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The male protagonist Utsumi Shinichi is a well known established 31-year old author but has lost his inspiration and is currently living as a shut-in at his grandmother's house in the countryside all alone without barely taking care of himself. Then one day a 10-year-old girl named Haruka stops by and asks Shinichi for permission to take care of a stray cat in his garden. This young girl causes an unexpected reaction in him and he agrees. Shinichi learns that Haruka is an aloof and introverted girl whose parents are barely home: her father travels a lot and her mother is sick in the hospital. After meeting Haruka, Shinichi's editor Oogaki convinces him to use her as inspiration for a new romance novel. Shinichi isn't interested in Haruka in a romantic way, but he pities her because she reminds him of his tragic child self and his lonely childhood. Eventually, they develop an awkward friendship, and somehow they can't leave each other alone. What is in store for them? Why does the laidback Shinichi react this way to this young girl?


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Associated Names
هذه قصة حب
This Is a Love Story
This Is a Tale of Love

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11 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (350 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.24 / 10.0
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Aria (Kodansha)

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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (May 2017; Digital)

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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Kinky-Chan
July 19th, 2017, 7:09pm
Although I think this manga is pretty normal, but the story is pretty good. The transition from a small child growing up and climbing up to adulthood is rather interesting and it's nice to see that the characters are developing more and more in every chapter.

Although many people can't accept the age gap, but this is fiction, so it doesn't really matter (but what confuses me is that Shinichi and his gang still looks the same no matter how many years has passed by and the ones that are growing up tremendously is Haruka and her gang.)

Nevertheless, it's a good read. It's not the best, but it's still decent.
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by theabbster1
May 3rd, 2015, 6:42pm
I think this manga is overrated. I don't understand how Morimoto fell in love so quickly with Shinichi. Really, she fell in love with a 31 year old man at first sight? Idk but when I was 10 I thought 31 was soooo old. Like unimaginable to fall in love with or even find attractive. I also don't like Morimoto that much. There's nothing that likeable about her. She has had a traumatic life that makes her relatable to Shinichi, but other than that I don't see why he likes her. She's a moody and quite uninteresting character... but to each his own. This manga was not my favorite, but others might find it absolutely fantastic and that's fine.
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It's decent   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
May 6th, 2014, 12:14am
I do like this. The scanlations are up to chapter 34 or so. Even though, I feel that this is the kind of manga that can be ruined if it goes on much further than 10 volumes. All kinds of crazy drama and a long drawn out story could turn me off of this title quickly.
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First vs second   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MatrixM
April 16th, 2014, 4:08pm
First time I read this I was...kinda bored. Started reading, first chapter or so was alright, main char seemed like he had an interesting background/characterisation but it's pretty much never expanded on or perhaps it simply wasn't as interesting as I expected. His friend is kinda a jerk for forcing this 'inspiration' on him and thinking it's a totally cool thing to do. Just didn't seem like the writing, or perhaps storyboarding, was...good. Ended up skim reading and then dropped it. Then deleted the chapters, and I pretty much never do that unless I consider a series a waste of time.

That was almost exactly a year ago (18th april). I came back to it a month ago, for some reason I was in the mood for a romance with an age-gap about some kinda damaged (definitely the wrong word, but the only that comes to mind right now) characters mixed with some guardianship. I was also procrastinating like crazy, literally marathoning the 35 chapters the night before a ~7 hour exam (got about 20min sleep) with no preparation so perhaps that affected my judgement somehow.

Anyways, point is, the second time around I...liked it. I like how the romance is actually quite fast for the girl's side. I like how...well, I don't know how to phrase this without spoilering :/

Perhaps if you don't like this series, find it boring/a waste of time like I initially did, you just need another frame of mind.

EDIT: The art is definitely solid, too.

... Last updated on April 16th, 2014, 4:09pm
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It's quite interesting to me, except for some things   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by kompoko
February 1st, 2014, 4:37am
I've always been a fan of age-gap relationship, but never an ally of those under the high school age (or at least the last year of junior high). That's why such a 31-year-old ossan and 10 (yes, ten!)-year-old elementary girl love story has been bothering me. The character's personality is quite okay (even though some were annoying), but the age gap is just... I really hope there would be a time skip or else I'm not sure I could keep up seeing the old man falls in love with a kid, really. Putting aside the age gap, I think the plot is quite good up to the chapter I'm reading.

The biggest problem I'm in now is the sudden change in characters' names, I mean I've get used to their names, such as Aiko, Makuzu (even though I did thought this is really a weird name), Hata, etc., and then suddenly their names all change into Haruka and Utsumi and things like that (I searched and know that those are their right names though). I guess this must be somehow related to the raw that the scanlation group has, but it really annoys me.

I'm still at the middle of the story so I'll be back when finishing the most recent chapters later.
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it's decent.   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by wrensei
September 17th, 2013, 11:31pm's way better than HANA NO NAMAE...that guy in HNN had dark aura underneath.

This one, I mean Shinichi is "pure"..or more likely had innocent side, he maybe had dark past too yet he's not a total psycho that pushes the girl away.
Don't be put off by the large age-gap..I guarantee you IT DOESN'T CROSS THE LINE OF
PAEDOPHILIA...It has character growth to watch out for.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mmaggieanderson
March 16th, 2013, 7:44pm
Yes, I understand the comparison to Hana no Namae. On first look it seems to be to follow a similar theme, but as much as I loved Hana no Namae (I own it) I always felt it was a little dark. Both Kei and Chouko seemed so damaged. In Kore wa Koi no Hanashi, even though I would prefer Haruka to be a little older, I see both she and Shinichi as not quite so damaged. I can see them eventually being able to overcome and have normal lives. Both of them learning how it feels to connect to another person. Whether they end up together or with other people doesn't matter as much as watching them become more complete individuals (although I must confess that I would love them to eventually end up together). I also love Oogaki! He is both the instigator and the moral conscience in this tale. He makes me laugh! I can't wait to meet his wife. I also want to see Satomi find someone as well. I can't wait to see how things unfold!!!!!

... Last updated on March 16th, 2013, 7:47pm
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Its good.   
Rating: N/A
by Kaosu
November 15th, 2012, 10:46pm
Its a sweet but a little bitter story. To be honest, the year age gap doesn't bother me as long as its done in a realistic way (though the crush at a young age is pretty far fetched). There are some rage inducing moments but it almost always gets resolved quickly.

Its a taboo subject, but as humans, a lot of us are secretly drawn to the taboo. Its not the glorification of taboo, but rather how in the end, we are all human and just want to be with those who we love even if society were to look down upon it along with all the emotions that incurs.

Even if not socially able, even broken humans need love. No one really wants to be alone.
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--Ended on a Low Note--   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Day Dreamer
August 7th, 2012, 1:10pm
When I first picked up this manga, I thought it was going to be a disturbing love story between a 31 year-old pervert and 10 year-old innocent girl who doesn't know any better. That was far from the truth.

I love age gap romances. When they are done well, they have the capacity to be beautiful and inspiring. I can't say either is the case here, but this manga is special in its own right. The male lead understands the societal limitations of this love, while the female lead is determined yet patient. At some point, they subconsciously choose to embark on a journey that looks tainted to the outsider, but is actually genuine and pure. You eventually start rooting for them just as those surrounding them in the manga do. You want a successful love story because the guy isn't actually a lolicon and the girl isn't obsessed with his materialistic qualities.

This was one of my favorite mangas when it was being serialized and translated. Although the ending left me confused with more questions than answers, it will be a memorable one for a long time.

... Last updated on July 5th, 2017, 4:56pm
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Takes the subject more seriously-   
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by Hell_Clues
May 4th, 2012, 6:14pm
- while it makes a love story(maybe). It's more than okay.

The friends don't quite seem to be teasing that the girl has a crush on the guy and more pushing him into it, which doesn't quite make sense. Also, I felt it was unnecessary to so quickly establish that the girl has a crush.

The art has a nice bigness to it, and I like some of the zoomed in expressions.

I actually don't think the feelings are very explored but things are made easy to understand. The guy is pretty likeable and I don't think some of the shoujo tropes that sometimes annoy me are present at all. But he's also a bit too immature for his age to the point that it bends credibility, mainly because we're seeing the story from his point of view.

Another thing is that no one really struggles with how highly inappropriate/illegal it would be. Instead of saying that its a bother, it might have been more interesting for him to think about it a bit more, and about how to deal with it, with the audience being privy to it. Not to say he never realizes that it'd be viewed as possibly criminal.

It's not quite as serious as I would mind but I like the optimism in it. It isn't about fetishizing the little girl which is a big plus.

... Last updated on May 4th, 2012, 6:16pm
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