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Umibe no Étranger  
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Three years ago, Hashimoto Shun, a gay novelist in the making, met Chibana Mio, a very quiet high school student, in Okinawa. Mio had lost both of his two parents and was often seen sitting on a bench until very late, watching the sea, near Shun's house. They slowly grew closer to one another, but Mio suddenly had to leave the island, to pursue his studies...

Three years later, Mio returns to Okinawa: "I've been thinking a lot these last three years... Even if he's a man too, I love Shun."

Will these two finally be able to take a step forward together?

English by Renta!


Related Series

Associated Names
Ein Fremder am Strand
L'étranger de la plage
Người lạ bên bờ biển
Nieznajomy na plaży
Seaside Stranger
Seaside Stranger: Umibe no Étranger
The Stranger By The Beach
The Stranger by the Shore
Umibe no Etranger
Un extraño a la orilla del mar
Étranger (KII Kanna)
Étranger Series
Незнакомец на берегу моря

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c.Special by Stranger by the Sea Scans over 4 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Flying Pussyfoot Scans over 5 years ago
v.1 c.3 by ongeee over 5 years ago
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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (225 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.91 / 10.0

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June 21st 2021, 9:43am PST



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On Blue (Shodensha)

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Renta! (expired on Aug 14 2020)
Seven Seas (July 2021)

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by ratsnack
March 19th, 2020, 4:10pm
Rating: N/A
After reading many reviews and getting very excited to read this is very disappointed. The background art is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen but the character design is very strange. Everyone looks like kids,this made me actually quit after two chapters.

I know every artist has their own style but even within that style, the characters never really change or age up, it's very disappointing
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Beautiful, but flawed  
by Kuroyuki7
August 28th, 2018, 6:59am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I read this manga multiple times in both English and Polish. I bought it immediately when it was released in Poland. I love the story and the characters. But even though I love this manga, it also has elements I didn't like, sometimes even found disturbing.

Let's start with positives. Beautiful art. Kii Kanna has a sketchy art style, but her backgrounds are often beautifully detailed. Also, I love how patterns on characters clothes are hand drawn, not put by computer. That's a huge plus, looks more natural. Plus, her art style is so cute! I love it!
What I also want to mention at the start is LGBT representation. Not only realistically portrayed, but also diverse. There is not only a gay couple. There are also other different LGBT characters which are nice.
Then the main characters. I adore Mio. I loved him before time skip and after. He is such a cutie. I liked how he was fighting for Shub's feelings. How he was trying with little things just to make Shun like him back. I liked it a lot. I also liked how honest he was with saying what he really thinks. When it comes to Shun, I liked him more at the very beginning than later. I understand the reasons why he was pushing Mio away, but at the same time, I disliked how he was pushing him away by giving him no explanation whatsoever. Because while Mio was trying to talk to him, Shun was shutting him out. It was not okay, Shun was an adult, not a high schooler, seriously...
Secondary characters were... nice. I liked the granny, Eri, and Suzu a lot. When it comes to Sakurako, I have mixed feelings. I didn't understand most of her actions.

Not with the bad sides. And it will get spoilerish.
I didn't like how sex was treated.
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It irritated me how Mio was pushing Shun and Shun was shutting him out with no reasons. I don't even know when irritates me more. How pushy Mio was instead of giving Shun some time or how Shun was keep saying "no" without a particular reason giving Mio no explanation.
I think that manga would be much, much better without the yaoi aspect. For me, it was just poorly portrayed.
Then, Sakurako. As I mentioned, most of her actions made no sense to me.
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What exactly did she want from Shun coming all this way to him? What the hell was this knife for?! What did she want to achieve with that kiss?!
I dare to say, her whole presence in that manga made little sense.
You could say more, but these are main points I wanted to make.

Finishing, UnE was a good manga. Really good. But for me, it looked like the author gave it too little through.
But still, I would definitely recommend it. Even with all the flaws, that's a sweet and realistic story worth reading.
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by meniel
September 12th, 2017, 7:31am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I enjoyed this. It wasn't perfect, but it was one of the best BL I've read in a while. The author tried to create something new, and she definitely succeeded. I especially liked the characters openly identifying as gay and talking about acceptance in Japan. Sex was also handled in a realistic way. Now, as I've already stated not everything was perfect. Despite the manga trying to be realistic, there also were kind of unconvincing things. For example...

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- Was the whole arranged marriage thing really necessary? Shun's parents' homophoby was enough to justify why they disowned him.

- How come Mio didn't realize it would have been bad not to make that call? I mean come on, not even a call in three years is bad. Didn't he want to call Shun, too?

- Mio being an orphan is very clichèd but what's even worse is his whole situation. Is he staying with his relatives? Or with a new family? And why does he have to go to an orphanage? Everything is vague and all that happens to him looks like a poorly concealed plot device to keep the story going.

- Sakurako was kind of useless to the plot and I didn't find her character particularly good (or bad, for that matter).

All these flaws did was make the read a little less enjoyable, but the manga was still nice and I don't regret the time I spent on it. I especially liked the attention given to backgrounds and envioronments. Thanks to the gorgeous art I really felt like I was on the island together with the main characters. That's also why I felt a little betrayed when

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, near the end, Shun tells Mio that he shouldn't "hole up" on the island. The island was depicted with such beautiful and sparkly images it toally looked like a beautiful place to me, while the characters seemed to conceive it as a "nowhere".

Well anyway, that's just me and my crazy love for backgrounds. Talking about the protagonists, both were lovely. I really appreciated Mio's change, it made me feel like those three years really passed. (I wonder what made him change like that).

So in the end, a BL that is worth reading.
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by Himeowchama
May 13th, 2017, 12:48pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I love how love here isn't portrayed through sex. Plus, the sex scenes weren't explicit that this could fall under the category of Shounen ai lol. It's quite sad that even though it was implied that they're going to be reversible, it wasn't shown in the manga. But then again there's a sequel!!!! Yay!!!
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by Serendipity_
January 17th, 2017, 4:11pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
It had a nice feeling and was slow-phased with the Romance. The only thing that bothered me was that both characters looked like 12-year old boys even though they're supposed to be "adults". Felt like I was reading a shotacon, which I passionately try to avoid.

Plot is more complex than you get the impression of, it deals with coming out as gay and the problems surrounding it. However, I had a hard time taking the story seriously because of the art. Like I said before, they all looked like kids.
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Slow paced romance. Really nice read.  
by kidoraku
February 21st, 2016, 10:55am
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
It's worth to read, it's different in a way, it's sensual. Like I said it's a slow paced romance. Our two main characters met as a very young people and started to like each other but they had to separate. The story is about dreaming and waiting for the wish to become true, it's about fear, trust, keeping and breaking promises, about facing family and social expectations. There's depth in that simple, bright story and I like it.
The art is good, characters are likeable so you'll have a good time reading it.
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Beautiful (spoilers)  
by Fluerete
January 2nd, 2016, 9:16pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I'll start off by saying that Kii Kanna has made their way into my top ten favourite artists. The characters remind me of Atsuya Uki's work (of Cencoroll/Tsuritama/Digimon Tri fame) which isn't a bad thing. Their characters are very cute. But the BACKGROUNDS! Holy shit. I find bg art in manga to be pretty minimalist (which again isn't bad, most focus on the people anyway), but the illustrations here look like something out of a picture book. The environmental artwork is so detailed and pretty and well done. I spend forever reading each page because there are so many little details in the background, from Shun's extremely messy desk to all the plants in his yard. The art really makes this quaint island setting come to life and makes me feel like I'm actually there. I swear, I feel the breeze of the sea when I read this. But enough about the art - I could go on about that all day.

The characters and their relationships. Shun is extremely refreshing. When Mio comes back, Shun isn't all trying to get in his pants like I would expect. In fact, he seems to be pretty nonchalant but is actually crazy about Mio - he just doesn't show it through sex (like a lot of BL characters...). His whole personality just resonates with me for some reason. He is pretty passive in the face of Mio's affections yet he is extremely brave and proactive in his confession about his homosexuality to his family. He just seems completely and utterly real and not composed of a single trope or personality trait. Mio on the whole felt a bit less developed as a character compared to Shun, but his active personality is an excellent counterpoint to Shun's more passive one. The trials in their relationship (self-doubt, being unsure of the other person's feelings) are realistic and seeing the two overcome them is heartwarming. Also! Their (almost) sex scenes! Mio wants to do it but because they don't have lube/condoms and Shun isn't up to it, they don't do it! (also cause Shun falls asleep, but still). Maybe I'm just jaded, but with so many other authors Mio would have just pushed him down and had his way. It's refreshing, and Kii Kanna is so great.

No to mention the female characters! Two of them are in a more stable relationship than the two MCs (with each other, which is novel in BL for me), and the third isn't used as an object to provoke jealousy and her story about loving someone who can't love her back is done sympathetically. Fantastic.

tl;dr, extremely refreshing story with realistic characters/relationships and beautiful artwork. Where has Kii Kanna been all my life?
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