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Description
From Antebellum Scanlations:

Meet Arisugawa Fuu, a 26-year-old office lady at a design company. She is more crazy about shopping than finding love. There are so many things that she desires, but she has yet to find what she's looking for.

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Manga

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Associated Names
东京爱丽丝
東京アリス
東京アリス -ふうのお買い物日記-
โตเกียว อลิซ
도쿄 앨리스

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v.2 c.6 by Stiletto Heels (794d ago)
v.1 c.5 by Stiletto Heels (1202d ago)
v.1 c.4 by Stiletto Heels (1232d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (70 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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January 8th 2014, 4:29am PST

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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1040 increased(+165)
Monthly Pos #1973 increased(+382)
3 Month Pos #3061 increased(+1068)
6 Month Pos #4522 increased(+1052)

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On 455 reading lists
On 323 wish lists
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Realistic but a bit of a copy of SATC   
Rating: N/A
by cocolo
December 5th, 2010, 12:41pm
So I truly believe that the author, Chiya Toriko (of Clover fame) got the underlying idea for this series from Sex and the City. It's about four women in their mid-to-late 20s who all (well, most) have serious careers and it's a story detailing their different personalities and love lives. In the beginning (first two volumes) it was VERY fluffy, in fact, probably too fluffy and fun. The story really revolves around sales & shopping sprees and getting expensive gifts from significant others (no joke). Then when Hayama comes into the picture and gets involved with Enjouji (no spoilers here), the story gets a bit more...painful & realistic because you know that it's gonna lead to some dramatic falling out somewhere in the next several books!

The other women in the story all have their own love messes (yes, messes) to deal with, but I have to say that I love the Hayama x Enjouji pairing the most. Fuu (main character) is very cute but in my opinion she really lacks substance beneath that exterior cuteness. I'm still really entertained by this series and am looking forward to the future happenings with all four women (especially Hayama & Enjouji!).
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Labels or Love!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tartufo
February 14th, 2010, 11:54pm
This manga could totally have Fergie's song as it's soundtrack, lol.

Anyway, I liked it. It's no earth-shattering masterpiece of the War and Peace variety, but it takes a unique perspective on one woman's somewhat unusual attitude to romance. She's so spunky and funny! And so hilariously obsessed with shopping! Plus, I like that the manga focuses on that in-between age, before a woman "settles down" and yet after she experiences the trials of love. Not many mangas do that - focus on young professional women who have several romantic and sexual experiences, none of which actually lead to long-term commitment (marriage). Usually most shoujo (and even some josei) mangas are about first loves, and even more unrealistically (or uncommonly) about first loves that become last loves - that go all the way from school/college to marriage and beyond. Real life ain't that easy! Most of us go through the wringer a couple of times before emerging with the motherload. Lol.

This heroine's had to deal with similar situations, and that's part of the reason why she takes shelter in shopping. Her experience-induced apathy to romance is... kind of funny to read sometimes, and kind of sad, but also very real as it does happen to women at this age - before they meet the love of their lives and end up marrying and settling down, or just settling and settling down. But what I like about this heroine is that she's not the type that'll settle for less; if she can't find love I think she might just stay the way she is - an unmarried and enthusiastic shopaholic. Not for her any arranged marriages schmarriages! biggrin She's strong and kind of cool in that way. Still, her labels-before-love attitude certainly won't last for long, because it's unsustainable when one has emotional and, ahem, physical needs to maintain. Being a young woman ain't easy, no matter how you cut it!

Which is why this manga is fun to read, because it shows that aspect of womanhood in contemporary society in a very ordinary and authentic way, without sugar-coating it or over-dramatizing it. The "girl talk" between the heroine and her friends feels so real it could be a series of quotes from my ACTUAL conversations with my friends. There's a lot of dry, affectionate humor and wry banter in there. I really like that aspect of the manga; it really brought the story home to me on an emotional level, without having to resort to all those artificial button-pushing ploys that so many shoujo romances resort to. It's sort of like Sex and the City, but without the (again, unrealistic) focus on sex. It's just a story about a stylish modern woman - in many ways, Madonna's "Material Girl" - trying to get on with her life, and trying to find some meaning in it. Yes, just the sort of ordinary story you could hear by talking to any young woman who is a recent college graduate, and who hasn't yet found what she's looking for in life! (Either professionally or personally.) We all go through that stage as we mature, so it's good to finally read about it.

I recommend this to josei readers looking for a relaxing and relatively realistic read. smile Nothing melodramatic has happened thus far (what a relief!), and um, the male lead is REALLY hot. Seriously. Incredibly hot. I just have a thing for dark-haired, dark-eyed, calm businessmen in suits...

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2010, 5:19am
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