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Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou  
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Description
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!

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

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

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Latest Release(s)
c.Special by Crimson Flower (1272d ago)
v.21 c.99-102 (end) by Slow and Dirty (2796d ago)
v.20 c.94-98 by Slow and Dirty (2887d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
21 Volumes 1999 (Complete)
10 Volumes 2011 (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

User Reviews
Kare Kano by moritana
Kare Kano by Mejust

Forum
2 topics, 13 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1348 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 15th 2014, 11:51pm PST


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Year
1996

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
LaLa (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TOKYOPOP (21 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #216 decreased(-12)
Monthly Pos #111 increased(+9)
3 Month Pos #125 increased(+17)
6 Month Pos #111 decreased(-14)

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On 1283 reading lists
On 1354 wish lists
On 3318 completed lists
On 329 unfinished lists
On 555 custom lists

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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.
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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.

THE PROS:
- 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.

The CONS:
- 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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Kare Kano: The more you put into it, the more you'll find it offers.   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Tsuppi
May 17th, 2011, 2:58am
Put in a bit, and to you this manga will be fun and cute at first, then drop off into a bit of a boring, confused funk, followed by, of all things, a violently dramatic final arc.

Put in a lot, and Masami Tsuda's work will reveal itself a deceivingly-simple, earnest, absorbing, intense tale, sometimes hilarious, often endearing, and downright beautiful.

And yes, Maho goes for a guy a decade or two her senior.


-30-

KARESHI Kanojyo no Jijo, or, His and Her Circumstances, is a manga following a number of girls and guys just new to high school--egoistic, anxious, blustery, full of potential, and lost...not to mention all of them crammed with hormones (the majority of which is provided by Hideaki Asaba)--down the paths they take towards the rest of their adult lives, supported by friends, family, and, over time, lovers.

It's not really for everyone.

As I hope the tl;dr version above demonstrates, Masami Tsuda's manga series (The series, in terms of her career) demands something. You won't get this impression with the first, oh, three volumes, really. The art is cute, charming, and although at times just too gorgeous--look at those lips, dammit--it does what it ought to... 'Intro, gimmick, joke, joke, angst, angst, chase scene, confession, kiss: Ah, love. Oh, life.' It's just nice.

And yet... the same could not be said of Tsuda's style in the latter half of the twenty-one--volume series. Recalling this about a few months after marathoning the last ten or so volumes, albeit after a long, long break, I'd say that Kare Kano (as it's popularly and very conveniently nicknamed) is... Well, I wouldn't really call it a novel made of pictures or a live-action film put on paper; I couldn't. Despite all its waily melodrama, this, friends, is real life in ink.

You'll have to trust me on this. Towards the end, Tsuda, as a manga-ka, just turns it up to Max Level. She draws well-rounded characters situated in a three-dimensional world, recalling reality with a style that's still 'anime,' still simplistic, still pretty, and always all her own.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. To be simply simple: Kare Kano begins as a high-school love story, but wends its way through a number of other romantic episodes (and a school play!?) to a drama that examines forgiveness, fatherhood, and the nature of living fully. It loses none of its original juvenile-type storytelling (soap operas, anyone?) yet manages all the while to push its own boundaries. This piece of work blooms. It grows into something Big.

All in all (congratulations on getting to this point!), if the art style's evolution is any indication, readers should expect a pleasant ride that will quickly turn into a little roller-coaster of a tale...which may well make your stomach drop and swoop as well as the real thing would, depending on how much is invested. It's up to you.

As a final note, let me say that the two-volume sidestory mid-way through is abso-freaking-lutely amazing, no ifs, ands, or buts. YIN AND YANNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

... Last updated on May 17th, 2011, 3:23am
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Read this manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kerii06
April 25th, 2011, 4:04pm
In my opinion, I think this is one of the best shoujo manga's I've ever read. The story begins as a sort of simple comedy and as it progressed the story became much more complexed, but it ended with everything being tied together and explained beautifully. All of the characters are unique and each of their personalities developed as the story went on. The artwork is really lovely as well, from the cute, funny chibis to the more realistic drawings. Anyways, I'm really glad I read Kare Kano, it's definitely a manga worth reading!

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To be honest, at the end, I was really shocked and believed that Soiichiro died... and thought that Asapin and Yukino really got together! I'm glad that it was just a joke! hahaha
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it takes its time:)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AnimeMusicLuv
March 5th, 2011, 7:12pm
lots of characters, therefore lots of storylines, and each one is pretty interesting. the author takes its time to describe her characters in depth, but overall great manga. long, but enjoyable. pretty funny, romantic and realistic. thumbs upsmile
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going nowhere fast   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Sunahm
December 4th, 2010, 4:19pm
It was interesting until they actually got together. Now it's almost a chore to read through it. I may give it another try later, but I can only handle so much of their repetitive, overly virtuous, generically sappy thoughts (which seem to have taken over the manga).

To be honest I'm also not really a fan of how there characters were drawn. Guess it just isn't everyone's cup of tea :3

... Last updated on December 4th, 2010, 4:20pm
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bravo!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jpchkvn
November 14th, 2010, 12:22pm
this has got to be the best shoujo manga i've read in my life! i love how indepth they get with each character especially the two protagonists!! i wish more shoujo mangas were like this one!
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