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Tonari no Metaller-san   
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About to freeze to death on a day of heavy snow, Kento is saved by his neighbor Soushi. Dressed all in black, taciturn and scary-looking, Soushi seems hard to approach, but his eyes, almost hidden by his long hair, shine as if pleading for something. After that day, the two of them end up eating together every day for one year. Kento, while hiding the fact that he's gay, doesn't want the peaceful and happy time they share to come to an end. Can he keep a lid on his feelings...?!


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Associated Names
Der Metalhead von nebenan
Metalowiec z sąsiedztwa (Polish)
Mi vecino metalero
Mon voisin le metalleux
The Metalhead Next Door
Tonari no Metaraa-san

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-5 + Extra (end) by peach.kyoudai over 3 years ago
c.1 by Rose Squad Scans over 4 years ago
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in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete) // 5 Chapters + 1 Chapter Extra

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (167 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.91 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 4th 2024, 5:52pm



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Serialized In (magazine)
Chara (Tokuma Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Sublime (Print & Digital Dec 2024)

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Really cute  
by Mc43
May 30th, 2024, 8:20pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
This was adorable! I really really wish it had multiple volumes. This story definitely could have been amazing if it had more volumes to expand on their relationship. I agree with the other comments about the time jumps affecting the quality of the story. It did suffer a bit due to the limit of being one volume, but overall I found it enjoyable.

... Last updated on May 30th, 2024, 8:25pm
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I really liked this!  
May 2nd, 2024, 9:44pm
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
The art Is so beautiful, the story is so cute, i am glad to read this manga. everything. is. perfect. the most wholesome and precious couple. & it's also short so it's a fast read. the only bad thing about this masterpiece is that it isn't longer.

I really liked this story! Soushi is so adorable, and I appreciated how much we get to know about him as a person instead of just being the love interest. He has various hobbies that all add to him charm. He has a realistic problem/insecurity that is displayed with care and that issue doesn’t just magically go away because love so +2 for that, author!
Kento is pretty cute as well. He’s definitely got the puppy dog aesthetic. He’s a bit dense and that does cause problems, but you can tell that he is willing to reflect on them, albeit in a rather annoying way. I feel like he needed more development (like maybe why he’s paying his own way through college or why he wanted to study his major).
The art is also really wonderful. Of course Soushi is drawn great all the time. I especially love the little gremlin expressions when he’s glaring or responding only with his face. The styling is another great plus, with all of Soushi’s outfits feeling authentic. Kento also comes across realistically as a poor student (he wears pretty much the same thing all the time).
You can really tell the author is passionate about the metal scene, especially from the afterword. I think that is what makes this so enjoyable.
But despite all the things I loved, the core drama is still handled in a very cliche way, and the lack of development for Kento doesn’t make the drama feel necessary.

... Last updated on May 2nd, 2024, 9:47pm
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Cute but did not hold my interest  
by mimi201
May 21st, 2023, 7:53pm
Rating: N/A
I thought the premise was cute and the art is nice but neither characters could hold my interest past a few pages. I love me a plot where it involves a gloomy type black haired uke (appearance different from personality) but eh. I don't think it's a bad series, just the metal aspect didn't also interest me as a plot point. Can't rate the manga since I didn't get past even one chapter.
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Cute time-killer  
by kidoraku
February 19th, 2022, 3:27pm
Rating: 7.5  / 10.0
It's a slow romance with pretty art and likeable, kind characters. It's perfect for a quick read. The idea was good, metallheads rarely appear in manga, so it was refreshing to see one as main character, but the execution was far from perfect. If mangaka didn't skip a few months of the story after every chapter (it was confusing and completely unnecessary, it felt like some pages were missing, so I had to double-check if I didn't skip anything) and added more background to main characters it could be 10 out of 10. Anyway it's not bad, you can read it.
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by gwkimmy
August 24th, 2021, 9:08pm
Rating: N/A
A super sweet and simple series! The plot is nothing amazing at all, but I do think the characters were created skillfully. With very little, the mangaka fleshed out each character nicely and I could see these characters existing and moving independent of the story. Loved Kento's friend, the girl at the nursery and even the manager of the cake shop. Their appearances were brief, but they made enough of an impression that I felt they contributed to the lighthearted feel of the story.

In terms of development, I feel like the time skips were definitely awkward and hindered believable character development. It would have been nice to see Kento and Soushi grow closer as friends over the year and maybe have little hints of their growing affection for each other instead for it to seem to come from epiphanies. Regardless, I thought the pace was appropriate and didn't feel too rushed, despite the time skips.

Lots of potential, I'll definitely be keeping tabs on this mangaka!
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A fun and quick read  
by peppermintmoose
March 20th, 2021, 7:49pm
Rating: N/A
I agree with several comments, that the characters and stories don't get enough time or development to make this an excellent manga. But, it's a perfectly enjoyable yaoi manga, with enough personality of its own.

The author is clearly a metal fan, and that shows. I want to see the raws to see if the joke band names were in the original. But seeing bands t-shirts like System of an Up and Pan Tera was a delight.

I also really liked the kindergartener who gave love advise while smoking a lego. I'd love to see that child tell it like it is to more yaoi protagonists. Haha.

... Last updated on March 20th, 2021, 7:50pm
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I second baiyang's comment 99%  
by ratsnack
December 29th, 2020, 8:59am
Rating: N/A
except I find the art not dated at all. Rather it is mamita's style
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So adorable  
by alicele
December 28th, 2020, 5:13am
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
I really like the personality difference between these two as they complement each other well.
The story creates a warm, relaxing and sweet atmosphere with a decent relationship development, although the time skips are a little rushed without enough details.
Another impressive thing is how the funny moments are drawn so effectively it made me laugh out loud.
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Cute idea, mediocre execution, ultimately forgettable :(  
by baiyang
December 26th, 2020, 2:49am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
I'm quite fond of the concept: socially anxious older guy who's into patisserie and metal music x the puppy-like younger guy next door. Unfortunately the actual story was very rushed and the characters fell very flat; it was hard to care about anything going on in this manga.

Reading this story feels like the mangaka is in a race to hit every milestone on the "Typical Yaoi Relationship Timeline." Important developmental stages of the MCs' relationship (first as friends, then as lovers) are never explored, because the mangaka throws in year-long time skips that serve little purpose other than leaving readers confused and disconnected from the characters.

The thing is, I can't care about how a couple is doing three years later if I was never given the chance to form an emotional attachment to them in the first place. I wish Mamita spent more time on the development and realization of the MCs' feelings for each other, because I'm still skeptical about how quickly Soushi decided that yes! he's in love with the guy who kissed him without consent, despite never having romantic feelings for anyone before. I would've loved(!!) to see the anxious and withdrawn Soushi grow comfortable in Kenta's presence and for Kenta to see past Soushi's "scary" exterior, but apparently all that happened in the space between chapters 1 and 2.

For a series that came out in 2019, Tonari no Metaller-san feels awfully dated both plot and art-wise. I'd probably have a higher opinion of this series if it was released in 2009, but imo the characters are lifeless, the story is poorly paced, and the art is messy compared to many contemporary manga. I'd recommend skipping this one.
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Wish there was more to it  
by zakiue
December 20th, 2020, 8:41pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
I like the premise, and it's sweet. Soushi is precious. But all the interesting parts were skipped! The time jumps between chapters made it feel like maybe I was missing chapters, but I know I wasn't.
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