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Natsu no Zenjitsu  
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Tetsuo Aoki is a 4th year oil painter at a fine arts school. While working in an art supplies store, he meets an older woman named Akira Aizawa, who is the manager of an art gallery. Akira becomes interested in Tetsuo and she begins to pursue him when she catches him painting on the riverside. After such, their relationship begins to develop romantically. Will it develop smoothly? Or will there be unforeseen events?


Related Series
Mizu to Gin (Sequel)

Associated Names
The Day Before Summer

Groups Scanlating
Scantily Clad

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.Extra 2 (end) by Maigo over 2 years ago
v.5 c.Extra 1 by Maigo over 2 years ago
v.5 c.35 by Maigo over 2 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (602 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.3 / 10.0
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August 23rd 2017, 3:31pm PST



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good! Afternoon (Kodansha)

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which one should I read first? about 1 year ago
Remember to read Mizu no Iro Gin no Tsuki after this over 2 years ago
Natsu no Zenjitsu Ends over 3 years ago

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Beautiful, yes, poignant, yes. Dissapointing end: yes.   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by tameflame
May 6th, 2015, 9:37pm
Unrequited love generally makes for truly heart-rending stories. Wow. Reading this knowing that they wouldnt get together. I wanna write about how the author portrays love as ever fleeting, and how the perfect love for one person isnt the perfect love for their counterpart. But thats just presumptuous bullshit. The ending was "right" in the sense that it was realistic, but it doesnt belong in a work of fiction like this. What was this, a happy end, a sad end? It was nothing, I felt empty, I was supposed to feel like what happened was the only way for everyone to je happy, but the mangaka fucked it up

... Last updated on May 6th, 2015, 9:38pm
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Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by pcdiaries
April 29th, 2015, 2:35am
Isn't the ending already known? Since in Mizu no Iro Gin no Tsuki,
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Aoki ended up with Hanami. I cried so hard for a Akira after reading chapter 34, even if I knew they won't end up together in the last chapter. Maybe it's just me, but I don't want Akira and Aoki to end up together. In my opinion, Akira is too good for him. He should to be with Hanami, so that he would know how Akira feels to be the one who's more in love in the relationship. He never loved Akira, just loved having sex with her. It can't be helped since Akira is just a sex friend for him, he bounds to leave her when he finds his love. In the last chapter, he even said he left not because he doesn't love her anymore. I don't think he'd ever loved her to begin with, he only loves himself, a selfish man like Akira said. In the end, when he fell in love (with Hanami), he gotta stop being selfish, I guess. I wonder if or when he has Hanami, would he still be in love with her after number of years cause she's quite annoying.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2015, 3:04am
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Could be very good   
Rating: N/A
by Atriel
August 31st, 2014, 11:29am
If you can stand the drama queen manchild that is the main character, it's enjoyable. But he makes it real hard at times.

I'm only a few chapters into volume 2, and I'm expecting him to say something like "Y-you just don't understand me!", or "What do you think you know about me!?" any time soon. It's that bad.
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About time we get a realistic view of human relationships   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Dirty D and the Crew
May 29th, 2014, 3:01am
This manga is tops and does something right and that is giving realistic flaws to characters, which is a very rare thing. I'm going off on a tangent here but A lot of these comments about Aoki being an ass is bollocks. The guy is honestly searching for himself and his path with which he demands perfection from, a very standard and relatable human characteristic. Anyone who has tried to do similar can agree that it's very confusing and never straightforward. Simply being hot, talented, socially fulfilled is not his goal for his work or personality, to judge his character simply on what he has is preposterous. The people who say he is cheating are obviously missing the human side of him.

I don't know how to do spoilers as I made this account purely for this review so be warned reading this para. The truth, as it is apparent to me is that Aoki is coming to terms with himself and his view of reality. Akira is on one side of the coin which is reality, in reality Akira has shape, wit, feelings, definitive tastes, a delicious body, urges, character. The other side of the coin is Hanami? She embodies abstract beauty. Aoki obviously has a crush on her but it's not so simple. To him she is the personification of painting. Since he doesn't know her personality, her name, her age, any defining characteristics, he is drawn to that undefined beauty and I think he relates it to his painting, which is to him ungrounded in reality. I see nothing wrong with using her to expand his painting. That's also why he doesn't paint faces, they represent reality to him, he is not yet ready to come to terms with it. That also explains his proud need for no restrictions, his distaste for help which would only tie him down into dependence, and his solitary demeanor. Can't wait to find out whether he chooses reality with Akira or semi-abstract with Hanami.

Anyway this manga kicks ass. Very Adult oriented with complex social structures and abstract undertones. Akira is fucking adorable with her simple childlike faces, mischievous banter, and smart demeanor, which is never petty. While Aoki is thoughtful, willful, and a breeze of fresh air when compared to the usual single minded, sex oriented, coolness and attraction being taken for granted male lead that is so predominant these days. Hell I relate the guy intensely, might even go so far as to say I admire him. It's not often a regular guy like me can read a manga and experience such beautiful raw emotion from a story without regretting it 5 pages later when the male lead gets a stupid fucking nose bleed or sudden ego stab. The art is great, nudity and sexuality is handled well and with taste. Female isn't crazy proportioned while the male isn't ripped. Sex feels raw and realistic, while the characters' personality doesn't evaporate either, a nice touch of reality there. Seriously if you are tired of teensy angst and crave a realistic human story read this shit, like now... It's chill enough to read while hohum and spicy enough to make you crave more. Definitely recommend.
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breathe-taking !!   
Rating: N/A
by flyingossi
May 21st, 2014, 6:51pm
I believe that it's just a matter or time that Aoki realizes he's true feelings for Akira. yes he feels that Hanami could inspire him so much at drawing. but, it's actually Akira who always supports him and awakens his true self. I hate it when Hanami interfere, but that's just fine, it'll be just a way for Aoki to see everything clearly. it's always makes me breathe so deeply everytime Aoki meets Hanami after everything he learn to feel bit by bit with Akira... #sigh! hope the story will come out soon. it's so much the different than other stories I read. worth-reading biggrin
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Where love is communicated physically   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Stickerhappy04
May 20th, 2014, 6:26am
The lead characters here don't express their affection for one another directly. This is especially the case for the art student Tetsuo who, despite his growing feelings for successful art dealer Akira, can only resort to intimate encounters when trying to convey his feelings. Akira, on the other hand, is too absorbed on her role as the older one in the relationship that she doesn't want Tetsuo to think that she's so smitten with him hence her constant teasing. Their relationship has not become clear because of their reservations, and is now becoming more complex as Tetsuo begins to be attracted to an unnamed woman. Frustrating as it is, you'd appreciate how their moments of passion speak in their behalf. It's definitely one of the few stories that make you understand why intimacy is a game-changer in relationships.
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Lovely characters with REAL life experiences with love   
Rating: N/A
by Cherelle Ashlee
July 23rd, 2013, 11:32pm
I love it! Plain and simple. This describes the epitome of a seinen romance, its clear cut, yet wayward, frustrating, but yet it explains the true description of a "real" life beating heart of a human! Akira is my favorite character, there is just something about her that makes you want to read more about her. Though she may look like a kid and tend to act gentle towards others, she's very adamant and steadfast in her decisions, long story short, she is the epitome of a well structured "seasoned" character, who knows when to say when. I didn't like Aoki as much, not because of the fact that he was obsessed with someone else, it was that he acted like a brat through out the whole manga. Arrogant and pretty selfish, not once have he thought about Akira's feelings when he was carelessly thinking about another person. Though he has some good points like that fact that he's ambitious, strong willed and sturdy; not easily moved.
All in all, I'm not really looking for a happy ending for this manga, a logical or an acceptable one will do just fine, as this manga tend to rely heavily on real life experiences with common and everyday relationships. So a card board ending will definitely send this manga downhill.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2013, 11:33pm
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So much depth   
Rating: N/A
by yuufee
June 5th, 2013, 3:08pm
From the first glance at one of these pages you can tell you're in for so much more than just some smutty romp through the flippant life of a hungry young male. There is some flippancy and some hunger, yes, but that's part of how you get to know Tetsuo.

To compare him to the black panther as Akira does is entirely accurate: he is strong-willed, capricious, and proud. Although there were times when I could not understand his reasoning I never hated him for it. It only made him more real and more interesting- he can't be summed up entirely by the simple term of "tsundere." His pursuit of a goal and the feeling of discovering that goal is something that any person can relate to, artistic or not. Aoki's thirst for inspiration is as much of the story as the blossoming romance.

Akira is a wonderful character. She can be strong at the same time as precious and you want nothing more than for her to attain happiness because she deserves it. I absolutely loved her moments of spunkiness when she was entirely her own and knew exactly what and how she wanted something.

The movement between romance and artistry begin to blend until one becomes the other. The scenes of intimacy are both fiercely passionate and heartfelt so that no part felt like unnecessary fanservice. The rich style is poignant enough to assist the reader in learning the characters at the same time they are learning each other. Outside of the bedroom (and still sometimes in it) their interactions develop so naturally and are shown to be so honest and real that it's satisfying even before it is finished.

A clear favourite
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This is how you wite an "adult" manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
May 28th, 2013, 11:05am
After the recent rush of "borderline" porn in seinen magazines i find it so nice to see an author use nudity/sex for artistic purposes and have an actual narrative in an adult focused manga. The art school angle also comes of as natural too. The common criticism that Tetsuo is a bit of a narcissist in first 2 volumes who undervalues Akira is true but character progression takes place and the relationship matures from the comfort-sex direction.
I think that that was the whole point all along and the others characters are well integrated into the story which is important as they increase in importance in the later stories by the author. The series also works as a Mono no Aware if you are into that to a degree and there are a few well done moment of surrealism. Now it only need a satisfying ending which Mizu to Gin (7/10 but Gin no Tsuki is better) didn´t properly address, a length of less then 10 volumes and i will be wholehearted satisfied. Her previous series Koi Kaze (8/10) is also recommended but is bleaker in comparison so be prepared.
Update: The ending was met with the expected negative reaction amongst readers but is just what i was expecting as the series is a story about the failure of communication and putting passion in front of everything else so another conclusion would have been a betrayal to the overall narrative and themes.
"Sequels" exist in form of the "Mizu no" series but i would frankly like to read new short form anthology to some of the character's stories in here and her other works to tie the bow for good.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2015, 7:16am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
March 17th, 2013, 2:50pm
It was surprisingly enjoyable.
I wasn't expecting anything much from it... But it turns out to be such a good manga.
It was a story about self discovery, or maybe more like rediscovery. He has lost his passion and soul for art somewhere along the line of living everyday life. His encounter and subsequent relationship with Akira, the owner of an art gallery, and his experience since then had helped him slowly open up and appreciate again. The male lead is very unique. He is sort of a tortured soul, yet he is always persevering: he knows his faults. And he s always striving to be better for himself.

The story was a bit confusing in the beginning fo me, but that might just be because I was absentminded as I was reading it at first. But... As I read it, things become more clear. Character developed so smoothly that I almost didn't see the moments of transition. The pacing was really good. The love is interesting also. Not the typical boy meet girl. It's a mature story, referring to some explicit scenes as well as the topic of the story itself. It touches some deep topics. Not a typical story at all. I love it.

I don't care too much for the art. I personally prefer a cleaner style. I do think however that this style is also nice. It's more...mature, in a sense? It's more expressive because its rough and looks unfinished in places. Anyways, I have no strong feelings about the art work itself.

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more about the romance. The male lead, who is an artist, pisses me off at times. He is basically two timing akira!! He loves her when he is not focused on his art. He likes the other girl, too. even obsessive about her. He views her as his muse; she inspires him to draw and paint. It's frustrating because i want him to be only devoted to Akira. Urgghh!!
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