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Mademoiselle Butterfly  
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Butterfly is a young geisha in training. She loves and admires her childhood friend, Chinatsu-san. He’s a tattoo artist, and he paints butterflies on her arms and is kind to her. One day she visits Chinatsu and finds a naked woman there. Butterfly is devastated at the thought of her friend with another girl all along. Soon after, a rich foreigner offers to buy Butterfly and take her to live luxuriously in a faraway land with him. She’ll miss life at home, but maybe it will help her forget Chinatsu. But does she really want to?

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Memories of You


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マドモワゼル バタフライ

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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (781 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.43 / 10.0
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January 5th 2015, 5:22pm PST

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LaLa DX (Hakusensha)

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If only the ending...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Alita258
December 31st, 2014, 3:28am
Nice enough, I was loving it, but the flow got lostin the ending, it was rush. And I believe this being such a well drawn manga, that the author could at least been more poetic about. Maybe they forced her to end it like that, I don't. What's nice is that it doesn't feel like shouju most of the time, it has deep meaning even if it's quite unrealistic in several parts, you can feel the characters grow, which is a deepness you don't often find in shouju, even less in such short mangas. Read it, it's light and short, and sweet.
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sweetwarm romance   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ajaykumaryadav
September 15th, 2014, 7:41am
Manga is beautifully portrayed::.
1.female lead struggle to be loved and her insecurities being Geisha;and her selfless devotion to male lead...
2.male lead is ambitious for his passion of tattoos....female lead bring calm and light in his life...
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It was good, to me.   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by RaikaRai
August 25th, 2014, 4:17am
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Wao when I got to the end and he supposed to be dead and I was thinking to myself, about to cry, "but this is not categorise as tragedy..." we'll anyways, after that Butterfly is shown to be more mature and strong, and then suddenly he came back == and then they had two more kids == so productive...and huh, Chinatsu feels like super old, he got to see Butterfly when she was a kid and know he also see the kids growing up haha old geezer~ how old is he by the way ==

Well this was a really heartwarming story, especially when you see the family all together, ahh happy it and happy family, I liked how we get to see the girl growing up, hehe year by year it's so fascinating to see her become more beautiful and lady-like ^_^

... Last updated on August 25th, 2014, 4:22am
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Several thoughts...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by follybaby
April 4th, 2014, 10:26pm
When I first put this on my "Contenders" list (personal list of manga I want to read) it had been labeled as a "tragedy" in the genre section. I avoided this story for a year. Let me tell you-- I DO NOT do tragedies. I'm one of those people who will end up crying on floor, sobbing uncontrollably about whatever the hell happened-- asking "Why did they have to die?!?!?!" For example, try watching "Life of Pi" (unrelated movie) and imagine me in the before mentioned circumstance.


So, needless to say-- I'm able to comment now, not undergoing such an episode. It's not a tragedy. You may or may not get a couple of tears in your eyes towards the end, because it's that good of a real story. Don't worry tragedy avoiders-- you will not see the floor tonight.

Very cute story, could have been dragged out a couple of more chapters (particularly in the beginning), but good nonetheless. Certainly worth a read.
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Pretty good   
Rating: 7.9 / 10.0
by moonmystery
February 16th, 2014, 6:32pm
The manga is pretty good. It has a casual way of introducing the romance between the two characters, and it is surprisingly believable. It has its share of melodrama (just the right amount) for a short story.

But, the best part of the manga was that it made me realize just how lucky I am to live in the 21st Century, to not be affected by war, unlike some Middle Eastern countries.
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Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by ivypaw1
December 15th, 2012, 8:05am
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I cried when she saw the letter that said that Chinatsu was 'dead'. Aww.... The storyline feels like so real.. also there are wars.... and I love the historical element in the manga... Feels so realistic...
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This is beautiful   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
July 24th, 2012, 2:46pm
Such a sweet bitter story that brings tears to my eyes. I have now read it twice and each time is just as breathtaking. May be a shoujo, but her situation, his life and the lives around them are all so layered with sadness and despair that its incredible. The setting is also fabulous as it shows the destruction of war. It's so sad and tear jerking that you must prepare ahead of time and get your tissues!
What a gem!
PS: I absolutely adored Matsuura, his darkness and bitterness is so intriguing, as well as his views on society. He sent shivers up my spine...

... Last updated on July 24th, 2012, 4:29pm
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*Sigh* why mangaka ? Why ! ?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by slykid
June 7th, 2012, 4:36am
Why is the ending like that argggggggggh.The thing I didn't get is
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why the hell didn't Chinatsu flipping tell his rich dad to not let him go into war ??
I really did enjoy this and I usually haate short manga but I didn't feel as though I was reading a short manga although I think this manga would of still been good if longer smile

The ending felt very predictable and rushed tbh and I knew that
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when war was mentioned, their had to be a reason as to why it was (the mangaka wouldn't just throw that in outta nowhere -_-)
I loved the manga up until the end because I just felt like the ending was just thrown in outta nowhere and it just ddidn't suit the nice flow the story had going.I knew that the end would be like how it was when
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:four years was mentioned...
and at the end I was left thinking "err...where's the ending, cuzz this sure as hell ain't it"

All in all i'd say good story, random/uneeded ending.

Oh and don't read the comment below me if you don't want the whole manga to be ruined :/

... Last updated on June 7th, 2012, 4:43am
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So awesome & friggin' sad!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kinky-Chan
April 23rd, 2012, 7:42am
I really cried at the last chapter!!! I really thought that Chinatsu...okay, I won't spoil it for you so figure it out yourself. I was really happy with the ending. Oh the twins are so cute!! This manga is really a must read! The story is very simple, yet feels so tragic like. Now I can feel how those people in the olden days feel like when they go through this kind of hard times. It's so sad. Very sad! It kinda makes me feel thankful that there's no war now. Really, try this manga!!
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A little too perfect maybe?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
April 6th, 2012, 4:09am
The only thing this story lacks in is in its flaws. The plot and art were used extremely well to embody emotions of the characters as well as the historic mood of the story as it unfolded. What stands out to me most is how much the story changes and how you can feel the main character becoming more mature - the time lapsing was perfect, not too fast or too slow. And I also liked that we get to see pretty much the full length of the characters' youth and happiness. In addition, I unexpectedly got teary-eyed near some sad parts and frankly the story moved me. I didn't expect it to because I'm personally not really into historical manga but the elements were presented in a very casual and realistic way that was never too much of one thing. In all, you could say the historic element grows on you the deeper you read on. However, the story was a bit predictable (I could pretty much map out every next plot twist) but it wasn't really a bad thing that things fell into their places either.

Rating: 9. Overall I personally wasn't blown away by the whole of it. I look back and only remember certain highlighted elements but not to the point where I would re-read it.
But I'd say its the perfect "romance/slice of life" for someone who wants a very clean and light read.

... Last updated on February 8th, 2013, 9:26pm
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