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Bitter - Nakechau Koi Monogatari  
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Collection of love stories:

1) Butterfly Cloud by ASHIHARA Hinako
N Island is a small island where all the kids know each other, and they're excited to meet the new transfer student from Tokyo. Fifth grader Kanta doesn't want it to be a girl, because his classmate Kyo is the only icky girl the island needs. In a way that makes Kyo happy -- because she's always known she wants to live out her life on the island as Kanta's wife someday. But the transfer student, Ritsuka, is a girl, and a shy one with a mother who's shunned by the island. So Kyo makes it her mission of good faith to assimilate Ritsuka, but then Kanta starts acting more interested in Ritsuka than in Kyo... When the main cloud splits into a butterfly cloud, which girl will be the one to separate from the rest...?
This story was released as a oneshot in Chouchou Kumo.

2) Racing Queen by IZUMI Kaneyoshi
When it comes to being a racing queen (it's like being a cheerleader for Nascar), you're either a bitch or a lost puppy. Ei learns this lesson the hard way from Akane, the reigning racing queen of the famous Meitoh Team, when Ei joins the team to put herself through college. It's only by doing harm to others that you succeed, and once you've succeeded, everyone wants to do harm to you. Ei's dream was to be the top racing queen, but once she gets there, it turns into her worst nightmare...
This story was released as a oneshot in Ni no Hime no Monogatari.

3) English Garden by SAKURAKOJI Kanoko
Hayato is moving to England in one month, so he approaches Fumio and tells her to date him -- almost like a command. He's dominating, stubborn, and selfish, and Fumio really can't say no. But Hayato isn't without his charm; he has a talent for making things grow, and he designed a gorgeous English garden. Now he wants to spend his last month in Japan building a garden with Fumio. As the garden grows and changes, so do its gardeners... and as time becomes strained, so do their emotions... This story was released as a oneshot in Baby, Star.

4) Pure White Anniversary by AYASE Riu
Just by selecting her, and saying her name, she became the class´ representative, and after time, trusted by teachers and students. That always maked her excited about working hard and being better. But, not all is white, not all is pure, when she was in trouble, A guy suddenly appears to help! Who is this guy? Why is he helping her? And, why does Sakura feels scared whenever she is with him? Well... we sure want to know.

5) The Coffee Shop that Ends Unrequited Love by ADACHI Keiko
This story is about a girl called Rui. She's always too late on dates. But when she met Shiyouta she fell in love with him an want to be not late anymore...

6) Great Waiters? by WASHIO Mie
At 175 cm, Eisei (real name Haruyo) never thought she would ever find a boyfriend because of her height and her rather tomboyish looks and demeanour. Under her friends' recommendation, however, a visit to the renowned 'Hot Cafe' caused her to fall for a charming waiter named Kono... who promptly dragged her to fill the vacancy -- as a male waiter?! Having a chance to get closer to him is one thing, but has Kono also accidentally mistaken her for a boy?! How is Eisei supposed to express her feeling for him now? With a cafe filled with handsome waiters and the pretty girls who swoon over them, this 'pretty boy' has work cut out for her!
This story was released as a oneshot in Kanojo ga Cafe ni Kayou Wake anthology volume.


Related Series
Bitter II (Sequel)
Ninohime no Monogatari (Main Story)

Associated Names
BITTER 泣けちゃう恋物語
Bitter - Tearful Tales of Love
BITTER 泣けちゃう恋物語
Bitterly Sad Love Story
Butterfly Cloud (ASHIHARA Hinako)
English Garden
Great Waiters?
Pure White Anniversary
Racing Queen
The Coffee Shop that Ends Unrequited Love

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6 by ShoujoMagic over 13 years ago
v.1 c.1-5 by ShoujoMagic over 13 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 7.1 / 10.0 (196 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.04 / 10.0
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I cried   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ashleymoonli
May 28th, 2017, 8:49am
The fifth one made me cry so much. I don't know if its because I just woke up but there was no reason for me to be crying as hard as I did at that story lol. The first story is the best like everyone has said so don't have really high expectations for the other ones or you will just be disappointed.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by rosadita007
October 18th, 2015, 12:28am
Story 1 hurt me... but it's true... i love story 5, so cute made up all i suffered, this is nice you should read it, just the first is bittersweet but has a nice ending. shows how people in love act and do some foolish things (oh memories...) =)
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Just another shoujo   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by RexIX
July 4th, 2009, 6:23am
Probably it would be possible to find at least three if not four of these scenarios in any soup opera, or shoujo manga, for a second I though the last chapter will be about girl faling down the stairs and losing her memory.
The stories themselves are well writen (although absolutly not original or touching), the art is also good with some pages that look really well.
What also must be said is that THEY ARE NOT BITTER, bitter love stories would be something tragic, something that really bring out the pain of love. They could be could called sad, maybe, but that's about it.
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The fact that they all had predictably positive endings didn't help.

So in short - for girls who cry easily.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2010, 9:22am
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1/2 bittersweet, 1/2 too sweet   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by mycat8u
August 10th, 2008, 8:06pm
The first oneshot (butterfly cloud) was tear-jerking and made an impression. Race Queen was thought provoking. And the third one just made me cry. I hate it when two people in love have to split up. >.<

The last three one-shots were cutesy and the typical shoujo. It made me giggle a bit and was heart warming.
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Rating: N/A
by bjorie
March 30th, 2008, 7:01pm
Well, I liked the first story anyhow. It left me sad, and in a depressing mood for hours after reading it (maybe I'm easily influenced?). The other ones were cutesy, and I didn't get into as much.
I suggest everyone read at least the first story, its very much worth it.
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by yumemiru
May 20th, 2007, 5:13pm
This manga wasn't very sad for me and most of the stories I couldn't really get into...*sigh and it took me so long to find it too...but the best story in this whole anthology was "The Butterfly Clouds" by Ashihara-sensei>.<
I love her works....They're always bittersweet at the endings...
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Overall Review   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by holy`bell
May 11th, 2007, 8:12pm
It's quite ironic that his manga states that these "love stories that make one cry". I assume that maybe it is implied in a happy way. Anyways, I found these stories to be very touching and like rabookal said, heartwarming. This manga is a decent read for all of the shoujo fans out there.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by rabookal
March 1st, 2007, 12:09pm
I was very disappointed in this. When something is truly sad I will cry buckets, but this did not evoke any such response from me. In fact most of these stories were heartwarming and made me want to giggle!
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