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Sentimental Garden Lover  
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Love is found in the strangest places and with the most unexpected partners. The men (and cats!) of SENTIMENTAL GARDEN LOVER burst into heart-throbbing bloom!
A scruffy stray cat wishes for big hands to hold an abused man, and a cute kitten begs for speech to comfort a broken-hearted stranger. Wander further into the garden, and you'll find close siblings upset by a love rival; a jaded delinquent flustered by a trusting bookworm; an evasive, glasses-hating man; and a president eager to find a weakness in his perfect secretary.
For both cat and human, the quest for love is here!

1. Sentimental Garden Lover
Fuji is in love with Hiro... so much, that he feels no matter how far he stretches his arms, they could never encompass Hiro. Everyday he watches Hiro's abusive lover, wanting to rescue Hiro, but there is nothing he can do because... Fuji is a cat. When Fuji miraculously acquires a human body, and Hiro finds him, the past interferes in their future.

2. At Home Holiday Lover
Shima, the other cat, quietly lets go as he watches Fuji and Hiro and begins searching for a place to call his. He literally falls into the arms of love when he passes out from hunger and lack of sleep and tumbles into a man's bag. Taki brings Shima home and feeds him milk, breaking through Shima's defenses. But Shima finds himself in a painful love again, only able to watch desperately as Taki and his ex-lover (who is also named Shima) try to let go of one another.

3. I'm Home!
When Fuji tries to make Hiro coffee but fails (he's a cat... duh.) he decides that doing the dinner shopping is an even better idea. He gets chased by a stall owner and needing a place to hide, he finds a lovely open bag sitting there. And that bag belongs to none other than Taki-san! Fuji is reunited with Shima, but neither one knows where Hiro's house is...

4. From the Heart
Shigino is a delinquent who's always getting into fights, and on top of that, he gets blamed for things he hasn't done... but everyone has already made up their minds, so what's the point of denying it? One night, bloody and being chased by cops, he stumbles into an old bookstore. The owner, Sakurai-kun, is a bubbly guy who starts talking non-stop... but Shigino finds himself coming back again and again. For once, he hopes someone won't find out what they say about him... but what happens when Sakurai does?

5. Right Palm, Left Palm
They're brothers. That's why they are so close, that's why they hold hands, that's why they kiss... but why is it that they have been told so many times "Your love is strange."? When a friend says something to him, the older brother begins to understand that maybe he can't let go anymore... and what people mean by that statement. But what if Naoto doesn't want his nii-san to let go?

6. And I Come to Like You
When Oya's junior, Kuze, confesses to him a week after Oya was dumped, things get complicated. Oya likes Kuze, but can't accept the fact that Kuze wears glasses.... because the one who dumped him also wore glasses. Oya comes up with a stupid excuse about hating glasses... but Kuze doesn't believe him?

7. I Want You to Always Smile
The President has a problem: his secretary. Natori is so neat, and organized, and on top of things! Determined to bribe him, the President tries to find dirt on Natori... but he can't - that is, until he sees Natori looking happily at cakes in a bakery. Maybe, with a little bit of cake, the President can find out why his secretary is so dedicated.

+ Extra.
Extra about Shigino and Sakurai from chapter 4.


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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Maria-Ayako
May 10th, 2017, 1:13pm
Yeah, i think the 2 stories with the cat to human transformation were the best~ maybe its coz i didnt read many such mangas that i thought that here it was nicely done, how would cats behave as humans etc.... It felt realistic. To me anyway. Aside those two couples, the others were ok but i didnt like the story about the brothers.... So the art really matched the stories and atmosphere, pages full of adobable moments and all in all a nice read~ like always i think the stories were too short to fully enjoy.

... Last updated on May 10th, 2017, 1:22pm
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For Hardtimes   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by toastmuncher
February 10th, 2017, 2:33pm
The amount of cute fluffiness that Ogura Muku is able to infuse in her work is simply outstanding because it doesn't come across as over done. Even though every single page is drenched with with all the softness of Fuji's (the cat's) fur, and the cuddliness level is max, somehow it's just the right.
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very cute   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
May 29th, 2015, 8:29am
if you want serene, cute, and no drama stories this will be for you. almost all have no sex scene even, so you can concentrate on the characters' cuteness. lovely art, lovely characters.
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Standard Ogura Muku   
Rating: N/A
by OmNom
September 14th, 2013, 5:45pm
When it comes to this mangaka there can only be one word to describe it: utter cuteness (well that's 2 words actually, but who am I a math expert?) I love the cute pink feelings splashed down on all things present, although in other contents that can be the most cliche thing ever. Seriously, everything is just so lovely and cute one simply can't hate it despite it having almost nothing groundbreaking at all. Plus the cats are adorable, and I'm not even a cat person let me tell you that. I think this is definitely the type of manga recommended for visiting when one's life needs to be soothed.
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Lovely art   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Mochi__x
September 7th, 2013, 1:48pm
The first two stories about the cats who turn into humans were brilliant! So cute and very funny. Especially Fuji, he was so adorable in both his cat and human forms. I know some people have an issue with this because they think "This is zoophelia for crying out loud" (as Dezi said), but I strongly disagree. Firstly, there is no sex between an animal and a person. All the intimate scenes happen when Fuji or Shima are in their human forms, so it's not like some creepy weirdo has sex with a cat. I know that technically both Fuji and Shima are still supposed to be cats mentally, even if not physically, but I still don't see any problem with this. The emotions both of them felt even before their wishes were granted, were obviously much more advanced compared to actual cats. Both of them wanted to become human so they could be with the person they loved. Real cats wouldn't think that way. And it's not like the humans took advantage of either cat. For instance, Fuji was the one who tried to kiss Hiro first, so it seemed more like Fuji was just an average guy trapped in a cat's body, desperately wanting to hold his loved one. And lastly, the main reason why this doesn't bother me at all, is because this is just fiction. It's not real. So look past the whole cat-in-human's-clothing thing, and just enjoy it for the sweet love story that it is.

Anyway, the other oneshots were a bit hit and miss really. Some were quite nice but short, while others just seemed a bit too underdeveloped and bittersweet. And I didn't understand the one with the brothers. Was it meant to be romantic at all? When the youngest says that he's sure the person he falls for will be just like his brother, was that meant as a compliment? I had assumed that he was already in love with his brother when he got all jealous and almost threw that dustbin, but by the end I was left wondering what his feelings actually were. I just don't get it. For me, I would've preferred if it was a proper incest story, or just a cute brother-complex one, instead of whatever the hell it was meant to be.

So overall, it was an average collection of oneshots, but I loved the main story with Fuji and Hiro, and then the chapter where both cats and owners/lovers(?) meet ^__^ So my rating is for those chapters in particular.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2013, 1:54pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by freyerzone
June 2nd, 2013, 4:53pm
... as expected from Ogura Muku sensei's work: cute >_<

@ Dezi's comment below: I sort of agree with u 'bout human-pet pairing (eventhou it transformd to human shape, it's still pet), if I read it with usual way of thinking, I would find it disgusting too~ (or maybe it's me who still haven't reached the level of accepting yaoi between human-animal) biggrin

But, I just tried another way (thou it's hard); thinking that those pets were originally human and had been cursed to be animal, lol.. thus I find it cute ^^
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Cute! ^-^   
Rating: N/A
by mlat26
August 9th, 2012, 4:38pm
It's cute and sweet. I've read it twice, it's a nice read.

To Dezi below; Well it's YAOI that's how male X male couples make love so I recomend you stay away from YAOI if you find it distasteful O: *points to genre tags* Also keep away from shounen-ai since some groping and smooching also happens there XD

I personally love <3 YAOI so hehe! XD I've read all kinds of manga so this is nothing compared to other YAOI stories that would prolly make you pass out XD

... Last updated on August 9th, 2012, 4:39pm
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Dezi
June 10th, 2012, 5:53am
Aweful! If I didn't have to give it credit for the art, I would've given it a 1 only. I think this is sort of disgusting. This is zoophelia for crying out loud. How can you find that cute? It's creepy!

EDIT Regarding mlat26's comment: I might have expressed myself in an unclear way. I am well aware of what yaoi is all about and I love it. But regarding this one it is about having SEX with your PET. I simply could not take that. Hence the rating.

... Last updated on May 7th, 2013, 5:19am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fisukisuki
April 27th, 2012, 12:09pm
...i think it's okay. It's cute and fluffy. It's sweet and light, yet it's quite confusing! Peace smile
Well... the story is refreshing, i love all of the story and all the couple. Okay, except the 3rd story, about brothers love. No, it's not like i hate brothers/siblings love or incest or something like that, but in this manga, that story it seemed very strange in my eyes. I just didn't like it but not hate it. But except 3rd story, i love all story!! Especially the main story about cat turned into human. That was very cute!! ♥
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So fluffy   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by evil katz
August 12th, 2011, 3:42am
I feel happiness all over the air XD
It's too cute. And i love all of these oneshot.
Every one shot is such beautiful story, super cute plot & character
The cat's stories is weird but...I can't stop reading it, IT's way too cute (again)

... Last updated on July 29th, 2012, 10:20am
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