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Toukyou Tarareba Musume  
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Associated Names
Tokyo "What If" Girls
Tokyo Daydreamer Girl
Tokyo Girls - Was wäre wenn...? (German)
Tokyo Tarareba Girls
Tokyo Tarareba Musume

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9 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (52 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.39 / 10.0

Last Updated
October 11th 2021, 5:05pm PST



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Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Azuki (digital)
Kodansha Comics (9 Volumes - Complete)

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Ending ruins the whole thing, started going downhill in the middle already  
by LordRakdos
July 23rd, 2021, 10:17am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
I simply don't understand how this manga came to be. I agree with the three main girls, and the behind the scenes for the mangaka at the end of each volume are also very insightful.

And yet... How the hell is this verbally abusive asshole attractive to the main character? I don't get it. I simply don't get it. I had to stop reading at Vol.5, and then checked out the ending just to see if my fears would come true. They came true.

Such a wasted potential of a manga, the three main girls are so fun, but JESUS CHRIST is the romance garbage, it completely betrays its own themes and what the mangaka even says in real life about relationships and dating in modern day Japan.

I feel like I wasted my time, and I feel betrayed.
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Terrible Romance  
by CCheshire
August 15th, 2020, 4:53pm
Rating: N/A
I would say that this is terrible romance manga but the main selling point is the friendship and interactions b/t the 3x female leads and their interactions. Rinka is someone who ultimately deserved better in the end but I could relate to how she felt towards aging and her relationships.

Also, I never was convinced that Key acted cruelly towards everyone due to his tragic past and now that he's just a horrible person. From Ch1 to the ending he is super selfish and controlling which is never changed as Rinka changed so much to get him to like her and even then it wasn't enough. As a result, I thought the ending was underwhelming and disappointing. IDC if Rinka dated no one in particular but just that ending...
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The male lead is deplorable  
by ohkimch
September 20th, 2019, 10:36pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
I preface this with a disclaimer that I enjoyed Princess Jellyfish. That said. I could write an honest to goodness essay about the potential, the real positives, and the debilitating negatives in this story. Instead, I’ll just say the following.

A verbally abusive man, no matter his money/status/looks, is not worth it. And let’s be clear there’s a line between having a cold personality, and just being a wanker.

It does not matter what his Tragic Backstory is, & what specific trauma pushes him to be so cruel. If he hurls insults at you expecting you to just take it because “it’s not like it’ll kill you” and because he wants to “teach you a life lesson”...the man (boy?) is not worth it.

Do not sacrifice your mental health for a man who doesn’t even like you enough to refrain from slinging misogynistic “truths” at you every time you meet. Do not let him condition you to accept the abuse, believe in the chauvinist drivel, & chip away at your self worth/confidence. Exit the relationship post haste.

Verbal abuse is not “character building” —it’s abuse. Nothing with abuse is romantic or attractive. Maybe the dude will change, maybe he’s a good person, deep down inside, but don’t sacrifice your wellbeing for the unrealistic hope of “fixing” him. People only change when they want to, on their terms. Don’t endure abuse while waiting for that moment to come. That’s all.

... Last updated on September 20th, 2019, 10:55pm
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Cute, Clever, Funny, but The Ending . . .  
by gloriousmangalover
March 23rd, 2019, 7:57pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I admit, Higashimura has been one of my favorite mangakas after Princess Jellyfish (which is the BOMB!). She always is able to make me laugh in her romantic comedies, which is honestly pretty rare whenever I read shoujo/josei. Which makes it even more disappointing to me that Tokyo Tarareba Girls turned out to be awesome with a very short ending.

Let's be clear here: This is a great manga. The characters are loveable and entertaining, and it's a character-focused manga (like most are, but this one especially) that works on changing and transforming and understanding emotion. Rinko may not be my favorite characters ever, but she is understandable and down-to-earth and honestly hilarious. Her drunk self drives the majority of the comedy relief and the pot itself. And her friends, Kaori and Koyuki! Their relationship is great, and I'm honestly so glad that Higashimura was able to once again deliver on the "tight friendship bond" front. The characters, their relationship, and the underlying humor in their reactions to everything are the driving points of this beautiful manga.

Plus the emotion captured!
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There's this one scene with Kaori, where she finally breaks up with her boyfriend, and I think that was so well executed! I still remember it. Oh, and the ending balloon scene! That was so sweet.
And the way that Rinko struggled through hardships and harsh realities really hit me hard. It's painfully realistic, but not dark at the same time. Higashimura captured the feeling of emptiness when being replaced and an endless, unpredictable future. I honestly came close to crying two times when reading Rinko's inner thoughts and her insecurities through animated versions of food. I adored that this was definitely josei, as it addressed work hardships, emotional hardships, and pains of aging. The manga's main messages and observations about life and society's expectations were beautiful.

However, on that note, it makes me so sad to say that I'm not a fan of the male lead, Key. To be fair, I've never been into the "cool guy" lead, especially not when they're blunt and rude.
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But this guy, in particular, is an a-hat. Though, yes, he's honest, it's honest to a fault. Like, he's unnecessarily rude, and it bothered me quite a bit that Rinko was still somewhat interested in him. Plus he's manipulative!
But Higashimura did flesh out his character and give a quick analysis of why he is the way he is at the end by teasing flashbacks and then explaining his backstory straight-up. I understood his emotions and intentions, but the way he still continued to address Rinko was bothersome.
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Also, the author seems to imply at the end that Key would never be able to get over his first love? I don't know if she's trying to go for a "he shows her he loves her instead of telling her", but I really wanted him to say "I love you" back to Rinko during at least one of the TWO times that she told him near the end.

Also, I couldn't understand some of the motivations for the characters, which means that the character development was a little choppy. I really approved of Kaori's and Key's character development, but the other characters sort of felt flat.
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Rinko had like three major boyfriends, and she went through a relationship so fast every time. Like, one guy she wanted to marry after the first date, another she moved in with after a week or so, and then the last she said, "I love you" after a "revelation". Why, Rinko? Why? Though I get the author was trying to go for a more "she's opening her eyes now" point, it still did bother me how fast she moved. Also, why did Ryo just straight up forgive Kaori for the cheating she did in their previous relationship? What was the author trying to pull with that? Was she trying to show how different he was after she did, like he became a cheating a-hole because the girl he was deeply in love with cheated on him for richer dude? He sort of became a worse version of the Past Kaori, and I couldn't get behind why. I am very glad, actually, that Kaori was able to break up with him (that was one of the best monologues of the entire manga).

The romantic development was actually really great between the three main relationships. However, I do have some complaints about how slow and complicated Key's and Rinko's was for a really long time. The author, like many, pulled the "relationship only happens at the end" move, and I don't know, I just don't think it fit the transformation atmosphere of the manga.

Finally, the ending. Dear God. That was a very brief, short ending with some romantic parts, but otherwise it felt too short. It carried the ending message, which was essentially "Love is selfless and about supporting others rather than yourself". That, to me, felt a little dangerous,
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because Key seemed like he only really loved Rinko since she felt like his first love? What?
And the ending barely answered any of the questions that I had running through my head!
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Like, how did Koyuki deal with her boyfriend, who was married? She seemed to imply at one point that she would finally "open her eyes" or something, but nothing happened? What? Why? Also, how does Key really feel about Rinko? Does he actually like her for her, or does he only like her because she somewhat resembles the atmosphere of his first love, whom he loved for like his entire life?

TL;DR: Overall, I really, really liked the energy, humor, emotions, relationships, and monologues. The three female friends maintained a sweet, beautiful relationship, even though a fight, and they were truly hilarious. However, there was some sluggish development for the characters, the romantic development for the relationships was sweet, but the main one was very slow, and some of the characters were frustrating and annoying to a point. But, I think one of the best points of the manga is Higashimura's ability to capture the ups and downs of reality, exploring what it's like to be a struggling adult wading through work, love, and friendship. Therefore, 7/10.
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by hkanz
February 9th, 2019, 11:27pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This manga is cuttingly clever and funny! I disagree with the below reviewer; I don't think the manga is about what society expects from women in terms of getting married or not, but simply 'what do you want' and 'if you want x, why are you doing x?'. The women aren't being pressured by outside forces - the pressure is something they're placing on themselves - but they go about trying to solve their problems in absurd, naive ways with a big helping of delusion, and ultimately don't even understand what they're hoping to achieve. The male lead isn't a tool of an oppressive society, more like the voice of reason (/pessimism) that needs to be balanced with optimism in the end. The result is both hilarious and touching. Would highly recommend this to what-if women and all others.

... Last updated on February 9th, 2019, 11:41pm
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by rojy
February 17th, 2018, 4:05pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I was surprised to find that this would be the first review! This also my first review so bear with me biggrin
This manga is amazing. You might find the main characters annoying but be patient. It's great!

The story is great it mainly deals with how society looks at women. It questions society standards. Why must women end up married? is that women's happiness? What is happiness? What's wrong with living freely and being independent? It deals with this and how it pressures women and their search for happiness
[spoiler*The character which is the voice of the society that criticizes them severely but in the end it is revealed that he envies our protagonists. He wanted to live like them. So isn't society contradicting itself?*]

The manga is realistic, not a shoujo disguised in josie, as I said before it deals with women's problem and not just in Japan but this a problem worldwide. Actually, sometimes we think that these problems don't exist in developed countries but all countries of the world have these problems even if the severity differs.
I am from Egypt a third world country that suffers from these even far worse from Japan. We have a saying-sorry for the rough translation- "A man's shadow rather than a wall's shadow" it means that marriage is the ultimate goal and shows how women are dependent on men.
I am 21 so I am still young but I was able to relate the manga to my context where marriage is a woman's happiness. Not all manga deal with this and even if they did, not in such a good way. So I found it great.[/spoiler]

... Last updated on February 18th, 2018, 10:14am
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