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Atashi wa Bambi  
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Mai was constantly picked on in Junior High because of the way she looked. To change all that, she walks into High School with a new look and a new attitude. As she was getting used to school, she falls for her classmate, Sen. But Sen's best friend, Yaezou, tells her to back off because Sen was his! But, knowing Mai, this doesn't stop her.

Contains the following oneshots:

Aiko de Jo

Kiite Kiite Ouji

Kokoro Kirari (Shining Hearts)
Chisa is a naturally 'slow girl' who is accident-prone, and still braids her hair. So it comes as a big suprise (to Chisa and the class) when Shin, a cute and popular boy, asks her out! So THE END? Wrong! Not all relationships are easy... especially when the couple consists of two very different people.



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Associated Names
ม.ปลายหัวใจ BAMBI
Aiko de Jo
Kiite Kiite Ouji
Kokoro Kirari
Shining Hearts
Survival (MAKI Youko)

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Latest Release(s)
c.Oneshot by DGT over 13 years ago
v.1 c.5 by Hush over 11 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Hush over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (418 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.44 / 10.0
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March 21st 2018, 8:59am PST



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Ribon (Shueisha)

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A good story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by chixon
December 15th, 2015, 8:15am
I think what I found most appealing about the story was the open mindedness of the characters. Mai, tired of being picked on, decided to think of her own happiness a bit more instead of being a victim. She aggressively pursued a relationship with Sen, who made her feel happy, but stayed conscientious of others' feelings as well.

Even when things don't go exactly to her advantage she makes sure things are open and honest for everyone involved. This inspires others to do the same.

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An example would be when Sen was talking to Yeazou, he didn't say, "I know how you feel," because he knew that would be a lie, instead he said "I know you will be alright."

As far as Yeazou's sexually goes; if reading works by CLAMP has taught me anything, it's that love can't always be packaged and labeled.

The conclusion may seem a bit rushed, but it kept in pace with the rest of the story. I actually enjoyed how quickly I was getting through the chapters, it was like reading one volume instead of three. I also liked that the end was left open in many ways. This mirrored the story's theme of being open and taking chances in order to find happiness.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by yashihirou
July 16th, 2013, 12:43pm
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i rarely read romance shoujo like this but this also ordinary . But i like because the love rival not only girl we see. And im happy that in the end yoezoe guy and mai ended up together <3 i dont think sen will match for her ;P
but i like the ending..
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
June 7th, 2013, 3:25am
Your typical skin-deep silly shoujo, where things honestly are not realistic. The crushes were shallow, the (homogenous) friendships still kind of shallow and the transitioning was oddly rushed. The only relationship that had a tad more depth was the one between Yaezou and Mai - which was shrouded in confusing ambiguity, not to mention the horrible product of said rushing. So in all, what positives can I really say? I guess I laughed a couple of times.

Basically, the mangaka avoided all the possibly controversial questions being raised and relied on vagueness. Still, to me it didn't look like she was trying to pull a "gay guy turned straight to appeal to readers" type of thing, it was more like she wanted to make a complicated/unexpected love triangle but didn't really put the real effort to make it work (not that it really could). Using sexuality as a plot card is pretty much a shoujo nono, unless you know what you're doing and explain everything sensibly - things which do not apply :/

... Last updated on June 7th, 2013, 3:42am
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by MySwirl
September 5th, 2012, 5:08am
I just finished the series. I began to read it a long while ago but dropped it after a few pages because the plot seemed weird to me.
Yesterday I finally picked it up again because I didn't wanted it to remain unfinished.

My impression on this is like I first thought: really weird. The first story by Maki Yoko I read was Aishiteruze Baby, which was way better than this one. But I don't really want to compare right now.
This might be a spoiler, but I need to say this: What really irritated me was that I couldn't believe that Yaezou was actually homosexual and even turned bisexual in the end...? In the beginning I could't tell wether he tells the truth or is just pranking on Mai. In the end, I couldn't understand his action at all because not even once did he talk properly about his sexuality. I was just so confusing.

What's more, the story felt rushed. When there are only 3 volumes the author shouldn't have picked so many things to pack into it. It was too much for too little space and especially the homosexuality was explained inadequately.

Moreover, Mai fell in love with Sen too early and too unexpected and too inapprehensible. I felt like: "Huh? Why out of the blue now...?"

All in all rather weird.

... Last updated on September 5th, 2012, 5:09am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by born2shop
March 27th, 2012, 8:03pm
Lets start with the positives... The art was good and the story seemed promising. I think it was cruel to take away their love though. And the ending left me sad and confused. sure it had a "happy" ending, but there was something a little (-_-) about it. can't explain it fully. I do agree that it seemed rushed but I guess it was also fitting. Just wished there was more to it.

... Last updated on March 27th, 2012, 8:07pm
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A decent read...   
Rating: 5.8 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
April 2nd, 2010, 11:25am
A typical romance story set during high school, though... with slightly better than average characterisation, with none of that "mushy mushy" or "melodramatic" approach to life. I kinda liked all the characters involved but I really wished there'd been more to them because at times, there just wasn't enough to really flesh them out. Yes, they were fun to read about as they had their own real strengths and weaknesses, had their own personalities. But sometimes, they felt a little flat since there wasn't too much in terms of interactions, their thoughts and so forth.

Also, I didn't really like the ending
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because quite simply, even though Sen might have been bisexual or whatever, none of that was really insinuated and it felt more like a gay guy turning straight, for the sake of making the main girl happy. That was a little disappointing, actually, for me. Of course, it'd probably please the shoujo romance fans... I guess.

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2010, 11:31am
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good. . . sorta   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by egoamote
April 18th, 2009, 12:01am
This was the first of the mangaka's works that i read and i enjoyed this one enough to read her other works. For the most part it was a good introduction to her works. I only read it because I got some Ribon merchandise promoting it. I don't remember the details, much. but in retrospect I don't think the ending was that great for same reasons stated in dreamit's comments.
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not that good   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by comics
November 15th, 2008, 5:22am
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cute story, that is true, all of them are adorable , and the mangaka did start the story with a really interesting twist that the male best friend is in love with the main guy. However, she didnot manage to do a good job of developing it, or even solving it.... Somehow the ending is rushed, there should be much more interaction to show changes between them ( you know, the 2 characters who would end up together ). Sure, they were close before, but not enough to see love there, it's just friendship between 2 people in a similar situation, and I think it would be much more reasonable if they become really close friends who can keep consulting another about their love life later on. To tell the truth when I started reading I expected much more than this >.<
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by Disremembrance
November 8th, 2008, 9:40pm
Hehe, I love Yaezou and Mai's conversations and rivalry. You can tell they have the best kind of relationship, where you know they understand each other so much, that they can fight all the time. I somehow knew who would end up with whom by Volume 3...
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feel-good ^_^   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by milque
October 10th, 2008, 11:24pm
I quite like this manga hehe.. I kinda knew the ending because I read the comments on here. >.<; But at some points in the manga I still felt that it would turn out the way other typical shoujos did. But it didn't, and that's why I like it. Art is good, of course. And the characters are likable too. Despite the main girl always crying and all, I still find her likable, she's strong in her own way.
I just wish we get to see more development in the characters' relationship.. But overall, it's pretty good.
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