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Haruka na Machi e   
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Middle-aged salaryman Hiroshi Nakahara accidentally takes a train ride back to his old hometown to visit his mother’s grave. Then for reasons he can’t explain, Hiroshi is transported back in time, and discovers that he’s an 8th grader again, but with all of his adult memories intact.

Can he, or should he try to change the decisions he made before? But more importantly, can he find his way back to the present day, or is he stuck in the past?


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Associated Names
A Distant Neighborhood
Barrio lejano integral
El barri llunya
Harukana Machi e
Harukana Machi-E
In una lontana città
Odległa dzielnica
Quartier Lointain
Quartieri lontani
Um Bairro Distante
Vertraute Fremde
टाढाको सहरमा

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.15-16 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook over 12 years ago
v.2 c.12-14 by Manga-Sketchbook over 12 years ago
v.2 c.11 by Manga-Sketchbook over 12 years ago
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in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
1 Volume (Bunkoban - Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (461 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.37 / 10.0

Last Updated
June 7th 2022, 11:00am



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Original Publisher
Shogakukan (1998; 2004)

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Ponent Mon (1 omnibus volume - complete / 2 volumes - complete)

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by PZcolo
October 20th, 2015, 8:36am
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
Very interesting short manga, it's a little slow passed but sensible and meaningful, was a nice read. Definitely recommend it to those looking something a bit different from your classic action or love drama/comedy.
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by ListeningDaisy
August 11th, 2012, 6:11pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I decided to read this manga since I loved Heptagon and I liked this even more! It was very intriguing, imagine you went back in time now to when you were at a crossroad. What would you do? I think this manga answered that question very well

... Last updated on August 11th, 2012, 6:11pm
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Wonderful manga.  
by Meirus
December 8th, 2011, 6:20pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Excellent story. The main character's desire to change his past is moving and the ending that comes from it is satisfying and fitting. Pretty short read, I recommend it to anyone that likes a good story.

... Last updated on December 8th, 2011, 6:20pm
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by panos
September 30th, 2011, 2:13pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Great manga but I kinda hate the ending and the way things resolved.
Frankly, I think I was more angry with the ending rather than focusing on the messages the story tries to get through : primarily, the psychological dilemma that you have to let go of the past so as not to miss the moments the future has to offer and,secondarily,what changes the war did on peoples lives.

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It followed down the path that I was expecting that you somehow cannot change the past but not because you can’t but probably because the protagonist didn’t try enough!The end is open with him randomly seeing his father at the train station (was he paying a visit to his wife’s grave?did the words of his son manage to convince him to return?is his mother alive?The protagonist doesn’t look to have any changed memories after the timeslip about his childhood.His friend also managed to become a writer sending him a copy of his book at his house. But his old house was still sold so I don’t know what happened exactly. Both that kind of premise about the past and open endings really get on my nerves @#$.
Also the way the 48 year old protagonist functioned in many occasions is somehow stupid and I don’t talk about the decisions that he made but those that he didn’t: Since he didn’t know if he would stay at that timeline and the chances of failing to prevent his father from escaping the least he could do was manage some gambling money for his family,then his mother wouldn’t have to exhaust herself doing housework and working.To oppose to those that would say but he didn’t have the time because he suddenly was transferred back to the present,well he had.If I was to travel back in a non parallel universe 3 things would make me worry :1)about the things of the present if they would be lost2)what should I do to change the things of the past and what would their consequences be for the future and 3)(sth that the protagonist didn’t) what can I do so as my cause is realized even though I might suddenly disappear from that timeline(finding an ally that will help your cause,easy money,are always an option.

The idea of the story is I suppose sth that most of us have dreamed of:what would have happened if we had followed a different path in our past lives and we were given a second chance to change/relive it. Unattainable dreams, traumatic past events who wouldn’t want to accomplish and avoid those ones respectively? But there is always a cost, you would have to sacrifice sth(in this occasion your current lifestyle) to attain those.
Wish it was longer and without loose ends.

... Last updated on September 30th, 2011, 2:16pm
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by vakegir
May 19th, 2011, 10:21am
Rating: N/A
I put this piece on my waiting list. I'm sure because it sounded like a very deep and sad story.
I wouldn't want to go back to my childhood. I don't know how others has regrets or not. But this manga was kind of a no-no on my list.
So after I started to read I was seriously hooked into it. Deep? Without doubt? Cryed? Hell , no. It was too touching and beautiful to get me cry.
This series a must read. Or at least some point in your life a must read.
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by intemango
January 10th, 2010, 5:03am
Rating: 9.5  / 10.0
The more you can relate with the protagonist, the more likely you'll cry tears of nostalgia and regret when reading this manga.
I've thought about it before. What would I do if I were to go back in time... Which friend would I spend more time with, things that I would never be able to experience again in my life.
And my parents.
Whoever the author is, thank you.

... Last updated on January 10th, 2010, 5:04am
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by lilchoconut
December 2nd, 2008, 8:51pm
Rating: N/A
I didn't read this right away because I was turned away by the art... But now that I've picked it up again, oh my how I feel like I've wasted so much time reading other junk instead...

The ending was absolutely great... I felt more shock than Hiroshi's face had shown... I still have the chills! xD

Ahaha, wonderful~
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by Juicifer
August 10th, 2008, 4:21am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
ok, i want to meet the author, shake his hand and say "well done sir".

this was a very enjoyable and interesting read, and it leaves you with a very satisfied feeling.

....pick it up and read it now damnet!
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Another Gem from Taniguchi  
by Highway-STAR
April 5th, 2008, 5:53pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Artistically speaking, it's one of the most beautiful comics I've ever seen. Such attention paid to the little details of life, with gracefully expressive character emotions. Also incredibly well-written (I've always wondered how well Taniguchi-sensei writes), and a nice change from the usual time-travelling lark. A deeply philosophical journey that kept my interest throughout, and ended quiet nicely as well. Highly recommended for those who like Aruku Hito and slow-paced manga.
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Engaging Story  
by pokie
July 17th, 2006, 12:46pm
Rating: N/A
This was a nice change of pace from the many manga available to us readers. I enjoyed this one more for the interesting and thoughtful story than for the art (although the art itself was clean and detailed). This is another highly recommended manga that's a quick but engaging read.
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