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Tomodachi no Hanashi  
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Eiko is something of a plain Jane and a doormat, while her best friend Moe is a head-turning beauty. Despite their differences, their friendship is as strong as ever.
Guys are always asking Moe out, but her answer is invariably "Only if you promise to put Eiko before me."

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Manga

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Associated Names
友だちの話
朋友的故事
朋友的话语
Przyjaciółki (Polish)
Sonokare Shira Bemasu
The Secret of Friendship

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.Extra (end) by Etc (774d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Etc (940d ago)
v.1 c.2 by Etc (1142d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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Yes

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (724 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.8 / 10.0
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Year
2010

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Betsuma (Shueisha)
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Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #644 increased(+47)
Monthly Pos #742 increased(+1)
3 Month Pos #739 decreased(-125)
6 Month Pos #635 decreased(-156)

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On 502 wish lists
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meh..   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by bakerygirl
September 29th, 2013, 11:48pm
after reading the reviews i thought i'd stumbled into something pretty good. Couldn't have been more wrong. The friendship was a bit creepy, more like shoujo-ai really. Also how can you expect your boyfriend to be more attentive to your best friend than yourself?! How can you even bear it? It's like the person is dating your friend and not you, and where's the point in that?? It's just stupid.

Also i felt more chemistry between moe and narugami than him and eiko. i thought moe's dialogue," Dating her really does mean dating me,in a way." was pretty creepy. dude,get over yourself!

Final complaint. The story has no resolution. You feel as if the story was abandoned midway through. So i guess this is the kind of story people either really hate or really love. no midway feelings. read at your own risk.

... Last updated on November 9th, 2013, 9:53pm
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Almost a ten.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kitty1826x
September 4th, 2013, 8:31pm
I love almost everything in this story. I would have given it a 10 if it wasn't for the extra. It was a fine extra, it just didn't mesh well with the rest.
I was smiling and laughing through out all of it until I reached the extra.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I just wish I could have seen more of Eiko and her boyfriend, and to have seen Moe get either with Eiko's brother or her ex.

It kept me smiling I would definitely recommend this.
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Pretty Bad Frienship actually   
Rating: N/A
by Hell_Clues
August 19th, 2013, 6:14am
This is quite possibly the worst example of friendship ever. I'm the kind of person for whom friendship is important(not more than love though), not feeling I had a place in my family, friends were the only place I could relax. I consider people my friends regardless of distance or time, even without talking to them for decades. I've only come to dislike people after feeling that they weren't friends, regardless of big fights, my friends are my friends. But this is a story about a really shitty friendship actually. The girl loses interest in someone just because of one comment... that's ridiculous. In life people have to criticize you, and you have to take your flaws. And you should have to work on mitigating some of them. The idea of you being whatever and people having to like you anyway is ridiculous. It just shows what a bad person they are. Not to mention how would he had known how she felt, all he knew was that she wanted them to spend time together. Later on, she even points out how ridiculous it would be for someone in love to put another person aside from their lover as their top priority. Both friends end up being too needy, and both from complexes about not being liked or by being liked by a "superior" person. I had friends I saw everyday, them getting girlfriends would have been something I'd be glad about for them. There's plenty of people who's boyfriends or girlfriends hang out with their friend but she couldn't even make one day for him even after getting to know him. The girl in the fourth story would call her a wimp!*I really like the girl in the fourth story apparently!

The second part of the story starts off with a very real thing guys see if they hang out with girls(or girls see if they hang out with girls). And he's right as far as the girls feelings towards the guy were, neither of them cared one bit about him as a human being at all. That guy really was too good for her, and her friend was dumb about giving them space too. The second boy starts off lashing out at her(Like a little baby, though why not her friend, I figure it's because her niceness seemed fake to him but still off the mark there) but it turns into an interesting story around here. The third one just has an explanation from the girls side but it doesn't add much, since it's still more about the other girl's relationship with the boy, we do see her realize that she can't complain about the boy though. She also explains people only like her for her face but they don't, they dislike her for her personality and you can't blame them. They try to bring it up as her just saying whats on her mine but we see at the start that's mutated into her closing off everyone for the smallest thing.

There's no fourth continuation, the first boy could have used one, and that's a shame. The Fourth story is a pleasant one about a girl who helps one of her friends knowing she'll probably hurt her by discovering the truth about a scummy guy. She meets a decent boy along the way, while talking about people, why people would two time, date a cheater, and whether it'd be better to not say anything. I like what she said in the beginning about people who don't break up being wimps, totally agree, but the boy in this is even worst since he's not someone that fell in love and doesn't back out but someone who does it deliberately. Her friend's ending has her being an idiot but you've probably seen this in other manga or perhaps in person, luckily I don't care about her friend and the main girl ends up just fine.

One of the problems with this, in general, is that in the first three stories the friendship is twisted into almost/pseudo shoujo-ai territory. But it'll leave people who like that peeved(some people may feel down right insulted). It kinda screws it up for everyone by getting what a good friendship is really about wrong. A good friend doesn't just accept you, they try to help you by giving you advice, even if that means pointing out how you were wrong, and like I mentioned, if one little criticism is all it takes for you to come to hate everyone, then you are a pretty crappy person that no one can ever say bad things about(assuming it's to your face, people who talk behind other people's backs are crap). The boys in this are a better example of a good friendship(till one of them drops out of focus), almost every shoujo is a better example really. that sisters over misters is ridiculous and unnecessary, friendships don't always last forever(seeing as both characters only have one good friend each), and a lover is someone that gradually becomes as family in terms of importance, some friends can also reach that pleatau, so it's more a matter of who it is. So you have to wonder if it's suppose to be funny. If you read into it too much maybe, maybe only one of them, or maybe the writing just screwed that over. There aren't any answers since we aren't able to read their thoughts once they get a chapter. You can call it open ended but I wouldn't, I don't get that feel. It just isn't clear enough because it didn't bother or the writing fumbled.

The story telling is marred by stupid behaviour in the first chapter in a big way. The story telling itself seems good, and it starts to find some equilibrium by the second story. But it's still the story about people acting overly stupid. especially the second girl who's overly sensitive, insensitive(unable to sympathize with a friend that was hurt and crying!), and closed off.
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how can I find another word rather than BEAUTIFUL?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hellangel9x
August 2nd, 2013, 11:25am
everything is so simple, realistic yet so beautiful and heart-warming...When I read the first chapter, I called my friend and told her to read it! And what happened? there was no drama, no tragedy but it made us cry... It's a kind of friendship every girl longs for... And speaks of the boys, the boys are also amazing! Tsuchida is just like Eiko, a boy with a big heart. Narugami, he says
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Tsuchida shoud have gone with her (Eiko) instead. He's a sucker for a pretty face. I find her more cute than enough though...

god, I have ever found a guy in shoujo who can say those words! He loves her not because she's beautiful in apprearance but in soul!
I need more =(((( (though tbh, this is already enough), I really want to see Tsuchida ends up with Moe and those four can have a double date. ^^
Kazune-sensei, Aiji-sensei, thank you for having made a masterpiece!

... Last updated on August 3rd, 2013, 2:13am
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Super sweet XD   
Rating: N/A
by Sagiri_chan
July 21st, 2013, 8:35pm
The very first thing that striked me was the art. It was delicate, and like some comment below, resembled Sahara Mizu's. If it had been Kawahara sensei doing both the art and story, maybe I wouldn't love this manga as I do now, Yamakawa sensei's drawing was just exactly like how the story was: strange, fresh and delicate. I really love how Moe put Eiko above her boyfriend - how the story put friendship above love. It's something you rarely see in real life. I ,myself, having experienced the time when my best friend had a boyfriend and completely forgot about me, deeply impressed by Moe. Even the ending, which I dare say that it's not just me who expect a hug, a kiss or at least the holding hands, was still steadfast to its theme - friendship.
I'm really looking forward to reading another work from the partnership of these two mangakas.
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wow *0*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rika_257
July 21st, 2013, 6:51am
simply putting it this is one of the most amazing shoujos i ever read. I don't know why but i started to doubt friendship in manga b/c almost in every shoujo the heroines friends must turn against her bitch her ...etc
and another weird thing i noticed is that in a lot of mangas once the two friends are separated each one in different class they are not that much of a friends anymore and each one find another friends in their class.
but this manga restored it all, the amazing power of friendship, leaves you with this happy feeling smile
even though i've been blessed with amazing friends during my life, i wish that someday i have a friendship like that smile
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Beautiful and feel good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by joyfullyme16
July 12th, 2013, 9:51pm
I loved the relationship between the two friends. Normally my focus in reading is the romance but in this story it took the back seat even in my mind. If you are looking for a romance then this is not for you.
The art was also something to enjoy about this. Not flashy and very simple. That also applies to the story. No real angst and a very light and feel good story. The focus on the story is the relationships between the characters. I fell in love with the people and their devotion to each other.
I know I am rambling but I want to emphasize that even though not a lot happens in this manga it is a beautiful feel good story that I completely recommend.
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Half way there...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
June 17th, 2013, 3:05pm
Beautiful, delicate water colours, a unique idea, and interesting characterization didn't save this story: it grew progressively duller and ultimately ended with only some--definitely not enough--resolution.
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Beautiful   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by DrManga
April 30th, 2013, 1:44pm
Update. Finished it after noticing it in my list. Turns out the extra story had nothing to do with the main story. After re-reading it, I realised I would have liked it to go longer and see the women and the men them develop and have a more normal relationship (with their best friend and the opposite sex).

Not bad but still feels incomplete.
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April 30th, 2013, 1:44pm
Been over 100 days since the release of chapter 3 and according to etc only the extra story is remaining.

It's lovely story that just ends too suddenly at chapter 3. Eiko is very likable character, the type of girl whom others would dot over. Moe is more of a strange character, but also lovable due to the affection she shows towards Eiko.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2015, 5:05am
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This manga is special.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
March 18th, 2013, 1:02pm
Awesome manga. So realistic, deep, fresh, free of cliches. I loved it and couldn't tell what will happen next. Wasn't bored at all. The art is cool too.

I think manga like this can make the reader a better person. It touches some very important subjects. It's great how the POV switches, we get to see how judgemental and wrong people can be in how they read others. All four main characters are good people but some of their traits can make them seem otherwise - for those who don't bother to look deeper. Each of them learns an important lesson, I think. Readers do too (at least I did smile )
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