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Kimi wa Pet  
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Description
Smart, successful and good-looking Iwaya Sumire works for a big newspaper. However, her boss asks her to leave for being too "perfect" a woman. Feeling angry and dejected Iwaya returns home depressed, and most of all lonely. However, when she finds an unconscious young man lying in a box out the front of her home, she takes him in since he looks like a dog she used to own called Momo. She dubs him Momo and decides to "keep him as a pet." It's the start of an unexpected life together as they overcome obstacles and become quite attached to one another. But can love like this exist?

This manga won the 2003 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Candy Life (Adapted From)
Kimi wa Pet the Best (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
きみはペット
きみはペット L’intégrale
宠物爱人
คุณผู้หญิงคือเจ้านาย คุณผู้ชายคือ -
สัตว์เลี้ยง
너는 펫
Au pied, chéri! (French)
Kimi wa Petto
My Pet Momo
Sei il mio cucciolo (Italian)
Thiên Sứ Đáng Yêu
Tramps Like Us
You Are My Pet

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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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Forum
6 topics, 20 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1101 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.64 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 18th 2013, 2:35pm PST

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Year
2000

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TokyoPop (14 Volumes - Complete / Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #375 increased(+47)
Monthly Pos #320 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #307 decreased(-18)
6 Month Pos #285 increased(+9)

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On 1068 wish lists
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On 162 unfinished lists
On 441 custom lists

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Forum Posts
a few questions 658 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes ago
male readers 658 days, 23 hours, 31 minutes ago
Okay, so... [possible spoilers] 696 days, 2 hours, 7 minutes ago
Scene in "Kimi wa pet" 1212 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes ago
Kimi wa Pet/Tramps Like Us Manga Gets Korean Film 1568 days, 16 hours, 45 minutes ago

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A good one   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mangalover
August 11th, 2011, 5:45pm
I started reading it in 2008, only some of the first chapters and stopped reading it. Then, three years later, I picked it up again and I have to say, I'm so glad I did!
I think this manga is funny and enjoyable, but as it progresses, we come to a more complex, a little unrealistic plot and two many secondary characters appear, making me kind of wanting to skip some parts.
We come to understand two main characters whose past life choices made them become who they are, Sumire, being unable to be herself and thus others have a different perception of her, as the cool and smart career woman. On the other hand, Takeshi (momo), due to some of the past dealings, have made him kind of promiscuos. These two characters blended well because they needed each other and by living together they unconditionally accepted themselves, though as master and pet.
I just think it took a bit too long for Sumire to realize and not treat him only as a pet, and then when she finally realizes her feelings the story kind of rushed. It focused too much on Hasumi and her..
It lacked a bit of consistency, it felt like the mangaka had so many ideas and wanted to put them all, and only after some chapters she remembered to develop those ideas
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like when Hasumi gave her the ring and later called to her to try it on at his home, I had already forgotten about that lol

Nonetheless, it had some pretty cute scenes and made me smile and laugh a few times. I totally loved the fact that
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Sumire and her best friend ended up getting pregnant at the same time


About the art, I liked how it is different from the other mangas, it has its own style and I adore the drawings, like the different angles used, nice body proportions and faces filled with emotions.
Overall, I recommend it, if you don't like cliches, this is a good manga!

... Last updated on August 11th, 2011, 5:47pm
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Loved this Story.   
Rating: N/A
by AliceinAmestris
June 28th, 2011, 12:08am
I loved this manga. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I stayed up till 3am just to finish it.

The art was gorgeous and I loved the characters even Fukushima (though i didn't like her when she was first introduced) but I couldn't bring myself to hate her. I actually didn't hate any of the characters, they felt like real people. I LOVE Momo!

I loved the theme of Sumire chan being strong on the outside but weak on the inside and it wasnt over done. The ending is a bit over kill though but it ends happily and i guess the ending was right for the manga. Overall I'm so glad i picked it up.
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Enjoyable   
Rating: N/A
by galacticon
June 17th, 2011, 1:47am
I remember starting this a long time ago and then stopping, because I didn't like how weak Sumire was getting. I realize that Sumire being strong on the outside and weak on the inside is sort of a central theme to the manga, but sometimes I think to myself, there is a limit... The breaking point for me was
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Sumire getting jealous of a six year old, because she couldn't have Momo all to herself.
I decided to pick it up again and just sort of power through it. The whole manga is incredibly adorable and sweet, and I read it with a new appreciation. Although, I do think it could've been cut down by a few volumes. It starts to drag in the middle, with Sumire constantly trying to love Hasumi and then realizing little by little that she feels more comfortable with Momo--seriously, how hard could it be to realize that Momo's the one you want to be with? I also didn't like Fukushima's storyline... I just don't find her to be a likeable character at all. The ending was pretty good, although I feel like they wrapped some stuff up rather quickly. Overall, I'd say give it a try. It takes itself seriously and is definitely one of the better shoujo mangas out there.
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God Dammit! I love it!   
Rating: N/A
by badkittygrl4567
June 1st, 2011, 11:00pm
I love how realistic and modern this is. I can relate to the feelings and I understand the action. its not sappy or sickening like those shoujo romances all the girls love these day. Bleeh! Anyways, I really enjoyed this and I loved the art!
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Just...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Auwx
June 1st, 2011, 3:15pm
...Try it. If you're on this page then you most definitely like romance and THIS is one of the best, so no matter what, don't let the title or the cover disturb you like it did for me at first and just read chapter 1. Before you know it you'll have already read at least 10 chapters, and be sorry that there are only 82 chapters. The characters are well depicted and mature, the story is good and "nearly" believable (only for the pet thing, just accept it and then there's no more problems), and I really liked the art.

... Last updated on October 16th, 2011, 12:31pm
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Couldn't put it down.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
May 6th, 2011, 8:02am
It is now May 7th 2011 2:57 AM local time. I have just spent the last 12 hours reading this manga from beginning to end. Very few josei/shoujo manga have entertained me as much as this one. Storyline is really good, not too heavy or light on the drama, romance was more or less "just nice" and the comedy was hilarious. Art style is the only thing that I have a slight quirk against, but being a guy used to shounen/seinen art styles I'll let Kimi Wa Pet get away with this one.

A fantastic read to pass the time and also if you wanna get your emotions going now and then.
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MUST READ!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by niksiv
May 3rd, 2011, 1:20am
Originally, i kept putting off reading this as the "pet" thing sounded weird to me but then i was hooked from chapter 1. This is actually one of the cutest manga's ever! You know, one of those feel good mangas! It's not over the top and that's one of the best parts about it. gahhhh it's just SO CUTE ASKJDHKF SO CUTE!
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Very nice!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
January 25th, 2011, 2:38pm
It has been ages since I last enjoyed a (long) romance manga like this one. I didn't feel irritated at all while reading through the 14 volumes, which is quite uncommon for me. Really, just that is reason enough to rate this 10. I am in the twenties, and have been lacking good romance manga to read. Most shoujo mangas leave me partly angry, because they tend to be superficial (I know I am generalizing), alike and just plain boring. Of course that has something to do with age. That's why this manga entertained me very much. No it is not perfect, but it entertains the group it is meant to entertain, therefore the tag josei.

I like how it is not dramatic in a sick way, and how things that could have been shoujo-dramatized are solved in reasonable and nice ways. I like how Momo (love to say that name - momomomomomommomomomomomooooo!!!) can take responsibility even though he is just in his twenties. Because it is possible to be mentally grownup in that age. I also like how Sumire pictures a specific segment of women, who are shy, too self-conscious (especially about their flaws) and insecure - but still hardworking ... Well, you might realize that I kind of can relate to this Sumire-person. Hahahah. I just felt very pleasant while reading Kimi wa Pet.

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Now, food for thought... There was one thing that was a bit hard for me to relate to. They focused quite a bit on the
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women who are getting married have to stop working
-theme. It may be a common thing to think about in Japan, but in some countries in Europe, that's really not the biggest problem. Compared to that, they made
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Sumire being pregnant
much less of a thing to think through. That is something that is calculated quite a bit about where I live, and if it isn't planned,
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abortion
is often discussed. That wasn't the case here. But it didn't ruin the story for me, nonetheless.

Art - nice. Story - splendid. Ending - good. And as many before have mentioned, I really want to read more... But on the other hand, no. This piece is complete, and ended just when it was meant to end. 10 points to the international pet society!

Just be yourself. by Lillian on February 4th, 2010, 10:53am
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The ironical thing is that Hasumi actually still had a clumsy and naive girl image of her in his mind. Taking that he surely wouldn't mind the faults she desperately tried to hide from him and wouldn't just still love her, he'd love her even more knowing all about her. After all she is a lovable person.
Those two would be a great couple if just Sumire hadn't hidden half of her personality.


Answer to Lillian:
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Lillian, I really like your analysis, but there is one thing I think you missed. It's hard for me to explain, but I will try. I disagree with you about Hasumi and Sumire being a perfect couple. It seems to me that Hasumi is missing a bit of empathy, compared to how subtle and weak to others' wishes Sumire is. She cannot chose the dress she wants to wear without being encouraged A LOT to choose for herself, as it was explained in the manga. Hasumi is too rash and missing quite a bit of delicacy to be able to truly understand Sumire. That is also shown when he just assumes that Sumire will stop working when they get married, without even thinking about discussing it seriously with her. That is why Momo is perfect for Sumire. He can sense her small changes under her facade. And in return, she is also very considerate of him (but that is just a trait of hers). They balance each other out, imo.


... Last updated on January 26th, 2011, 5:12am
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Excellent romance and josei series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by niteangel
December 22nd, 2010, 11:50am
As a romance, this is as good as it gets. In shojo, usually the girl gets only one amazing kiss or a confession but everything after that, I feel nothing. In Kimi Wa Pet, there were many moments, one after the other, where my body tenses up and feel that rush. Additionally, now that I've grown up from shojo, I was looking for more realistic romances with a sexual side, and here, it's done masterfully well, perfect amount, without being vulgar, perfect for a female audience.

I really fell in love with the characters, even the "evil" ones by the end. I especially love Sumire, realistic and relatable with insecurities, desires, etc. I love how Sumire is independent and career-driven, looking for the balance between work and a love life: a very modern scenario. This woman has a better education, higher salary, is taller, than most men. What do you do, in a world where some men are insecure about successful women? Once you do find the guy who is more successful than you, do you give up everything your worked for to become a housewife? This is why this manga is great, addressing these social issues, that exist not only in Japanese, but I see in American society. A breath of fresh air.

Ascetically-pleasing work, characters are beautifully drawn, to reflect their personality and emotions. Of course, the pet-master relationship is up in the clouds, but the way the author portrayed it, like great fiction, it feels real. The ending is amazing. That's all just frosting to all the romantic moments, that the reader would feel. Two thumbs up.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2010, 11:58am
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Worthy...   
Rating: N/A
by workshyslacker
December 21st, 2010, 5:56pm
.. but I didn't enjoy it.

It's one of those mangas that dealt with the theme of relationships in a generally mature way (there were no villains or heroes and the characters were complex) but I never warmed to it. Sumire was just weak IMO. Despite being a successful career woman she could never voice her emotions or be her real self even though she was contemplating a lifelong commitment to Hasumi. And her inactive passivity meant she was just stringing along all the other characters' development and progress. "Momo" as a male lead was slightly distasteful. His attitude towards other woman was manipulative although his saving grace was he doted on Sumire. The relationship between them was initally comedic but the master/pet relationship was borderline creepy at times. I never really understood what motivated these characters into this wierd psychological behaviour.

The art was scruffy, disorganised and scratchy, and I wasn't drawn into it; it was a waste of a visual medium which could've been used more eloquently to convey emotions and plot in order to draw the reader in. I've seen better art in other manga. Towards the end the story just meandered with unnecessary subplots and I got bored.

So generally;

1) Too long
2) Flat, slightly unsympathetic characters
3) Boring towards the end
4) Poor art

Read if you're killing time...or wondering how this manga won an award. I think its like one of those oscar-winning films that you'd rather catch on DVD to see what the fuss was about.

... Last updated on December 21st, 2010, 6:18pm
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