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Itoshi no Nekokke - Otaru Hen  
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Shy Mi-kun and lively Kei-chan have been friends ever since their first meeting in the snowy countryside. The two are inseparable - that is until Kei-chan gets a girlfriend. Mi-kun, who is secretly carrying a torch for his best friend, is devastated. How will their relationship change?


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Associated Names
いとしの猫っ毛 小樽篇
The Long Way Home

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4 by Shirohato Scans (454d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Shirohato Scans (483d ago)
v.1 c.2 by Shirohato Scans (508d ago)
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (40 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.63 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 22nd 2016, 8:17am PST



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Citron (Libre Shuppan)

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Entertaining. Complex plot, very nice art, what else do you need?   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kidoraku
January 10th, 2016, 11:41am
It's far above the average, basically because of the strong plot. The story takes place at the countryside - it's kinda refreshing. Our main characters are high-schoolers (most of the time) but the action isn't going on only at school and I really like that. The plot is very good, a lot is going on between characters and also in their lives. They have many different friends and lovers, they grow up and change themselves. They're likeable and funny. The whole thing is real life-like, you have a feeling that they could be real. Maybe because they aren't perfect, they hesitate, sometimes they act unreasonably, maybe because their lives aren't free from worries, sorrow and mishaps. The supporting characters were also well created, they appear often, they aren't just a barely visible part of background. Some of them you'll like, some you'll hate from the bottom of your heart.

The art is very pretty and characteristic. Big eyes, long eyelashes, slim bodies - just wonderful.
It's not the first work of this mangaka that I read and I have to admit that KUMOTA Haruko has a wonderful ability to make all her stories realistic and believable. I love and I really appreciate it. I hope I'll be able to read the continuation - Itoshi no Nekokke.

If I had to complain - Kei-chan's hesitation were bugging me a little but that's all. It's definitely worth to read, just remember it's angsty in a way, not that cute&simple&sweet as it looks. You better relax and take your time to read it properly. Enjoy!

... Last updated on April 10th, 2016, 3:56pm
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Loved it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Serendipity_
January 3rd, 2016, 9:07am
I remember reading one of the Kumata Haruko's short stories in Dame BL and thinking that I loved the art and the phasing of the story.

Reading this was no exception. I really liked the art, the characters, the story and the overall feeling of the plot-setting. However, one thing that I thought should be a biiiit better was
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the ending

No worries though, the sequel makes up for that aplenty.
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just wow   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by rorcual
June 12th, 2015, 1:02pm
when i read itoshi no nekokke i liked it, but i always think that their past will be most interesting and man, i wasn't wrong xd i really like this one, the plot is focuses in the development of their relationship and not in a sexual way (perhaps because we already know how this is gonna end, but if you haven't read the sequel it still good), and i love the hokkaido sceneries surrounded by snow. Really good and highly recommended c:
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