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Oboreru Knife  
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A beautiful and mature sixth grade girl from Tokyo suddenly has to move out to the country side of Japan with her family. The girl, Natsume, then meets a boy and from then on she begins to feel 'something' in her body, like a surging wave....


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Associated Names
물에 빠진 나이프
À fleur de peau (French)
Drowning Knife
Oboreru Naifu
Shattered Knife
The Knife That Dropped in Water
The Knife that Lost its Head
The Knife That Sunk Down
Wallowing Knife

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c.56-58 by MangaLator (22d ago)
v.9 c.35 by Evil Flowers (90d ago)
v.9 c.34 by Evil Flowers (126d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (263 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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April 26th 2015, 11:01pm PST



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Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

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They should make an anime for this 354 days, 5 hours, 55 minutes ago
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by roxaboxen
October 16th, 2010, 10:33pm
Everyone should read this now. So far it's only up to vol 7 in english scanlations, but they go up to vol 10 in if you can read chinese (me: painstakingly, but I want to know what happens so bad).

I should start off by saying the art is beautiful. Sometimes Natsume's eyes are a little too big for my liking, but other than that, I really like how the characters are drawn. Then again, it could be a like-it-or-you-don't scenario.

The female protangonist is unlike the normal shoujo females we come across. Yes, she's extremely pretty but other than that, she's a normal girl with her own thoughts that often jump between naivety and maturity. Things aren't always the way they seem and Natsume deals with those issues as realistically as you'd expect her to. Like someone else said, don't be thrown off by their age. Asakura started drawing them young for a reason. This manga really digs into the less-rosy aspects of being young and looking at things the way they are.

Kyou is always throwing me and Natsume off. He's a kid with a big responsibility and practically walks around like a star of the village, and naturally gains everyone's attention, especially Natsume. Without giving anything away, he's the character I have to rack my brains over the hardest. At first, it's crazy - the things he does and says - but when revealed, his human qualities are the most poignant. He is, after all, just a boy.

All in all, one can't help relating to this story, all of its painful, tender and joyful moments.

Drawbacks: Reading in chinese is making my brain hurt. If you're the type who can only read English, and like to read the whole series at one go, you might want to wait till it's completed scanlating.

I'm really into slice-of-life genres. I'm not saying this manga is extremely slow, because it does proceed at a pace I'm not tearing my hair over. However, it IS set at a rural village and Natsume spends a lot of her time wandering to the beach, so expect some scenes of the sea and flowers. Again, the art is spectacular.
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Loved it until   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by skatergirlyui
December 1st, 2014, 9:04am
Gave it a 9 until the 50s where it ended up turning into the cliche type of shoujo where
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The girl is finally properly dating the nice guy, tries to confront the bad boy, gets threatened into hanging out with him, gets abused, breaks up with the nice guy out of guilt, and finally gets together with the abusive guy. Who of course suddenly turns sweet a few chapters later.

So much wasted potential
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by ImaginaryWishes
December 5th, 2012, 11:13pm
Hmm, I've been meaning to read this for a while now... I was a bit hesitant because the plot's not what I usually go for. I thought it would be melodramatic and cliched, but the story really draws you in. Despite Kyou being the "bad boy" type that I detest, there's just something... magnetic about him. He and Natsume are just strangely interesting... I can't help but want to know more.

Compelling characters, masterful storytelling, layers and layers of complexity not to mention the gorgeous art--This one's a keeper.
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Hooked, but don't know why...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
April 26th, 2012, 3:15am
Hmm.. I'm not sure how I should feel about this manga.
The romance is... different.
It's not the typical shojo romance. Sure, the girl did fell in love at first sight, but it wasn't named "love" at first --more like a deep devotion to something mysterious, unknown, or untamed. She loves him so much; he is her hope, her pride, her light, and her God. It's crazy.
The same thing goes the other way, ... but not as well articulated because it's mostly from the girl's pov.
Even though it may sound like a creepy obsession.. there's something to it that draws the reader in. I don't know what it is, but even though I have my reservations about the girl's ethical morality and mental state (questioned the same about the boy haha), I keep wanting more of their interaction.
The romance is about love gained and lost love. It's not an ideal story, but it's terribly captivating.

Since the girl's a model, we do get to see some glimpses of the entertainment industry.

I don't care too much for the art. Not my cup o' tea.
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Uniquely Stunning   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sending
November 11th, 2012, 8:11pm
First of all, I LOVE this series. Natsume has won my loyalty, and I just want her to succeed in everything. She is not only a strong character with a mind of her own, but she deals with problems in a very realistic way. It is also clear that her ridiculous beauty is a curse rather than a gift. Seriously, her life sucks.

Kou is also one of the most interesting male leads I've encountered in shoujo. He's pretty crazy, but it makes sense in context. And make no mistake, this may fall under the category of shoujo but is no light-hearted romance.

I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes character development, slice of life, coming-of-age, or romance stories. Oboreru Knife is one of my favorites!

... Last updated on November 11th, 2012, 8:13pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
July 24th, 2013, 11:51pm
This is the kind of story that simply captivates you. It's rich in emotional and situational tension and shines brilliantly in story telling and character portrayal. But what this story does that is so unlike most stories - is that it has this unusual power to overwhelm you. To give you this deep, but modest understanding of youth in all it's shameless glory.

What do I mean by that? It's all those powerful feelings - the elation, the disappointment, the anticipation, and that familiar dreamy longing for time to stand still, to live in seemingly perfect moments. If you've ever been an over-idealistic dreamer in your youth you'll be easily wowed by this as I am.

But apart from my abstract/personal thoughts: It's a great dramatic romancey slice-of-life sort of manga. Natsume is a strong character, but understandably weak too. We hear all her thoughts and watch as time and situations change her perspective of things. And I love the romance. I like that her relationship isn't smooth, but rather unstable and realistic. Her relationships between the main characters are a bit unpredictable (boys and girls alike).

Read it and be taken by it.

... Last updated on July 24th, 2013, 11:57pm
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Pretty good *so far*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rainy Days
February 14th, 2012, 10:08pm
Up to the scanlated chapters so far, this is very good. Mangas like these, though unique, will become very stressful to read later because of the drama. For a "coming of age" story, it's rather intense... but I like how none of the characters are perfect. Even our main heroine has her dark side. However, since IT IS 12 volumes (and counting), I can't even... I hope my heart can sustain for that long lol. One overdramatic move, and it could really put you off. Kyou has the potential to be an ultimate douchebag.

... Last updated on February 14th, 2012, 10:10pm
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stunning little boy   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by indroyoyoi
August 12th, 2010, 6:01am
oh my, this is the first time, in my 19 years life, i was like "DEG" or "DOKI" (well u name it) seeing a twelve year old elementary boy (fyi, i'm a mature man adorer, so..). Sheeesh, whats happening to me?? Gyah! Well, talking about the content, it's generally good. It gives you a particular feeling through the ambience, the plot, the story telling, and especially the character.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2010, 6:02am
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Quite profound   
Rating: N/A
by YukikoKudo
July 15th, 2014, 9:11pm
I picked this manga up, expecting to drop it after 10 or so chapters when I got bored of some crybaby heroine chasing after her prince. Superficially, that's what the manga seemed like in the beginning. But as you read on, things start weaving together bit by bit like a tapestry. At first, the story is told through Natsume, but then you begin to see other perspectives like Hana, Ootomo, and it really adds to the overall understanding of the plot and the attachment you feel towards the various characters.

Throughout the story, the characters change both physically and mentally. Most shoujo mangas people only 'grow' in terms of their relationships to one another, and rarely do they portray characters evolving and being changed by their experiences. With this, I felt like I was watching the characters evolve from kids to adults. Despite being shoujo, the topics are quite dark and profound.

The art is pretty good in general, but I'm not a fan of characters blushing on every panel. The story is really what convinces me to continue reading.

Comments that may contain spoilers up to Volume 14 below:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I hated Kyou as a character for the longest time. I generally dislike characters that fight for the sake of fighting, and was never able to empathize with him after the incident. His character deteriorated from being the center of Natsume's life, to this annoying pest that would show up once in awhile and bother her. I cheered for Ootomo all the way, hoping that she would stay as far away from Kyou as possible. When Ootomo and Kyou were together, I just kept wishing that Kyou wouldn't come and destroy it. But... later on, Kyou is gradually redeeming himself. As more of his backstory comes to light, his character is growing on me. Not quite a Natsume Kyou shipper yet... but we'll see how things progress.

// Update after Volume 14:
After Kyou practically rapes Natsume... I hate his guts.

... Last updated on July 15th, 2014, 10:08pm
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Rating: N/A
by jackalan
August 28th, 2012, 2:10pm
It's very George Asakura. I mean from the art, the expression to the (somehow) storyline and progress. Its purely her.

Up till chapter 19, finally, it breaks out of the routine and ordinary. It finds frustration, tension and intensity within a new context. Some time, I keep telling myself, hey he understands it. Really. And when Natsume was thinking of him with her Polaroid I can see myself imagining and grippingly hoping it was reality too. Asakura knows her audience feelings rather well I suggest.

However, by looking at the translation progress, Evil Flowers is really taking their time. It would be great someday they pick it up again cause I know for some titles I enjoy from them, many are left in progress.

A good read. Sometimes, a real good read like this, I want to criticise and be harsh instead of encouraging like some others. I don't know. I guess it's okay. And maybe I've been reading way too many shoujos these past few months. I need to pick up some shounens or else my head will explode with the tardiness.
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