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From Viz:

After her parents divorce, Anna Uekusa and her mother move from Tokyo to rural Shimane. Used to the anonymity of city living, An can't get used to the almost overbearing kindness of the people in her mother's hometown. But when personal tragedy strikes, An discovers how much she needs that kindness.

Note: Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo manga in 2005 and was adapted into a movie in 2008.


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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.2 by SweetSense over 6 years ago
v.6 c.1 by SweetSense over 7 years ago
v.5 c.9 by SweetSense over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (462 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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November 20th 2017, 8:15am PST



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Betsucomi (Shougakukan)
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Viz (10 Volumes - Complete)

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Breaks down   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Verix
July 26th, 2012, 5:50am
by the end of volume four. Characters act out of character, they all blame, accuse and scheme.. all what made the first volumes fun and lighthearted turned into stupid nonsensical drama, real shallow.
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Good and fast   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by gloriannys
December 17th, 2011, 1:10pm
I really like it because, even if the plot is a little bit predictable, it goes smooth and fast without all those school festivals that only make you read pages and pages of the same shit. The characters are really realistic and somebody says that An is annoying but is more like she not sure of her future.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
And for Daigo I think he did all he could to help her but they are still too young, it is too much for a teenager to deal with. They are in a age where boyfriends and girlfriends are most for fun and dating that for support. She has to became strong by herself and them she would be able to love herself and others truly
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Wasted Plot. *edited*   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by wintermelon
January 5th, 2009, 12:11pm
*reason for edit?
Lawl, Hard core fans who cant take opposing views (points at Mehness biggrin :haha smile Anyway, what am I lying about? My thoughts and opinion? Because I am certainly not making up the story xD (maybe you took my hyperboles literally)
Although its true my comment was too inconsiderate to lovers of this manga. And the fact that it was too heated with anger...

About 90% of the plot is angsty and separation and pain of Ann. She sheds tears every 4 double pages or so...and just makes herself sad! Always unnecessarily dwells on depressing subjects!
There are a lot of flash backs. You can see this same flash back more than 15 times in this if trying to make a whole deal out of this little aniti-climatic hug.
The end is different from what I expected. a twist.
Sadly... no it was just squashedandFORCED together.
Vague spoiler: 1) This main character who was in a triangle relationship with the other two mains, ends up with a minor side character that you don't even know anymore than her name.
2) Another main disappears to another country
3) For the main plot, the other two mains just plodder through life half alive
Then when the end of everyone's pain finally comes..the ending comes in...two pages?
So, two good volumes then its the start of a campaign to tug at your heart-strings every few pages. All the way to the end of Volume 8!
The last 2 volumes are irrelavant to the main plot.
What I can say as praise is that I like the art. It is decent.
But everyone looks cuter than Ann. I honestly pity Fuji - he is cute and his character is totally wasted.
I dont understand Daigo. He seems too laid back upout the relationship. Shiika is just....
I liked the ending but the rest didn't step up on par, thats my view. Live with it bigrazz

... Last updated on June 5th, 2009, 11:39am
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An impression of the first two chapters.   
Rating: N/A
by djbreezy
August 5th, 2009, 11:07am
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So far I've only read the first two chapters, and I must say it has struck emotionally. The story isn't typical to say the least, but actually has a main theme which I see most shoujo lack these days. I could understand the reason why An might cry so much since her mother committed suicide after all. Other than that, I hope that as I continue to read on I won't be disappointed.
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For Shoujo Lovers   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fish_and_kat
April 18th, 2009, 3:25am
If you love typical shoujo manga, you'd LOVE this. And it's not only about the romance, it also has deep story behind. I love how you keep guessing who An would end up with (bite me, that's why I love shoujo manga heh heh). Why oh why they only have scanlated it to vol.4? T_T ..I'm going to look for the English version

... Last updated on April 18th, 2009, 4:53am
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Rating: N/A
by cutie87
January 16th, 2009, 2:09pm
this manga isn't about angst and depressions. This manga is about how you can live a life smile
it's more depth than wat people see from a glance. It's also pretty complicated. If you havent gone through all those emotions in real life, maybe you won't be able to understand it, and probably find this manga isn't good. Also, base on character's culture and personality, this manga describes a perfect normal girl in real life.
Basically, this manga isn't for shoujo i would say. It's more of josei genre. It deals with lots of emotions and deep feelings as well.

So be warned that if you can't read these types of manga then probably you should drop it from the start smile

And i have to totally disagree with wintermelon on every way. But it's a whole different story.
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What shoujo should be   
Rating: N/A
by sunflower
January 14th, 2009, 7:17pm
If you're just reading pictures in the raws, I think you won't really enjoy this. But if you read the English translations (or can read Japanese) you'll get a lot more out of it. The whole series is about the characters and the communication between them, or the lack, and how that shapes their lives. I love how the characters have depth and react so realistically. They have their good points and their flaws, and they have ups and downs in their lives that most of us can relate to.

Some people have said it's a depressing story, but I don't see it that way. We get to watch Ann and her friends grow up, make choices, and live with consequences both good and bad. It's like life, and the series has both very sad moments and ones of utter joy. It ends on one of the up notes. smile

I highly recommend this. It's unlike most shoujo I've read in that it moves beyond cliche. This isn't for people who just want a gag manga, but if you like a story with more to it, try this one.
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Dramatic, but realistic.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by miruki
May 30th, 2007, 2:52am
What I like most about this story is the way you can relate to the characters thoughts and feelings. Even if things get a bit immoderately dramatic, the characters act like real ppl would, you can clearly see why they react the way they do.

The characters are absolutely the stories' strongest point. To watch them grow and mature as one disaster after the other unfolds is so much fun, that I fear the moment I read the last volume and will never be able to read any new stories about Ann, Daigo, Fuji and Shiika-chan.

Ah, yes. It would be a 10, if it weren't for Ashihara Hinako's epic fail at drawing proportioned feet!

... Last updated on May 30th, 2007, 2:53am
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wintermelon's comment LIES   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mehness
January 16th, 2009, 5:55pm
smile The truth, yeah.

This manga is so cute, maybe a few tweaks here and there would make it good, but I like it overall. Yes I agree with Miruki.
It's slightly overdramatic, but I like how they act like real people do.
Hey, for flashbacks, its important to relate to what happened before. It makes more sense and drama. The artist made the art very beautiful and I like the way was how she developed the realistic plot, and I give her kudos for that.
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not my taste...   
Rating: N/A
by britnh3
June 29th, 2009, 6:53pm
i found it rather droll and boring...the main character does cry a lot and inadvertantly uses her boyfriends...all in all, if you prefer a weaker lead, this might be in your taste...
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