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Eiko is something of a plain Jane and a doormat, while her best friend Moe is a head-turning beauty. Despite their differences, their friendship is as strong as ever.
Guys are always asking Moe out, but her answer is invariably "Only if you promise to put Eiko before me."


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Associated Names
Sonokare Shira Bemasu
The Secret of Friendship

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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 9 / 10.0 (647 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.89 / 10.0
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A really enjoyable series.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ImaginaryWishes
January 1st, 2013, 4:14pm
I liked the premise from the start. Eiko and Moe are both immensely likeable, as well as the male leads. The art is different from the standard shoujo pictures. The lines are fluid and whimsical, a perfect match with the story. The colour pages are a great bonus. The plot is simple, short and sweet. It never delves into needless cliches and it always stays true to its main point.

It's like ice cream, and baby elephants.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2013, 5:31pm
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This manga is special.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
March 18th, 2013, 1:02pm
Awesome manga. So realistic, deep, fresh, free of cliches. I loved it and couldn't tell what will happen next. Wasn't bored at all. The art is cool too.

I think manga like this can make the reader a better person. It touches some very important subjects. It's great how the POV switches, we get to see how judgemental and wrong people can be in how they read others. All four main characters are good people but some of their traits can make them seem otherwise - for those who don't bother to look deeper. Each of them learns an important lesson, I think. Readers do too (at least I did smile )
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So cute <3   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by eveB2
August 4th, 2012, 10:35am
Just two chapters but this one is amazing. I hesitated at first but then decided to give it a try. I couldn't have been more right in my life. Because of the phrase "Only if you promise to put Eiko before me", I thought this would be a weird manga, I can't believe the author solves it too well. It's amazing. You should read it, you won't be disappointed. Trust me <3 <3
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xxhushdarling
June 14th, 2012, 4:57pm
Love this series! It may only be 2 chapters, but it is seriously adorable. What really shines are the relationships - the first chapter focuses on the two main girls, Eiko and Moe, and the second chapter is voiced by Tsuchida's (the guy who dates Moe in the first chapter) best friend. Him and Tsuchida also have a really good friendship. Both of the friendships are based off the opposites-attract idea, where each admires the other and so get along really well.

While nothing is very complicated or angsty in this manga, that's what makes it so great. It's short and to the point. But what I like best is how pure it is. The relationships are real and there's thankfully no backstabbing involved. The characters are fun and distinct, despite the manga's shortness. And the art is also really nice; it's distinctive and characters actually have different facial features, instead of the same cute face, big eyes, with only different hair styles to tell them apart.

Definitely worth a read. It won't take long anyway.

... Last updated on June 14th, 2012, 4:59pm
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Rating: 9.1 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
March 7th, 2011, 3:21am
I've only read the first chapter of this series, but I'm already deeply in love with it! It's so incredibly CUTE! The art is slightly original (with a lot of bonus colored pages biggrin ), but it's the story that makes it so very nice. It's about the strong friendship between two girls, and how they put each other before anything else. It's a very simple plot, but that's what makes it so lovely.

Fluffy, warm and enjoyable. The scanlation group has done a great job too.

... Last updated on January 1st, 2013, 2:22am
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superbly crafted   
Rating: N/A
by gwkimmy
January 11th, 2013, 11:00pm
i love all the themes this manga deals with, and all with just a simple and sweet story about friendship. all of the characters feel alienated, alone and rejected by their peers for one reason or another, but find solace in one person who accepts them, who happen to be their complete opposite. through this person they learn to accept their own flaws and accept the flaws of others as well. perhaps their one mistake is being too fiercely loyal to their own friends, but even then they also learn that the bond must simply evolve and not be broken.

also the feeling of deep and pure LOVE just permeates throughout the whole story. the characters each love their friends deeply and truly in a way that makes me a bit envious. were it any other story with a different theme i could easily see a GL or BL story develop, but this story is about friendship. really nicely done and kudos to the author. art is really great as well.
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The power of Friendship!!!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sculamio
December 2nd, 2012, 10:26pm
This is amazingly executed, unique, and incredibly cute! The drawing style is reminiscent of Sahara Mizu with clean lines and flowing movements, and the plot is great with one pair's relationship tying into another's. Kudos to etc as well for doing such a great job (especially on translations!) biggrin Everything is amazing smile

... Last updated on December 2nd, 2012, 10:29pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
June 13th, 2014, 7:13pm
The girls' relationship may seem too close for some people, but I think it really works for them due to their personalities. One girl is brutally honest while the other can't seem to stand up for herself; so, when you have these two girls as best friends, we get a nice equilibrium.

The way the girls say things to their boyfriends like "you have to treat my best friend more importantly than me" is weird, but if they do find a man like that---they know they've got the right guy. So in that case, I think it's adorable how much these two treasure their friendship.

Also, I don't get that shoujo-ai feeling from this series, thank god. The girls just love one another as best friends who are always there for them, and I think that's sweet. Because this manga dealt with friendship, there wasn't nearly as much cliche scenarios as other shoujo manga. Yay!

(the extra story at the end was pretty cute too hehehe)

And the best part? This manga is pretty short-- so we get to enjoy a masterpiece that entertains but doesn't drag for a long time! I'd recommend this to anyone!

... Last updated on June 13th, 2014, 7:25pm
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Almost a ten.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kitty1826x
September 4th, 2013, 8:31pm
I love almost everything in this story. I would have given it a 10 if it wasn't for the extra. It was a fine extra, it just didn't mesh well with the rest.
I was smiling and laughing through out all of it until I reached the extra.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I just wish I could have seen more of Eiko and her boyfriend, and to have seen Moe get either with Eiko's brother or her ex.

It kept me smiling I would definitely recommend this.
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Super sweet XD   
Rating: N/A
by Sagiri_chan
July 21st, 2013, 8:35pm
The very first thing that striked me was the art. It was delicate, and like some comment below, resembled Sahara Mizu's. If it had been Kawahara sensei doing both the art and story, maybe I wouldn't love this manga as I do now, Yamakawa sensei's drawing was just exactly like how the story was: strange, fresh and delicate. I really love how Moe put Eiko above her boyfriend - how the story put friendship above love. It's something you rarely see in real life. I ,myself, having experienced the time when my best friend had a boyfriend and completely forgot about me, deeply impressed by Moe. Even the ending, which I dare say that it's not just me who expect a hug, a kiss or at least the holding hands, was still steadfast to its theme - friendship.
I'm really looking forward to reading another work from the partnership of these two mangakas.
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