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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 (1503d ago)
v.7 c.28 (end) by Midnight Scans (1526d ago)
v.7 c.27 by Midnight Scans (1527d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (345 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.62 / 10.0
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January 18th 2015, 10:13pm PST

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Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

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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.
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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
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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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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by rhin33
January 24th, 2011, 7:51am
that was pretty bad :? The story doesn`t have any backup. The reactions of the characters aren`t right as well. I was to keep reading at least until 10th chapter however ... It`s just too horrible :<
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Liked This A Lot   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by takeva
January 23rd, 2011, 5:30pm
I enjoyed this manga. I think it was very emotional and you can relate it to real life in someway.
There are alot of relationships in the world that are just like this. I'm so glad this wasn't one of those "She'll end up with her first of everything" type of manga.
I like to read those but then that makes me kinda jealous of those girls because that doesn't happen in real life.
Life is unexpected and everything that happened in this manga was unexpected. Rushed but I never saw it coming.
I have more to say about this but lol I'm not good with explaining what I am trying to say.
I kinda understood Kotone but her actions were ridiculous.
I do know a lot of girls though who do what they do because they are lonely. But now they aren't lonely anymore and have a little someone to take care of.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
It is sad that Hiyori is the one who ended up pregnant and not Kotone.
But like I said life is unexpected.

The ending was to rushed though. That's the only thing. I understood it but it didn't fit at that point of the story.
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