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After recently moving into his grandmother's house in the countryside, Shinichi is bored with everything despite his success as a novelist. That is, until one day, when a young girl with a stray cat appears at his doorstep. A girl with a very tragic look in her eyes...


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This Is a Lovestory
This Is a Tale of Love

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11 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (286 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.31 / 10.0
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Aria (Kodansha)

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Hana no namae alternative version   
Rating: N/A
by Orulyon
February 27th, 2012, 3:58pm
Indeed this resembles Hana no namae a LOT. (loved HnN) but its still very good. here I can picture the male falling for the girl when she reaches her teenage years, and Iam totally okay with it. Its totally different from Usagi drop simply because in Usagi Drop, the male and the female are like father-daughter
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
yeah I know the end of the manga of UD, and I HATED IT
The artwork is quite pretty and I like the male guy a lot, he is not a pedo (yet XP). The little girl is also adorable^.^
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Very similar with hana no namae   
Rating: N/A
by sosise
September 13th, 2011, 1:17am
I agreed with Monkry. and Somehow it was a bit too forced? I kept being reminded of Hana no Namae when reading this manga. Especially the way it was carried out. It's only the cat substituting flowers that makes it different.

Another shoujo, not really touching. This come from a girl who cried when watching every single episode of fruits basket.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Penpendesarapen
August 13th, 2011, 11:49am
The story is pure in its essence. I love how the author managed to bring out realistic emotions between two people with a 20 year age gap. slice of life themes as good as this are rare nowadays. No lolicon stuff present in this manga (as some of you might misunderstand by judging it) If you like to try a manga with a different atmosphere compared to others, i recommend this smile
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SaLaHaDiN_PL
August 13th, 2011, 5:47am
PURE OWN nothing more this is one hell of a good read smile I like it a lot stroy is realy nice a nd interesting i give it 10 smile If u want slice of life / romance / drama manga it's best pick smile
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a bit slow so far   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
July 30th, 2011, 7:59am
The story is just slowly starting to unfold, so it's a bit slow. It's slow in a good way though. Slow not in a way where the author is buying time but in a way where you can just sit and watch the characters slowly grow.

It does get a bit uncomfortable with its themes whenever the male sees the girl as a older female. And right now there doesn't seem to be any sort of real conflict in the story.

I would like to see where the author goes with this, because just the relationships alone as it stands can not make a proper story. The problem with a story like this is that to have romantic tension, they're inevitably going to bring in the little girl into the story somehow, which is a little strange.
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Rating: N/A
by Wanderer11
July 29th, 2011, 3:22pm
First off, it's NOT mutual love. So no lolicon stuff. Just a little girl's having a crush on an older man. It's kind of sweet, but true to reality. Even though I'm not hoping for a happy get together ending 10 yrs later. I pray for it will not be a tragedy, considering the amount of reality and dark past.
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It's quite nice actually...   
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by ms_nobody
July 17th, 2011, 7:29pm
Well I've only read up to the fourth chapter so far, but it's progressing nicely.
It has cliches here and there, but they're not the type that drag down the story.
I can't give it a rating yet, I need to see how it ends up before I do.

And yeah, it's sort of like a mix of Hana no Namae and Usagi Drop (due to the age gap) like monkry stated.

I like how none of the characters are perfect and how dark it seems at times. Makuzu is a cold novelist and Akio is just a lonely young girl. To be honest, we all know that they'll be together, but I like how it isn't love at first sight, and how Makuzu interacts with her.

This isn't reccomended for anyone who can't handle an age gap of 20 or more.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2011, 4:32pm
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reminds me of Hana no Namae   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by monkry
June 6th, 2011, 2:59am
it really reminds me of Hana no Namae... (Oh yeah I like Hana no Namae so much)
IMO these are the same situation:
- Age gap (sure...)
- Older male, around 30s
- Far younger female (actually still girl bigrazz ), age around 1x (15 for Hana no Namae, 10 here)
- The male's job is novelist, and the novel theme is dark
- Until he met the main female, they start to write romantic novels based on their story
- And the male deny that the novels based on their stories
- The girl is so beauty (wogh both of them adorableeee ^^ choukoooo <3 )
- The male is the first that being amazed when he looked the girl at their first meeting
- But then the first that falls in love is the girl
- Yet the man is trying to deny his feelings for her
- The male's house is the main place
- An editor that the main male's friend from school
- And sure, loneliness
but the difference is Chouko (female protagonist of Hana no Namae) had been in high school, but this is in a primary school...?! I like the story with this theme, but... the age gap between 30 years old man and a 10 years old primary school girl?! I can't imagine what will the author do in the future to portray their relationship as real as possible. But what I like from manga like this (I hope will happen in this manga) is how the author describe their deep feelings for each other, I'm curious to know ^^
For artwork, IMO it's not something that amazed me.

Oh yeah this so-far-gap was also happened in Usagi Drop, but in Usagi Drop it's just the gap that same as this. The plot, situation, and characters very different

... Last updated on June 6th, 2011, 3:07am
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so far it's alright   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by nickatnight820
April 12th, 2011, 8:27am
it seems like the writer (main character) is slowly warming up to the girl. i think they'll just become friends, and he'll resist going beyond that. so far it seems like that anyway. the poor girl is all alone usually, so he'll probably act like a second dad or a good friend. anything more than that is just wrong though, so i hope that doesn't happen.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by cobalt_rain
March 27th, 2011, 10:31pm
analysis after readin first chapter
this is suspicious looking...
it's dark vibe and ambiguos first chapter put the reader in a compromising position.
first off this screams angst, dark past, and melo drama... im 78% sure this is going in a psychological direction.

what bothers me the most is the age gap. now i am usually a fan of age gaps they dont bother me at all as long as they reach certain conditions like
1) mutual consent, both capable of making a fully informed choice
2) based on respect
3) younger party especially is not being manipulated
4) the relationship is based on true love, not lust or sex
5) the guy is the older one (this is just personal preference)
6) the girl is 15 or older
this is where i get uncomfortable because they hint that the girl is ten. the man is at least out of college and has stubble. and his editor is telling him to imagine her as a highschool student and base a romance off her... its creepy and then of course the narratation comes in with words like "The love is just begining to blossum" and he imagines her as a highschool girl and gets a blushy face...

maybe there will be a time skip... maybe the girl is 16 but looks 10.... i couldn't tell you
ill read untill i can properly tell if this will be something i like or not.

... Last updated on May 9th, 2011, 6:52pm
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