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Natsu no Zenjitsu  
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Tetsuo Aoki is a 4th year oil painter at a fine arts school. While working in an art supplies store, he meets an older woman named Akira Aizawa, who is the owner of an art gallery. Akira becomes interested in Tetsuo and she begins to pursue him when she catches him painting on the riverside. After such, their relationship begins to develop romantically. Will it develop smoothly? Or will there be unforeseen events?


Related Series
Mizu to Gin (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
The Day Before Summer

Groups Scanlating
Scantily Clad

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.34 by Maigo (26d ago)
v.5 c.33 by Maigo (42d ago)
v.5 c.32 by Maigo (50d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (423 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.64 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 7th 2015, 4:25am PST



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good! Afternoon (Kodansha)

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lucky tsundere bastard   
Rating: N/A
by fictionalscience
March 5th, 2012, 11:30pm
Yea this is supposed to be an interesting series, except Aoki is immature and grumpy, yet he gets all the best things, including talent, good looks, and a relationship with a hot lady who actually could bother chasing him and taking care of him as if she's his mom even though he's not all that nice to her (and even though he totally has a crush on another girl).

I just find him really annoying. Being a hot guy isn't an excuse D:< . Yes, I'm a straight female reader (good pr0n btw).

... Last updated on March 5th, 2012, 11:33pm
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not your typical manga   
Rating: N/A
by puri
October 20th, 2011, 7:00pm
this manga is a perfect example that you dont need a meca magical all girls fighting reverse harem action shonen shoujo to get an interesting story. im captivated by the protagonists i really hope it gets translated further
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One of those RARE PLOT + ART   
Rating: N/A
by xsamu
May 31st, 2011, 3:14pm
The plot is interesting! It's not something I have ever seen or read before! Its charming, full of potential on both the two characters. This I've got to say, I've enjoyed reading so far. The Chapters online available go up to currently Ch.7. Oh I can't express how much I want to read more of these!
Please update!!!!!!!! It's really good!
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Like Nothing I've Read Before   
Rating: N/A
by swtheartt
May 3rd, 2011, 8:29pm
The story is very capturing. An innocent and realistic story of love. The romance is heartwarming and something that I'll be looking forward to read till the end. Also, the art is very different and it has more of an artistic appeal that makes it that much more realistic. Honestly, like nothing I've read before. I just hope that they scan quickly, fans are catching on. Which isn't a surprise!

ART: 10/10
PLOT: 8/10
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
February 18th, 2011, 4:03am
Art style is rather messy but still acceptable. The main two characters ie the couple are cute. I've only read the first two chapters so I dunno what to mark the plot but for the moment it feels like an easy going romance.
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i want...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yuno19
July 17th, 2010, 5:35am

somehow, i perceive some feelings that're identical to things when i read 'eikoku koi monogatari emma.' this manga has strong point in drawing, pacing, and dialog, by means, there's no thing that doesn't contributing in building up the designated atmosphere. the graphic isn't so good, but hey, its already this fascinating!
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If all manga was like this...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kitanne
April 2nd, 2010, 4:25pm
...I would probably give up reading normal fiction. The quality of the art here is so naturalistic but in a very precise sort of way. I'm completely in love with the crosshatching and the shading because it lends such a careful intimate delicacy to the images. My tiny internal artist is swooning all over the art in this. It just fits the story so well!

I love the characters. I totally identify with an artist's finding their inspiration or their lack of it in everything going on around them. Tetsuo is in that sort of lost stage; that place where you hate everything you do and whenever you have a picture in your head it comes out wrong wrong wrong. He's so internal and then all that internalization just sort of bursts out in little spurts. It's adorable. I love Akira, she has the same sort of intensity for her passions that I do. A little bit of a tease but mostly to hide the insecurity.

... Last updated on April 28th, 2010, 11:13am
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2nd Fascinating !   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Thrudgelmir
December 22nd, 2009, 5:03am
For no better word can be used for this series, i has to copy Jhax's word: Fascinating ! This manga deal with romance, with i don't really into it when i pick manga, but the so well combine between the art and the atmosphere the story created make me breathless. Hardly anymore word of compliment need to offer since all the words i can think of has already be said by all the guys below me. Akira and Aoki really make a good couple, their character is lovely, especially the cute chibi look of them create such nice contrast. The art is unique on its own, i really like Yoshida Motoi's art since Koi Kaze ( i don't like the disturbing story though) and this time, with this new couple, somehow his art has just rise on a new level.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
November 5th, 2009, 11:10am
What an intriguing story... very intense, I think. The love making scene is beautiful: partly passionate and partly endearing. I love that. Don't quite know what it is about this manga that makes me want to read more and more. But the fact is, it's very easy to get addicted to this. Maybe it's the art style. The drawings look like they're taken right out of a sketch book. I like that too. It's a lil rough around the edges, but looks incredibly good as a whole.
Character wise, I really love Akira. You seldom meet a female who's so open about her sexuality and honest about her feelings. The whole older women, younger man thing works wonderfully in this manga. Great execution. Aoki is really a lovable guy: kinda moody and temperamental, but also endearingly innocent and inexperienced.

All in all, a great read...Hope there'll be many more volumes of this.

... Last updated on November 5th, 2009, 12:03pm
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avatar fun while it would last..   
Rating: N/A
by BimboSilly
September 22nd, 2009, 5:45pm
After bein in such a relationship and barely surviving, it seems such romanticized romances just never could old is that guy anyway...but I like the pace..and I fear that
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the woman is in for a big heartbreak...seeing that he eyes the girl around his age a lot..typical mangaish follow up..

...i agree with lilly.mamoru that i like this genre because they tend to make the woman less or not whiny...i do hope the best for this couple..

... Last updated on December 31st, 2009, 4:17am
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