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Hibi Chouchou  
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From Day of the River:

Upon entering high school, the very quiet but extremely cute Suiren becomes the immediate center of attention among the boys, but one particular boy does not look her way.

The story of a quiet girl and a quiet boy.


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Associated Names
ปล่อยหัวใจโบยบินดั่งผีเสื้อ (Thai)
나날이 나비
Everyday Butterfly
Hibi Choucho
Hibi Choujou

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Day of the River
Last Heaven
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v.9 c.58 by Winter Translations (43d ago)
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v.9 c.57 by Winter Translations (62d ago)
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10 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (524 votes)
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It hooks me.   
Rating: N/A
by iluvanimeforever
August 27th, 2013, 1:33am
Personally, I'm the kind of person who really likes light hearted manga without too much (or none at all) drama. I like that they're shy and that this is their first time falling in love. It IS very slow and has a feeling of softness... So if you aren't really into these kinds of manga you definitely won't like this.

But one thing I've noticed, the main reason why I watch out for new releases like a hawk is because the endings always make me squeal at the last page of the chapter. Always. Whatever the content of the chapter, the last few pages always makes me want to continue reading.

So basically,
The characters are cute, nothing too out there (which is the main reason why I like it), and even though it's slow, it still manages to make me want to continue reading.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by fufufuyen
June 27th, 2013, 12:06pm
I don't mean to be extremely critical, but while I liked this manga at first, it very soon died out for me. The two characters are very interesting (although I have to disagree that Suiren is a strong character at all) and I enjoy their quiet nature. However, like how a previous poster has said, their quietness ultimately takes over the story and thus stagnates progress. I honestly cannot fathom their kiss scene because I don't even think they will get there at the pace they are going.

The drawings are amazing, however, and I got caught up with that most of the time. I also like pretty much all the characters except for the assumed "rival," since she pretty much has no foundation or substance to her character or her love. I mean, I don't mind a little crazy in my shoujos, but the one thing I would like to keep realistic is the character's goals, intentions, aspirations, and reasons. For the rival, however, her goals and intentions have little basis and thus makes her a pretty crappy rival, not even mentioning how stupid she can act and how she barely shows up anymore. Basically what I'm saying is that she's a very useless character and it may have been a waste of time to create her at all.

For Suiren and Kawasumi, I am more lenient to this manga mostly because of Kawasumi's character rather than Suiren's. I can see Suiren going down the path of an obsessive chick and as for Kawasumi, his only flaw is that he can be such a ditz sometimes. I mean,

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
who walks out on a freaking confession from the person you like?!

However, everything else about his character is pretty much perfect and HNNG I love megane guys so go figure. I've seriously never seen a hotter glasses guy. The one thing I agree with aetherwyn on is his character and how he realistically sees the situation. He wants to assume that Suiren likes him, but is afraid he's getting too cocky. He notices that she only talks to him, that from her standpoint she could see him perfectly in the courtyard at lunch. Still, it gets annoying

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how many times he runs away from her and avoids her. Seriously. And Suiren even is guiding the relationship. That's totally "trying your hardest," Kawasumi!

Anyhow, this manga started out good with an interesting storyline; however, it went downhill from there. I do like Kawasumi's embarrassment and I don't know, Suiren's kind of neutral for me (we have yet to learn anything about her personality other than that she likes Kawasumi for whatever reason, and...I don't know, her hair can change lengths at her own will? Well at least her expressionless, nonchalant nature is kind of cool...but seriously, Morishita-sensei), but I think the thing that set him apart from other guys was how he didn't pay attention to her at the beginning and basically was uninterested. Then for whatever reason, he started to like her. I think the basis for this manga was weak but the good drawings cover it up. It's truly, truly a lighthearted love story as it advertises itself to be (so therefore we can't predict or expect anything like a traumatizing past or something or anything dramatic--it's safe to expect the manga to keep going at its slow, boresome pace as it is), but it seriously hits the extreme. It's a lighthearted story at its best and at its worst.

... Last updated on June 29th, 2013, 1:21am
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I do not agree   
Rating: N/A
by alex3510
June 11th, 2013, 5:26am
Everyone seems to love this one, whereas I DETEST shy couples. Not only will their relationship NEVER progress, their crippling shyness takes over the plot and the characters. I don't mind one shy character, but even then not to the agonizing level these two losers are at.
No, just simply no.
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Wonderful. So, so wonderful. For many reasons.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aetherwyn
June 6th, 2013, 11:30am
Okay, so I've given this a 10/10, no question. WHY?

(p.s. this is going to be stupidly long because I'm being a lil' defensive but I promise you it'll be a good one :3)

Well, there's the big, obvious reasons: the gorgeous art, the paiNFULLY ADORABLE ROMANCE OAUGadlf;a;AHA;DKA. But this manga is so much more than that, so I'm going to break it down.

  • 1. THE MAIN CHARACTER, PART ONE: ( Or: on Suiren, the female lead). A story is nothing without its characters, and in a shoujo manga (which is typically more character-driven than, say, a shounen) this is especially important. The main female character in this isn't just beautiful; she's very complex. I know a few reviews have said she's "just a doll" without any depth to her -- but someone who thinks that is missing the ENTIRE POINT OF THE MANGA. Suiren is crazy beautiful, and her entire life, people have been treating her as an object. A doll. Blinded by her beauty, people go crazy over everything she does, cooing and staring and infantilizing... no one, save for her best friend/s, has ever treated her as a normal girl. Recognized that she's imperfect. People call her "Takane-chan" because they don't even WANT to see her as a normal girl. She's this mysterious, inhuman, unreachable piece of artwork. And so Suiren slowly stops smiling, slowly stops talking, because she wants to blend in, doesn't want everyone staring at her and making her out to be this.. doll (or, at her junior high, the school mascot). She daydreams as a way of escaping her reality.

    But the thing is, Suiren IS a regular girl. And she's become painfully, painfully shy, as a result of the way people constantly treat her. But she is NOT. WEAK. Not at all. She's one of the strongest female leads I have EVER seen. She is terrified of talking, terrified of people, but even if she's TREMBLING ALL OVER she will push through her fear and try and talk anyway. So strong. Up to this point, she's even the one with most of the agency in the budding romance between her and Kawasumi, which is.. practically unprecedented in a shoujo manga. So good. I'm so proud of her. She grows tremendously.
  • 2. THE MAIN CHARACTER, PART TWO: (Or: on Kawasumi, the male lead) I love Kawasumi too, but this won't be anywhere near as long as Suiren's part because.. well, everyone seems to generally like him. He's focused, hardworking, compassionate, sweet, a good friend.. the kind of male lead you want to root for. None of the stereotypical Shoujo-Prince-aloof-asshole here, my friends. He blushes. He gets dorkily excited when things happen between him and Suiren. He gets embarrassed and thinks he's being too cocky when he notices that Suiren treats him differently from other guys (but in a realistic and humble way, not in a "omfg it's so obvious she likes you, don't be that stupid" kind of way). A+++.
  • 3. FRIENDSHIPS GALORE. EVEN BETWEEN LADIES. This is where this manga reminds me a little of Sakisaka Io's works; the latter is a master at crafting strong friendships between characters. Too often in shoujo manga (and, hell, even in other genres), friendships are cast aside for romance. Not here. Friendships are valued immensely in this manga. Suiren's two best friends are perfect -- I love them so much, I don't know if you understand (well, if you read the manga, you probably do). They look out for each other, protect each other, help each other... they're normal friends. For instance, I really new this manga was a gem when, in one chapter, Suiren is going to meet Kawasumi (and has been eagerly anticipating this all day) -- and ends up abandoning her plans with him just so she can help her friend out (over something minor -- not even something big, like if her friend broke up with her boyfriend or something). Kawasumi and his best friend, on that note, have what's basically the cutest bromance ever, too. I love it.
  • 4. WELL-ROUNDED "ANTAGONIST" Another thing I love about this manga (and, what again reminds me of Sakisaka Io) is that even the "antagonist" in this -- that is to say, another girl who falls for Kawasumi -- is very well-rounded. We're not supposed to hate her. No one should ever be faulted for falling in love, you know? She's charming and likable, and I'm happy when she gets more screen time (even if it might mean things are a little bumpier between Suiren and Kawasumi -- but don't worry, this manga isn't about trivial misunderstandings driving the plot, so any strife between the two characters is used to help them grow as characters (and simultaneously grow closer together)).

There's obviously a lot more that's great about this manga -- I could seriously go on for hours. Some people say the pace of this manga is slow, but I actually think it's very well paced. It just depends on what you're looking for. If you want BIG DRAMATIC ACTIONS and ANGST and kisses with sakura blossoms floating in the background, this isn't for you. Instead, this manga cherishes those small, fleeting moments that are so much a part of first love. Making eye contact, glancing away, looking back. Being constantly aware of someone else's presence. Awkward blushes, moments of meaningful silence. The two practically dance around each other, but in a very relatable and realistic way.

There's a lot of subtlety to this manga. In the characters, in the way things unfold... but it's so, so beautiful. So relax, slow yourself down, and read this, because I really do think it's worth it.

oh my god I'm so sorry this is so long. welp. :x

... Last updated on June 6th, 2013, 11:37am
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goodness gracious me   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jaqenhghar
March 29th, 2013, 12:22am
HHHHHNNNNNNNGGGGGGG! >//< is the right phrase for this manga. It's cute, it's sweet, it's ridiculously adorable. It's a good thing my heart still can handle it. Okay, I'm a bit exaggerating now, but I tell you what, beware of the amount of cuteness in this manga. Be ready to squeal all over the place.

Some more from me..
The story is actually quite simple, you know, about innocent love and stuff.. and yes, the pace is slow, like, really slow. But nah, it doesn't really matter. The art though.. It's really outstanding. So yeah I really recommend this to everyone. Read it, now.
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Love this to bits!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
March 18th, 2013, 1:12pm
Yes, this manga is slow. The is no action. Actually, the characters hardly talk. And I love every bit of it!

I get so much fuzzy feeling while reading this manga. It's so innocent (it's like I'm again a young teenager), yet not dumb, annoying, naive. Very fresh, free of shoujo cliches. Cute and heart-warming. I love both Suiren and Kawasumi (I want Kawasumi for a boyfriend and Suiren for a girlfriend, haha). I won't say I recommend this manga to everyone, I think it's very specific and I understand some can find it irritating, but for me it's one of the best shoujo manga I've read.

The art is lovely, so is character design.
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Slow paced romance... but still enjoyable   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Utsukushii Yume
November 26th, 2012, 9:46pm
At first I didn't really think I would care too much for this manga. However, it is a light, relaxing and pleasant read. I found myself enjoying the characters and the silent moments all throughout the chapters. If you like slow paced romances I would recommend this to you. The characters are cute in their own way; and the biggest conflict is finding the strength to step out of ones comfort zone to express oneself.

If your looking for a quick romance or a quick personality change in a blink of an eye this manga is not for you. The story does not feel like its dragging (compared to other manga that I thought was dragging), in fact for the time being the story pace seems ok.

If your trying to decide if you should read this manga or not, I say only try it if your looking for a slow paced romance.

... Last updated on November 26th, 2012, 9:50pm
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It's actually fine if it's progressed slow, but   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by yuno19
November 5th, 2012, 2:19am
But if the story only about those two shy lovebird, readers can get bored real fast. There can be various causes why two people need so much time to be a couple. And exploring those causes can provide musings to the readers. However, in this manga, there are no musings but shyness of those two. Really nothing else going on. That makes the story feels so dragged, and we eventually got bored only after a handful of chapters.
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Absolutely Adorable   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sculamio
November 1st, 2012, 10:51pm
Out of all the manga I've read so far (quite a lot), this has to be one of the most genuinely cute stories ever. The leads' chemistry is engrossing and is reminiscent of the innocent, courtly love held as one of the olden times highest ideals. The female lead especially is like an ultra Yamato Nadeshiko biggrin While this might be annoying and forced in stereotypical "cute" characters, she comes off as refreshingly innocent. So far, a beautiful read! Highly recommended for anyone who wants a genuinely innocent shoujo!
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Hurm. I like.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by oxmemexo
October 27th, 2012, 7:55am
Woaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Why da hate towards Suiren? I think she's one of the best female leads I've seen in a while. Okay not the best, but at least I'm not running away from my laptop because of the idiotic choices that were made. I'm not annoyed with her personality at all and considering her childhood trauma I think she's changing. It may be slowly, but that's how it is in real life and that's what I love about this manga. Sure her beauty isn't realistic, but that's a different story!

Her lack of facial expressions and words doesn't mean that she's acting like a doll. There are people who are naturally silent and socially awkward, this is why when she says her little words/phrases and smiles ever so slightly (or wholeheartedly in the most recent chapters) it makes the moments precious. Also, because she was introduced as a shy character, it makes the most recent chapter released (12) even better.
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Not only did she ask him once to go with her to see the fireworks. She did it TWICE, three times if you include her pointing at the poster and not saying anything. My little Suiren has grown up ;A;

I think the male lead is awkward in a good way too! He has his moments when I think he's a loser for acting the way he does in front of Suiren when he's nervous, but that's what makes it so much better. My boyfriend sometimes acts the way he does when he's embarrassed, I find it adorable <3

This is to those who say the development is slow. It is slice of life, most slice of life mangas are slow paced, like Love so Life (an amazingly adorable manga as well if I may add!). If she were to suddenly change and become extremely aggressive after two chapters, I bet there would be someone complaining about how the pace of the story is too fast. I guess you just can't make everyone happy. However, I'm loving this manga and looking forward to the next chapter. So I hope you'll pick it back up.

... Last updated on December 26th, 2012, 4:38pm
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