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Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet  
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Ohno Fumi is a poor 2nd year high school student. Because of her father's debts, she's kicked out of her own home and has to rely on her own connections to survive. Thus begins her life as a live-in housekeeper for a reclusive writer.


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Associated Names
This Lonely Planet
كوكب تسوباكي تشو الوحيد
كوكب حي تسوباكي الوحيد
츠바키 쵸 론리 플래닛

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v.14 c.77.1 by Shiokaze 8 months ago
v.11 c.60 by Chibi Manga 9 months ago
v.14 c.77 by Shiokaze 9 months ago
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14 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (236 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.82 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 3rd 2021, 2:15am PST



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It’s a no from me  
by mispelling
February 20th, 2021, 2:41pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Look this was clearly the authors attempt at satisfying the Shishio Suzume fans from her last work

Art is gorgeous as usually but the MCs are annoying to read and they aren’t as charming as the ones from Hirunaka
The sensei here being an author instead of her teacher alleviates some of that weird power dynamic that felt forbidden in Hirunaka but he’s such an ass I don’t root for him or actively like him.
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Skip it  
by t-ramisu
December 21st, 2020, 1:57am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
Note: I'm a big fan of the mangaka's previous work. But I am writing this review independent of her previous work.
This manga gets 4/10 for the art alone. The story, however, is so lacking. I had to force myself to finish since I kept thinking it would get better. It didn't. Story-wise, this is probably the worst shoujo I've ever read.

The main female and male leads have the personality of a cardboard box. They are nearly unlikeable. The main female lead is naive but in a frustrating way, not a cute way. We are supposed to believe that she is a strong independent female character because she is shouldering the debt and working while going to school. Except she's passive, obedient, and holds a pity party for herself every other chapter. Even though she's still in high school and are inexperienced when it comes to relationships, she somehow believes that she will never love anyone else besides this guy (lol wtf). She goes through the whole series like this but within the last 10 chapters
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
she started to grow a spine and can suddenly stand up to the male lead's adoptive mom and basically helped them resolve their estranged relationship.
Totally believable.

Do not even get me started on the main male lead.

There are cliches all over without any interesting points or twists to differentiate it from other shoujo works. Hardworking but naive and boring girl? Somehow she still has guys fawning all over her. Tsundere guy who has zero EQ? Of course girls would be all over him, duh!

The relationship is so boring. The writing is just beyond dull and the potential threats to their relationships seemed like they were just hastily thrown in to move the plot and get the characters to *gasp* communicate properly. Most side characters besides the secondary couple are basically never seen again until the last chapter. Oh, and you will be reminded of the age gap constantly. It's like every conflict they have is indirectly related to the age gap. Yawn.
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Aioi and Yoh's
relationship was so much cuter and more fun to read about.

... Last updated on December 21st, 2020, 1:59am
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by kunia343
October 7th, 2020, 1:13am
Rating: N/A
I've only read until chapter 31. I liked how the story was developing that is until
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I found out that there's an over 10 years gap between them. I really cannot stand reading romance stories involving minors with big age gaps. It makes me nauseous no matter how young the older partner looks.

If you don't mind such a setting and are not disturbed by it then I'd say go for it but if you are like me then I suggest you look for other stories to read.
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Spoiler: good, happy ending  
by jackalan
September 23rd, 2020, 1:11am
Rating: N/A
And that's it. That's the big spoiler.

The premise is a little bit icky: a high school girl, living with a complete adult stranger and took care of him; then they developed feelings for one another.

It is pretty similar to Ryuusei with a high school female lead and a sensei. But this time, the communication was improved: they voiced their thoughts instead of keeping them and thinking "this is better for the other party" BS angsty troupe. Thus, the happy ending (it is spelt out in the last chapter's magazine cover even). I also like the fun, loving supporting characters.

Another icky thing but not too icky, but still icky (cue: circumstances), is the fact the girl was underage. So some of the things that were done could have been on criminal records. But who am I to say, I'm not fluent in Japanese legal terms and matters. Are they allowed to marry at 16?
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Good read!  
by YumiMoriko
September 5th, 2020, 1:43pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I enjoyed it very much!!!

... Last updated on September 5th, 2020, 1:44pm
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Hirunaka no Ryuusei vibe  
by redisu
February 25th, 2020, 3:18pm
Rating: N/A
I think this manga will have the ending that the author wanted in Hirunaka No Ryuusei. I always thought that the author's choice was not quite that ending, it never seemed to be ... does she want to redeem herself? I don't know ... I lost a little confidence in the author after that ending. This manga is very similar.
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Characters + Art + Story  
by JCI
November 29th, 2019, 10:36pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I'm a big fan of Yamamori Mika (her art style is gorgeus) and i found the story so enjoyable, the Fumi's personality is what i was looking for a main character on a shoujo manga, mature and composed but also cute without being pushy nor excessive. Akatsuki, well, what can i say, he's also not the typical cold guy but rather super honest that doesn't really understand what love is nor how to express what he feels, protective and also can't hide jealousy.
Talking about the art style, simply beautiful, i love how Yamamori pays attention to the clothing, the hairstyle, etc, so pleasing to see.
Also there's normally the love triangle and in this one it was not totally a love triangle and that was really refreshing.
A lot of scenarios could be what you could expect of a shoujo manga but when you add this beautiful couple with such an age gap, it becomes even more sweet and special.
10/10 💜
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by Mariam7
August 26th, 2019, 12:18pm
Rating: N/A
i knew this would be a cliche shoujo , but GOD it's awfully boring like the drawing is the only good thing, the story otherwise is boring-cringey like the author is doing the minimum effort on writing, this could've been something good.

... Last updated on August 26th, 2019, 12:19pm
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Lovely for What It Is: A Shoujo  
by twistinglemons
September 6th, 2016, 10:19am
Rating: N/A
Is it cliche? In some ways, definitely. Does it bear similarities to Hirunaka no Ryuusei? Undoubtedly. But is it a good read for what it is? Absolutely.
Yes, the characters in Lonely Planet are your typical shoujo manga tropes: a hardworking, earnest girl (who, bless the lord, isn't really a dimwit or a crybaby) and your brooding, aloof, tsundere male lead much, much older than her (not complaining; i do have a thing for age gap manga). However, Yamamori is able to twist and shape these tropes: with her gorgeous art and engaging story-telling, one has a hard time complaining about the cliche-ness of it all, because it's delivered so nicely.
The story is nothing too special -- if anything, it is almost like a watered down, shoujo take on the brilliant Hana no Namae (an amazing and mature read). It's simple enough to follow; not a lot of teen angst, not too many dumb female lead moments that leave you wanting to punch something out of frustration -- and I appreciate that.
The art is gorgeous: I've always loved Yamamori's style of drawing. It's pleasant and clean and polished, and let's be real -- how can you complain about that beautiful man? I mean seriously, Sensei is GORGEOUS.
All in all, it is an engaging manga and a very lovely read. Despite its being cliche and not too original or groundbreaking, it fulfills most everything you could want from a shoujo, taking pains to leave out the crybaby protagonist and the occasional silliness. If Yamamori really conceived this manga in order to appease the Shizume fans, I ain't mad about it (though I have to say I was fuming at HnR). I just hope she learns from that ordeal and makes sure it doesn't occur this time lmao

TL;DR: It's a good manga. Comparing it to anything else will only distract you from its true merit, leaving you frustrated and leaving the mangaka with less commendation than she really deserves. Read it for what it is, and let yourself enjoy it. It is a beautiful manga with engaging storytelling that I'm sure most will enjoy.
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Judging it for Itself  
by hackenbush
October 21st, 2015, 12:35pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Yes, it is a rehash of Hirunaka no Ryuusei. BUT what shoujo isn't a rehash of a bunch of other shoujo tropes? Yeah, yeah, there are a few. But on the whole?

So just looking at this manga by itself and pretending that you never read Hirunaka no Ryuusei, I find the story to be decently engaging. The female character is fine. She's been handed a bum deal in life, but she deals with it and isn't a crybaby about it. She knows what responsibility means and is more mature then other people her age, though she isn't perfect. On the whole a decent teenage girl candidate to be paired up with an older man.
The main male character is a grumpy bishie who has some social skills problems and rarely smiles. He is a little gruff with the girl (though not a tormenting jerk), but you can tell he does try to be kind to her and he does take the roll of her protector at times.
Then there is the boy at her school whom may be the rival of the story. His character IMO is boring and he's a jerk. However, in resent developments of the chapters I have come to question whether or not his role will be that as the rival, for he seemed rather acceptable to the idea that the girl was in love with her employer.

If I were to judge this in the older male/younger female shoujo trope, so far it's seems fine. I do like how in this story the older man is aware of the girl's youth and is respectful of this. Unlike other stories where the guy doesn't care that the girl is underage and tries to do things with her (yuck). Maybe things in the story will take a downturn, I don't know, but for now I'm enjoying it. I give it a 7.5 so far.
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