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Tona-Gura!  
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Description
The Arisaka sisters (Hatsune and Kazuki) and the Kagura siblings (Yuuji and Marie) lived next door when they were smaller. So close that they could climb onto each other's verandas from the 2nd floor. They would always play together until one day the Kagura siblings had to move.

It's been 10 years and the Kagura siblings are moving back! Yuuji's turned into a pervert and Marie isn't the crybaby she used to be?!

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
となグラ!
となグラ!
亲爱芳邻
相邻为伴
親愛芳鄰
Tonagura!

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.54 by FoOlRulez (851d ago)
v.8 c.53 by FoOlRulez (921d ago)
v.8 c.52 by FoOlRulez (1095d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol.3, Chap 16

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (223 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 5th 2013, 7:30am PST

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Year
2004

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Rush (Jive)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #922 increased(+253)
Monthly Pos #1620 increased(+475)
3 Month Pos #2796 increased(+111)
6 Month Pos #3077 increased(+370)

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On 1413 reading lists
On 499 wish lists
On 53 completed lists
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Tona-Gura! Romantic Comedy Manga Ends in Japan 1093 days, 8 hours, 59 minutes ago
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I can't help but like it.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Kevadu
February 13th, 2010, 8:34am
I have been wanting to review this one for a while but hadn't gotten around to it because I couldn't quite figure out what I wanted to say. If I put on my critic hat and start deconstructing this series then there is certainly plenty to find fault with. The story seems cliche, it is loaded with cheap fan service, it's slow and doesn't seem to really go anywhere, etc. And yet, on a completely personal level I find myself eagerly anticipating every chapter that is released. There are honestly few mangas I enjoy as consistently as this one.

You know how there are some very serious mangas out there which can be technically excellent and have very deep story lines, but are on some level difficult to actually enjoy reading at times? Tona-Gura is pretty much the exact opposite of that. It is flawed, somewhat shallow, but always fun. It's my comfort food of manga.

Its best feature is how much love the author shows for the characters. True, things do move slowly, but as you read on they really do get fleshed out and start to feel like real people. They are not simply cheap stereotypes, which is something pretty rare for an ecchi romance manga. Yuuji may be a pervert, but he's a loveable pervert, damn it. Takahashi4me's excellent review before mine did this subject more justice than I can here so I suggest you read it.

Though there may be dozens of superficially similar mangas out there, and yet I don't enjoy any of them as much as I enjoy this one. One reviewer described Tona-Gura as similar but "way worse" then Love Hina. I can not disagree with that statement more. Love Hina was only good when it was being absurd. The actual characters were cookie-cutter stereotypes and the romantic development had all the grace of a rhinoceros in a leotard. The story in Tona-Gura may not be deep, but the characters are and as a reader you genuinely want to see them work out their differences. And once you get hooked you will want to keep coming back for more.
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Fun to read, not for serious one   
Rating: N/A
by Renzonokuken
May 4th, 2009, 1:48am
Very fun to read [ at least I don't need to think to read this one ]

If you are looking anything serious or beyond lolness look elsewhere.This manga doesn't have any weight / quality to some people who always think 'PERFECT' and I WANT THE PROTAGONIS LIKE I WANT TO BE

Main character is NOT USELESS and FAILS at everything, U haven't read all the chapters and see all the Animes/ reference.
[ Pretty hard to find , a protagonist [ a male ] that is VERY OPEN in his feeling and doesn't feel any embarassment at all ]

... Last updated on May 4th, 2009, 4:22am
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Wonderful.   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Takahashi4me
February 4th, 2010, 8:03pm
Personal Summary:
After ten long years, Arisaka Kazuki's childhood friend Kagara Yuuji, and his sister Marie, have finally moved back next door. The meant-to-be-happy reunion isn't as pleasing as expected- the slightly pushy, but sweet Yuuji that Kazuki knew has now turned into a pervert (who Kazuki pummels accordingly)! And, to make things worse, he and his air-gun-weilding little sister are now practically living with Kazuki and her onee-chan, Hatsune. Kazuki has no objection to Marie, who fends off Yuuji's lecherous advances on Kazuki, but how could she possibly live with this- new Yuuji when he was such a pervert?! However, things don't always turn out the way you expect them to. Perhaps the rift of ten years can be healed? Perhaps, with a little perserverance and 'the chemistry of childhood friends', eventually, things will work out? And, perhaps, the Yuuji and Kazuki of today will grow even closer than they were before....?

General Review
Though the manga starts out as, pretty much, a typical, slightly ecchi lovecom, it slowly, slowly blossoms into the manga that I love and call 'Wonderful'.
As you read on, you're eventually shown that there's more to the characters than just paper and ink- layers are added through their devotion to their loved ones, glimpses of their past relations, searches for (completing/) their goals; you eventually see that their personalities go beyond the presumed stereotypes. Though the plot-line isn't the twisting up-down-left-right roller coaster of a mystery or drama, (or anything at all, really) it's watching the characters mature and change that makes it all worth it. No, this isn't some 'ahhh, growing up' manga with lots of tears and smiles and heart-wenching scenes- it's not the deepest manga out there, but it's certainly not among the shallowest.

To me, what makes this manga a good read, is really that, as I said, the characters mature beyond their stereotypes. (Warning, possible slightly hinted spoilers below)
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For example, the main characters: by Volume 7, Yuuji isn't as perverted as before, cares (in other words shows that he cares) for his friends and family, gives relatively good advice, has a goal he sincerely works towards- and, most of all, is now more careful in what he says or does around Kazuki, and considers her feelings much more; his devotion to her has grown, and it's plain to see that he treasures her and their relationship very deeply- though he still has his lecherous moments and is slightly oblivious when it comes to matters of the heart, he has changed, and for the better.
And, Kazuki hasn't ever really been a typical Tsundere, but now she's practically grown out of the role: she only hits Yuuji when he's truly lecherous (and, in normal circumstances, not even as hard as she used to), she works hard for those she cares about, she knows how to empathise and comfort others, she attains a goal- and, in relations to Yuuji, she finally becomes a bit more (sometimes unintentionally) honest; although she doesn't approve of his perverted-side, she's realised that the Yuuji she cared for hasn't gone or disappeared, and cares for the present Yuuji just as much, if not more, than the past one- and similar to Yuuji, Kazuki has also developed enough to go out of her way to keep/make him happy, and cares for him very, very much.


Now, I don't suggest you go read the manga thinking ''oooh, great, there's developement, the characters get layers, ooh, ooh, oooh" because that mind-set is only going to get you disappointed. I said slowly, and I meant slowly. That's a part of the reason I really like this manga, because the developement is slow and natural. Don't have expectations, because it really does start out like pretty much every other slightly echhi lovecom, and I'm sure there are people who would throw this out the moment they finish reading ch. 1, convinced of what they're getting into. Anyway, I suggest, if you don't like it/aren't into it by the end of ch. 13, then look elsewhere- if you do/are then happy reading!

A Note About the Art
The art isn't the best around, but it's good, although at times the manganka seems to have a little problem with drawing fingers that fit the body ratio.

A Note About the Ecchi-ness
I won't lie to you. There are whopping amounts of fanservice in the beginning, and they only get toned down a little by vol 5-6-ish. I feel sorry for those of you can't ignore stuff like that and enjoy the story, but those who get affronted by lots of panty shots...well.

My Rating
At the end, I'm very fond of this manga, though it's not deep or meaningful- it's still a lovely read that I just really can't wait to see throught to the end.
So, 8.8

... Last updated on February 4th, 2010, 8:05pm
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Good manga   
Rating: N/A
by metamike
September 17th, 2008, 8:29pm
Strange that there aren't any comments. Anyways, I'm really curious to see how the manga turns out, since the anime got pretty much nowhere. In the anime the only development in their relationship was:
1) She hates his pervertedness.
2) She's ok with it.
3) She hates it again.
4) She accepts his pervertedness, series ends.

Pretty pathetic -.-

Anyhoo, really enjoying it so far, might even get the non-translated volumes a bit later on. Recommend this as a fun ecchi read, with an especially enjoyable main character whose open about his feelings. VERY open biggrin
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love hina rip-off   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kanvas
September 2nd, 2009, 8:39pm
It's very similar to love hina (but way worse) with a few differences here and there.
Very loose story line get annoying some time. It wants to be funny but rarely is.
a C rate manga. read when you are extremely bored.
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Ugghh   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by asudake
February 17th, 2010, 4:45pm
To make it blatantly clear, this contains no spoiler's other than the first chapter, which is covered in the Description box.

*Cough Cough*, when i read the reviews to this manga, i just can't stay silent. In the comments it's like: On one hand, it's stupid, has no plot and cliche'd characters, and on the other hand, it's stupid, has no plot and cliche'd characters, but i still like it.
It drives me up the wall, About it having no plot, i can't speak about, since i only read the first chapter, or did i, i may have stopped a little after he jumps through her window or something. Anyway It doesn't look like it's planning some kind of plot, i think the only thing the Author did was set up the gimmick, which is, they are great friends and they knew each other, but they get separated only to meet years later to find that they aren't who they used to be.

One of the most annoying things i can say about this is, The A: Perverted Dude (Who's supposed to be the main lead, What is this the 80's?!!!) and B: The Militaryish Chick sister, they are trying to make this into a before and after image with a Wacky effect, but fails way low. To think, i was just going to make a small comment of the series but the hate keeps rushing in.

I believe i would put up with the bad story, if the lead male wouldn't have been a pea-brained, shallow, stupid, shameless, retarded, nonchalant pervert!!! I mean he could show Urusei Yastsura's Protagonist a thing or too.
I also hate the, "He's a pervert!" followed by "He's a nice guy after all" and then for comedic effect "Never mind! He' still a pervert!!!!" Style of Attitude...
If you want a manga you either love or hate, which in my case, i love, read No Bra
If you want a manga that's sweet and nice, but a very slow moving Romance try Pastel

Another thing, i think this manga is terrible, but by no means deserves a 1,2,3, or even 4, i think manga in general never deserves a horrible score, unless like a user who's name escapes me said,
"The only reason to give a manga a 1, is if it (Literally) killed your goldfish or made you (Physically and Literally) Vomit"

... Last updated on February 17th, 2010, 4:59pm
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Very Average   
Rating: N/A
by KLGChaos
June 2nd, 2010, 11:29am
To me, the manga is very average. Good, but not great and at times very boring as it becomes repetitive with no story progression. I dislike several of the manga's characters,

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namely Yuuji (acts like he's five... I know there's a reason for it, but still.. grow up), Hatsune (always hated the Mary Sue types, even if just used for comedy, especially if they use their abilities to manipulate people and dominate them) and Kogorou-sensei (he's was a 24 year old pedophile in love with a 16 year old girl... and fell for her when she was just 14... where I come from, that's grounds for being castrated)


but I really like Marie and I like Kazuki and Chihaya as well. It has it's moments, but it's very far from being anything special.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2010, 11:30am
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stagnant   
Rating: N/A
by brunzwickw
January 19th, 2009, 10:59am
if you are looking for plot movement or any sort of progress, look elsewhere. Each chapter is as meaningless as the next one. Not even very funny. I mean, if you like the type of manga where the main character is useless and fails at EVERYTHING, go ahead. Some sentimental moments at the end of each chapter, but mostly cliche and worthless...
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