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Hibi Chouchou  
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Shibazeki Suiren is a stunningly beautiful girl. When she enters high school, most of her classmates are astonished by her beauty, but after noticing her quiet manners and lack of contact with anyone else except her friends Yuri and Aya, she receives the nickname "Takane no Hana", a beautiful flower but impossible to reach. However, after a fellow freshman called Kawasumi Kouha saves her from a persistent suitor, she finds herself mesmerized by him... as he's the only boy who won't look at her no matter what.


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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.Extra 1 by Shoujo Sense 8 months ago
v.11 c.75 by Shoujo Sense 9 months ago
v.12 c.75.1 by Freewheeling Scanlations about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (687 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 6th 2018, 9:09pm PST



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Margaret (Shueisha)

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Monthly Pos #755 increased(+40)
3 Month Pos #843 increased(+70)
6 Month Pos #900 decreased(-20)
Year Pos #732 decreased(-60)

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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by haruny
May 28th, 2015, 6:57am
It's full of fluff and cuteness, something I would really like in a manga, but this one just make me feel... nothing. It starts off interesting, but srsly, Suiren is so plain in a very annoying way. You could punch the girl and she wouldn't have any reaction at all. I don't even get the reason she's like that. Probably got explained later in the manga but it's so boring I don't even remember anymore. Also, it looked as if the glasses guy (don't even remember his name orz) only liked Suiren because she's pretty, because she doesn't even talk ??
Seriously though, this thing about "as long as you're pretty/handsome you will be the center of attention and every goddamn person is gonna love you forever" is so OVERLY USED like no, just no, stop this already, this is NOT how it works in real life.
It's as if the author doesn't even know wth she's doing, and just put whatever idea she comes up with.
The art is super pretty though, the only thing that kept me going for a while, but the non-existent plot is a total turn-off.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2015, 7:00am
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Inoffensive but bland   
Rating: N/A
by Suxinn
January 8th, 2015, 12:23am
OK, it has been 63 chapters and I am officially tossing in the towel. Until this manga manages to do something with itself, I'm probably not going to come back to it.

The biggest problem with Hibi Chouchou is how utterly, well, bland it is. It has nice art, sure, but the characters all feel like really flat cardboard cutouts, drawn to act in the most inoffensive and least interesting ways possible. I usually like slice-of-life romantic fluff (in fact, it's my favorite choice of romance), but Hibi Chouchou just somehow... doesn't work.

The main problem, I think, is that the mangaka doesn't seem to understand how to depict day-to-day life without making it seem... trite. It's not the lack of drama or conflict, it's more of how utterly directionless every scene seems. When I watch the two main characters together, I don't think, "Oh, how cute, they're getting to know each other." No, I think, "Man, these people really need to take some classes to learn how to communicate." It's not ~cute~ how shy these two are, especially if there's no significant character development. (There is some, I guess, but its pace is as slow as a snail's.) It's actually really, incredibly boring to see the same everyday scenes rehashed over and over again, with basically no advancement in their relationship--or even their communication skills! Hibi Chouchou isn't romantic fluff, it's just a slog through a borefest.

You know which shoujo mangaka are good at writing slice-of-life romances? Ozaki Akira (尾崎あきら), off the top of my head. Oh, Tsukuba Sakura definitely (though she often veers off into supernatural territory, but same idea--nice, long, fluffy romances that don't drag). Heck, I'll even concede that Taamo (who I find a bit drag-y with her longer stuff) is better at this than Morishita Suu.

The art, for what it's worth, is really, really nice. And the overall storyline is pretty inoffensive. Does that mean it's good? Well, it's not terrible, but the fact is that Hibi Chouchou would've been a decent manga if it was much, much shorter. Like, maybe oneshot length. Because with the way it's dragging, I find myself barely able to feel anything except tired resignation and boredom anymore. And that's as sure a sign as any to quit while I'm still marginally ahead, I guess.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2015, 12:24am
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Unique and soft   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Melrakki
December 30th, 2014, 3:26pm
Yes, as others have said, it can feel a bit slow at a point. But this is still a lovely manga.

I think at a point I was pretty much just reading this because I enjoyed it, but it was definitely worth sticking with. (Up to ch 65--as I post this--is translated on raffmanga.)
The emotions in this manga are also portrayed very well. Especially Suiren's-- in the beginning I felt more distanced to her character, but now I find her endearing and understand her more.

In all: keep reading, this manga is developing nicely.
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Very pretty art   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by mispelling
November 17th, 2014, 10:05pm
The art is one of the positive factors of this series, other then that nothing can be said that leaves a lasting impression on me.

I'm really surprised how high the ratings are for this considering how bland and slow the series is, I've read up to where the scanlators had stopped off and didn't bother to go back because of how unimpressive the storyline is.

I can appreciate slow story lines, but there is a point where I need to stop especially since the two leads are the least interesting characters I have read.

Amazingly enough the author has produced enough materials for eight volumes?? And continuing?? Not even the pretty art can make me stay for it.
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As said..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by BlackMarchie
September 14th, 2014, 1:54am
As previously written by everyone or prewritten for those yet to come.. its pretty. Very pretty. The characters are pretty in their archetype too. The story revolves around two people falling in love and trying to make it work. As of vol 6, ch 43...its still a feeling as if you're reading a dream that's full of fluff and romanticism. It is not a read for those who can't stand romantics. Underneath the fluff though, emotions are conveyed very well and the commonality is love. Love between best friends, lovers, and family. Of course, I don't mean friends that become lovers or incest, I just mean people care and it shows.
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Among the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Matic3d
July 11th, 2014, 12:27pm
Soft and slow paced, but not in a boring way. The protagonists are adorable and worth watching. This gentle shoujo series simply leaves you feeling happy. And the art is excellent. I have to wonder at anyone who fails to be moved by this manga.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Couture
June 29th, 2014, 10:03pm
Is this so special only because of the art and sparkle? Most likely yes.

The female lead.
No, she's not complex.

She's dependant.

She doesn't meet her friends at the same esteem they hold for her. They have no reason to be attached, and neither does the male lead. Uh would you really devote your help to someone so self absorbed?
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then there's a random angsty scene (with sparkles, even, as if it was such a touching scene) where her friend cries for accidentally ruining the class bowling ball thing. The main character's like "don't cry," coupled with the "I want to see her smile," line. ...Those lines don't work in your situation, especially if it was dismissed and exaggerated with such disregard after the female lead decides to say something because wow she means everything to the manga. (I'd rather they have scrapped her and tried a different premise). It's a failed attempt to prove something that's never existed, and it's plainly obvious that the objective was to add to the female lead's nonexistent character depth. The manga presents her as such a delicate character that it's sickening. Apparently just asking a simple "Are you okay?" makes her a saint (in a panel that filled 3/4 of a page coupled with sparkles). I gagged. If that was such a groundbreaking line (because she rarely speaks and that's really special that she did *sarcasm*), then how much did she value their friendship before?

And the way she treats her "love rival" is horrid. It appalls me that she thinks she has the right to view another girl's earnest efforts as annoying, "omg her love is so impure compared to mine," when in actuality her actions would be seen as borderline obsessive if not for the convenient veil of intervention that are otherwise known as her "friends". The other girl actually tries to get closer to the male lead, and approaches him on a non-superficial pretense while the female lead is just shown leeching from her friends' efforts. And how she's all angsty about how she's "a flower atop a mountain," or smth. Are you serious? You placed yourself there in the first place... not literally, but yur

And the male lead.
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His friend's all about wishing for the male lead's happiness, and I can find no reason for him to remain with him as he is other than the fact that they were simply acquainted since young. You become friends with someone who insults you at first meeting? He's not hitting on you and it's not because he's awkward or a tsundere or whatever. Look somewhere else for the dere. Even in the present the male lead is semi-abusive towards him. There's really nothing else to say about the male lead except that he's quiet. Oh, and he has glasses.

You'll probably know it's bad if the male lead can only be characterized by a supporting character who isn't even significant the majority of the time because, you know, it's all about the female and male leads. You may say that "it's because they're the leads," but the supporting characters in this manga are only made significant to fuel the interactions between the two leads because they're just that awkward. They're really just used and then thrown away, waiting in a corner until the mangaka finds some use for them again

The two leads are awkward af with each other, to the point of dysfunction. Basically all the "romance," there is are the generic lines, and simple thoughts that need not be emphasized with painfully long gaps of silence that we can really do without. There's like literally a whole chapter dedicated to them just walking home together.

To be fair, I did put up with it 'till ch. 25 or so. Worst mistake ever btw.

Shallow, bland and very sparkly. Read only if you care for nothing else but the art (or maybe if you have a tolerance of steel).

... Last updated on December 13th, 2014, 11:45pm
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Super Cute   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wallyakazukin
May 24th, 2014, 3:27pm
What's wrong about shy couple? I love them! Story, art, character, I love everything about this manga xD
Actually, suiren is a very strong willing girl. If you have the same complex as her, it'll be very bold of her to ask the boy she likes to watch fireworks together, to keep attacking with her own way, and it's lovable to see how she always trying hard to show her feeling to kawasumi (while kawasumi confused, stiff, and all, lol).
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It's hillarious to see suiren ask kawasumi if she could send him home, and she did it while trembling and tearing, only to be able to spend more time with him, LOL

I love slow romance, but still I hope they'll act a biiit mooorreee lovey-dovey, haha.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by handkc12
January 24th, 2014, 11:19am
What I'll say about this manga is that this manga is warm. A very unique type of manga, not hot or cold like most other mangas. Doesn't have many or very high climaxes or events, but yet it's still interesting enough for me to keep reading. A manga that kind of give a warm sensation to heart; this type of mangas are not common, but I like them. And it is comfortable enough for anyone to read; no hard subjects, just a story of two shy boy and a girl.

"If 'Bleach' or 'Naruto' are time bombs with unpredictable plots and 'Vampire Knight' a rose with deep fragrance, this manga would be a comfortable pillow, always on your bed, never getting out of your hand."
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by mystoxuan
November 23rd, 2013, 7:15pm
Even hentai has more storyline than this series... And that's saying something.

Started off cute and now they're all just annoying me. It's come to a point where I don't even want to continue the series because ~*~*I'm interested in the outcome*~*~ because to be honest, I don't think this is really gonna get anywhere.

It's just mute, repetitive fluffiness. Same old shit different chapter.
Kudos for toning and art, I guess.

... Last updated on November 23rd, 2013, 7:23pm
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