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Hibi Chouchou  
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Shibazeki Suiren is a stunningly beautiful girl. When she enters high school, most of her classmates are astonished by her beauty, but after noticing her quiet manners and lack of contact with anyone else except her friends Yuri and Aya, she receives the nickname "Takane no Hana", a beautiful flower but impossible to reach. However, after a fellow freshman called Kawasumi Kouha saves her from a persistent suitor, she finds herself mesmerized by him... as he's the only boy who won't look at her no matter what.


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Associated Names
ปล่อยหัวใจโบยบินดั่งผีเสื้อ (Thai)
Daily Butterfly
Hibi Choucho
Hibi Choujou

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Black Karma Scans
Day of the River
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Last Heaven

Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.74 by Shoujo Sense (15d ago)
v.12 c.75.7 by Freewheeling Scanlations (46d ago)
v.12 c.75.6 by Freewheeling Scanlations (61d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (608 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 19th 2016, 7:24pm PST



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Margaret (Shueisha)

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So unbelievably cute, it hurts   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by fovika
September 9th, 2016, 2:42pm
So freaking cute! The (EXTREMELY) slow romance is super refreshing. And the best part it has no "typical" shoujo misunderstandings (aka no third wheels that completely screw up the main couple or odd misunderstandings that take 8 chapters to realize it was a misunderstanding). It's a couple that slowly come together and stay together. They talk things out, they try to understand, and they work things out together. Like a couple should.

I unfortunately only have one issue with it, and that's that the kiss scene(s) is not great.
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The mangaka has such great build up to sweet moments (like when they hug or the love confession(s)), but the kiss scene is just... boring. It has a build up, it has a aftermath, but the frame itself, just does nothing for me. Either of them (the MCs and the SCs scene). And that totally sucks.

But seriously the sweetness and cuteness of this couple is just on total overload, it's amazing to read. From the first page to the last the MC is just as well drawn and cute. It's a couple that has been a pleasure to watch develop.
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Well, maybe not for everyone, but it is very refreshing   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by symuri
December 15th, 2015, 10:07am
I love Hibi Chouchou mainly for its characters and by how the story is drawn. I think their character actually more interisting than most shoujo. Suiren dan Kawasumi both quiet but not cool type, which is rare. They were not talking, but their feeling could conveyed directly to reader’s heart. Their character are plain, but not pitiful. Something that the readers could sympathize and admire at the same time.

Their lack of communication is their problem to be solved. Really different from typical shoujo manga when they have communication problem, they will cry, angry and maybe shout “you don’t understand my feeling at all!!”(meh). Both Suiren and Kawasumi understand they are still don’t understand each other. They choose just take time to understand each other. They weren’t hoping sudden development, “doki doki” moment, and other romance’s things, and because of that there were none. It is more reasonable because they love each other not because they fall in love with the concept of love itself first. They just love each other. So pure. So cute. So refreshing.

Aya-chan who had “unwanted love”, the friendship between the girls and the boys, rivalry between Kawasumi and Atohira, etc. are also something that the readers could sympathize and admire at the same time.

... Last updated on December 15th, 2015, 10:09am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mia-ko-maya
December 10th, 2015, 7:41pm
It's just so sincere and calm....It made me step back and review my life .... why am I getting so emotional.
I think it was beautiful. Thank you.

... Last updated on December 10th, 2015, 7:42pm
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Very pretty, but not interesting.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Reealt
July 8th, 2015, 9:16am
It's a very pretty art style, but that's it. Very stereotypical shoujo ups and downs. The lack of communication is because neither of the characters can communicate. The main characters are rather shallow, without any good reason for why they're attracted to each other, except maybe Suiren being very pretty.

To sum up, the two characters can't talk for shit (even when they figure out it's mutual love, the male lead is like, what is dating?? how to date) and are flatter characterwise than a sheet of paper.

TL;DR: Beautiful art, cutesy, but the plot is shallower than I am and that's saying something.
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almost dream-like, sort of "romantic" pacing   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by achu3p
June 26th, 2015, 1:33pm
It's very slow/non existent development, and everything sort of just - happens! The characters are also more 2D because of that. For people who prefer more realistic developments and would prefer a faster pace, this isn't the manga for you. Yet, there's something rather dreamy about how the manga plays out, and I'm sure the pretty art helps with that - the pacing almost reminds me of Taiyou no Ie, but it's...better. It's gentle. The slow but also somewhat random developments between characters and relationships is old school, and that's not a bad thing - it resembles the romantic daydreams of a stereotypical school girl, you know? Or another way to describe it - those old dating sims where target-MC interaction is low, but the romance blossoms just by seeing each other however briefly. It's not realistic at all - but once in a while, something as silly as this sort of romance is cute.

To be more critical, the way the characters treat each other can be problematic and unhealthy, although it's not quite a surprise (not an excuse, but Japan has a much different culture and therefore much different takes on gender roles/relationships/etc - unfortunate, but true). In more recent chapters, it seems that they're take steps to know exactly what their relationship is like and how they will work it out, I'm a little happy. The girl seems to remain as dependent as ever! Sometimes, that's not quite a bad thing, and it makes sense considering she's extremely shy/possibly insecure (I, uh, relate, unfortunately, to both), but through both feminist and literary lens? Hopefully she'll become more independent & decisive (and there are few signs here and there that she is), because that would make a truly great story. (But, as said before, the plot is just shallow, but with romantic daydream quality.)

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2015, 12:29pm
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pretty art style, but 2d characters   
Rating: N/A
by Rabbitan
June 13th, 2015, 12:20pm
When I first started reading this manga, I thought, this seems interesting and very unique. The art is refreshing and having a female lead who's actually 'attractive' in the eyes of other characters - it was new, but as the romance was getting starting ...

I felt like this manga would have been better off as a oneshot because their relationship is dragging on so much with the romance development - which I don't understand. I like slow romance because it's more realistic, but when I'm reading this and I'm watching the interaction between the main couple - it feels so ... I don't know, awkward and force and I feel like they're not the type of couple that will last long in the future - especially bc they have absolutely nothing in common.

Male lead worries too much about burdening the female, the female lead feels like a burden in general towards the male lead - they get wishy-washy over their feelings over ... Nothing? They can't even talk properly to each other without being super sensitive over the smallest things.

Honestly, the art is so pretty, I love it, but like ... The characters are so boring and bland ... I can't find myself attached to Suiren or the male MC or even the side characters whom I can't even remember the names of. I don't understand their feelings for each other too? Why do they like each other? They have nothing in common, they can barely speak to each other, the most they do is stare at each other, and they're still having trouble saying "Hi" to each other without being extremely tense or awkward.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by haruny
May 28th, 2015, 6:57am
It's full of fluff and cuteness, something I would really like in a manga, but this one just make me feel... nothing. It starts off interesting, but srsly, Suiren is so plain in a very annoying way. You could punch the girl and she wouldn't have any reaction at all. I don't even get the reason she's like that. Probably got explained later in the manga but it's so boring I don't even remember anymore. Also, it looked as if the glasses guy (don't even remember his name orz) only liked Suiren because she's pretty, because she doesn't even talk ??
Seriously though, this thing about "as long as you're pretty/handsome you will be the center of attention and every goddamn person is gonna love you forever" is so OVERLY USED like no, just no, stop this already, this is NOT how it works in real life.
It's as if the author doesn't even know wth she's doing, and just put whatever idea she comes up with.
The art is super pretty though, the only thing that kept me going for a while, but the non-existent plot is a total turn-off.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2015, 7:00am
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Inoffensive but bland   
Rating: N/A
by Suxinn
January 8th, 2015, 12:23am
OK, it has been 63 chapters and I am officially tossing in the towel. Until this manga manages to do something with itself, I'm probably not going to come back to it.

The biggest problem with Hibi Chouchou is how utterly, well, bland it is. It has nice art, sure, but the characters all feel like really flat cardboard cutouts, drawn to act in the most inoffensive and least interesting ways possible. I usually like slice-of-life romantic fluff (in fact, it's my favorite choice of romance), but Hibi Chouchou just somehow... doesn't work.

The main problem, I think, is that the mangaka doesn't seem to understand how to depict day-to-day life without making it seem... trite. It's not the lack of drama or conflict, it's more of how utterly directionless every scene seems. When I watch the two main characters together, I don't think, "Oh, how cute, they're getting to know each other." No, I think, "Man, these people really need to take some classes to learn how to communicate." It's not ~cute~ how shy these two are, especially if there's no significant character development. (There is some, I guess, but its pace is as slow as a snail's.) It's actually really, incredibly boring to see the same everyday scenes rehashed over and over again, with basically no advancement in their relationship--or even their communication skills! Hibi Chouchou isn't romantic fluff, it's just a slog through a borefest.

You know which shoujo mangaka are good at writing slice-of-life romances? Ozaki Akira (尾崎あきら), off the top of my head. Oh, Tsukuba Sakura definitely (though she often veers off into supernatural territory, but same idea--nice, long, fluffy romances that don't drag). Heck, I'll even concede that Taamo (who I find a bit drag-y with her longer stuff) is better at this than Morishita Suu.

The art, for what it's worth, is really, really nice. And the overall storyline is pretty inoffensive. Does that mean it's good? Well, it's not terrible, but the fact is that Hibi Chouchou would've been a decent manga if it was much, much shorter. Like, maybe oneshot length. Because with the way it's dragging, I find myself barely able to feel anything except tired resignation and boredom anymore. And that's as sure a sign as any to quit while I'm still marginally ahead, I guess.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2015, 12:24am
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Unique and soft   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Melrakki
December 30th, 2014, 3:26pm
Yes, as others have said, it can feel a bit slow at a point. But this is still a lovely manga.

I think at a point I was pretty much just reading this because I enjoyed it, but it was definitely worth sticking with. (Up to ch 65--as I post this--is translated on raffmanga.)
The emotions in this manga are also portrayed very well. Especially Suiren's-- in the beginning I felt more distanced to her character, but now I find her endearing and understand her more.

In all: keep reading, this manga is developing nicely.
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Very pretty art   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by mispelling
November 17th, 2014, 10:05pm
The art is one of the positive factors of this series, other then that nothing can be said that leaves a lasting impression on me.

I'm really surprised how high the ratings are for this considering how bland and slow the series is, I've read up to where the scanlators had stopped off and didn't bother to go back because of how unimpressive the storyline is.

I can appreciate slow story lines, but there is a point where I need to stop especially since the two leads are the least interesting characters I have read.

Amazingly enough the author has produced enough materials for eight volumes?? And continuing?? Not even the pretty art can make me stay for it.
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