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Flat (Manga)

Flat

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Fuyume, Winter Sprouts
Japanese: flat

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 15, 2007 to Dec 14, 2013
Authors: Aogiri, Natsu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Comic Avarus

Statistics

Score: 8.101 (scored by 1060 users)
Ranked: #7322
Popularity: #1120
Members: 3,884
Favorites: 56
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Synopsis

Heisuke is a young man who was left in charge of taking care of his little cousin Aki for a day. Being an only child who usually stays at home alone, Aki is quiet, reserved, and will go out of his way not to make trouble for others. As they spend more time together, Aki begins to grow very attached to Heisuke, especially since Heisuke's hobby is to make sweets and desserts. The quiet Aki eventually opens up to Heisuke, and Heisuke in return teaches Aki that sometimes it's all right to be selfish and say what you really want to do.

(Source: Bliss Scanlations)

Included one-shot:
Volume 2: Fuyume (Winter Sprouts)


Characters

 Aki
Aki
Main
 Heisuke
Ogawa, Heisuke
Main
 Kotarou
Kotarou
Supporting
 Hase
Hase
Supporting
 Kaidou
Kaidou
Supporting
 Suzuki
Suzuki
Supporting
 Satou
Satou
Supporting


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Sep 6, 2010
IceAndCream
5-year-old Aki-kun is a child of few words. Despite his tender age, he is very helpful (he does house chores by himself), and very selfless.
So it might have been a mistake to have his cousin Heisuke babysit him. Heiskue is a self-centered high schooler who'd rather think about sweets and cooking than anything else. And his first time watching Aki, he decides to leave him alone at the house for an hour so he can go shopping for snacks.
As little Aki is drawing with crayons, he hands him a pack of colored pencils. "Do you want to use these?"
Aki read more
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Aug 12, 2009
Noura
Hmm, The story is about a regular high school boy who had to spend the time with his cousin.

At first I didn't intend to read it cause I was reading Usagi Drop, but after while I thought why shouldn't I give it a try!
and I was amazed Aki-kun is so adorable, when he's shy or want something I keep thinking that I want a child like him!
Heisuke is reminding me a lot about Ginko in Mushishi, not only the drawing even the cold attitude of him!
Any way if I really recommend this manga if you want an easy reading manga read more
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Mar 10, 2010
Jazze
flat is about a laid back teenager who takes care of his reliable, younger cousin. Admittedly, I started reading this today because of a recommendation that someone made about My Girl (Mizu Sahara).

The artwork is pleasant to look at, and it reminds me of Mizu Sahara's art (and her couple other pen names). Although it's categorized as "shoujo," flat doesn't have a typical shoujo storyline and characters and art, which is precisely why I liked this. No huge eyes, no girl falling in love (though [spoiler?] there is one girl who falls in love with the main character, but her personality is such that she read more
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User Recommendations

Both are about high schooler boys taking care of cute little kids.
both are about an older boy taking care of a younger kid and learning the responsibility of looking after others
Both manga focus on a relationship between a kid and an adult (in the case of flat, a teenager) and how they begin to bond and understand each other.
~ Teenage boy who ended up taking care of his cousin. At first he doesn't really care about the whole setup since the situation doesn't concern him at all. Taking care of a child is not his responsibility. Too much of a hassle for a teenagers vocabulary. But as the days pass spending time, studying, playing, cooking together will make him understands how fun it is to be with each others company. Getting attach from one another makes the bond stronger. This sets his mind to be the responsible cousin that he is suppose to be.
Both have a similar feel to them: they're quiet and wistful dramatic stories. They're both school shojo, but aren't silly. The arkwork for both is simple and clean, though the styles are distinctly different. Even though they communicate a similar feel, the stories are very different. "Flat" is about a kid making friends with his shy younger cousin. "Akaku Saku Koe" is about a girl who wants to be friends with a boy who works for the police.
Both are shoujos about a high school boy. Heisuke is like a selfish version of Natsume. Art style practically identical. The storytelling style is similar, both have an airy, innocent feel, and they deal a lot with real feelings and emotions. Neither main character has a romantic relationship.

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