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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 (285 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.4 / 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Takes the subject more seriously-   
Rating: N/A
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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