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Tonari no Kashiwagi-san (Manga)

Tonari no Kashiwagi-san

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 12, 2010 to ?
Authors: Shimotsuki, Kinusa (Story & Art)


Score: 7.621 (scored by 3353 users)
Ranked: #27842
Popularity: #395
Members: 9,113
Favorites: 139
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Sakuraba Yuto 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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Fukuda, Sayaka
Kashiwagi, Kotone
Kusano, Kazuki
Sakuraba, Yuuto
Abekawa, Takuya
Abekawa, Kotori
Müller, Christina

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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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A boy discovers that the idol of the school is a secret otaku. He befriends her and helps her become more accepting of her otaku ways. The difference is the male MC in "Tonari" is more of an otaku, while the male in "Nogizaka" (so far) is limited to casual manga reading. Also, the female lead in "Nogizaka" is wealthy (complete with maids), while the female lead in "Tonari" seems to be of average income. 
Both series are known for their otaku gags. While they don't share the exact premises, they do have a foundation on some similar themes. There is also relationship building - some in romantic nature while others are more platonic. Recommended for fans of romantic comedy. 
Both heroine published their artwork online and looking for ideas based on the reality of their experience 
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They have similar MC, an average guy who desperately chasing his crush, a well-looked girl that's so popular at school and kinda smart (at least smarter than the MC). The difference is maybe how the romance story goes. Tonari no Kashiwagi-san is still ongoing so you may feel the development is slower than Seishun Forget that just 20 chapter long. More or less, yeah, if you like to see how a school idol is being chased by a desperate boy, i recommend these. PS: Tonari no Kashiwagi-san's MC is more desperate and more good-for-nothing  
Both male leads are kind of nerdy guys who aren't really accepted by society, while both lead girls are really popular but sort of quiet with hobbies no one else really knows about. Both are pretty much the exact same genres, except Wagatsuma-san can be borderline ecchi at times. Both are really enjoyable school romance mangas. 
I find the art style somewhat similar between these 2 titles. Also the pacing is similar. In these 2 titles you will not see the female protagonist throwing herself at the male protagonist for no god damn reason. Both characters take time to get to know each other, in both titles. Both titles have an essence of realism when it comes to relationships. It's gradual intimacy. Plus, if constant appearances of new love interests gets on your nerves, you won't have to worry about that here. The plot is straight in the sense that the overall main focus is always between the 2 main characters, for both  read more 

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