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Hajimari no Niina  
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From Shoujo Crusade]:

10-year old Niina is special. This is because she has the memories of her past life as a girl named Chitose still intact. Among these memories is a promise with Chitose's boyfriend which Niina then decides to try and fulfill. But can she really?

Includes the following one-shots:
Koi Baka. (volume 1)
Toda is a really smart girl but has no passion for anything. She admires idiots who are passionate, especially her classmate, Iijima.

Machibito (volume 4)
Komako is a carefree girl, who's pretty incoherent. Whe. a random guy asks her to eat sweet potatoes with him, she can't help but wonder why he pats her head and thanks her everytime.


Related Series

Associated Names
La nouvelle vie de Niina (French)
Niina’s First Love Story

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.Extra 1 - Yasashii Te no Hira by Shoujo Sense over 2 years ago
v.4 c.Extra 2 - Machibito by Shoujo Sense over 2 years ago
v.4 c.17-19 by Shoujo Crusade over 3 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (492 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 20th 2017, 1:57am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #707 increased(+45)
3 Month Pos #803 increased(+8)
6 Month Pos #840 decreased(-55)
Year Pos #799 decreased(-36)

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On 617 wish lists
On 1038 completed lists
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I really like this!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by princess_bubblegum
January 13th, 2013, 9:56pm
I'm a hardcore yaoi fangirl and I had given up on shoujo manga a long time a ago..
but this series change my perspective of truly is unforgettable and sweet...
i cried a lot when i was reading every was a shock for me because i am a cold and an unfeeling person..this manga truly move me.. one of my favorite ever....

... Last updated on July 30th, 2017, 3:49pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by flowinmyboat
November 10th, 2012, 10:39pm
Little Niina is so ridiculously adorable! Contrary to what the description implies, it's not a lolicon story, at all.

It's cute and a bit heartbreaking at the same time: imagine feeling and remember someone else's memories since you were 11-years-old. There are all these people you want to reach out to but can't overtly do so. Not only that but, as in later chapter, Niina is having a serious identity crisis. She has all these memories but she isn't Chitose but her whole life she's lived on being Chitose "reincarnate" rather than herself.

I really like this story, and if you're into this concept, I would recommend it!

... Last updated on November 10th, 2012, 10:40pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KittyTeea
January 24th, 2012, 10:58am
Too bad the rating only goes up to 10, because it's worth so much more. The art is lovely, the story is beautifully told and the characters are endearing, I don't know how it could get any better.

Possible spoiler
As for the ending, some people criticized that they would have preferred Atsurou to discover that Niina is actually Chitose, which actually pretty much happened, though only hinted. But I rather he doesn't figure, because this way he can actually fall for Niina, not Chitose's ghost. Niina remembered her past as Chitose at age 10, up until then she lived a completely different life, and even after she remembered she still had her own experiences, so by no means she is Chitose. What I want to say is that Niina deserves love for what she is now, not for a remeberance.
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Rating: N/A
by pinboo
August 14th, 2011, 2:07am
I've just read the first chapter and it's really good!
The mangaka is able to dig the emotion and the artwork is nice to look at too.

I think this is an honest, sweet, worth reading shoujo manga
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Original one shot <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ariaofthesong
May 16th, 2013, 7:08am
I remember reading this when it was just the one shot, and in that version, the two, later down the line, get married. Although I think the fact that it was serialized was a very good choice. I love this manga. It made me cry hard. Nina loves him, but she is not Chitose. (Well she is and she isnt). I love the bittersweet feel to it. I think that if they keep reincarnating, they'll always be together.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Orulyon
April 21st, 2012, 9:14am
probably the best shoujo ive read since fruits basket. I was looking for something pure like this for years, and this author has the ability of making me cry, love her works, and Hajimari no Niina is the best~
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Thumbs Up!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by [][][]
December 4th, 2011, 12:36pm
It's supposed to end, but it said ongoing there. Ill just assumed it has ended since that's what my eyes say.
1 words. Amazing.
1 word. Heartbreaking.
1 word. Touching.
For those worried about lolicon part, it will not be a lolicon story.
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Love it :)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by idealistical
October 30th, 2011, 11:26am
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From what I've read so far, this manga seems incredibly sweet; it really tugs at your heartstrings, because it revolves around the pain of lost love, of unrequited love. There's a large age gap (15 years), and the main girl character is quite young (10 years old), but given the circumstances, I think it's perfectly ok. I wouldn't describe it as "loli" at all, because it seems like this series will focus less on the "romance" of love, and more on the kindness and faithfulness of true love. Love that never disappears even when one person dies and the other is left behind. I doubt that this will be the kind of manga where they kiss, hold hands, etc. Maybe there will be a "10 years later" where they finally end up together again (that would be lovely). But I think the series will be so much more about healing the pain of their separation, more about learning to move on and seeing happiness in life again. The art is also really nice^^ Maybe it seems like I'm making too much of a shoujo manga, but it really touched me <3 - I definitely recommend it.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2011, 2:09pm
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Best thing ever.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LaLaLinzo
December 31st, 2012, 2:02am
I am in love with this story.
The characters are all so meaningful,
the message of the story's beautiful
it's just amazing how connected I feel to it and how much I love it.

I'm intensley reading this right now, so I'm not going to go into detail but what's important:
AMAZING SPECTACULAR PLOT LINE(ohmygoodness all of the feels)
and like someone before in teh comments said, THIS ISNT A LOLLICON.
Not at all.

This is one deep, amazing, manga. One of the few 10s I feel fully deserves a 10<3
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love love LOVE!!!   
Rating: N/A
by NegalisticBLAST
July 31st, 2012, 3:28pm
I absoulutly love this series, I love age gaps, so this series was right up my alley.
The heroine is very sweet and caring and honest. The male lead is defnintly cool, he treated Ninna as a young lady not completly like a child. I wish at the end of the third part there could have been a bit more romance, but it was still satisfying. If someones into a light fluffy cute romance, than this is it! I do hope this gets released in the U.S.
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