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Gokinjo Monogatari  
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Ever since he was small, all the girls in the neighborhood have fawned over Tsutomu Yamaguchi, whose name came from a song and whose adorable face closely resembles the monkey character Monchichi's. Even back then, it was enough to make his friend and neighbor Mikako sick. Now that he's a little more grown, Tsutomu looks like the lead vocalist of Manbou, Ken Nakagawa (Midori friend/boyfriend from Tenshi Nanka Ja Nai; we meet main characters from Tenshi on market/fest), and that makes him even more popular with the ladies. But Mikako--now a trendy teen with modern sensibilities--couldn't care less. Or could she...? Gokinjo Monogatari is a sharp-witted and stylish slice-of-life story!

Continuation (after years) in Paradise Kiss.


Related Series
Paradise Kiss (Spin-Off)
Tenshi Nanka ja Nai (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Anh chàng hàng xóm
Gokinjo, une vie de quartier
Neighborhood Story

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.33 (end) by ShoujoMagic over 11 years ago
v.7 c.32 by ShoujoMagic over 11 years ago
v.7 c.31 by ShoujoMagic over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)
5 Volumes (Kanzenban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews
Gokinjo Monogatari by Master_M2K


User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (378 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.16 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 5th 2018, 1:42am PST



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Original Publisher
Shueisha (2005)

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #527 increased(+157)
Monthly Pos #996 increased(+442)
3 Month Pos #1727 increased(+442)
6 Month Pos #2513 increased(+37)
Year Pos #2752 decreased(-22)

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On 276 reading lists
On 558 wish lists
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Good but...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Divina=^.^=
September 15th, 2016, 4:59am
Gokinjo is good but has some major things going against it. Number one, is certainly the author's constant insistence on trying to SELL stuff to the readers. From her own artbooks to best friends' bars - there is advertisement galore on Gokinjo. It feels cheap and leads you to feel some sort of internal embarrassment or pity...... Next up, the persistent breaking of the fourth wall just as you're getting into the story again. It is really hard to sympathise with the characters' plights when in the next panel they are saying "Oh, will I be the next lead character of this manga?!". Finally, the fact that the assembly of characters are all artists or designers but the author does not know the difference between "telling" us they are good and "showing" us they are good. It is impossible to tell why people get success, why they don't, how come they suddenly got a big break, why is so and so a genius.. We are expected to accept what the author decides to tell us at that moment.
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mixed feelings, but good   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 10:58am
An okay story, but in the tenshi nanka ja nai, gokinjo monogatari and paradise kiss combo, this was the least enjoyable.

The story
Seems like a love triangle at first, but later it's a couple romance manga with a lot of side characters. Two neighbors Mikako and Tsutomu are slowly falling for each others, but I think had such feelings even before the manga. Both of them. The first volumes when it centers around theirs getting together is better than the latter volumes, where a lot of time is given to fashion, what do you want to do when you grow up and emotional drama.

The art is good, but Jesus, why did she gave them such outfits, no one in reality will dress like that. It was really bothersome. I like art in tenshi… more.

Mikako cries a lot too. Not so much as Midori, but it is more annoying. She was really selfish to the point of hating girls that got close to Tsutomu even when she didn’t have a right to. She should have told him sooner that she likes him if it bothered her so much. Tsutomu was much more mature, but the same goes for him. Maybe the mangaka shouldn’t make them in love with each other already but make it through the story. The gag about Tsutomu looking like Ken was present only in the first volume with occasional appearances later, but no girls were after him after body-ko. Strange, considering it was made a huge point of the story at first.
The most hated character - P-chan. That long haired guy is my favorite. He got most character development too. And Ayumi is OK. But no character really got to me, too bad.

Yes, it's still a good shoujo, I'm just a very critical person. The jokes breaking the forth wall were quite bad and a lot of them. One on the side would be enough but there were so much of them, sometimes even on a whole page. I can't help comparing it to the other two mangas so I think I'm being too hateful, but it was a good read.
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A good Shoujo read!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by CurlyJoe
January 15th, 2012, 12:56pm
I liked this one more than Paradise Kiss, but reading this one made me glad I read the other one too, as near the end a plot is started that ties up with the sequel. The art is not as good as Parakiss, but is very unique nonetheless. I loved the characters! It is a great, fun read. I highly suggest for Shoujo readers who like quality served with their romance.
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Suprisingly good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sagiri_chan
November 17th, 2011, 7:05am
I read Tenshi Nanka ja Nai before this manga and it took me about 1 vol to get used to the art. This manga is very different from Tenshi Nanka ja Nai. Tenshi Nanka ja Nai's art is so much more simple than this one (especially the way the characters dress). The first vol is kinda boring for me. But the story keeps getting better and better. The ending made me so satisfied.
I still can't understand why this manga's rate is lower than Tenshi Nanka ja Nai's. Midori is so good, so innocent and so boring. Mikako is way better
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Read it!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ladykitty
July 16th, 2010, 2:00pm
Art (10%): 9
The art is cute an original and the clothes are so cute. I also like how the characters are not amazingly gorgeous because that makes the manga feel more realistic. The downside is that some characters are similar to other characters in the mangaka's other works.

Story (40%): 10
I love stories where someone has a goal/aspiration that they want to accomplish and that he/she works toward that goal. Mikako wants to become a fashion designer and this is incorporated nicely with the romance between her and her childhood friend. The story is sweet and has no plot holes (or no plot holes that I can see). I also like how the mangaka connects this story to Paradise Kiss without making it a huge part where you would have to read both to understand it.

Character (40%): 9
The heroine is a very unique character like most artist are and I love her and her habits (like doing something extreme like dieing her hair pink when something is bothering her). It wasn't just the heroine that I liked; all the characters were likable. The downside to the characters is that I did not feel like there was a lot (or any) development.

Enjoyment (10%): 10
This part doesn't really need a comment, I just enjoyed reading the story. This story is one of the only stories where I really liked the ending.

Total Score: 9.5

... Last updated on July 16th, 2010, 2:25pm
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Gotta read it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mistress99
April 11th, 2009, 2:54am
Amazing amazing amazing!
I read Paradise Kiss first so I actually had no idea who Mikako was so when I found out there had been a series about her I had to search for it! And I ended up liking it a lot more then Paradise Kiss because it had more to do with Mikako's struggles to become a fashion designer and they seemed way more in depth then Caroline who didnt really have much to sacrifice in Para Kiss.
I also loved it because of her and Tsutomu's sweet and deep love. I loved who they had their little troubles but they didnt have anything that would ever shake them from loving one another.
It's a definite favorite!
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love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kebi
March 5th, 2009, 10:40pm
Love this manga. I love Yazawa sensei and all her works. This one is really good and I love how it connects with you, and the characters and everything.

@dreamit: There already is a sequel (sorta), paradise kiss.
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A "Must Read" Series!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by noisette
December 1st, 2008, 8:32pm
Set at an art & design high school and telling the coming-of-age tale of 17 year-old fashion design student Mikako and her childhood friend Tsutomu, "Gokinjo Monogatari" is one of the most fresh and original shoujo series that I have ever read. The cast is diverse and colorful, the setting is unique, the art is stylish, and the story is all at once poignant, humorous, and inspiring. Every girl should read this series. It really will make you want to drop all of the mundane things you're doing, go out, and live life to the fullest.

... Last updated on December 1st, 2008, 8:33pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by andshesaysiLY
November 8th, 2008, 8:53pm
i feel like i'm one of the few people who read this before paradise kiss.
i started reading this manga a couple months ago, but i dropped it inbetween volume 3 b/c i felt it was kinda draggy.. i picked it up again today, and finished it right away biggrin
the story's cute, and the characters are realistic. the art is simply gorgeous; it's so intricate. i especially love risa and takeshi's characters and designs. i guess you could say i liked the later part of the story more than the beginning...

next up is parakiss smile

... Last updated on January 3rd, 2013, 7:05pm
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Rating: N/A
by xxamayaxx
August 8th, 2008, 3:07pm
I love this manga and have re-read it sooo many times! what I like best is that there are lots of little storylines, at the beginning it starts out as a pretty straight forward childhood love but it actually shows the couple together and then takes a focus on the other characters such as Ayumi (my personal favourite) and Yuusuke and I really prefer the later half of the manga which focuses on their relationship as its more interesting. To top it off we get to see trendy clothes and Midori and Akira again! this manga is completely different it has every thing a manga needs and is still pretty realistic a real gem!
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