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Kore wa Koi no Hanashi  
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After recently moving into his grandmother's house in the countryside, Shinichi is bored with everything despite his success as a novelist. That is, until one day, when a young girl with a stray cat appears at his doorstep. A girl with a very tragic look in her eyes...


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Associated Names
This Is a Lovestory
This Is a Tale of Love

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11 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (275 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.39 / 10.0
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Aria (Kodansha)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Penpendesarapen
August 13th, 2011, 11:49am
The story is pure in its essence. I love how the author managed to bring out realistic emotions between two people with a 20 year age gap. slice of life themes as good as this are rare nowadays. No lolicon stuff present in this manga (as some of you might misunderstand by judging it) If you like to try a manga with a different atmosphere compared to others, i recommend this smile
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SaLaHaDiN_PL
August 13th, 2011, 5:47am
PURE OWN nothing more this is one hell of a good read smile I like it a lot stroy is realy nice a nd interesting i give it 10 smile If u want slice of life / romance / drama manga it's best pick smile
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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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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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Rating: N/A
by MikuTamaki
April 6th, 2012, 5:33am
I think this manga is really good. The mangaka conveys the feelings of the characters well. Also, it's not only about the possible romance between the two main characters. The story focuses in many aspects of life. And one more thing, don't be misled by the cover and the synopsis. I actually didn't have a plan to read because of that however because of the comments i read here, i tried it. Good thing though.
Salute to the mangaka biggrin

... Last updated on April 6th, 2012, 5:34am
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One of my Favorites!   
Rating: 10.0 / 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 and 10 year-old embarrassed But, boy was I ever wrong!!

The story is so pure and it really gets to you (especially how the lives of main characters have played out so far). And, to the disbelievers out there, no there isn't any sort of love story (at least I don't expect there to be until she's of legal age).

The characters' feelings are so pure that you can't help but root for them! wink

... Last updated on August 22nd, 2013, 1:20pm
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Hana no namae alternative version   
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by Orulyon
February 27th, 2012, 3:58pm
Indeed this resembles Hana no namae a LOT. (loved HnN) but its still very good. here I can picture the male falling for the girl when she reaches her teenage years, and Iam totally okay with it. Its totally different from Usagi drop simply because in Usagi Drop, the male and the female are like father-daughter
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
yeah I know the end of the manga of UD, and I HATED IT
The artwork is quite pretty and I like the male guy a lot, he is not a pedo (yet XP). The little girl is also adorable^.^
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Rating: N/A
by Wanderer11
July 29th, 2011, 3:22pm
First off, it's NOT mutual love. So no lolicon stuff. Just a little girl's having a crush on an older man. It's kind of sweet, but true to reality. Even though I'm not hoping for a happy get together ending 10 yrs later. I pray for it will not be a tragedy, considering the amount of reality and dark past.
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It's quite nice actually...   
Rating: N/A
by ms_nobody
July 17th, 2011, 7:29pm
Well I've only read up to the fourth chapter so far, but it's progressing nicely.
It has cliches here and there, but they're not the type that drag down the story.
I can't give it a rating yet, I need to see how it ends up before I do.

And yeah, it's sort of like a mix of Hana no Namae and Usagi Drop (due to the age gap) like monkry stated.

I like how none of the characters are perfect and how dark it seems at times. Makuzu is a cold novelist and Akio is just a lonely young girl. To be honest, we all know that they'll be together, but I like how it isn't love at first sight, and how Makuzu interacts with her.

This isn't reccomended for anyone who can't handle an age gap of 20 or more.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2011, 4:32pm
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a bit slow so far   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
July 30th, 2011, 7:59am
The story is just slowly starting to unfold, so it's a bit slow. It's slow in a good way though. Slow not in a way where the author is buying time but in a way where you can just sit and watch the characters slowly grow.

It does get a bit uncomfortable with its themes whenever the male sees the girl as a older female. And right now there doesn't seem to be any sort of real conflict in the story.

I would like to see where the author goes with this, because just the relationships alone as it stands can not make a proper story. The problem with a story like this is that to have romantic tension, they're inevitably going to bring in the little girl into the story somehow, which is a little strange.
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