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Aoki Kaoru is a 26-year-old woman who has never had a boyfriend. Normally unattached and unmotivated in her own life, Kaoru decides to start up a nail salon as a side business in addition to her regular job as a medical dispatcher. Although having a severe aversion to physical touch, she is forced to confront that fear when she meets a man who can´t help but touch others.


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Associated Names
& (アンド)
And (Okazaki Mari)

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.18-19 by Stiletto Heels (26d ago)
v.4 c.17 by Stiletto Heels (251d ago)
v.3 c.16 by Stiletto Heels (303d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (149 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.08 / 10.0
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 9% (13 votes)
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Last Updated
October 15th 2016, 7:33am PST



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Feel Young (Shodensha)

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Monthly Pos #699 increased(+186)
3 Month Pos #1060 increased(+69)
6 Month Pos #1163 increased(+45)

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On 510 wish lists
On 44 completed lists
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Worst ending to a romance in a manga since Blade of the Immortal...   
Rating: N/A
by Rozzak
July 29th, 2016, 8:43pm
And Samura Hiroaki is a NTR/rape fetishist.
Just skip the last chapter if you read the raws. I'm pretty sure the group dropped it because of how unbelievably unfruitful the ending is.
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Rating: N/A
by jackalan
February 17th, 2016, 4:46am
I just read chapter 17 (thank God I randomly picked this series after this chapter was released or else I would probably have been agonising over the end of volume 3), and the subject is for Shiro. Poor guy... He was crying for God's sake!

But I've been enjoying the title thoroughly from the start. It's great that the art is very well taken care of. However, the story-telling is top-notch here for me. So much the feel! Please let the 8 volumes be scanlated without a hitch! And soon! Please, please! *A person with bad experience of reading good "completed" mangas over LONGASS periods of time.*

... Last updated on February 17th, 2016, 4:47am
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A mature and realistic take on first love   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mispelling
November 23rd, 2014, 3:40pm
This has some spoilers for the ending.

This is definitely a really beautiful series to read. Okazaki Mari's art is absolutely breathtaking. About the story, it plays out like a normal love triangle shoujo but with the added positives of being mature and realistic in its approach. At some points it is drawn pretty elaborate, but it doesn't romanticize the love at all. They go through trials and finally come to terms of being in love (well mostly Yagai)

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
At the end we see that Yagai's not really good for Kaoru, and she finds out about his past with his lover and her sister and breaks up with him, amicably albeit bittersweet. It's a really moving ending

Great story with beautiful artwork, definitely a must-read for shoujo and josei fans.
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An old story told well   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
October 12th, 2014, 4:42am
Stiletto Heels translates decent to very good josei mangas and this is another win for the community. Thx for that.
The art is very well done, the characterization is strong and there are some neat art direction tricks that contrast between the views of the leads on certain situations. The important players all have developed backstories that give context for the current state of their lives and why they are as awkward or solitude. Most importantly is that the protagonists have a clear characterization and direction that the writer sticks too. The biggest plus though is that actions have consequences and that characters actually talk about what their though bubbles say and thus forced drama that a conversation could sweep away is avoided.
The only downside are a few coincidences too many here and there and the programming side of the story isn´t as well developed as the medical side. And could the doctors look more fabulous and trendy?
Even Medical Dragon´s (very good too) swimsuit models look a bit more reasonable. So nothing really negative.
I am looking forward to more and my score could even improve a bit if the finished story continues to stays strong. Oishii Kankei and Kuragehime are similar in quality and both suffer of small side problems too. Sekine-kun no Koi is even better.

... Last updated on March 26th, 2015, 8:03am
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Beautiful, well crafted manga   
Rating: N/A
by meganpietura
May 14th, 2014, 1:35pm
This is actually my favorite manga I think for reasons that others wouldn't be able to connect with but everyone that's a fan of shoujo or josei need to try this manga. The story is unique and a much needed palate cleanser from other mangas in these genres and the art is superb. I think it's beautiful and very well crafted story. It's also easy to root for the heroine and releases come out enough after each other so you don't wait too long. I also suggest reading other manga from this translation group, Stiletto Heels.
A real work of art for josei manga. My personal favorite.
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So Far, Interesting....   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by wallyakazukin
October 12th, 2013, 11:19pm
Good josei, I expect it would be better as the story goes. If you search for josei close to reality, then try this one. I have to say that the main male character was the source of those pain, age gap also a big issue for him. Maybe some reader would think that the female chara was too stupid or what, but i think in reality, that's how most women do. When they in love, they can't do anything about their feeling.
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Not for me   
Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
April 5th, 2013, 1:08am
Too many characters, too soon. Its alarming for me not to know who the players are (in terms of romance) within the first couple of chapters. Its the kind of story where you need to love reality, or really gruesome things. This was really depressing for me, thats what i mean by gruesome.
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Not Yet   
Rating: N/A
by yuno19
July 27th, 2012, 6:39pm
Not in essence, but much more in frame, I disagree with the earlier comment. For you to say some title is great in few early chapters, some surprise are required. Considering this one is published for josei demography, not shoujo, I don't see any surprise being played in these three chapters. Sure the tension is escalating, but still, 'normal' is the best word to describe the setting and background.

The most I can say is, this manga develop well, giving clues that important conflict or interesting development going to take place. But not just yet. Not in this three chapters.
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absolutely great.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Imou
February 22nd, 2012, 9:35am
This! This story is the epitome of amazing shoujo manga. No really! This is really well done. The story seems predictable, cliché-ed love triangle and such, but NO! this story, even though the plot line seems already used to the bone, has a charm never seen in any shoujo. All because of one character. Not gonna spoil the fun since only one chapter has been translated, but I've read the story in french, and I promise you, it's just breath taking.
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