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Girl Friends  
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Mari is a shy, studious girl who has neither a boyfriend nor any friends. One day, Akiko - one of the most fashion-conscious and sociable girls in the class - strikes up a conversation with her out of the blue! As the days go by the two become inseparable, with Akiko often cheerily remarking on how they became best friends so easily. Mari has a lot of fun with Akiko and her group, slowly becoming more outgoing despite still being timid and awkward. But she knows, deep down inside, that she doesn't want them to stay just friends forever...


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v.5 c.Omake by MakiMaki Scanlations (1901d ago)
c.35 (end) by MakiMaki Scanlations (1989d ago)
c.34 by MakiMaki Scanlations (2018d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (836 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.52 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 4th 2015, 1:50pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic High! (Futabasha)

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English Publisher
Seven Seas (2 Volumes - Complete; 2 and half-in-1 edition)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #576 increased(+246)
Monthly Pos #1161 increased(+46)
3 Month Pos #1344 increased(+160)
6 Month Pos #1475 decreased(-11)

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On 864 reading lists
On 631 wish lists
On 1740 completed lists
On 48 unfinished lists
On 317 custom lists

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Ending! 1488 days, 20 hours, 15 minutes ago
Girl Friends (by Morinaga Milk) - "volume" 4 out yet? 2263 days, 16 hours, 30 minutes ago
Its about time! 2419 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes ago

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great development   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 15th, 2014, 12:59pm
as someone who love yaoi, this manga is quite new to me. i think the development of their relationship is very sweet and believable unlike all the fast paced yaoi i had read before. the way the characters interact is cute and soft, and even with endless talks about makeup and clothes i find it relaxing being lulled by the chatters of girls. all the side characters also have proper personality and its not often seeing manga with a group of girls without gossips and cat fights.

the art makes everyone look cute and soft, just what idealized innocent school girls look like. it make me root for them and really feel for them because they are too cute. there are lots of boobs showing, but there is nothing too sexual and even the sex scene just make me go aww on them. i think the light comedy is very nice too.

this manga is great for anyone who like slow romance.

... Last updated on August 15th, 2014, 1:00pm
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Unexpectedly Good   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by Fantasier
October 6th, 2013, 5:37am
At first I put this manga on Unfinished List because I had already read the first volume and I hadn't liked it. But then it came off the list because I couldn't seem to find any review saying it's bad; I decided to give it a try--and I realised I had been wrong--so very wrong.

The early story is not good. It is slow. Well, I don't really hate the fact that it is slow since slowness can make the story realistic; this is made realistic to some extent, too. What actually bugs me is that this early story has nothing really interesting. It is boring. I know it is the characters' development, yet that can be made more exciting.

And those were why I dropped it at first.

I tried to be more patient this time. At one point I noticed this was gonna get dramatic and interesting. And it did. It was worth waiting. The late story was excellent and warmhearted. It also often got Kyaa'ly cute, and sometimes somewhat emotional. I'm not so satisfied with the end which leaves quite a lot behind. It can certainly be better but ending it like this is fine with the length (given?).

The art is OK. The eyes are a bit too big (though I've seen bigger). Not exactly my cup of tea but still good and 'light', well blended with the tone of the story.

Girl Friends may not be extremely cute, absolutely full of dramas, or incredibly emotional. But it has all those adorable elements at sufficient amount. Certainly a good read.

... Last updated on October 6th, 2013, 5:40am
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Recommended read!!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hotarusasaki
July 15th, 2013, 2:49am
I don't normally read yuri/shoujo ai as I'm more of a Yaoi person but I decided to give this a shot anyway, I can defiantly say it didnt disappoint me! I've read a yuri before, not many of them but some and before and I didn't really like it thaaaat much, I mean it was alright but personally it wasn't my thing. But this manga made me change my view on the genre, it was such a loveable series and gawd it's so cute~~~~ Highly Recommended !! give it a try even if you don't normally like yuri, it's defiantly worth it!!
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by Hatesu
February 25th, 2013, 4:45pm
This manga was so cute! I thought the main story was absolutely amazing. It was really nice how the main characters relationship grows even while they to change and grow. Even the other characters were done really well with out taking away from the main characters too much, truly a perfect blend. The artwork was absolutely perfect, everything was drawn well and the full color pages at the beginning of chapters were so pretty. I just couldn't get over how damn cute the main characters were. I really don't know what else to say. Such a cute, wonderful yuri. 10 across the board ...
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Had me crying!   
Rating: N/A
by MangomyTango
March 21st, 2012, 10:28pm
Although I'm not a fan of this genre, I just decided to read some light GL and GOSH! this one had me in tears at time. The build-up is so cute and emotional when it came to confession.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lowlife
January 24th, 2012, 6:57am
I've read a lot of manga and the latest two years or so, I havent' really read anything worth remembering. I thought thay maybe I'd gotten tired of manga, or at least romance stories, which is what I generally prefer.

And then I read Girl Friends. And it made me remember what reading manga is all about. It's an amazing love story with a genuine feel which moved me close to tears several times. When I got close to the end I felt genuinely sad that it was going to end soon.

The art is cute and fits the story. I especially like how the relationship between the two main protagonists grows. It does not feel either dragged out or hurried, as opposed to most series I've read lately.

I sure will be looking forward to more works from Morinaga. This one sure raises the bar high.
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my first shoujo ai   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SAimNE
January 8th, 2012, 11:42pm
After reading this a while back I tried more of the shoujo ai/yuri genre.... nothing could compete with it. I was hoping a majority of the titles would be similar, but they are all fanservice with no substance, Sweetness with no depth, or drama with no real sweetness....

there are very few romances I have read in any genre that match up with the pure sweetness you will find in this story. The art is quite good and really adds to the experience, and while the plot doesn't add much other than a slow yuri relationship, I think that is all this needs to be great. My only disappointment was that
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they never came out to friends/family.... I'm happy that are apparently together during college, but I really wish the plot could have finished
. Anyway this manga is an extremely good read, but make sure to read a few romances before this so you don't set the bar too high to ever enjoy a romance manga again bigrazz .
Sweetness: 10(^///^)
Art: 9.5(looks great and adds a lot of feeling)
Character Development: 10(absolutely perfect slow romance char development)
Comedy: 9(based on the fact it isn't a comedy manga, the comedy was above average)
Ending: 9(would have liked to see more resolution)
Overall: 9.5...... ok actually I may have been too hard on the ending, and the sweet romance more than makes up for it....... wth, 10

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2012, 5:11pm
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My first Yuri   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by caozhi
September 3rd, 2011, 12:10am
This was my first in the genre and since then I've been searching for other stories that come close to how interesting this story was. It begins as a lighthearted story of two friends who grow to love each other for specific REASONS. Many romance plots I've seen fail to give actual substance to the relationship. But here you can easily see why they become attracted to each other. The development can be a bit tiring but you always stick with it to make sure you see the proper result at the end. This is definitely a series that should not be overlooked, even if you typically avoid shoujo-ai (I did) this one can't be passed up for the sheer art, comedy, insight, and of course a love story in it's purest form.

... Last updated on June 10th, 2012, 9:57pm
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My second yuri/shoujo ai   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by MatrixM
May 22nd, 2011, 3:33am
After reading Sasameki Koto, i figured i'd explore more of the genre. Thus i picked this up the next day. I'm not exactly experienced in this genre, so i'm not sure what is cliched or original, however i liked how much this differed from how sasameki koto began.

The girl love doesn't actually begin for a [very long] while which works well as it establishes a mood which is consistently at the state in which I feel like i'll laugh at any second as i read about a beautiful friendship.
None of the developments feel forced, if anything they feel natural, which is most likely due to the length of this work [though i do wish it continued to tell their story so...well, i don't know how to put spoiler tags, so i can't say]. The one sex scene [if it can be called that] isn't exploited and is more like consummation incarnate.
To be honest, i don't understand how this could get so many low ratings. Perhaps it's from those who stopped after a few chapters, disappointed with the lack of yuri.
The fact that i don't want to spoil anything is holding me back from saying a lot of things...just read it.
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by leimaymay
January 1st, 2011, 4:35am
i suprisingly liked it! Im a girl, and a YAOI ADDICT! i treid reading yuri through impulse and this is my first one. Thou the story slow, its still worth it because you can see their relationship slowly growing into love from knowing each other and becoming bestfriends and eventually fell in-love with each other. smile))))

MUST READ! TRUST ME IT's WORTH IT, you can even get some beauty tips. haha.

& OH! i forgot, THE ART IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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