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Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou  
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Yukino Miyazawa is the perfect model student. She's pretty, kind, good at sports, and is always at the top of her class; but she's not all that she seems. It's all an act of deception; she is really the self-confessed 'queen of vanity,' and her only goal in life is winning the praise and admiration of everyone around her.

When she enters high school, she finally meets her match: Soichiro Arima, a handsome, athletic, popular, and very intelligent young boy. Ever since he stole the top seat in the class from her, Yukino has hated him, and has been plotting on how to take back her former place as the object of all other students' admiration.

What she wasn't expecting, however, was that Soichiro, the very boy she hated, would confess his love for her; or that he would find out about her deception - and use it to blackmail her!

Together, they discover that they have more in common than they knew, and they slowly begin to bring out each other's inner selves.

* Also included are the following short stories in this manga:

The Tiger and the Chameleon - A Promise
for One Week
(Vol. 1)

Ashita Mata Mori de Aoune (Meet Me Again Tomorrow in the Forest; Vol. 4) -
Always an outcast because of her black hair the heroine of the story finds a strange man in the forest - a man from Earth - and he has black hair, too!


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Associated Names
Он и она и их обстоятельства
С его стороны с её стороны
ظروفه وظروفها
그남자 그여자
그와 그녀의 사정
Circunstancias dele e dela
Con trai con gái F3
Elle et Lui
Elle et Lui - Kare kano
His and Her Circumstances
Kare Kano
Las cosas de él y de ella
Le situazioni di Lui e Lei
That Man That Woman

Groups Scanlating
Aerie Scans
Omari's Sister

Latest Release(s)
c.Special by Omari's Sister (1614d ago)
v.21 c.99-102 (end) by Slow and Dirty (3138d ago)
v.20 c.94-98 by Slow and Dirty (3228d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
21 Volumes 1999 (Complete)
10 Volumes 2011 (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 33 (Episode 26)

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Kare Kano by moritana
Kare Kano by Mejust

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1396 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 29th 2015, 5:35am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
LaLa (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (21 Volumes - Complete)

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Kare Kano Fan For Ever XD   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bibisuki
April 17th, 2012, 6:51pm
Yukino and I got so much in common, she's intelligent, got a strong attitude and she's perfeccionist. Arima's struggles about: regaining trust in love after all his childhood trauma, and meeting Yukino (his goddess) was the perfect cure yet something stills holds him back...

This is SOOO MUCH WORTHING an Anime Second Season, it would be SUCH GREAT THING as for other mangas who deserve a second season as Bokuta ga Ita and Fruits Basket.

... Last updated on April 17th, 2012, 7:13pm
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Read all the volumes first   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Nikkha
April 6th, 2012, 2:35am
This manga is, like said before for another title, "the one who doesn't like it didn't understand the story"
But well, this manga is not for everyone, and not for the one who just like beautiful art with beautiful stories and beautiful emotion.

When I first decide to read it, I think I will read the usual shoujo manga in 20s volumes length, with an art style I don't really like and that didn't make me feel good at all. I dropped it when it goes boring, but then I always wanted to read it again.

The second time I read this, I finnish it, and I didn't regret it at all.
The very first volumes make me think that it's the usual, rather bad shoujo comic with a very dragged story, because hey, what would come next after the changes in the main protagonist and the story seems like that they would live happily ever after? This part of this manga make it seems like a bad shoujou manga
But the stories get heavier and more interesting in later part
Dark, and a bit surreal that it may seem unrealistic, but the ones saying this story unrealistic have never really have a clear and long outlook in live. Or maybe have no life. Or forgetful over problems, or else, have never faced with a 'real' problem yet, or have so great a luck that problems never reached their lives.
The middle-volume was a bit dragging to me, and I didn't really get the point until the lasts volumes, but when I get it, the whole story becomes wonderful and great.

I admit tough, that the story is "boring" for the one didn't like heavy story, and maybe the title 'shoujo manga' doesn't really fit. The long and confusing story line didn't provide beautiful art to look on. Not to say that the plot seems dragged and slow.
Maybe it's not the best for the art and the comedy, but it definitely not fair to say it is bad

This is a great manga for slice-of-life fans who can survive reading it through the end, and actually understand it.
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Rating: N/A
by dendenchan
December 12th, 2011, 10:12pm
Like many others said, this manga is splendid. Art is not the best, but still amazing. This is a really good romance story. I love the characters. Almost all of them.
I...I don't think this is for a younger audience. It gets really intense in the middle. By intense, I don't be smutty or anything crazy like that. I mean emotions.
Oh, I should point out one con. There are several side plots in this entire manga. If you don't like reading those, just skip them. They don't matter that much.
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dropped it   
Rating: N/A
by Mi Ho
December 4th, 2011, 8:53am
dropped it at the end of chapter 3.
I'm not a fan of the girl who cries when someone ignores her,in other words,mentally-weak female lead. Sigh,and I thought that this was gonna be good.
Well I'm more into the mentally-strong female lead type~
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If You're Superficial, You'll Give It 8   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yongzhi93
October 24th, 2011, 11:09am
For all the "kyaaa" fangirls, presumably, you'll have closed the books blissfully after Arima returned from the Kendo tournament as national champion and they find they love each other more than ever. Your more complex desires (if any) have been satisfied sufficiently by the intriguing premises - like Yukino being a closet mugger and putting up a front at school - and so you pat yourself on the back. Job well done, you say.

Well, no. That's not even reading half the story (literally), and that's like having friends just for shopping and goukons. Maybe you'll come back when you grow up a little, and realise that this is more than that. The start is really setup, and when you flip the final page on Yukino's story, the author does more than foreshadow: she says it right front. "This is where their stories diverge."

Because not all change is good. Yukino has overcome her own weaknesses and integrated well. Great. Her boyfriend hasn't, and he's hiding it more and more, and their roles are reversed. He doesn't want her to ever find out and leave him, and the pressure piles on in vicious cycles. Then the past starts coming to haunt him. The dark and sometimes surreal plot-twists are at once terrifying and exhilarating - like the motorbike that Arima's dad arrives on.

It peaks in insanity. You would never imagine it, and I'm not saying it - but you know if you read. Yukino, bless her, has grown. She's a woman (in more ways than one) and she's willing to sacrifice. And the ending we get is one borne of her maturity, where she has outpaced Arima in mental growth only so she can be the one to pull him back when he needs it most - just like he did for her right from the start. And that sacrifice, from utmost trust and love (pun), is perhaps the most touching of all.

It's not perfect. The artwork could do with touch-ups. Arima's inner struggles could've been brought out more strongly, and Yukino's leaps of faith are so amazing that she could be a saint. But the development was paced, even if not completely rational at times, and the author evidently knew where she was going. I think this is a deserved 9 out of 10.

Of course, if you're only shoujo-shopping and on the lookout for BISHIE X SULLEN GIRL (that never would get a boyfriend except in Manga ooh imagine I were her), then feel free to close this by the end of Yukino's story. You'll have been satisfied. But if you're brave enough to try out the darker side of reality, you'll come out slightly shaken, but stronger for the experience.
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Dark, sweet, heartbreaking and stunning.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
September 27th, 2011, 4:02pm
I love how this story starts as innocent, and the characters build into somthing more dark and bittersweet. Nothing about this manga is anything like I have ever read. It makes you think about it afterwards, and want to read it again (but I dont suggest this, as the plot turns are spoiled after the first time.) Very touching, emotional and I could not get enough of it.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The male protagonist, at first I hated him, but then I loved him with the darkness that he came to have.But my love diminished after raping her. Sure, she forgave him but RAPE IS RAPE.

I forgot to add that I cried BUCKETS.

... Last updated on June 16th, 2013, 6:26pm
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Very nice read.   
Rating: N/A
by swahili500
July 28th, 2011, 11:08am
This manga is worth the time to read, but sometimes you have to be a bit patient. The characters were very nicely developed. Somestimes, some of them kinda....I don't know.....hog up a chapter or two? But other than that, it was a really nice read. I just love Yukino, she's unlike many shoujo characters I met. Really nice read. biggrin
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Couldn't even finish it...   
Rating: N/A
by february0298
July 26th, 2011, 3:32pm
I'm pretty head on with manga, and i don't care what kind of manga i end up reading (unless it's pornogrphic, which i pretty much drop the book after that) but this manga is the ONLY manga (besides Inuyasha, because it was so ridiculously long to read) i just could not finish.
For one thing, the plot, to me, was kind of fuzzy and i didnt really get Yukino (the main female lead) or how her mind works, which really frustrates me because "of her desire to be praised" What the hell? I've NEVER heard of any person who would be so STUPID to do that of stoop that low to get attention. But, i kept on being loyal to the storyline and such because i didnt have anything better to do.
But i have a bad habit of looking up mangas on wikipedia and reading the story lines when i get impatient with the manga, which i only did this with Kare Kano because it started getting boring and the plot got even FUZZIER and i felt it wasnt going anywhere.
And then i got paranoid about Soichiro's so called "dark side" that was coming up about the time i put the book down. I hate it when the leads end up looking like jackasses because of something lame. Oh, and the whole thing with all those people so called "forgetting" Maho's little scheme. I mean, the subject never even got broached up, which pisses me off and the whole thing with Soichiro's past and stuff. It just irritates me.
I recomend this manga to whoever doesnt get bored easily and can handle a bland and unrealistic storyline.
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Cannot finish this series   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by lahtigurl
July 10th, 2011, 12:55pm
I agree with the commenter below. For me, this series stopped being interesting when it began to take itself too seriously. It's very soap opera-ish and the plot just wears out during the process. It becomes unbearably draggy and boring, especially the latter part.

It looks like not even a single character in this manga lead a normal life. All of them have too many problems and dramas surrounding their lives. It's a good read at the first time, but the repetitive themes and overdone attempts to create a sensational background for every damned character gradually destroy the fun the manga initially offers. Besides, the main lead is too much of an emo kid for me to handle.

The art is sloppy and dull; most of them look alike with the same facial traits and expressions and the only method to tell them apart is the hair. Seriously, some of my friends are much better at drawing facial expressions and human posture than this mangaka.

The humor is extremely lame and forced.

I pick this series because of many recommendations that this story features a realistic, slow-building relationship with a strong and smart female lead. Realistic? Give me a break. Strong and smart female lead? I fail to see that. She's not an irritatingly clingy weakling but giving her such traits is a stretch.
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Fantastic with Flaws   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by cherrykookie
June 30th, 2011, 11:57pm
I just finished re-reading Kare Kano properly. I had first read it when i was in elementary school and thought it was the most boring thing ever (oh my gosh I am so sorry for my previous review.. which i probably wrote years ago, dissing this manga).
However, now that I am older, I can truly appreciate this series.

- All the characters are lovable. Each of the cast members have their own spotlight where their stories are shared, including the parents.
- Low on cliche drama. Yes there is drama, but there wasn't any girl or guy annoyingly trying to seperate the main couple apart. If there was any issues, it was quickly dealt with.
- Realistic portrayal of relationships. The romance in this manga is beautiful. I love how it realistically depicts the stages of a relationship. For example, the the beginning Soichiro and Yukino are in the puppy dog love stage where they are in their own world,
then they proceed to the stage where they have insecurities, and finally the stage of overcoming their insecurities together.
- Although 21 volumes long, I felt that there wasn't any particular part of the manga that dragged on. The pacing was done quite well, and the ending felt "complete" (minus a few things that I'll mention in the cons).
She summed up 4 years of their Highschool lives quite nicely in 21 volumes.
- Arima Soichiro. To be honest, He's probably the biggest reason why I love this manga. His character was the most well developed and it was beautiful to watch him mature, grow, and overcome his struggles.

- I was also a little bit disappointed that Yukino got pregnant in highschool..felt like it was a bit too soon and a cliche shoujo plot, but I guess it helped them realize and follow their real dreams (becoming a police officer for Soichiro and a doctor for Yukino)
- I loved the development of Soichiro. However, the author focused on him so much that he became the sole star of the manga, which is fine, but Yukino was overshadowed. Initially starting out as a strong character, vibrant,wacky and full of personality, Yukino regresses and becomes
a flat character. I wish she would have received an equal amount of development as Arima instead of being tossed into the background. This was my biggest gripe about the series.
- Drawings aren't the best when it starts out, but it improved by A LOT as the series progressed.If the art bothers you, please just continue reading because the art seriously immensely improves.
- Related to my previous point, but the characters looked so similar that I had a hard time distinguishing them. All the girls who didn't have black hair looked like Yukino.
- While I was satisfied with the ending, a few things bugged me such as the absence of Arima &Yukino's parents and Reiji. I know Reiji is mentioned but I wish he made an apperance! I know that the author could only fit so much in though. Also,
- I'm a bit disturbed by Asaba x Sakura-chan.....Just can't get past that. I know it seems fitting since he wanted a girl like Soichiro. But please..just no.

To sum it up, this is a beautiful romance, slice-of-life (I repeat, SLICE OF LIFE) manga with a wonderful cast. If you liked Fruits Basket, I'd suggest this, because it gives off a similar vibe (angst/romance/peaceful atmosphere). In order to fully appreciate this manga, you must read the entire series though. In my opinion, THIS is quality shoujo. Its a classic that must be read.

... Last updated on December 11th, 2013, 4:07am
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