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Gokinjo Monogatari  
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[From ShoujoMagic]:

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
Neighborhood Story

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.33 (end) by ShoujoMagic (3165d ago)
v.7 c.32 by ShoujoMagic (3252d ago)
v.7 c.31 by ShoujoMagic (3301d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
4 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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User Reviews
Gokinjo Monogatari by Master_M2K


User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (355 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 23rd 2015, 6:52am PST



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Original Publisher
Shueisha (2005)

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1049 increased(+105)
Monthly Pos #1901 increased(+108)
3 Month Pos #2549 decreased(-11)
6 Month Pos #2631 increased(+147)

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On 264 reading lists
On 523 wish lists
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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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No regrets (:   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
July 10th, 2008, 4:42pm
At first i was hesitant to read this manga b\c Paradise kiss was.. well, not tht good.
But now, i have no regrets =).
The art is unique and you'll get use to it ^_^. The story is really well done and the character development is superb!
Everything is resolved and doesn't leave you hanging (like other shoujo manga's) and it explains everything so you won't be confused. It is a story about following your dreams, friendship and Love. One of the best shoujo/romance manga's i've ever read.
Highly Recommended.<3
Ending was really well done too
Spoiler (highlight to view)
They should make another manga on miwako and her 2 childhood boys ;) tht woulda been crazy. haha talk about love triangle hahhaha. I really liked how in the end, everyone is married, has a child and living happily. Especially Mikako and Tsutomu, how she's having a child and der married. haha really great ending!
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As expected of Yawaza   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
April 5th, 2008, 4:43pm
This is probably one of the best shoujos out there. Since I already read ParaKiss, it was interesting seeing Mikako start her career as a designer. The art is beautiful, fashionable and unique. But then again this is Yawaza's work.

The characters and their relationships were developed in a realistic way. They are flawed and have imperfect personalities. The manga goes on to show how love may affect your decisions. But, I just loved Parakiss so much more... Maybe because it was a josei and showed more of the painful reality.

The ending of Gokinjo Monogatari was good, it was happy. Maybe overly joyful with no angst.. but this is a shoujo. It was good for a shoujo.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2008, 3:20pm
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