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The male protagonist Utsumi Shinichi is a well known established 31-year old author but has lost his inspiration and is currently living as a shut-in at his grandmother's house in the countryside all alone without barely taking care of himself. Then one day a 10-year-old girl named Haruka stops by and asks Shinichi for permission to take care of a stray cat in his garden. This young girl causes an unexpected reaction in him and he agrees. Shinichi learns that Haruka is an aloof and introverted girl whose parents are barely home: her father travels a lot and her mother is sick in the hospital. After meeting Haruka, Shinichi's editor Oogaki convinces him to use her as inspiration for a new romance novel. Shinichi isn't interested in Haruka in a romantic way, but he pities her because she reminds him of his tragic child self and his lonely childhood. Eventually, they develop an awkward friendship, and somehow they can't leave each other alone. What is in store for them? Why does the laidback Shinichi react this way to this young girl?


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هذه قصة حب
This Is a Love Story
This Is a Tale of Love

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11 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (361 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Aria (Kodansha)

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Kodansha Comics (May 2017; Digital)

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Takes the subject more seriously-   
Rating: N/A
by Hell_Clues
May 4th, 2012, 6:14pm
- while it makes a love story(maybe). It's more than okay.

The friends don't quite seem to be teasing that the girl has a crush on the guy and more pushing him into it, which doesn't quite make sense. Also, I felt it was unnecessary to so quickly establish that the girl has a crush.

The art has a nice bigness to it, and I like some of the zoomed in expressions.

I actually don't think the feelings are very explored but things are made easy to understand. The guy is pretty likeable and I don't think some of the shoujo tropes that sometimes annoy me are present at all. But he's also a bit too immature for his age to the point that it bends credibility, mainly because we're seeing the story from his point of view.

Another thing is that no one really struggles with how highly inappropriate/illegal it would be. Instead of saying that its a bother, it might have been more interesting for him to think about it a bit more, and about how to deal with it, with the audience being privy to it. Not to say he never realizes that it'd be viewed as possibly criminal.

It's not quite as serious as I would mind but I like the optimism in it. It isn't about fetishizing the little girl which is a big plus.

... Last updated on May 4th, 2012, 6:16pm
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Rating: N/A
by MikuTamaki
April 6th, 2012, 5:33am
I think this manga is really good. The mangaka conveys the feelings of the characters well. Also, it's not only about the possible romance between the two main characters. The story focuses in many aspects of life. And one more thing, don't be misled by the cover and the synopsis. I actually didn't have a plan to read because of that however because of the comments i read here, i tried it. Good thing though.
Salute to the mangaka biggrin

... Last updated on April 6th, 2012, 5:34am
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Hana no namae alternative version   
Rating: N/A
by Orulyon
February 27th, 2012, 3:58pm
Indeed this resembles Hana no namae a LOT. (loved HnN) but its still very good. here I can picture the male falling for the girl when she reaches her teenage years, and Iam totally okay with it. Its totally different from Usagi drop simply because in Usagi Drop, the male and the female are like father-daughter
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
yeah I know the end of the manga of UD, and I HATED IT
The artwork is quite pretty and I like the male guy a lot, he is not a pedo (yet XP). The little girl is also adorable^.^
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Very similar with hana no namae   
Rating: N/A
by sosise
September 13th, 2011, 1:17am
I agreed with Monkry. and Somehow it was a bit too forced? I kept being reminded of Hana no Namae when reading this manga. Especially the way it was carried out. It's only the cat substituting flowers that makes it different.

Another shoujo, not really touching. This come from a girl who cried when watching every single episode of fruits basket.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Penpendesarapen
August 13th, 2011, 11:49am
The story is pure in its essence. I love how the author managed to bring out realistic emotions between two people with a 20 year age gap. slice of life themes as good as this are rare nowadays. No lolicon stuff present in this manga (as some of you might misunderstand by judging it) If you like to try a manga with a different atmosphere compared to others, i recommend this smile
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by SaLaHaDiN_PL
August 13th, 2011, 5:47am
PURE OWN nothing more this is one hell of a good read smile I like it a lot stroy is realy nice a nd interesting i give it 10 smile If u want slice of life / romance / drama manga it's best pick smile
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a bit slow so far   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
July 30th, 2011, 7:59am
The story is just slowly starting to unfold, so it's a bit slow. It's slow in a good way though. Slow not in a way where the author is buying time but in a way where you can just sit and watch the characters slowly grow.

It does get a bit uncomfortable with its themes whenever the male sees the girl as a older female. And right now there doesn't seem to be any sort of real conflict in the story.

I would like to see where the author goes with this, because just the relationships alone as it stands can not make a proper story. The problem with a story like this is that to have romantic tension, they're inevitably going to bring in the little girl into the story somehow, which is a little strange.
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Rating: N/A
by Wanderer11
July 29th, 2011, 3:22pm
First off, it's NOT mutual love. So no lolicon stuff. Just a little girl's having a crush on an older man. It's kind of sweet, but true to reality. Even though I'm not hoping for a happy get together ending 10 yrs later. I pray for it will not be a tragedy, considering the amount of reality and dark past.
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It's quite nice actually...   
Rating: N/A
by ms_nobody
July 17th, 2011, 7:29pm
Well I've only read up to the fourth chapter so far, but it's progressing nicely.
It has cliches here and there, but they're not the type that drag down the story.
I can't give it a rating yet, I need to see how it ends up before I do.

And yeah, it's sort of like a mix of Hana no Namae and Usagi Drop (due to the age gap) like monkry stated.

I like how none of the characters are perfect and how dark it seems at times. Makuzu is a cold novelist and Akio is just a lonely young girl. To be honest, we all know that they'll be together, but I like how it isn't love at first sight, and how Makuzu interacts with her.

This isn't reccomended for anyone who can't handle an age gap of 20 or more.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2011, 4:32pm
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reminds me of Hana no Namae   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by monkry
June 6th, 2011, 2:59am
it really reminds me of Hana no Namae... (Oh yeah I like Hana no Namae so much)
IMO these are the same situation:
- Age gap (sure...)
- Older male, around 30s
- Far younger female (actually still girl bigrazz ), age around 1x (15 for Hana no Namae, 10 here)
- The male's job is novelist, and the novel theme is dark
- Until he met the main female, they start to write romantic novels based on their story
- And the male deny that the novels based on their stories
- The girl is so beauty (wogh both of them adorableeee ^^ choukoooo <3 )
- The male is the first that being amazed when he looked the girl at their first meeting
- But then the first that falls in love is the girl
- Yet the man is trying to deny his feelings for her
- The male's house is the main place
- An editor that the main male's friend from school
- And sure, loneliness
but the difference is Chouko (female protagonist of Hana no Namae) had been in high school, but this is in a primary school...?! I like the story with this theme, but... the age gap between 30 years old man and a 10 years old primary school girl?! I can't imagine what will the author do in the future to portray their relationship as real as possible. But what I like from manga like this (I hope will happen in this manga) is how the author describe their deep feelings for each other, I'm curious to know ^^
For artwork, IMO it's not something that amazed me.

Oh yeah this so-far-gap was also happened in Usagi Drop, but in Usagi Drop it's just the gap that same as this. The plot, situation, and characters very different

... Last updated on June 6th, 2011, 3:07am
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