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Kimi no Iru Machi  
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Yuzuki Eba has mysteriously decided to go to high school in the countryside. But despite Haruto Kirishima's objections, she is living in his home. Now he has to put up with a freeloading city girl and even worse, make sure Nanami Kanzaki, the girl he likes, doesn't get the wrong idea!

The story's setting is based on author Seo Kouji's hometown.


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Associated Names
Город, в котором ты живешь
A Town Where You Live

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.105 by Crunchyroll (370d ago)
c.Fantasy 200 - Nagato by Red Hawk Scanlations (458d ago)
c.Fantasy 200 - Yuzuki by Red Hawk Scanlations (484d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 8, Chap 66 (+first arc in flashbacks)
Ends at Vol 15, Chap 142

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (1456 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.58 / 10.0
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Hugely Underrated   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ellosir
August 2nd, 2012, 1:18pm
I've been following this manga for a while; I remember when the chapter with Haruto's "mistake" came out - you could see the ratings visibly plummet on mangaupdates.

Do yourself a favor and ignore the ranty reviews, go and check out yongzhi93's comment for a fair, decently objective perspective.

To add some things to his review
a) This manga is largely character-driven. I can understand why people might call the plot occasionally shallow or lacking, but even these "fillers" have purpose - they help build relationships. There is excellent character development.
b) Yes to cliche. It's a shounen manga. Panty shots, unlikely cooincidences, etc. But it far from detracts from the story. The characters are very "real" in their emotional complexity, and this mangaka is a master at depicting even the smallest nuances of physical expression.
c) Don't expect this manga to be innovative, or surprise you with the plot. But it takes a tried and true formula and executes it exceptionally well.
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One of the WORST manga I have ever seen.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
July 13th, 2012, 1:57am
As someone already mentioned that plot is completly random without any interesting characters. You may try to read it even after seeing this comment,but you are warned!...... A complete waste of time. Even if you have extra time,dont read it. Go to forums and check for a good reccomendation which is worth the time.

... Last updated on September 10th, 2012, 10:12pm
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Random things no plot   
Rating: N/A
by azzberg
March 18th, 2012, 5:28am
I've read until the latest chapter, 175.
It used to have plots, even though..
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I do not like how he chose Eba after years with another girl, so unfaithful. But at least it had plot. The plot has gone since issue with Eba's parents.

It's all only chapters of fillers.
Unfortunately, I do not like dropping things, especially after reading so many chapters.
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Getting Better All The Time   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mzaganas
March 13th, 2012, 2:24pm
This series is really interesting! I started reading it about a year ago after reading and loving Suzuka. At first i thought it was kinda dull but the constant plot twists and cliffhangers have kept me hanging on. there have even been a few times when i cursed the scanlators for leaving me wondering what next!
This manga has set a permanent place in my heart and mind for a long time to come and I look forward to future chapters.
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heartwrenching and overwhelmingly full of excitement   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mackaveilli
December 4th, 2011, 6:57pm
I rated this on a 10 but I really want to bring the average of votes higher. I'd give this manga a true rating of 8.5/10. It was thanks to yongzhi93's post that I was convinced and able to pickup this manga and read it non-stop for a day... Although I may not entirely agree with all that he described, I can say his review was spot-on for a lot of topics. This manga is truly not one to sleep on, prepare yourself for an experience of a lifetime. I hope this turns into a j-drama someday, cause it would be really fun..
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
November 4th, 2011, 10:44am
This manga is about relationships, trial and error, luck and love. Mixed in with a couple of rage moments. But lately Haruto grows balls and also it feels like Kimi no Iru Machi is getting NEAR the end, not IT'S end.

Kouji sure knows how to make people rage

... Last updated on November 4th, 2011, 10:45am
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near to reality? wtf   
Rating: N/A
by cele
November 4th, 2011, 10:43am
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yeaaah, just needed to make that comment because someone postet something about it being near to reality, had me laughing for like 15 minutes srsly

its just dramas and cliches built on the normal nice guy falls in love with hot girl and actually gets her (which will NEVER happen in real life, except for if the girl hasn't got any self esteem)

well i'm drifting off, the whole harem part just sucks balls and the girls just magically fall for him because he's a nice guy (sry but i'm really sick of all this same harems, you can do it once, maybe twice but not in every frickin one)

despite all that rage, i quite liked it in the beginning, haruto should have stcuk with azusa and the end, now it seems like its taking a turn for worse

ps: to all guys giving it a 10 or 1, cmon this is nowhere a catastrophe manga that should never be read and by no means a masterpiece

edit: ok really, this is going nowhere, they are COLLEGE students and her dad is controlling his daughter like a dog, this is just ridiculous, same with haruto, grow some balls idiot -_-

... Last updated on November 10th, 2011, 5:11am
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Should change the name and discription   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by newb
October 15th, 2011, 1:22am
I have noticed that this has very little to do with the town in which he lived and who his Nanami Kanzaki? I feel as if i should know that name...hmmm...its right on the tip of my toungue. Yeah, this is a prime example of a manga that got sidetracked trying to fit cliches and doing a very poor job of it. Should have ended way back when he still lived in that town cause now i dont care for the lead and as such i no longer care who he is in love with. Had a strong start but should have ended long ago.
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Where can it go?   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by firedragon713
September 11th, 2011, 10:28pm
Ok. so if you've read al the way up to the current chapters
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Haruto has dumped asuka and gotten back to Eba. Right now, Seo Kouji has used almost all of the love/drama ideas possible in previous chapters. As the series is right now, I would simply classify this as romance and slice of life from the fact that absolutely nothing is happening. yes they are going on dates and it seems like yet another girl has fallen for Haruto, but his current self is so devoted to Eba nothing is probably going to happen. If something does then Haruto is an asshole, a player, and should go die. Otherwise, i don't see exactly where this manga can go from this point. In Suzuka they managed to get married and have a child, but Kimi no Iru Machi most likely can not have this ending.
The way I see it, There's no way anymore romance drama possible without Haruto suddenly becoming an asshole, a random villian popping up and kidnapping Eba, or Eba dieing/getting into an accident. Personally, I am rooting for the latter. Every time I read a new chapter i have this image of Eba getting hit by a truck or something of the sort. That is the only thing keeping me reading this series, the hope that i can see Haruto's face when Eba dies right in front of his face and how he will make it afterwards. I would think that Haruto would run away from home and find a lover or something, but that's unlikely since the title is "A Town Where You Live," so instead he's probably going to go
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
crying back to Asuka
This seems like the most interesting future for Haruto and probably is the only way that the mangaka could salvage this series.
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Great character development - but too many girls!   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by yongzhi93
September 11th, 2011, 4:56am
Personally I find the series quite awesome. It doesn't have flamboyant plot twists - only one death shown in 150 chapters is really an achievement for any shoujo manga - but the characters develop and grow, and that's what captured my soul.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
For one thing, they grow physically: Haruto and friends start out just starting high school, and in recent chapters have been enjoying university life. Granted that the manga could do more in actually showing school life for once, but at least it's still realistic: they spend most of their time figuring out the relationships that they end up in some second-tier university (we know because Eba's sister Rin wants it as the second choice, and Eba presumably is already in a top-tier university). But aside from progression in life, they also physically get bigger, and there is attention to detail. Anyone who's watched Pokemon from my time knows that Ash has been 10 years old for about ten years now (oddly enough, he's somehow gotten slightly taller).

Finally, and most importantly, the characters develop. Haruto, by virtue of his kindliness, becomes more mature and serious about his relationships - a far cry from crushing on Nanami and then asking her out after two or three conversations in their whole lives. Perhaps the clearest contrast is when Eba is used as a foil: the very first chapter shows a 16 year old Haruto stumbling down the stairs protesting the new family member's presence, and recently he's moved into his own apartment in Tokyo, the down-payment handled by Eba and Haruto together. Character growth is, of course, observed in all the other characters throughout as well - Takashi and Kiyomi both get over their respective hurdles, for example, and Rin becomes less overtly bitchy. So life goes on.

Throughout the maturing of our friends, we see complex themes interwoven into the storyline: love, loyalty, trust, belonging, family and whether blood ties are all that defines one (Eba and siblings v. Eba and Haruto). Life lessons are learnt through the experiences and choices that are made throughout: Haruto moves to Tokyo against his parents' and friends' wishes, Eba breaks up with Haruto for Kyousuke who later dies, Haruto gets over Eba with Asuka, and Haruto dumps Asuka for Eba. Most of these choices are made by Haruto, the main character and perspective we see the story through, but we do get the back stories of our other friends.

What's significant is how difficult the choices are, and how it's no mean feat making them all: Haruto, for example, throws away his chance at conquering his long-held crush on Nanami to make sure Eba gets home safely. Unlike other shoujo manga where a filthy-rich prince comes in with an army of secret police to save the day, Haruto has to go by himself to ensure Eba's safety (gets lost while looking for her), punches her brother to get his point across and goes home with an enlightened understanding of why Eba came to Hiroshima. There's no easy way out, as Rin tells Haruto: "Aren't you being a little selfish now, not wanting to hurt either of them?" Indeed, Haruto breaks up with Asuka against the will of all his friends, and invites a backlash - Kiyomi warns Haruto poignantly, "Nobody will ever obtain true happiness if they have to hurt someone else to gain it." (Nanami pretty much tells Eba the same thing), but Shiori, an outsider to Haruto's circle, tells Haruto: "For what it's worth, I don't think what you did was wrong." And that's it: sometimes we just have to believe in our own decisions, and walk forward. The process of making tough choices in Kimi no Iru Machi, without any knowledge of what the future may bring, reflects the harsh truths in reality via beautiful, complex interwoven illustrations, and forces both character and reader to grow up and abandon the innocence of yesteryear.

The similarities to life don't end at the decision making stage - the characters are very much people you might know yourself, giving greater credence to the title "A Town Where You Live", precisely because you feel like you might have lived there yourself. The protagonists and antagonists reflect reality: shoujo manga commonly have a girl and a boy fated to be together, and rivals appear with a million schemes. In Kimi no Iru Machi, there are no clear-cut heroes. We are always inclined to take the side of the one narrating, but in Haruto's case, he makes so many blunders when it comes to his love life that - despite his natural kind self - we do sometimes get rather pissed off with him. (Isn't it obvious that when you're courting a girl, you do not abandon her time and time again for another girl, and then lie to her about it?) The relationships aren't cast in stone right from the start - no one expected Eba to break up with Haruto, no one expected them to move on, and in recent chapters, probably no one expected Haruto to be hardhearted and dump Asuka for Eba. It could have easily swung any way. And there isn't really anyone at fault, much like life - it simply is. No one can control who they truly feel for, and what they truly feel. The closest we get to an enemy is Rin (she certainly seems like the typical manipulative bitch initially when Eba returns to Tokyo), but later on we revise our opinion - the most she does is cause annoyance by interfering all the time, but she doesn't really have an agenda - she isn't out to make Haruto her own property.

The single criticism weighing on my mind right now is that there are too many girls. Normally, I am all for fanservice (mm), but when as a guy I start getting turned off by the quantity of girls, I think there's a problem. Discounting the childhood friend who kisses him (Akari), the girl who drags him to a love hotel (Shiori), and the girl who mistakenly thinks Haruto likes her and ends up stalking him (Mina), Haruto has had no less than five girls falling in love with him - current girlfriend (Yuzuki Eba), initial crush (Nanami), ex-girlfriend (Asuka), ex-classmate (Kiyone) and current neighbour (Hoshina). This is also omitting his hot sister who lived with him in Tokyo (Aoi), Eba's sister (Rin) and his best friend's new crush (Kiyomi). There are two guys still in the manga: Haruto and his best friend Takashi, who's normally forgotten - Kazuma, Eba's ex, is now dead. The current neighbour's probably going to constitute the next arc. As much as I agree that nothing is certain in this world, the Law of Large Numbers suggests that the more times an experiment is conducted, the more the result tends towards the mean. In this case, I think it's high time for Eba to get some of the action if nothing else - clearly, five-to-one is no healthy relationship ratio. It's getting slightly tiring - and annoying - that Haruto, who has been touted as slightly useless and unattractive from the beginning (he joins the cooking club and loses to girls in athletics) is getting so much action from so many girls. In the end, having 9 main, developed female characters onto 2 male ones should feel imbalanced to even the guys - let alone the girls. It's nearly as bad as Mahou Sensei Negima - and that's saying something!

Ultimately, though, it remains a must-read for anyone who desires a tale as close to real life as possible - that is, without the many house renovations forcing a man and a girl to live together, or multiple gangs threatening the lives of a girl and a mysterious black-belt and top in nation martial artist saving the day. Truly, the manga captures the ideal pastoral life with its motif of the bicycle Haruto and Eba used to cycle on to school every day.

... Last updated on September 12th, 2011, 10:34pm
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