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Tetsudou In, Love Letter  
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Poppoya: Satou Otomatsu is a lonely station master of a small station in Hokkaido, situated at the end of the line in a small village with an aging population. The station is due to close in the coming spring, and he will retire with it. One night in his last winter manning the station, an encounter with a young girl marks the beginning of the events that will see him reflect on his working life - performing his duty as a railroad man, whilst enduring the pain of its cost to his personal life.

Love Letter: Goro just got out from jail, but a police officer wants to talk to him right away. He announces to him that Goro's wife is dead and that he has to go to Chiba and take her body. Goro has no recollection of having a wife, but then he remembers he married a Chinese woman a long time ago. He married her for her money, and she married him because she needed a Japanese visa to work. In fact, she's a prostitute who came to Japan hoping to find better life.

At first, Goro can't be bothered by this situation, but he goes to Chiba just because he can earn a lot of money. Later on, during his trip, Goro finds a letter she wrote him and through it he discovers the pure person that lies beneath this common prostitute. She is a woman of such kindness and love that Goro is moved to learn something about the woman he married. With those few words of love and tenderness, he understands her fears, her goals, and her hopes for the future -- a future that he knows will never come.


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Poppoya Love Letter
Poppoya, Love Letter
Railroad Man / Poppoya, Love Letter
Railroad Man, Poppaya - Love Letter

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v.1 c.5 by Storm in Heaven over 10 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Storm in Heaven over 10 years ago
v.1 c.3 by Storm in Heaven over 10 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (69 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.62 / 10.0
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February 23rd 2014, 3:03am PST



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Rating: 7.3 / 10.0
by whatnot
February 5th, 2012, 2:32pm
as I looked at the comments, the one which sarah (who eats cupcakes) made brought me to read this manga. While the story is indeed sad, it didn't make me cry, which is a disappointment. I really like the art though, it is very realistic and well done.
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oh my god i cried so hard!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sarah-eats-cupcakes
January 28th, 2012, 5:20am
ok well...let me tell you something
i dont cry easily, and even when i do, i dont cry much
but god...this made me literally break down and cry
you certainly wont expect yourself to cry by the end of the story while reading the first 2 chapters, but you will. i guarantee it.
honestly, the plot is predictable but it still tugs at your heartstrings
i think a mangaka who can make you cry even when he/she makes it pretty clear what the ending is going to be like is a really talented one.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
April 26th, 2010, 10:09am
i didnt really expect to cry while reading this i mean.. oh god... i havent cried this much since battle royale!! i mean im sobbing!! not just tears falling down... this... this is real tragedy! i mean.. loving someone who can never be yours... ever... loving someone who is dead...

before reading this im playing some h games and laughing really hard with my sister and now.. im really sobbing really hard... i dont understand myself!!!
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Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by LadyKadaj
April 18th, 2008, 1:43pm
heh, agree with fly2knight.
I dont know why... i read somewhere that this is a commonly used plot (not that i disagree) which they used to explain its not-so-high ratings, yet i cant help but feel touched by this story... -_-

It kinda brings tears to my eyes too esp at certain parts of the story... recommended read!
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Probably the only guy who read this   
Rating: N/A
by fly2knight
December 13th, 2007, 12:29am
I can't stand reading this story - it not because its bad [I would have given it something higher if I could] but because I fine myself crying without even realizing it everytime I do read it. This is a beautiful story and I am glade I got a chance to read it.
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So this is the book that the movie Falian came from?   
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by jjguo28
July 19th, 2007, 2:57pm
I like the 2001 movie Falian. I'm glad I found the book it's from. Hope I can get this online.
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Touching and extremely moving   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
July 4th, 2007, 12:15am
This story brought tears to my eyes and is a touching piece which evokes your emotions.
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