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Mademoiselle Butterfly  
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From Shoujo Manga Maniac:
Butterfly is a young geisha in training. She loves and admires her childhood friend, Chinatsu-san. He’s a tattoo artist, and he paints butterflies on her arms and is kind to her. One day she visits Chinatsu and finds a naked woman there. Butterfly is devastated at the thought of her friend with another girl all along. Soon after, a rich foreigner offers to buy Butterfly and take her to live luxuriously in a faraway land with him. She’ll miss life at home, but maybe it will help her forget Chinatsu. But does she really want to?

Also includes:
Memories of You


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Associated Names
マドモワゼル バタフライ

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2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (803 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.52 / 10.0
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October 10th 2015, 3:44pm PST



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LaLa DX (Hakusensha)

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Several thoughts...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by follybaby
April 4th, 2014, 10:26pm
When I first put this on my "Contenders" list (personal list of manga I want to read) it had been labeled as a "tragedy" in the genre section. I avoided this story for a year. Let me tell you-- I DO NOT do tragedies. I'm one of those people who will end up crying on floor, sobbing uncontrollably about whatever the hell happened-- asking "Why did they have to die?!?!?!" For example, try watching "Life of Pi" (unrelated movie) and imagine me in the before mentioned circumstance.


So, needless to say-- I'm able to comment now, not undergoing such an episode. It's not a tragedy. You may or may not get a couple of tears in your eyes towards the end, because it's that good of a real story. Don't worry tragedy avoiders-- you will not see the floor tonight.

Very cute story, could have been dragged out a couple of more chapters (particularly in the beginning), but good nonetheless. Certainly worth a read.
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A little too perfect maybe?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
April 6th, 2012, 4:09am
The only thing this story lacks in is in its flaws. The plot and art were used extremely well to embody emotions of the characters as well as the historic mood of the story as it unfolded. What stands out to me most is how much the story changes and how you can feel the main character becoming more mature - the time lapsing was perfect, not too fast or too slow. And I also liked that we get to see pretty much the full length of the characters' youth and happiness. In addition, I unexpectedly got teary-eyed near some sad parts and frankly the story moved me. I didn't expect it to because I'm personally not really into historical manga but the elements were presented in a very casual and realistic way that was never too much of one thing. In all, you could say the historic element grows on you the deeper you read on. However, the story was a bit predictable (I could pretty much map out every next plot twist) but it wasn't really a bad thing that things fell into their places either.

Rating: 9. Overall I personally wasn't blown away by the whole of it. I look back and only remember certain highlighted elements but not to the point where I would re-read it.
But I'd say its the perfect "romance/slice of life" for someone who wants a very clean and light read.

... Last updated on February 8th, 2013, 9:26pm
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a favorite!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xheike
February 12th, 2012, 6:51am
I love it! A rare find. I love Chinatsu and Butterfly! smile It's cute, sweet, sad..and just perfect. They truly love each other, huh. biggrin I don't really cry for stories, but this sure is one of the few that got me teary eyed!
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Smiley Face :-)   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by born2shop
December 4th, 2011, 8:57pm
Memoirs of a Geisha much? lol LOVE at first read :-) I loved the history and the story and just about everything!! The art wasn't that bad either. But being the romantic that I am, I have to say that the story just about did it for me. I wish the story was a little bit longer, but I think that it was still good. Very satisfied with this series :-)
Read it!!

... Last updated on December 4th, 2011, 9:12pm
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You can't explain the joy of reading!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by P0laris
November 11th, 2011, 6:40pm
This manga my number one favourite manga! I've seen a lot of mangas, but no one made me feel such emotions. This manga is so beautiful, sometimes funny and realistic. I could felt what the character were feeling. I read it like 4 times, and i never get tired. Chinatsu for me, is the best male lead ever! He cared so much for Butterfly, the best couple ever!.. It made wanted to had such a beautiful boyfriend like him. You CAN'T not read this awesome manga. You won't regret it even one second. The last chapters were so sad, that i really cried and thought that people in real life that has to live in war and suffer so much. Thanx so much for the scanlators for their awesome and great job. ^^ And there is the brother of Chinatsu who made me laugh so hard, love him! xD

... Last updated on July 21st, 2014, 9:20pm
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The perfect romance   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 1122shadows
September 30th, 2011, 9:04pm
You can't get more heart warming than this. Butterfly falls in love with Chinatsu, a renowned tatoo artist. Together they form a committed bond towards one another. The story chronicles their love and struggles through the Japan of the 1940s. The depicted romance is deeply moving and filled with happy and tearfully sad moments. You get drawn into their surreal love as they evolve though the romance. My only complaint is that I wished this was longer because it's such a great read, I just didn't want it to ever end.
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Loved it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asianpride
September 17th, 2011, 8:31pm
this is just an amazing manga (: not gonna lie, it made me cry...both tears of sadness & tears of happiness xD it was one of the first mangas i read ... like 3 years ago ... and i still love it!
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Rating: N/A
by joymahal17
February 2nd, 2009, 10:26pm
it was a very good i like the story it's not dragging and the length was just right i love the art and the story it's quite touching and i'm not a fan of historical but this one is not tooo boring. the characters are cute and all lovey-dovey soo adorable!!! XDDD
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Absolutely Beautiful   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by midtwilightstar
December 20th, 2007, 9:54pm
The artwork in this manga is very beautiful and stunning. The attention to detail is also very profound. In the story, the plot has yet to develop (it doesn't drag or drone on though) but the little anecdotes of incidents of the two main characters face never fail to entertain me. This is a very soft, delicate, yet deep story (not to heavy either). It touches into further society and you can feel the sense of atmosphere even though the aspects of the world are just skimmed. Don't worry, however, it is an adorable read as well. The romance is evident and is a central part of the story but it doesn't take away from the actual plot.
I must also add that the synopsis is only the outline of the FIRST chapter. So basically, it doesn't do the actual manga any justice. Ignore the summary and GO AND READ IT!!! It's so AMAZING!
Highly recommended even to non-shoujo readers as long as you are lenient on certain shoujos or not so me. ;)
This is all personal commentary by the way. If you read it or are going to read it and didn't feel the way I did, that's okay. I'm just weird like that. smile

... Last updated on May 4th, 2008, 9:44pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moredrowsy
July 24th, 2015, 9:01pm
The manga starts off very cliche but as you read on past the early chapters, you'll realize this series is a very heartwarming story without all the normal shoujo bs.

There were some instances of drama but it doesn't drag on much. I know some people like drama that drags on for a long time because they think it's "realistic" but c'mon, who likes drama that lasts 5+ chapters? In this series, the drama is presented lightly as a plot device for both of them to mature their feelings. Both main characters become very likeable because they both make logical and sensible decisions. Nothing ridiculous like other shoujos.

I won't spoil the ending. Although the ending was predictable and forced, it was a satisfying. Like I said in the beginning of the review, this is a heartwarming story and it stays heartwarming that leaves you smiling.

There are two things that I do regret about this series. First, is that it was only two volumes. I feel that it should have been 3 or 4 volumes to flesh our their relationship more. Second, the mangaka should have flesh more of the side characters, especially the girls from the geisha house. The other girls were mentioned here and there but they were forgettable because nothing much was talked about them. Because of this, I feel that the series got axed but if it was, it was still very satisfying.

Anyways, it was a good read for a shoujo manga.

... Last updated on July 24th, 2015, 9:32pm
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