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Kare wa Tomodachi  
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In her middle school days, Hiyori only has eyes for Mizuno, a popular guy in school. She then partners up with Sasamoto Ren, Mizuno's best friend, and both hatch a plan to bring her and Mizuno together. However, things begin to change, as Hiyori and Ren grow closer, and they find themselves falling in love... with each other. As old loves fade away and pave way for new ones, obstacles also threaten to tear them apart, especially Ren's seemingly innocent but scheming friend, Kotone, who shares a past with Ren and isn't about to let him go.


Related Series
Kare wa Tomodachi Plus (Sequel)
Shiro no Eden (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
หลงรักหนุ่มข้างโต๊ะ (Thai)
그와 난 친구사이
He Is My Friend

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Latest Release(s)
c.Extra by Midnight Scans over 7 years ago
v.7 c.28 (end) by Midnight Scans over 7 years ago
v.7 c.27 by Midnight Scans over 7 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)
8 Volumes (Kanzenban, Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (362 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.52 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 28th 2017, 10:13am PST



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Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

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That side character though...   
Rating: N/A
by fovika
June 1st, 2015, 4:26am
This would have gotten a WAY worse rating if not for the last like 10 chapters. To put it simply way too much drama, that is almost completely because of that b*tch (Kotone). If she wasn't in this story, there wouldn't have been any drama (or at least not much). She is HORRIBLE!!! I'd go insane if I was Hiyori and had to put up with that bullsh*t while dating the guy I liked (who also liked me). Unbelievable.

I liked the ending (last like 10 chapters). Thought that it actually made sense and the plot made sense (those chapters). The character growth was also not bad. The message not bad. But before those last chapters... my lord...

Side note: the amount of people calling Hiyori a slut on this site is depressing... she sleeps with 1 guy in the whole manga, and it's her boyfriend (who she was dating for quite some time). What in heavens name makes her a slut? I don't understand.
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Started out okay   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by xairs
May 4th, 2015, 7:48pm
The beginning was rushed and lacked a bit more on what happened in Junior High but it was acceptable. Then it became weird, what with the breakup, getting together so fast. Don't you people know rebounds are never the answer. Despite was still an okay read but it just BUGS me how Kotone gets to slap people when really, she's the one that every single character needs to give a slap to and no one called her out for her behaviour. It's like they're condoning everything she does. They're not even being sincere with her. Real friends should do more than just be there for each other. They should also help.those who are confused and lost by letting them know whats wrong and making them see how to get things right. In short. They should slap the b**** outta her.
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Simple but good in all the right ways   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
January 2nd, 2014, 8:57am
The premise, plot, and characters are ordinary and we have been there, done that in other shoujo before, but this manga really hits all the right spots for me. I love the cover and chapter arts. The mangaka was able to skillfully take me back to middle and high school through the unique perspectives aka "cam angles" in the art. Look up the arts to see what I mean. I think the execution really elevated this manga to another level.

This is more like a throwback manga for me to reminisce my high school days so I'm not looking anything deeper than what is presented. So don't go into this manga expecting anything more than face value. Just sit back and and enjoy the atmosphere.
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Indecisive characters create lots of drama.   
Rating: N/A
by Yankee-chan
August 20th, 2013, 3:47am
To be honest, so far I barely made it till chapter 8 and I'm just about put this Manga out of my hands again. As for the reasons, there are various - Aside from the quite edgy and likeable drawing style. Sighs~

At first I kind of liked the predictions and things the main character seemed to remember, like being told that faith doesn't exist and such. BUT - The indecisive behaviour and hardly understandable changes of the characters (e.g. Kotone being kind of two faced, being all shy around others & Mizuno/Sasamoto and giving off this ready to face the rival vibe any time in front of Hiyori) is frustrating.

You can predict every misunderstanding and even the out of place reactions the lead to, so the storyline wasn't able to catch my attention. Maybe it's because I'm more into mature characters, but even for a first love scenario or fast romance this seemed kinda off. Sorry, but I'm out of it for now, because else this review might drag, too. Kkk.
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Worth the frustration   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by fantasize
January 4th, 2013, 10:31pm
This manga is very frustrating. There were so many times I wanted to reach into my computer screen and strangle one of the characters (mainly Kotone).. But in the end, everything turned out alright. I'll just ignore the fact that Hiyori is a big slut and that Mizuno went from being a sweetheart to a total douche. As a whole, the manga was well paced and very dramatic and emotional. Totally recommend it.
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Loved It   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by haru666
August 22nd, 2012, 8:44pm
I absolutely loved this manga. Although Sasamoto had some flaws, I thought he was one of the greatest and sweetest guy characters that I've seen in a manga in a very long time. People are complaining that it had too much drama, but I think drama is part of what makes a manga great. It had drama but it wasn't over the top drama. I think the mangaka did a great job handling it and everyone pretty much got a happy ending...If this manga was liscenced in english I would definitely buy it. Until then, I really hope the sequal gets translated soon as well so I can see more of Sasamoto ^__^
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Every character. Oh my god.   
Rating: N/A
by dendenchan
December 12th, 2011, 9:49pm
Here are some problems with each character.
Hiyori - I don't understand the deal with first loves but was Sasamoto THAT good?! Mizuna was actually pretty decent but you still dump him in the end.
Mizuna - I feel bad vibes off you. Even with the positive, happy personality, I see a problematic person.
Sasamoto - K, that was really harsh to do that to Hiyori.
Kotone - You are a bitch. End of story. I don't see much character development from you.

Then again, I don't like megane. Aha.

This was one love triangle I really disliked.

Art was good. Just putting that out there.
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Had such high hopes   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by oinkmoorawr
July 5th, 2011, 3:35pm
I had such high hopes for the manga... I ended up not liking it.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The beginning was unrealistically fast, when she fell for Ren, but that's expected in some mangas.
I thought the manga was gonna go great, until Kotone broke them up. I still thought the story had potential, but it just all downhill from there.
There was just too much "I love you, but I hate you, and I actually want to love the other guy, and I suck, this sucks, baaaww."
I really wanted Hiyori to stay with Mizuna, but she didn't. She was being waaaay too selfish, and I was like "STOP DANCING AROUND AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU WANT WOMAN. AHHHH."
In the end, none of the characters were likable at all, except Mizuna. For me at least, and I felt so bad for him.
And the ending was too rushed, and kind of a big WTF? So, I don't recommend reading this manga at all.
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by polarpotterbear
January 25th, 2011, 12:12am
Everything can be said by this: TOO MUCH DRAMA sad

I'm so glad this damn manga is over. It was great until
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Hiyori and Sasamoto broke up
then it all went downhill into....BLEH
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by RaeBabeeyx3
January 24th, 2011, 9:51am
no offence but the latest chapters, the girl was a slut.
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she does it TWICE with the other guy while she knows that she still likes the main male lead. fkn bitch. im so pissed at her. WORSE, SHE BECOMES PREGNANT. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THE GUY WHO IMPREGNATED HER DOESN'T TRUST HER AND THOUGHT THAT SOMETHING HAPPENED BETWEEN HER AND SASAMOTO SO HE THOUGHT IT WASN'T HIS. COMPLETE. DIECKHEADED. JERK! ASSHOLE!! UGH. FCUK. I COULDN'T READ ON. SHE DOESN'T DESERVE SASAMOTO. AT ALL. YET HE'S STILL NICE. She should've just done it with him in the beginning, then the series wouldn't have become so fked up. I would've rated this one a 7 or 8, but after that, can you really criticize me? GOSH. She even gets a miscarriage because she didn't know she had one. Poor child. But, hey, the father is worse, you know? O.O

So, after reading that, do you still wanna read on? I know it might be close to real life, but for effing sakes, she KNEW she still liked the main guy. SUCH a slut. Would've given it 8 or 9, but after reading that, it immediately sunk to a 3. EDIT: read Criminal Intent's comment, similar to mine, and totally true about having extra 3 volumes of bullshiet and how the characters go 180 degrees. FK. so pissed i wasted my time. NOW, it just sunk to a 2.

... Last updated on January 24th, 2011, 10:03am
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