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Okaeri Alice   
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Childhood friends Yohei, Kei, and Yui are reunited in high school. But what seemed like a straightforward love triangle between the three of them takes an unexpected turn when Kei shows up looking and dressed like a girl. In this story of adolescent awakening, perversion, and love, Oshimi sets out to explore the boundaries of gender, sexuality, and identity.

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Official English Release: Kodansha


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Associated Names
Bentornato Alice
Bentornato, Alice
Okaeri Arisu
Welcome Back Alice
Welcome Back, Alice
फेरि स्वागत छ, एलिस

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.Afterword (end) by Okaeri Scanlations 8 months ago
c.40 by Okaeri Scanlations 10 months ago
v.6 c.35.5 by Okaeri Scanlations 11 months ago
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7 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (134 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.79 / 10.0

Last Updated
April 18th 2024, 3:48pm



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Kodansha USA (6 Volumes - Ongoing digital | print)

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Complicated feeling  
by Macabreriz
October 26th, 2023, 12:53pm
Rating: N/A
Despite having positive opinion over the story I just can't help getting remembered about how Kei always kiss without consent like he just when and did it.

Without consent it just sexual harrasment for a book about kid being sexually exploited, it leave me a very strong message. Again I'm just confused.
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Aimless, little to do with gender, and feels like a story that has more to do with coming to terms with being gay  
by flowinmyboat
September 2nd, 2023, 5:11pm
Rating: N/A
The title to this is my review, I think. This author's work is good as a whole and I am hesitant to say this story isn't good -- I was compelled enough to read it all in one sitting and it didn't feel like a chore to finish. It's interesting. However, it was, as another person pointed out, aimless and the point isn't clear. I understood Kei and You to some degree, but Mitani was underdeveloped and sloppily, they tried to make her motivation similar to Kei and You without it really landing. There was no point in introducing Ren at all.

The author's notes were more interesting and painted a far different picture than the story itself (and it was more fascinating). From the notes, you really get a sense of the issue is societal expectations and the discovery that gender expectations are a myth. This should have just been an auto-biographical manga rather than the author picking themes from his real life. Because this story felt like Kei, who always seemed to have a crush on You, was just conflicted about him not being a woman and not being able to be with You. I thought You would discover he was gay and his fixation with Mitani mirrored Kei's fixation with appearance of womanhood as an escape. By fixating on Mitani, he gets to keep being a man, i.e., liking women. Just like for Kei, being a woman meant he could be with Kei in a socially acceptable way, i.e., as a woman. The confusion and angst about not wanting to be a boy or a girl comes from this disconnect that just because you're saying you like the appearance of something (a woman in this case) doesn't mean it's reality. However, that wasn't the story at all despite everything building up for this to be the case. Lol.

... Last updated on September 2nd, 2023, 5:14pm
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A Bit of a Stumble from a Modern Master  
by big_red01027
September 2nd, 2023, 12:52am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I admire Oshimi Shuzo for how prolific, consistent, and excellent his oeuvre is.

Okaeri Alice might just bite off a little more than it can chew, though:

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
It's evident from the last two or three chapters that Oshimi really doesn't have any answers to the questions he raised; it's an interesting quandary since his afterwords in the published volumes seem to indicate that these issues are very personal to him. But the ending kinda lurches from one scene to the next, with his usual impressionistic style taking over from the rather matter-of-fact art that had previously been the main mode of expression in the work.

Of course, there is a timeskip, and one that sees the two leads in better places than they were previously. And that's that.

It's not so bad that I feel compelled to lower my rating, and the rest of the manga displays the brilliance that I've come to expect from Oshimi. I do think a more solid ending rather than meeting up and then an epilogue where they up, would have really set this manga apart.
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i'm on chp 16, stupid highschooler and their prurient puberty  
by ajhksx000
July 19th, 2023, 11:36am
Rating: N/A
i know it's shuzou oshimi but sometimes i wish they think normaly
not my fav oshimi's work, but still give it a chance
will update later
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I didn't enjoyed too much...  
by whitemanga
July 8th, 2023, 10:42am
Rating: N/A
Compared to other Oshimi's manga this one feels a bit aimless.The characters aren't too great like in his other manga, and story isn't really anything special. Usually I feel more invested in the struggles of the protagonista, this time I didn't feel anything. Maybe it's only me, but I think the execution could have been much better.
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Interesting ideas and original execution  
by Lokin
July 3rd, 2023, 11:13am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
This series has...

- Consistent pacing along with other Oshimi Shuzo's works.
- Unpredictable developments
- Great paneling and SFX to showcase the characters' inner monologue, making it immersive.
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Well, here we go again...  
by AoiTsukiReviewer
January 7th, 2023, 6:41pm
Rating: N/A
The mangaka, Oshimi Shuzo, has again and again made his career portraying lost boy protagonists who don't know what's up and are caught up in situations beyond their naive understanding of live.

At the moment of writing this review (08.01.2023.) the manga is still unfinished (so we have to contend with potential horrors of ending).
In essence, it's about Lostboy-kun having to find his way around when his (male) childhood friend returns a.. trap. In a skirt and with long hair and all. and pretty AF. and with obvious hots for MC. Meanwhile their mutual female friend Humble-chan (who had hots for the now trap) starts misusing Lostboy's affection for her to ensnare him, starts "dating" him and play him off, while Trap-chan doesn't stand still either. Rollacoaster of manipulation, guilt and regret ensues. aka Oshimi Shuzo bread and butter.

OK, this manga DOES present some interesting philosophical questios if you bother to look: what makes a good partner? what's a partner? what's the boundary you should draw? what's acceptable? WHY should one respect oneself?
I DO feel sorry for Trap-chan, and i think he IS a tragic character. and s/he sems to be an all round OK person. Meanwhile i am pretty pissed by miss Humble and her (for lack of better word) character, but then again, given the passivity of Lostboy, she is sort of a needed plot device to move the plot forward... i guess...

Maybe i'm too old, but I think anyone with a little bit of spine and life exp would feel seriously compelled to "get his ducks in a row" before your two "friends" take a giant... ship... all over your life. AKA to call them out and set the rules straight.
which doesnt happen in any way shape or form before... long.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
BUT surprisingly enough, it DOES sort of happen later on. Lostboy-kun DOES make a decisive flip after one chapter. the problem is, it just... happens. for a manga that pays so much attention to inner mindset of protagonists, NOT showing the internal buildup leading to this is a pure waste.

but before it, it's just the MC being manipulated or gently pulled in.

Personally, while i can appreciate the philosophical aspect of considering a same-sex relationship (as if "what makes an actual relationship?" ). the manipulation and all is not my cup of tea.

... Last updated on January 7th, 2023, 6:46pm
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by djpostsmash
November 21st, 2022, 2:34pm
Rating: N/A
1. i have never caught up to a manga so fast. 2. i hope ren doesnt get in the way and it is super plutonic with kei because i absolutely think kei and yo should be together
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Rlly confusing  
by Seabunniesarecool
July 26th, 2022, 7:37pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Imma just say that basically we don’t really know who the mc is going to pick whether it’s the boy who dresses as a girl or whether it’s the girl whom he’s liked since childhood cause it seems like he’s attracted to both and as if the female is playing with him but the Mc basically is unable to choose between them so I’d say to come back after the love interest is confirmed
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by NoKissNoLife
September 28th, 2021, 1:21pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Great beginning,

Hope this will continue with the same quality

... Last updated on September 30th, 2021, 11:43am
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