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Shiratori Ryuji wants to become a picture book writer, and he moves to an apartment, Narutaki-So, in order to go to an art school in Tokyo. The Narutaki-so is an old Japanese style one-story house which doesn’t fit in with the urban scenery. It's owned by the cousin of his mother, but the manager of the apartment is Aoba Kozue. She is his second cousin, and they met with each other when they were children although he doesn’t remember her much. She is in the second year of a high school attached to Aoba Junior Collage.

There are five people living in Narutaki-So. First, Chanohata Kotomi is living in the room #1. She is a best friend of Kozue. Then, the resident of the room #3 is Momono Megumi. She is a kind of person who goes her own way. In the room #5, Kurosaki Sayoko and her daughter Asami are living. Asami is in the first year of a junior high. Finally, in the room #6, Haibara Yukio is living with his puppet, “Johnny”.

They are all characteristic and eccentric people. However, in fact, the most eccentric person is Kozue. She has a secret; when she is shocked at something, she changes her personality. Not knowing this, Shiratori moves to Narutaki-So to realize his dream. What kind of a new life will be waiting for him?


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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.62 (end) by Hiyoko no GAO over 9 years ago
v.12 c.61 by Hiyoko no GAO over 9 years ago
v.11 c.51v2 by Hiyoko no GAO over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol.1, Ch.1
Ends at Vol.6, Ch.32

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (565 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.39 / 10.0
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November 2nd 2017, 10:50am PST



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Gangan Wing (Square Enix)

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A Great Story, with a Great Ending   
Rating: N/A
by RakShine
June 24th, 2008, 1:26pm
I just finished reading this, and all that I can say is that it was a great story. It had one of the best endings I've read. The story didn't feel rushed, and the ending explained all of the characters stories really well. It's a nice light hearted story, that makes you feel satisfied after reading it. I love it so much that I give it a ten.
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Very good read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Pritcher
June 28th, 2008, 7:21am
I was a little skeptical of this at first for some reason. It didn't suck me in immediately, but by the time I was finished I found it to be a great read.

At first, I thought a little bit more could have been done with the MPD aspect of the story, but then again I can also see some potential pitfalls of putting too much focus on it, so I'm happy enough as it is.

Filled with unique and likable characters who are all nicely developed by the end. It's really quite funny and light most of the time, but there are enough well placed deep and poignant parts to make it a very affecting story overall, without beating you over the head with a lot of melodrama.
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This one is really something special   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Geese1
June 23rd, 2008, 9:13pm
It was a long wait to get these final few chapters, but it was well worth it for Mahoraba is one of the very best manga I've ever read.

I think what I like most about it is it's depth. It's deceptively simple at first, with what seems like cardboard characters that you've seen a hundred times before. But the more you read it, the more you realize just how unique and interesting all the characters are. And not just the main players either; a tremendous amount of care is given to all the secondary characters as well, making them all the more human, and giving you a real attachment to each and every one of them.

The story itself may seem pure slice-of-life, and in many ways it is, but there are also common themes running throughout all the volumes, as well as one central thread that runs over the course of the entire series. It's wonderfully written, and at times funny, sad, heartwarming, charming, and quite poignant.

The artwork is not super-detailed, and there are no buxom beauties or muscle-bound supermen, but it's beautifully simple, with a fantastic style that perfectly complements the story and really helps support the narrative.

And to top it off, it's got one of the best endings I've ever read in a manga. It doesn't cheat the reader, nor take a sudden u-turn away from everything that the story has built up until this point, but instead serves to put a final stamp on everything that has come before it. Other mangaka should take notes - this is how an ending should be.

If you've seen the anime, you owe it to yourself to read this. The tv adaptation, while decent enough in it's own right, only serves to scratch the surface of everything the manga has to offer. For everyone else, if you're looking for something a little bit different, with a unique sense of humor, well done, but not overly heavy drama, beautifully crafted romance, and some of the best character designs ever, check out Mahoraba. It's slow going, but stick with it and you'll soon discover it's quite simply one of the best manga out there.

In all the reviews I've done, this is the first time I've given any series a 10. I reserve this rating for only the very best of the best, those that are truly something special. Most don't deserve it.

This one does.
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Incredible story and Highly Recommended   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by azngenius95
February 20th, 2012, 10:56pm
I loved this manga when I was younger and I decided to revisit a bit of my manga history recently. I can completely understand why I loved this story. It was heartwarming at parts and hilarious at other yet completely pleasant any chapter of this series. After reading this a bit more matured, I've cultivated more appreciation for this beautiful tale. The artwork really suited my tastes, very adorable. The romance was slow but each step was extremely enjoyable as I writhed in happiness at every little development. The characters have such depth and the author is very creative (and rather punny too!). The whole entire process of it all is so amusing that it was impossible not to smile and chuckle at all the Mahoraba antics. I highly recommend this plot to anyone who wants to satisfy their cravings of a sappy, cute, yet meaningful story. I have only positive things to say about this manga and I hope that you will attempt to read it too! Please enjoy.

... Last updated on February 20th, 2012, 10:58pm
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A highly impressive piece   
Rating: N/A
by Draco
June 25th, 2010, 1:07am
I am greatly pleased with this series. When I started it, I figured it would be a typical harem with a split personality twist, as I have previously seen in series before. What I ended up with, was a well told story where virtually every character had substantial growth and development. Nothing was really stagnate throughout the series. Every character had their role, and they played it well (I'm looking at you Haibara-san).
At first, I was worried that the split personality thing was going to get tired and cliché rather quick, but to the contrary, it happened so infrequently, that I was actually thinking it wasn’t happening enough. Now that I've read the story to completion, I can't help but feel that it was the right amount.
It was the perfect length as well, at 12 volumes; it paced itself well, and didn't overstay its welcome. I was never moved to the point of tears, but I felt my eye moisten slightly on no less than two occasions.
The art is humorous when simplistic, and fairly well done when more serious. Not the most beautiful piece out there, but alot more than merely "acceptable".

I don’t give 10s often, but I think this once, as a whole, deserves it.
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Just gets better   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Lowlife
August 10th, 2008, 3:53pm
I did not think that Mahoraba was something special in the first few volumes, even if I was enough entertained to keep reading. However, the story became more and more interesting and the last ~3 volumes were awesome. And for once, the ending was perfect! smile

The art isn't great but there's a LOT of feelings in the drawings, which really helps you getting emotionally involved. Highly recommended if you'd like some light-hearted romantic comedy with some dramatic undertones.
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Not bad.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by drunkguy
June 23rd, 2008, 2:19pm
The art is so-so and the story is a bit light but it's a decent read and it ended quite well. This is another case of where the manga is better than the anime. With a watered down rendition and a tacked on ending the anime was a disappointment.
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Comedy comedy   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by magistar
June 22nd, 2007, 7:31am
If you love stupid random comedy mangas then this is definitely a highly recommended manga to read. I love the comedy in this and the mangaka really has some random sense of humor. I love that sayoko xD funny ass =p as well as that random cultish possesed school girl.

The story line so far seems pretty good and the characters are pretty well developed and described throughout the manga story. I suppose with 12 volumes its pretty long enough to fully develop characters.

Drawing is pretty good.. but to me the first few volumes were kinda.. sketchy or rather bit messy. but this is normal i suppose and later in the manga it gets better.

The manga however is definitely better than the anime. More volumes and time to fully develop the story, chars and more chapters for fillers to get you comfortable with the chars n stuff. Just that some people who watch the anime before the manga would prefer the anime but ah well its all up to taste. Hated the ending of the anime personally but thats another story so ill save it.

Overall this is a very interesting and funny manga to read. Though shiratori is kinda abit not my taste since he really is so weak and flimsy looking. But like what i said when i started off, this is a great comedy manga. funny and hey the scanlation did a good job providing a clean, clear scanlation of the manga so thumbs up to them =]

Ill give it a 8.5 overall but for comedy ill give it a 9 =]
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
October 14th, 2011, 2:29pm
This story must be (among) the pinnacle of the slice-of-life genre. Essentially all characters that appear get at least some kind of screen-time, some kind of closure/development. The main story line (Kozue's illness) is resolved to what I'd assume is everyone's satisfaction.
A positive, complete, spectacular story.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SomePerson
May 5th, 2009, 9:33pm
Loved it, very light-hearted and comedic, but it also had its deep dramatic moments. I have to admit it bored me a bit at times, but towards the last half of the story it got so much better. There are very unique and special characters, and each and everyone of them develop greatly, there is a huge amount of development in the characters and their relationships. AT times this manga is really touching, it stresses the simple importance of just being together and living life, as happily as you can. The last few chapters were great, especially the scene in Chapter 61. And in 62, the mini-personalities were LOL XD

Looking forward to Kojima Arika's next work, Manabiya!

... Last updated on May 5th, 2009, 9:34pm
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