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Kimi wa Pet  
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Smart, successful and good-looking Iwaya Sumire works for a big newspaper. However, her boss asks her to leave for being too "perfect" a woman. Feeling angry and dejected Iwaya returns home depressed, and most of all lonely. However, when she finds an unconscious young man lying in a box out the front of her home, she takes him in since he looks like a dog she used to own called Momo. She dubs him Momo and decides to "keep him as a pet." It's the start of an unexpected life together as they overcome obstacles and become quite attached to one another. But can love like this exist?

This manga won the 27th Kodansha Manga Award for shoujo in 2003 (shared with Hachimitsu to Clover).


Related Series
Kimi wa Pet the Best (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
きみはペット L’intégrale
حيواني الأليف
คุณผู้หญิงคือเจ้านาย คุณผู้ชายคือ -
너는 펫
Au pied, chéri! (French)
Kimi wa Petto
My Pet Momo
Sei il mio cucciolo (Italian)
Thiên Sứ Đáng Yêu
Tramps Like Us
You Are My Pet

Groups Scanlating
Doujinshi Adoptions
Eternal Blue

Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.37 by village_status over 9 years ago
v.7 c.36 by village_status over 9 years ago
v.7 c.35 by village_status over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1237 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.55 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 5th 2017, 7:36am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (14 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #248 increased(+61)
Monthly Pos #296 increased(+22)
3 Month Pos #285 decreased(-23)
6 Month Pos #279 increased(+8)
Year Pos #276 decreased(-2)

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On 1361 reading lists
On 1210 wish lists
On 2668 completed lists
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Forum Posts
a few questions over 5 years ago
male readers over 5 years ago
Okay, so... [possible spoilers] over 5 years ago
Scene in "Kimi wa pet" over 6 years ago
Kimi wa Pet/Tramps Like Us Manga Gets Korean Film over 7 years ago

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Couldn't put it down.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Jandalman
May 6th, 2011, 8:02am
It is now May 7th 2011 2:57 AM local time. I have just spent the last 12 hours reading this manga from beginning to end. Very few josei/shoujo manga have entertained me as much as this one. Storyline is really good, not too heavy or light on the drama, romance was more or less "just nice" and the comedy was hilarious. Art style is the only thing that I have a slight quirk against, but being a guy used to shounen/seinen art styles I'll let Kimi Wa Pet get away with this one.

A fantastic read to pass the time and also if you wanna get your emotions going now and then.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by niksiv
May 3rd, 2011, 1:20am
Originally, i kept putting off reading this as the "pet" thing sounded weird to me but then i was hooked from chapter 1. This is actually one of the cutest manga's ever! You know, one of those feel good mangas! It's not over the top and that's one of the best parts about it. gahhhh it's just SO CUTE ASKJDHKF SO CUTE!
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Very nice!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
January 25th, 2011, 2:38pm
It has been ages since I last enjoyed a (long) romance manga like this one. I didn't feel irritated at all while reading through the 14 volumes, which is quite uncommon for me. Really, just that is reason enough to rate this 10. I am in the twenties, and have been lacking good romance manga to read. Most shoujo mangas leave me partly angry, because they tend to be superficial (I know I am generalizing), alike and just plain boring. Of course that has something to do with age. That's why this manga entertained me very much. No it is not perfect, but it entertains the group it is meant to entertain, therefore the tag josei.

I like how it is not dramatic in a sick way, and how things that could have been shoujo-dramatized are solved in reasonable and nice ways. I like how Momo (love to say that name - momomomomomommomomomomomooooo!!!) can take responsibility even though he is just in his twenties. Because it is possible to be mentally grownup in that age. I also like how Sumire pictures a specific segment of women, who are shy, too self-conscious (especially about their flaws) and insecure - but still hardworking ... Well, you might realize that I kind of can relate to this Sumire-person. Hahahah. I just felt very pleasant while reading Kimi wa Pet.


Now, food for thought... There was one thing that was a bit hard for me to relate to. They focused quite a bit on the
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women who are getting married have to stop working
-theme. It may be a common thing to think about in Japan, but in some countries in Europe, that's really not the biggest problem. Compared to that, they made
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Sumire being pregnant
much less of a thing to think through. That is something that is calculated quite a bit about where I live, and if it isn't planned,
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is often discussed. That wasn't the case here. But it didn't ruin the story for me, nonetheless.

Art - nice. Story - splendid. Ending - good. And as many before have mentioned, I really want to read more... But on the other hand, no. This piece is complete, and ended just when it was meant to end. 10 points to the international pet society!

Just be yourself. by Lillian on February 4th, 2010, 10:53am
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The ironical thing is that Hasumi actually still had a clumsy and naive girl image of her in his mind. Taking that he surely wouldn't mind the faults she desperately tried to hide from him and wouldn't just still love her, he'd love her even more knowing all about her. After all she is a lovable person.
Those two would be a great couple if just Sumire hadn't hidden half of her personality.

Answer to Lillian:
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Lillian, I really like your analysis, but there is one thing I think you missed. It's hard for me to explain, but I will try. I disagree with you about Hasumi and Sumire being a perfect couple. It seems to me that Hasumi is missing a bit of empathy, compared to how subtle and weak to others' wishes Sumire is. She cannot chose the dress she wants to wear without being encouraged A LOT to choose for herself, as it was explained in the manga. Hasumi is too rash and missing quite a bit of delicacy to be able to truly understand Sumire. That is also shown when he just assumes that Sumire will stop working when they get married, without even thinking about discussing it seriously with her. That is why Momo is perfect for Sumire. He can sense her small changes under her facade. And in return, she is also very considerate of him (but that is just a trait of hers). They balance each other out, imo.

... Last updated on January 26th, 2011, 5:12am
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Excellent romance and josei series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by niteangel
December 22nd, 2010, 11:50am
As a romance, this is as good as it gets. In shojo, usually the girl gets only one amazing kiss or a confession but everything after that, I feel nothing. In Kimi Wa Pet, there were many moments, one after the other, where my body tenses up and feel that rush. Additionally, now that I've grown up from shojo, I was looking for more realistic romances with a sexual side, and here, it's done masterfully well, perfect amount, without being vulgar, perfect for a female audience.

I really fell in love with the characters, even the "evil" ones by the end. I especially love Sumire, realistic and relatable with insecurities, desires, etc. I love how Sumire is independent and career-driven, looking for the balance between work and a love life: a very modern scenario. This woman has a better education, higher salary, is taller, than most men. What do you do, in a world where some men are insecure about successful women? Once you do find the guy who is more successful than you, do you give up everything your worked for to become a housewife? This is why this manga is great, addressing these social issues, that exist not only in Japanese, but I see in American society. A breath of fresh air.

Ascetically-pleasing work, characters are beautifully drawn, to reflect their personality and emotions. Of course, the pet-master relationship is up in the clouds, but the way the author portrayed it, like great fiction, it feels real. The ending is amazing. That's all just frosting to all the romantic moments, that the reader would feel. Two thumbs up.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2010, 11:58am
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Rating: N/A
by workshyslacker
December 21st, 2010, 5:56pm
.. but I didn't enjoy it.

It's one of those mangas that dealt with the theme of relationships in a generally mature way (there were no villains or heroes and the characters were complex) but I never warmed to it. Sumire was just weak IMO. Despite being a successful career woman she could never voice her emotions or be her real self even though she was contemplating a lifelong commitment to Hasumi. And her inactive passivity meant she was just stringing along all the other characters' development and progress. "Momo" as a male lead was slightly distasteful. His attitude towards other woman was manipulative although his saving grace was he doted on Sumire. The relationship between them was initally comedic but the master/pet relationship was borderline creepy at times. I never really understood what motivated these characters into this wierd psychological behaviour.

The art was scruffy, disorganised and scratchy, and I wasn't drawn into it; it was a waste of a visual medium which could've been used more eloquently to convey emotions and plot in order to draw the reader in. I've seen better art in other manga. Towards the end the story just meandered with unnecessary subplots and I got bored.

So generally;

1) Too long
2) Flat, slightly unsympathetic characters
3) Boring towards the end
4) Poor art

Read if you're killing time...or wondering how this manga won an award. I think its like one of those oscar-winning films that you'd rather catch on DVD to see what the fuss was about.

... Last updated on December 21st, 2010, 6:18pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Charis
December 20th, 2010, 10:09am
I was really hesitant in reading this manga when searching for a manga to read during my holidays. But surprise, it was actually pretty good. Probably one of the best josei manga I've read in a while. I particularly like the last chapter, it was sooo cute!

Probably one of the problems with this manga is that it was too long. I think about half way throught the manga everything just gets soo dull (that is if read it continuously) that you don't even have to read the text and you can get what's going on. But the ending kind of made the whole series worth reading. lol
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by chibit_tan013
November 15th, 2010, 8:20pm
I don't normally like josei (I like more bloody, gory stuff), but this has that cute charm to it that sets it apart from others. You really were almost left guessing until the end, with a great plot and characters with actual depth to them. Sure, Sumire and Momo's "pet-master" relationship is found pretty much nowhere in modern society, but it is the only unrealistic thing about the whole series, really. The only problem I have is that the mangaka really stretched the plot out as much as possible, adding unnecessary obstacles and side stories to an otherwise well constructed plot.

It's cute, clever, original, and one of the best manga I've read all year.

... Last updated on November 15th, 2010, 8:22pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by beansappears
June 28th, 2010, 12:01am
I've just started reading it, and I'm only on chapter 2, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It really is an award-winning manga for a reason. So so good! And can I just say that the art is is wonderful, best I've read.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LovelyCookie
May 27th, 2010, 10:04pm
Best manga I've read in ages! The flow of the story is very natural and smooth, the characters are very lovable and overall, it's just one amazing story that can be enjoyed no matter what's your genre of preference because it has something for everyone. This mangaka has greatly impressed me.

... Last updated on August 8th, 2011, 12:38am
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This Hits the Spot   
Rating: N/A
by shojojunkie
May 4th, 2010, 10:04am
I was looking for a manga with a strong but secretly insecure female lead, and this is it! It's awesome. The romance development is just right, and the bittersweet scenes are played out so beautifully. It's no wonder this manga gets so much attention and gets recommended frequently. Must-read!
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