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Kare wa Tomodachi (Manga)

Kare wa Tomodachi

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: He is a Friend, He is My Friend
Japanese: 彼はトモダチ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 28
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 13, 2007 to Jan 13, 2010
Authors: Yoshioka, Ririko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend


Score: 7.771 (scored by 1759 users)
Ranked: #18482
Popularity: #1102
Members: 4,058
Favorites: 39
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In her 3rd year of middle school, Hiyori has had a crush on Mizuno, who is in the classroom next door. It was at a time like that when a seating change happened, and she ended up sitting right next to Sasamoto, who is Mizuno’s childhood friend. She finds this out and she decides to ask for his help. However, Sasamoto, who was supposed to be just a friend, starts to develop feelings…?!

(Source: Midnight Scans)

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Alternative setting: Shiro no Eden
Sequel: Kare wa Tomodachi Plus


Fujisaki, Hiyori
Kanbara, Kotone
Mizuno, Yuuma
Sasamoto, Karen
Masamichi, Nao

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Jul 20, 2010
Kare wa tomodachi is one of my top ten go to drama-romances and with good reason. No manga reader picks up a shoujo romance title and thinks to himself "Sheesh, there sure seem to be a lot of misunderstandings between these people and a lot of unnecessary conflict and pain is resulting from it. If only they grew up and stopped making such a big deal out of small things!" Hahah, OK while reading, maybe we do let slip such harsh thoughts, but honestly, being a teen is hard, and it is precisely this anguish and delight of being a teen, finding and losing and read more
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Dec 30, 2010
Kare wa Tomodachi is probably one of the most amazing mangas I've ever read in my whole life. Why? Let me tell you.

First: STORY
The story is something every teenager (which is most manga readers) can understand. It doesn't run around the bush but instead, it goes straight to the point. "I like you." that isn't really hard to understand, right? Although I must admit it can be quite annoying sometimes but it goes well in the end or it goes to a different way you'd thought it would be. It changes. Because life changes as well.

Secod: ART
The art is not perfect but good enough. It read more
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Jan 8, 2014
I have to say that this story's plot was unexpected, yet rather DISSAPOINTING for a guy like me reading this.

There are specific reasons why I don't particularly like this manga. The story is about this girl, Hiyori, who first falls in love with a nice guy named Ren. The two of them go through various troubles though, and it's those troubles that shows how very selfish and immature Hiyori is, despite being the main character. Hiyori fails to realize Ren's situations, fails to understand how very kind and caring he is, and above all fails to see how much Ren read more
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Apr 19, 2011
Story - 10/10
I really have to admit that I hate love triangles because they just repeat themselves like any other manga. However, in my 3 years of otaku, this is the very first time I found something really WORTH reading(for love triangles or something like that).. and this was Kare wa Tomodachi. At first I thought that it was just similar to those other mangas but I'm lucky that I gave it a shot. I can assure you that this is a very good drama-romance manga. There will be lots of lessons to learn as well. I love how the mangaka did the ending.. really read more
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User Recommendations

Both have high school teenage romance, drama, backstabbing, obsession, lies, secrets, etc. They deal with first love and best friends liking the same girl. Both have love squares.. or even pentagons. 
reportRecommended by FeelingBlue
Both have similar plot and characters. Both have a love polygon. The main girl is a naive girl that dates the guy she likes, but he was previously in love with a girl she knows and it seems they have a hard time in forgetting that past relationship. Then the best friend of the main guy who also was involved with the "past" girl starts developing feelings for the heroine.  
reportRecommended by Orulyon
I guess the similar thing about these two mangas is that the lead female started off having "unrequited love" and started to develop feelings for another guy. That made it sound negative, but they're really a good read. 
reportRecommended by kiiroibara
Another love triangle, one girl, and two boys who fight for her feelings,and, of course , her big problem - who she should choose. 
reportRecommended by Shadake
Both are similar in the way that even though they (the main characters) love each other, their love relationship is not smooth sailing as there are obstacles. Both mangas have good character development in the sense that the characters felt real and not superficial. We can also see how the characters mature overtime.
Although Kare wa Tomodachi is shorter in terms of volume and the plot is built differently than in Mars (as in the things that happened to the characters in both mangas), both are reading pleasures in their own rights. 
reportRecommended by blue-y
Both have really interesting love triangles and I think the male lead are pretty similar in both mangas 
reportRecommended by anayardz

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