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Shinju no Kusari  
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A manga consisting of a 9 chapter story with 3 side stories.

Shinju no Kusari (Chain of Pearls)
The beautiful, genuine pearls we lust after belong in a chain... because that is how they bind our hearts. Hisa, the newest manager of her high school's soccer club, has a secret: a part-time job. If anyone knew, she would either have to quit the job she needs to survive or the sport that she loves. Sakyou, one of the team's most talented and anti-social members, finds out about Hisa's secret... so it's a good thing for Hisa that the handsome and high-handed Sakyou wants to keep her close to him! Or is it? (There is an additional one-shot of this story in Vol. 1 of LoveSupreme Principle)

A "Girlfriend" with Substance
(scanlated as The Fruit Called Grapefruit)
Minami Kanan's debut work. Sachi was so determined to become Takanori's girlfriend that there was no way he could say "no." Literally, no way. She's the girlfriend he was forced to have, and he treats her as such. They go out together, but it seems obvious that Takanori hates every moment of it. When Sachi finally has enough of his unaffected attitude, will it make Takanori happy to be alone again?

Unconditional Love Formula
Tachibana Kouya is a whiz kid, while Ayumi barely passed the entrance exams. They're at opposite ends of the spectrum, but Ayumi is determined to win Kouya's love by having him tutor her -- then, when she passes the physics exam, she's going to confess. Why would Kouya want to tutor such a poor student, though? Ayumi's love rival discovers that Ayumi had to bribe Kouya to do it, and so she feels no remorse when she ruthlessly foils our heroine's efforts to succeed in physics and love...!

The Rumored Natori-kun
High school freshman Ai just found out that the stranger she fell in love with at first sight is the notorious Natori-kun, who goes to her school and is rumored to ditch every girl he agrees to date. That doesn't discourage Ai, though, because he's been nothing but nice to her so far. What will it take to become Natori's girlfriend, or is Ai doomed to become just another rumor?


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Associated Names
พันธนาการรัก (Thai)
A Girlfriend with Substance
Chain of Pearls
Mujyouken Love Shiyou
The Rumored Natori-kun
The Way of Unconditional Love
Unconditional Love Formula

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Latest Release(s)
v.1-2 c.1-9 by ShoujoMagic over 13 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.3 / 10.0 (269 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.23 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 1st 2014, 9:20pm PST



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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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Shortness is to it's advantage.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
February 2nd, 2012, 11:59am
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eh, it seemed a bit strange to me that the girl just had sex with the guy practically in public straight after they'd confessed their love for each other. I was half convinced that the dude was going to go and dump her straight afterwards because he'd got what he was looking for. But then I realised who the author was and wasn't surprised anymore.

The shortness of this is definately to it's advantage. It has the feeling of a manga that, had it been any longer, would have dragged and entered into repeatitive circles of angst, betrayal, breaking up and making up. Nine chapters cut all of that out and allows the main characters to actually have a good relationship.
Out of the one shots I liked "Unconditional Love Formula" the best. ^^

... Last updated on February 2nd, 2012, 12:00pm
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It was pretty cute >.<   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sheeporite
July 2nd, 2009, 1:35am
My favorite part overall about this manga was the fact that the guy and girl loved each other so much, and then there was that side character which you kinda liked... so it was like a drama filled love triangle, which is cool because Come on! you have to have drama in a manga in order for it to be, at the very least, decent. The art was a little iffy, I mean the character's appearance kinda looked similar to a animals, but I got used to it after a while.. anyhoo, this is for sure one of the better mangas I have read so far. <3 Also the title didn't make sense, but that is about it... Amazing Read for sure!

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2009, 1:37am
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I like it =)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TearsShed
April 2nd, 2009, 11:45pm
FINALLY a good manga where the other guy DONT rape her because he cant have her, instead he is a understanding guy in the end, The plot was good, the art was good, the end was good/happy =) I recomend it ^_^ Like someone said the title dint go with the manga since it was about romance and soccer... But it was still good biggrin

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2009, 11:49pm
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Rating: N/A
by iaminlovewithU
May 31st, 2008, 2:48pm
this was a really good manga.. the art wasn't to bad and the plot was very nice... it's hard to find a romance that involves so many other elements along with it .. i was happy to stumble upon this manga!!

... Last updated on June 28th, 2008, 10:37pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Chira00
May 25th, 2008, 8:07am
To try to answer the question about the title. I think it is a metaphor. In a strand of pearls if one comes loose ( or falls off ), the whole strand falls apart. I don't want to give any spoilers so I will leave it at that. To understand better, read the story. I really enjoyed this story.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2008, 8:07am
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ah ha   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
January 14th, 2008, 2:08pm
This is such a nice story and i just love sensei's art so it was nice to see those bishies, not to mention the smut. I really liked how the story although it had some drama it was not over the limit and it was so cute at times, mostly by the soccer members.
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I liked this :)   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by astroasis
July 21st, 2007, 1:53am
It was a bit typical, but then isn't every shoujo? I mean, really. But this one was good. I liked the characters (well, all except one... *glares at him*) and the story was solid. I thought the side stories were also good - the second one in volume 2 made me LOL a couple times. XD All in all, this was a good read! smile

...although I don't know what the title has to do with soccer, either! XD

The one-shot extras were also really good. "A Girlfriend with Substance" (I promise, it has nothing to do with Grapefruits...) was a good story. It was a little sad, a little bittersweet... and a little romantic, too. "Unconditional Love Formula" was a really good one-shot. It reminded me of high school romance and that "Does he or doesn't he?" feeling that always came along with it. A very sweet story! "The Rumored Natori-kun" wasn't as good as the previous story, but it's another cute tale of high school love. The girl's a bit of a ditz, but she's also endearing in her own silly way. I love when she brings the dog to school! XD

... Last updated on October 18th, 2010, 7:25pm
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really cute =]   
Rating: N/A
by Dragoness57
June 13th, 2007, 4:24pm
i didn't know exactly what the title had to do with the manga.. (since it was about soccer + romance more ><;;) but it was a nice read anyways =] the lead male character is.. well, too perfect, but.. that's typical in a shoujo manga XD

great manga =D
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