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Gokinjo Monogatari  
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Ever since he was small, all the girls in the neighborhood have fawned over Tsutomu Yamaguchi, whose name came from a song and whose adorable face closely resembles the monkey character Monchichi's. Even back then, it was enough to make his friend and neighbor Mikako sick. Now that he's a little more grown, Tsutomu looks like the lead vocalist of Manbou, Ken Nakagawa (Midori friend/boyfriend from Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai; we meet main characters from Tenshi on market/fest), and that makes him even more popular with the ladies. But Mikako--now a trendy teen with modern sensibilities--couldn't care less. Or could she...? Gokinjo Monogatari is a sharp-witted and stylish slice-of-life story!

Continuation (after years) in Paradise Kiss.


Related Series
Paradise Kiss (Spin-Off)
Tenshi Nanka ja Nai (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Anh chàng hàng xóm
Neighborhood Story

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.33 (end) by ShoujoMagic (4056d ago)
v.7 c.32 by ShoujoMagic (4143d ago)
v.7 c.31 by ShoujoMagic (4192d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)
5 Volumes (Kanzenban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews
Gokinjo Monogatari by Master_M2K


User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (375 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.16 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 14th 2017, 3:46pm PST



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Original Publisher
Shueisha (2005)

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #792 increased(+24)
Monthly Pos #1391 increased(+85)
3 Month Pos #2026 increased(+220)
6 Month Pos #2595 increased(+17)

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On 274 reading lists
On 553 wish lists
On 1158 completed lists
On 76 unfinished lists
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Gokinjo Monogatari- Kiss the boy next door   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Orika
May 17th, 2007, 6:48am
It's a so good manga! The art is... Yazawa-like. The story is funny, sad, romantic, serious, realistic etc. I'm a fan of MIKAKO and TSUTOMU! (And Noriji, of course!) I like all characters! Really, ALL!
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Gotta read it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mistress99
April 11th, 2009, 2:54am
Amazing amazing amazing!
I read Paradise Kiss first so I actually had no idea who Mikako was so when I found out there had been a series about her I had to search for it! And I ended up liking it a lot more then Paradise Kiss because it had more to do with Mikako's struggles to become a fashion designer and they seemed way more in depth then Caroline who didnt really have much to sacrifice in Para Kiss.
I also loved it because of her and Tsutomu's sweet and deep love. I loved who they had their little troubles but they didnt have anything that would ever shake them from loving one another.
It's a definite favorite!
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This is better then para kiss   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by 2H
September 10th, 2006, 8:58am
I thought this would be worse then Paradise kiss, cause ParaKiss was very good not to and its also newer, but when I read this I found out that this is way better. This is deffinitly a good read.
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A "Must Read" Series!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by noisette
December 1st, 2008, 8:32pm
Set at an art & design high school and telling the coming-of-age tale of 17 year-old fashion design student Mikako and her childhood friend Tsutomu, "Gokinjo Monogatari" is one of the most fresh and original shoujo series that I have ever read. The cast is diverse and colorful, the setting is unique, the art is stylish, and the story is all at once poignant, humorous, and inspiring. Every girl should read this series. It really will make you want to drop all of the mundane things you're doing, go out, and live life to the fullest.

... Last updated on December 1st, 2008, 8:33pm
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Mini Review of Sorts   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HCB
October 7th, 2007, 4:32pm
Any shoujo manga connoisseur would give this two thumbs up! The mangaka put a lot of effort into costume design for every character. Styles run the gamut, from loli to punk, and each of them is well executed. You'd probably take a second glance at some of the clothes in here. Story-wise... it's engaging, and it's sure to draw you in. biggrin
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by andshesaysiLY
November 8th, 2008, 8:53pm
i feel like i'm one of the few people who read this before paradise kiss.
i started reading this manga a couple months ago, but i dropped it inbetween volume 3 b/c i felt it was kinda draggy.. i picked it up again today, and finished it right away biggrin
the story's cute, and the characters are realistic. the art is simply gorgeous; it's so intricate. i especially love risa and takeshi's characters and designs. i guess you could say i liked the later part of the story more than the beginning...

next up is parakiss smile

... Last updated on January 3rd, 2013, 7:05pm
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As expected of Yawaza   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
April 5th, 2008, 4:43pm
This is probably one of the best shoujos out there. Since I already read ParaKiss, it was interesting seeing Mikako start her career as a designer. The art is beautiful, fashionable and unique. But then again this is Yawaza's work.

The characters and their relationships were developed in a realistic way. They are flawed and have imperfect personalities. The manga goes on to show how love may affect your decisions. But, I just loved Parakiss so much more... Maybe because it was a josei and showed more of the painful reality.

The ending of Gokinjo Monogatari was good, it was happy. Maybe overly joyful with no angst.. but this is a shoujo. It was good for a shoujo.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2008, 3:20pm
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Rating: N/A
by fluffyang
March 14th, 2007, 8:00am
it's one of the rare, best of the best reads you can ever find out there..for a manga series almost 11 years old, the art is supreme and I got blown away. The plot may come off draggy at first, but it gets better as it gets on. Packed with the right amount of everything; humour, romance and drama, what more could you ask for?
The characters are lovable and unforgettable too..I yearn for more! The cover art is really disastrous though, please don't judge from it. I guess the story fits perfectly with Mikako's little sister following her roots of design; growing up to become part of the fashion design team in Parakiss..with a fraction of her love life in there..!
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