 1:04am
It was sweet at the first chapters....
I like how they confide to each other when in need and I truly appreciate the bond of their friendship...
It was interesting but not memorable enough. It's way too dramatic and lack the essence of fun in reading mangas. The relationship between the protagonist was too on par with reality that it became a bit boring. It lack the doki-doki feeling. I'm not saying that I'm a fan of shallow shoujos where there always flower surrounding them. But sometimes a bit exaggeration and fun is essential.
Why do we read mangas anyway, Is it because we dream and fantasize with ourselves and forget a bit about the present where in.
I'm just saying that this manga doesn't left a deep impression on me.
The heroine is a bit stupid and weak-willed. The manga lacks originality and always excludes an a air of familiarity with other works.
I'm just voicing my own opinion and there is no need to get work up with this.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2013, 1:29am
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loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
December 4th, 2013, 1:35am
Ah, I'm so happy that I got to read this manga. Finally a shojo which couple you ddon't expect. And the heroine gets to have set backs in love instead of straight getting to be with her boyfriend. Refreshing! I liked the idea of the story and the characters are all lovable. I think there wasn't any annoying extra, I just loved the manga! 10/10 for me.
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It was good at first   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by xono
April 29th, 2013, 7:44pm
It started good, then it went cliche towards the end. Although I like Keito's positive attitude when she failed in her audition because she can't read kanji, it hurts to read the parts when she's generally alright with things, like the misdeed of Natsumi. While I like time progression and time skips, the romance lacks the tensions. Suddenly it was presented they love each other that much. While there where hints, the storytelling and illustrations fell short in invoking the characters' romantic feelings. Though, I have to commend the character designs and clothing fashion in term of the arts.

Perhaps, I might have enjoyed and rated this manga higher if I read this prior to reading the works of GEORGE Asakura, ASHIHARA Hinako, and IKUEMI Ryou.
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em, it's good enough!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by free.vol.use
March 10th, 2013, 9:48pm
Quite philosophical and character-building...

oh, a word of advice for those who despise love-triangles (like me).....--> analyze the cover pic.
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Rating: N/A
by Sphear
December 15th, 2012, 10:37pm
Despite what a lot of reviews say, I didn't find the protagonist's 'self-discovery' really emotional or striking. In fact, I thought the whole story would have a little more content. The 'shoujo' portion of the story really debased the plot and and the whole experience.

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Though the plot itself was predictable, and it was satisfying on my part. But the romance was fast and lacked development. Suddenly she fell in love. Suddenly a guy fell in love with her. Unbelievably 'shoujo' for what started off pretty well.

Overall mediocre. It wasn't a pain to read but...just, just mediocre.
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