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Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu  
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In a small regional town in 1980s southern Japan, Sakutaro "Saku" Matsumoto and Aki Hirose, who were classmates all through junior high school, become high school students and then fall in love with one another. They share audio diaries, go on excursions together, and enjoy summer vacation.

However, Aki soon finds herself suffering from Leukemia and begins to weaken day by day, rendering her unable to see Saku or go outside...


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Associated Names
Cry out for Love
Cry Out for Love at the Heart of the World
Crying Out Love in The Center of The World
Kuteriakkan Cinta Pada Dunia
Sekai no Chushin de, Ai wo Sakebu
Socrates in Love
Tiếng gọi tình yêu giữa lòng thế giới

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v.1 c.5 (end) by Afternoon Illusions & Ivyscan over 12 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Afternoon Illusions & Ivyscan over 12 years ago
c.3 by Afternoon Illusions & Ivyscan over 12 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (187 votes)
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December 25th 2017, 4:47pm PST



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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by StrawberryLUNA
December 28th, 2011, 10:47am
I assume this was suppose to be more of a supplement to the novel as it really cannot stand up by itself. Don't waste your time unless you're an emotional sap that cries over dead bugs and broken pencils since I can't imagine anyone else being moved by this version.
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
May 8th, 2010, 12:42am
The "art" is god awful and the romance paper thin. You'd think with so many romance+deadly disease stories out there they could copy tropes better than this. Manga has never been strict on human proportions but the terribly square figures of the characters makes me wonder how this ever got published.
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Wasn't as good as it could have been   
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by Synthoxide
October 4th, 2009, 5:41pm
Both the movies My Girl and I (Korean) and Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai o Sakebu (Japanese, same title) had much more impact than this manga did.

I felt that the mangaka artist tried too hard to make the emotion clear when, if they just could have kept it simple, would have made it a lot better. It seemed there was no emotion from the main protagonists - they just accepted the fate and moved on until the end.

At least in the movies, they were more distraught about this kind of thing, I suppose. Either way, it was an all right read, but it didn't make me sob or anything.
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So beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jenangelx3
November 23rd, 2008, 5:21pm
Though i didn't really read the romancy parts, it seemed to drag on, i really love this manga. it was so bittersweet! it is a really sweet romance with an amazingly tragic ending.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kittenn1011
September 4th, 2008, 4:16pm
It's actually really good; one of the more sad manga I've read and I'm impressed. Most Shoujo can get really annoying, and usually I tend to prefer a fast-paced shounen manga, but this was great! It was touching, and one of the few manga that made me cry. The art wasn't the best, but I was sucked into the cute romance and cried as Aki had her final moments, even though the pictures were really... bleh...

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My favorite thing was the "darkness", and I couldn't help but be cheered up when the colour of the sky returned.

One of the best manga I've read, and I strongly recomend it.
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how to read this manga?   
Rating: N/A
by iamcrie
August 20th, 2008, 7:18am
hey guys I'm new here...and I really want to read this manga...I already watch the drama version of it...and *sigh* makes me depressed for a months because its really awesome...its so sad and touching...pls...i dont know where or how to open to read this manga....pls help me^^

... Last updated on August 20th, 2008, 7:19am
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by Di27
August 17th, 2008, 5:25am
Its absolutely brilliant the looking back thing at first i thought i'll be bored with it coz i already know the end result but the emotions and the way the guy just knows and remembers his first love is enough to make you cry.. writing was also top notch.. i'd love to watch an ova of this please someone make one!
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It was bleah...   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
July 17th, 2008, 4:45am
It wasn't that sad or even touching at all. I felt they tried very hard to make it a story with meaning but ultimately, there just weren't enough moments and events to really convey their feelings for one another. Instead, what we got was a chunk of narration from his perspective and some tidbits of her feelings for him.

And to me, the worst parts of the story were these:
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a) that the writer decided to kill her off without giving any chances or conditions to fight for her survival. If she'd a sibling or even someone from whom she could get a bone marrow transplantation, she might have survived.

b) that Aki decided to accept her fate and just let death claim her, without attempting to seek a solution or find a way out.

If this was supposedly a story about how her death affected him, it sure wasn't much of one at all.
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by mariamyassin30
June 22nd, 2008, 8:44pm
the "darkness" is really depressing and everytime he main guy sees it, I start to get all sappy & teary.
It was really sad seeing all that after seeing how uch in love & how close they got... =(
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by matt_is_the_best
June 17th, 2008, 4:30am
one of the first manga i ever read. i loved it. i cried a bit, but that only makes it ten kagillion times better in my opinion. i really want to re-read it quite a few times more. it is definitely worth your time. =)
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