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From Kotonoha:

One rainy day, the young woman Natsuki encounters a high school student in the street. Acting on an impulse, she gives the girl her umbrella and walks away. It turns out later that the girl, Michiko, is the younger sister of Natsukiís sisterís newly-married husband. Even though Michiko has a difficult personality and doesnít open herself to others easily, she seems to be attracted to Natsuki. Thus begins an unusual friendship between two unlikely characters who need each other more than they first realizeÖ

The main story (Cotton) was released as four chapters. There are also four additional stories:

Story 2: Creature
Story 3: Asa no Kodomo
Story 4: Tegami (Letter)
Story 5: Zange


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Associated Names
Cotton -コットン-

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.Zange by The End over 3 years ago
v.1 c.Asa no Kodomo by The End over 3 years ago
v.1 c.Tegami by Hells_Castle over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (198 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.38 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 10th 2016, 12:40am PST



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Original Publisher
Gentosha (2010)
Poplar Sha (2000)

Serialized In (magazine)
Pianissimo (Poplar)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

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Rating: 7.2 / 10.0
by calstine
March 1st, 2015, 4:01am
I expect nothing less from Konno Kita, who writes some of the most peaceful and lovely short stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading. If you're the type who expects melodramatic romance and a run-of-the-mill love triangle the moment you see that the demographic is josei, I don't recommend Cotton at all. There are subtle themes of romance (not GL) in most of the stories, but it's done in a way that's very calm and mature (in the adult, prudent sense; not in the smut sense). This might sound boring and uneventful to the average romance novel/manga fan, but being free of the typical love drama makes it very refreshing to me personally.

Also, I'd like correct the false impressions that tekiteki's comment will undoubtedly engender. While I'm sorry that she fell in love with someone who played with her feelings, that is patently irrelevant to Cotton, and I'm befuddled as to why she found it necessary to spill out her sob-story here. Michiko is a kid who is simultaneously spoilt and lonely, and who, because of her upbringing, is incapable of connecting with people in and around her own age. She's the one who latches on to Natsuki, not the other way around, and she's nowhere near clever or cunning enough to toy with the older woman's emotions. She "made Natsuki cry" because she thought the only person she'd ever befriended was indulging her with ulterior motives in mind, and she "told her she loved her" when she realised this was not the case. Natsuki is not in love with Michiko: she has a good relationship with a nice guy and I highly doubt that she'll jeopardise it to chase after Michiko like tekiteki seems to think she will. I'm not saying Michiko's a great girl, because she isn't, but she makes a much more interesting character for the story to explore than a "great girl" ever could have, and there are definite hints towards the end that her entitled attitude is improving - if only bit by bit - due to Natsuki's guidance.

The other oneshots, while too short to warrant individual comments, leave you with the same feeling of sedate happiness, though the themes and mood of each one are different to those of the title story.

All in all, a charming little collection that's great for a quick read, especially when you're feeling stressed.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2015, 4:12am
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well done, but i prefer to avoid this type of girls   
Rating: N/A
by tekiteki
October 28th, 2012, 3:12pm
Once i befriended a girl like Michiko, and i was also older than her, just like Natsuki ^_^, and nearly in love for almost 2 years (actually, i was in love, and i still like her from afar ^^). But she never truly cared for me. She was arrogant, rebellious, liked risky things, and liked to criticize everyone and everything (except herself). And while our friendship was all great and interesting and full of adventures, it lacked love and tenderness and sincerity from her side. Once I realized it, our friendship started to crumble. Because I didn't really need adventures, I wanted us to be true friends *^^* And I see it all in Michiko, and just can't admit her relationship with Natsuki as a friendship...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The scene where smiling Michiko says that she loves Natsuki only after Natsuki begins to cry, driven to rage by Michiko, - oh, such a nostalgia)). I'm sure, she will hurt her and insult her again and again, until Natsuki will get sick of it and will go away ^-^;

(oh, sorry for a long comment)

... Last updated on October 28th, 2012, 3:13pm
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Cute but lacking spirit   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Saons
September 1st, 2012, 10:27pm
It is rather bland, I was saddened to find. It has heart and a good basis for a cute little story, but it still feels like it's pushing too hard to be something it isn't. Too much is left unexplained, though when they are explained, it is done so very poorly. It wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't intriguing either. Pass over it, I suggest.
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
January 28th, 2010, 10:06pm
Despite the shoujo-ai tag, this story could easily be read as nothing more than a chronicling of the growth of a female friendship. It's warm and gentle without ever being too sweet, letting it remain realistic. If sharing my umbrella with the next sad-looking girl I see might grant me a friendship as comfortable as this one, send me the next shipment of umbrellas.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by LexXxich
March 4th, 2009, 1:02pm
No yuri here. He-he. Although nothing really happens in this manga, it does leave a warm feeling. Note: loved Michiko character design, she looks somehow like a cat.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lost_screw
January 25th, 2008, 11:18pm
its a very positive and up lifting story
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Overall Impressions   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by holy`bell
June 26th, 2007, 7:02pm
It seems that this manga has hints of shoujo-ai themes in the story. (Maybe that is just me). Overall, I found the story to be very nice and very flowing.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2007, 7:08pm
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A bit boring, but not bad.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by astroasis
June 8th, 2007, 1:47am
The art was good... but I found the story a little bit boring. Still, for the length, it wasn't a waste of time to read.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jonsi
September 26th, 2006, 7:07am
Nice read about two women and their problems. Short and good
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