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Includes the following short stories:

1. Once Upon a Time
A lost little girl wants to find her way home...

2. See You Next Time
A girl calmly reminisces about her dead friend.

3. Imp in the Night
A little imp wonders why he's afraid of the night.

4. Sakura Antique Store
The story of an old watch sitting in the window display of the Sakura Antique Store.

5. Shiroi Kumo (White Clouds)
A beautiful and touching story about life, death, and the heartening belief that we will all arrive at the same place when our time has come.

6. Molehill
The story of a young mole who decides to become human so that he can see his girlfriend's face...

7. The Lands of Dreams
A girl is trapped in an endless dream...

8. Grape Picking
Two teachers discuss the godliness of children.

9. Let's Go Home
An elderly couple's reminiscences as they pay a visit to the village from their shared childhood.

10. The Story of a Flower
They don't have a mother, but...

11. The Road Where Flowers Bloom
A careworn man whose life stuck in a rut, a book with Sakura blossoms stuck in the pages, a mysterious woman who claims to have been killed by him, a childhood best friend's mysterious reappearance...

12. Egg Water
The taste of the water bubbling up from a well in the backyard of a little old lady's house...

13. Hoppie's Bear
The unlikely friendship between a lovelorn office worker and a strange -- and strangely mature -- girl.

14. To A Certain Place...
Returning home.


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Associated Names
Hoppie's Bear
White Clouds

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.14 (end) by Lelei over 5 years ago
v.1 c.12 by Lelei over 5 years ago
v.1 c.11 by Lelei over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (198 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.88 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 10th 2017, 8:24pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ikki (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #647 increased(+196)
Monthly Pos #1739 decreased(-23)
3 Month Pos #3217 increased(+534)
6 Month Pos #3725 increased(+1455)
Year Pos #6251 increased(+1608)

List Stats
On 199 reading lists
On 262 wish lists
On 394 completed lists
On 16 unfinished lists
On 152 custom lists

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Silver Fantasy
December 27th, 2011, 3:44pm
I clicked on this series by complete accident and I canít describe how glad I am to have read it. I know others have said it, but I simply couldn't think of another word to describe it besides amazing. White Clouds was simple but so touching and beautiful. Very few mangas can capture the realistic and down-to-earth feeling. There are a handful of admittedly great series, but still, nothing comes close to the amount of real emotion White Clouds pulls from me.

In 16 pages, it is the only manga to ever make me cry.

The story is delicate but genuine and touches on the real aspects of life and death. Itís both sad and sweet, but with a hope that we will meet with our loved ones again some day. The art style really contributes to the feeling it was aiming for and having the dog Shiro narrate makes for a rather unique perspective. I can see why this is an award-winning one shot. Iíve read it so many times and I can't make it past the third page without crying each time. Iíve never lost someone really close to me or had a pet either but I can just feel the emotion seep through the pages. Itís such a quick read, but the impact of the story is unforgettable and the fact that 16 extremely simple pages can do so much makes this a classic in my eyes. This is the only story to which I have given a full 10 rating.

... Last updated on December 27th, 2011, 9:50pm
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by zengoats
December 21st, 2010, 8:02pm
"White Clouds" touches on so many emotions in its 16 pages. It's really an adorable and amazing manga. You'll be impressed with the lasting impact a one-shot manga can have. Just thinking about this manga still brings tears to my eyes. It manages to handle old age and death in the most delicate and powerful way possible.
Also, "Hoppie's Bear," another one-shot that's included in White Clouds, is equally adorable but not quite as sad. Similar to "White Clouds," "Hoppie's Bear" focuses everyday scenarios and then enhances the emotions that go along with those scenarios. Unlike "White Clouds," "Hoppie's Bear" focuses more on finding happiness.
Overall, both are excellent, and you should definitely read them. They are fantastic. So much better than the overhyped manga-turned-anime, mainstream stuff (although that stuff is good in its own way, it really can't compare to White Clouds).
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LemoNeko
November 23rd, 2008, 1:29pm
this manga is def something everyone has to read.
the best 16 pages of manga i've ever's very touching and has a deep meaning, and even tho it's as simple as it can ever be, i'll never forget this manga...and it's worth reading it over and over again
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Xochie
June 1st, 2008, 11:49pm
Absolutely touching. It shows a very beautiful story in a mere 16 pages, from an unusual point of view. Definitely one of the best one-shots out there.
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Sorrowful Beauty   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
May 10th, 2008, 1:45pm
One of the most beautiful oneshots... Death, Life, Love they are what make life the thing that it is. The memories we've had and how we must let go - this oneshot elequently states that, and even leaves you looking out the window in a different perspective.

... Last updated on May 10th, 2008, 1:45pm
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Simple heart touching story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by daydreamer87
March 30th, 2008, 11:28am
Ok so when you first see the artwork don't be put off. Yes i know its not the greatest but if you take the 5 minutes to read this story it will definitely be in your thoughts the rest of the day.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tazman0208
March 25th, 2008, 2:31pm
Almost made me cry, simple yet effective. Really made an impact on me. Its a short story about the true meaning of death and how it affects the people around us... A must read.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bloogal
March 13th, 2008, 5:30am
It's a simple story about a man coming to terms with his wife's death and also the belief that one day, he will return to where she is. This simple story speaks of life, loss, but the overall message is one of hope. Even though it's short, it's skillfully written and has a great deal of depth to it. It's a nice story with a good message and would affect someone more if their beloved one passed away.
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very sad   
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by Xeronia
July 9th, 2007, 11:35am
A very touching story told from the dogís point of view. Itís so sad, but it just had to happen.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mangum44
May 20th, 2007, 5:02pm
I've read this manga half a dozen times already. It's very short - only 16 pages - but in such a short space it manages to tell one of the most touching little stories I've ever had the pleasure to read.

It makes me cry every single time. It really is beautiful in its simplicity.

As I'm writing this, this manga appears in only 9 completed lists and nowhere else. It's a real shame. Please give this manga a chance - it will only take you 5 minutes to finish it, but you'll probably never forget it.
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