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Tonari no Kashiwagi-san (Manga)

Tonari no Kashiwagi-san

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Kashiwagi-san, My Desk Neighbour
Japanese: となりの柏木さん


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 24, 2009 to ?
Authors: Shimotsuki, Kinusa (Story & Art)


Score: 7.571 (scored by 3823 users)
Ranked: #28982
Popularity: #392
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Sakuraba Yuuto is a high school student who is open about his otaku lifestyle and has been recently interested in a new moe artist named Sayane. At his new class, he is assigned a seat next to Kashiwagi Kotone, the popular girl in school, who strongly shows her dislike for the kind of culture Yuto is into. He runs into Kotone at an otaku store and learns her secret: that she is, in fact, heavily into the moe culture she says is stupid to everyone. Yuto promises to keep it a secret and the two start a relationship where they discuss their passion in secret. But Yuto still doesn't know that Kotone is really the artist Sayane that he admires so much.

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Kashiwagi, Kotone
Kashiwagi, Kotone
Fukuda, Sayaka
Fukuda, Sayaka
Kusano, Kazuki
Kusano, Kazuki
Sakuraba, Yuuto
Sakuraba, Yuuto
Abekawa, Kotori
Abekawa, Kotori
Sasayama, Koutarou
Sasayama, Koutarou
Abekawa, Takuya
Abekawa, Takuya

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Aug 5, 2011
Do the main characters look like a perfect, womanly tsundere and a pathetic shy guy? They do? Well they are finally not! Finally, someone dared to make two characters that actually ARE alike! The rule of 'opposites attract' is finally out of practice in at least ONE manga! Bring the champagne, we're about to celebrate one of the better girl-ish reads out here, Tonari no Kashiwagi-san!

~Story~ (8)

The idea of having two characters eager to befriend each other is so very simple. So why hasn't anyone else thought of that?!
The premise is good, and Kashiwagi deals with realistic problems as she is afraid of telling the read more
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Jan 7, 2013
I made a review on this manga already but I thought I re-do this because I want people to feel what I am feeling about this manga... One thing: This manga is the true concept of MOE...

Story: The story is the usual high school genre but I gave the story a 9 because the story is not on the fact of the high school itself but the building of relationship of the guy and the girl... And then another couple comes in which makes the story really interesting at the same time...

Art: I don't know what to say... Perfect? Improbable? Miraculous? The Art in read more
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Oct 20, 2014
Okay while the art isn't terrible everything else about this story is. The story is boring with the only real tension coming from the hidden identity. Everything else is really slice of life but with no possible twists this story becomes very bland. The love aspect makes me want to gag. The only character that the story even focuses on past the superficial is Kashiwagi and only enough to know that she loves to draw, is socially awkward, and is afraid of being unpopular (despite fact she is only shown to have two friends). The main thing that upsets me is the protagonist. The protagonist read more
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Jan 7, 2016
First ever review.

After reading most of the chapters, I can conclude that I do in fact find this manga a meh. It's not too bad. It has plenty of cringy moments, but there is an equal share of sweetness to it. It's one of those mangas you just check off your list and move on, although if you are an otaku you can probably relate to this more.

Story - 6

There's not much to the story. It mostly involves character relationship development so nothing much happens. The progression is normal and the pacing doesn't feel off, so there's not much to worry about it.


Art - 6

The read more
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