Synonyms: A Town Where You Live, Yuna, Suzuka 2
Published: May 28, 2008 to ?
Authors: Seo, Kouji (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Magazine (Weekly)
Score: 8.131 (scored by 10082 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsdrama ecchi romance shounen
Jan 18, 2012
A friend of mine introduced me to Kimi No Iru Machi by chance. It was in the middle of exam week, I was borrowing his usb to pass on my work when I came upon the first volume of this manga. I decided to copy it into my laptop, thinking I would read it later that night.
Looking back, I didn't think I slept at all that night, and I had an exam at 7 a.m.
There's something about the story, that makes it impossible for you to put down before you finish it. By the end of the night, I had read al 166 chapter of Kimi No Iru Machi, and I couldn't wait for the next chapter to come out.
I guess the reason for that is the female protagonist(which is somewhat debatable), Yuzuki Eba, who I felt really came alive in the story. Her characterization was so strong, so fantastic, it sucks you up into the story where you are taken on an emotional roller coaster with her, at first by falling in love with her, then by hating her, and at last, by accepting her for who she is (at least, at this point in time). The way Kouji Seo manages to portray her emotions throughout the chapters are amazing, and the artwork is very, very good. After reading this, she's definitely my favorite female character (though I haven't read that much manga to be such a good judge).
A special mention should also go out to Haruto Kirishima, who I feel is a character that many guys can relate to. He experienced it all, unrequited love, long distance relationship, rejections, heartbreaks, cheating, the works. But he does it all with such finesse that in the end, you can't help cheering him on throughout the story, even though you sometimes don't really feel comfortable with his actions. What a guy.
Still, this manga wouldn't be that great without the assortments of characters around Yuzuki and Haruto, and they too, managed to inject different colors into the subplots that makes it all the more interesting. Still, I feel that because of Yuzuki and her strong characterization, over time, the others kind of fade into the background. But that is to be expected.
All of the above was the recipe for an awesome, realistic story about love, thought it's not as straightforward as that, as you'll see when you read the manga. It portrays love in all of it's sides, the good, the bad, and the cold, harsh, reality. It's definitely one of those story that are just impossible to put down, so be prepared when you want to read it. And for me personally, Kimi No Iru Machi was what got me really interested in manga. read more
May 11, 2009
The manga's beautiful, enchanting and awe-inspiring despite of keeping an extremely close relation to reality.
The story line is intoxicating. Both deep and unpredictable.
The lead character "Haruto Kirishima" starts out very annoying according to my personal opinion but as the story progresses and the character develops he can be very amiable. The female lead "Yuzuki Eba" is my one of my all time favorite characters. A mysterious and kind person. The character development in this is certainly something one can talk about hours for.
The art's just as gorgeous. Really good for the eyes.
All in all if you're looking for a manga in the romance genre just go and read this. But if you hate waiting I'd advice you to start out after the whole thing is published.
(The ending may completely change my opinion on it though) read more
Jan 21, 2012
But before I get down into the nitty gritty let me just clarify one thing first. This isn't to toot my horn or whatever but I think it's worth mentioning that I read the raws of manga and not the english scans. The story is in japan the characters are japanese - it's meant to be read and ultimately more enjoyably read in japanese. Any positive feelings I may have about a manga are compounded by reading it the way it was meant to be... so bear that in mind as I give my thoughts on this.
So let's first talk about the...
If there's one thing I'm grateful for in a manga is one where I don't have to guess at what might be happening in a scene. And this does everything the right way. Excellent clear cut designs on everything from the furniture the to the country side/city scenery. And more importantly of course the character designs. And that's one point where this manga really really shines is in it's character design. Some really talented people worked on this making sure everyone had very distinct/clean cut features. All in all very easy on the eyes. Everyone and everything is just drawn beautifully. ten outta ten :D
Next up the...
Another thing that happens all the time in shows or manga is when characters are introduced but eventually are more or less forgotten. I can think of more examples in shounen manga in such classics like DBZ, bleach or maybe Naruto whatever.. Right now I'm pretty sure you could name some characters from those series that you just didn't/couldn't bring yourself to care about over time. I think that's always just kind of been the accepted/expected thing to happen with any long running series. At least that's how I've always felt. So it really came as a surprise to me with this one in that every major character that is introduced throughout the series I developed some kind of a feeling for them. Every character is brimming with a unique personality that just jumps out and demands your attention. You feel as if you're the main character haruto or at least somehow or another connected directly with everyone. I can honestly say that I developed personal feelings towards all the characters. That's something that's very rare I think. Not since the anime NHK ni youkoso have I connected on such a high level. So yes, excellent work 10/10 ^^
And finally let's get to the main course the..
As I'm sure you're already aware this is a Comedy/Drama/Romance/Slice of Life story. Going into the plot details I think is kind of pointless. You kind of get the gist from the summary up there and I don't want to spoil anything so let me just describe to you my emotional response throughout my time reading this. I had said this was literally like being on a roller coaster ride. But maybe it would be more appropriate to describe it as a roller coaster that may or may not break during the course of the ride. I can honestly tell you that I experienced very real feeling emotions throughout the course of reading this -- Happiness, Depression, Anger, Sympathy, Hope, Despair,Attraction, Desperation, Fear, Relief, Grief etc etc. It just tosses and turns you in every direction and you just hope that the ride will just end safely.
One thing that you see unfortuantely posted on the forums is people complaining about the the latest happenings. You'll see someone say "I'm changing my score to a 4 because blah blah blah" And y'know I think it goes without saying that it's unfair and childish for someone to rate this based on how they wanted the story to turn out. Being that it tries to be realistic for the most part (at least in terms of character reactions/dialogue/choices) I think we should judge it based on that. Did the author create believable characters? The answer is absolutely yes. All the while having a plot that continues to keep surprising you. It's twists and turns are very much like the possibly breaking roller coaster that you've never ridden before.
But y'know I can't emphasize enough the amount of connection I felt with the characters. As lame as this is going to sound I almost felt like I was in love with the character(s) that Haruto falls for. And that is something that I've never had happen before. To be so incredibly lost in a story that you forget that it's a story. It might even be for this reason alone that I'm writing this review. I was just so taken aback by it. I've never been so emotionally involved in a manga or book to the point where I would break into tears at the story's climax. Just a really, really excellent job. No matter how this show winds up ending I can't deny the emotional rush this has put me through this past week or so. I look forward to the ending and yes, I most certainly recommend this to anyone out there with a pulse. Big thanks to my friend Lee for recommending it -- you sir are the man.
overall 10/10 please check it out read more
Apr 9, 2012
The beginning of the story starts off fairly slowly like in most romances. The main character(s) Haruto and Yuzuki are introduced as well as Haruto's friends and family. The romance part of the story doesn't really start until Haruto confesses to Kanzaki and he realizes that Yuzuki was actually a girl from his childhood and that she came all the way to Hiroshima just to see him. From there the story picks up the pace and things start to get complicated. And just when you think everything is good and that Haruto will now be with the one he lovez the author drops a bomb and throws you into another loop wondering what happens next. As I mentioned before this manga is very similar to the author's former work Suzuka. The parts that really stood out to me were the fact that the main character will fall in love and date more than 1 girl throughout the story, the girl that the protagonist trully loves will be together with him as well as break up with him but in the end they are together because they really love each other. I especially like references to suzuka put into the manga; it made me feel like I was reading a sequel to Suzuka except with new characfers and is a couple years after the events in Suzuka. Anyways I digress, the plot really conveys the characters' emotions clearly to the reader and made me laugh and cry. This plot is similar to Suzuka's but the author really increased the quality of it which sets it apart from its predesscor. All in all this is a most enjoyable story that will make you cry your eyes dry, laugh until it hurts and cringe your teeth to see what happens next. Definitely a good read.
As with all good mangas the right type of characters can differentiate a good manga from a bad one. As for Kimi no Iru Machi, the characters are realistic and easy to relate to. The main character(s) also grows throught the story by being more truthful to him/herself. The story also shows the lengths the main character(s) will go to to ve with the one they love. For example Yuzuki going all the way to Hiroshima just to see Haruto and when Haruto went all the way to Tokyo because he was worried about Yuzuki. The supporting characters also show some growth but not too much. They are used for many comedic scenes as well as scenes that imply sexual actions (I'm looking at you Rin). The characters may not be the most unique in the world but they are realistic enough for people to relate with and have empathy for them.
As I mentioned before the art is very similar to Suzuka's except it looks more clean and crisp. I don't need to struggle to figure out what the artist is drawing and to me that is whats important. The expressions ont he characters add to the climax of a scene and irs easy to tell the emotions the characters are feeling. The backgrounds are nicely drawn and don't take away from the characters or stand out in major scenes. It is to be noted that this manga is ecchi and will have a couple nude scenes but most of the ecchi scenes are either implied through the text or just drawings of female underwear. To sum up the art is nice and easy to see.
Once again I must say that this manga is amazing to be able to convey so many emotions with just words and pictures. Do I think this manga deserves an anime? Hell yeah. I know that there are 2 OVA's for it but I have watched the first one and I say it does a poor job of representing the manga. I feel that the colour and drawings were off and tye voice actors didn't sound right. That why I want it to have an actual anime. Well thats all I have to say about this manga. Hope you enjoyed my thoughts on it and thanks for reading! read more
Aug 5, 2013
Apr 20, 2012
So you know, I've re-read the 1st 16 volumes of KNIM (for short) while taking notes. So this is not a review made out of memory and personal feelings, this is more of a chapter per chapter analysis. That means that no matter how much you KNIM fans loved this manga, no matter how much you disagree with my scoring, it does not change the fact that all that i'm about to write is REALITY!
I've divided all that I've read into 2 parts. The countryside arc that regroups v01 to v09, and the big city arc which regroups v10 to where i decided to drop it, v16.
First off, what is a cliffhanger ending? It's those types of ending where you just have to read the next chapter right away or you won't be able to sleep at ease that night. There are many ways to have such an ending. Such as a new character steps in to test the main couple (could be some playboy, horny girl or grouchy family member). Or that very brief sentence that can imply soooo much more. Or a major decision has been made and now the storyline can go in various different directions.
So the countryside arc is made of 84 chapters and i counted around 45 cliffhanger endings. I say around because some people may not consider some of those cliffs that high. But it's basically still a cliff (the real number that I've officially counted is 52). There is a limit to how dramatic and chaotic someone's life can be ok? More than 3/4 of those endings has a panel with a close-up on the main guy's face or eyes while he's going "huh?" or "wha...?" or "!". Do you know how annoying it is, to end every chapter with the same face going the same "uh?" every time? If you don't believe me, here's a little mix of the first 3 volumes (28 chaps): http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae259/kaysabb/Huh.png
That's 13 out of 28 (and i missed a couple).
KNIM is not a slice-of-life. Life is not that troublesome. KNIM is soap-opera-manga i tell you.
Now maybe some appreciate those constant cliff endings and that's why they score KNIM so highly, but to others, it's annoying. When i start romance, i want romance. Not problems after problems. And yes there are alot more problems than dates in this manga.
Now i'll regroup the story and character review together. How? Simple. The story is basically a presentation of how the characters make horrible decisions, or right decisions but horribly executed.
Guy likes Girl A, girl B knows it but flirts with guy noneless (slut). Then guy got closer to girl A, but stood up her a couple of time to help girl B (idiot). Girl C arrives! She's the nosy type who doesn't really care about guy, but has a passion to start shit between couples (bitch). Guy leans more and more towards girl B despite liking girl A (still an idiot). Girl A has enough and dumps guy. Girl D arrives, and gets won over thanks to some incredibly meaningless compliment, then misunderstands everything else, then we don't see her anymore after a few chapters (o...k). Guy finally goes for girl B and then she moves away (perfect timing). So long distant relationship starts, guy now alone, so of course we got to have... girl E! Who gets won over by some other meaningless compliment (and then they say the guy is careless >_>) and also disappears after a few chapters (poor attempt to add some tension). Then school trip to big city, guy expects to see girl B for the 1st time in a long while, and of course... girl A who did the dumping starts regretting and making moves (typical), and naturally girl B sees it all. But it gets sorted out rather quickly. After a while, girl B dumps guy without giving any reason. Guy makes major life decision to move to the city to get her back (stalker alert). Then, as a goodbye present, childhood female friend (who was there since the beginning of the manga) decides to kiss guy and turn herself into girl F, and then nothing more from her (then why the kiss damnit?!). And finally, to close up the countryside arc, as soon as he arrives and tries to get settled into the big city, enters girl G.
Fascinating wasn't it?
As I've been ranting for a long time now, i'll cover the big city arc in a short paragraph and shut up.
At first, it seems that KNIM finally gets interesting. 2 new characters appear and they must have been the most interesting and sane people in the entire cast. Plus there is a new plot twist that is definitely worth something. I even started liking it! But, after a volume or two, KNIM goes back to being catastrophic. All that thanks to the disappearance of one of those very interesting characters (stop adding characters just for one volume come on!), and the second very interesting characters basically gets spit on the face, tripped, and kicked while being down. And of course, we welcome girl H, I and J (2 of them are the useless to plot and misunderstanding types btw). And girl B is back and keep on falling and un-falling for guy (pattern), and the usual cliffhangers after cliffhangers and zoom on face while going "huh?".
If you like non-stop drama, read it. If you consider romance slice of life flicks to be an exaggerated struggle for love, read it.
If you see things like i do, flee! read more
Feb 20, 2010
I got this manga recommended by a friend so I started to read it without any expectations. But after the first few pages I started to get in the story and I couldn't stop reading.
It's because the manga starts rapidly at a good pace so you'll continue to read. You'll get questions and hope to get the answers while you read and at the same time, you'll enjoy it to the fullest.
The characters are good drawn which makes it extra fun to read.
There'll happen many things you don't expect and that's why it's very exciting till the very last chapter.
The manga is still airing, and I hope they'll continue to make the manga even better. read more
Sep 29, 2010
* Haruto, our lucky protagonist of Kimi no Iru Machi, has to fight himself through several hardships; which - and that's for sure - are always somehow connected to at least one female. And that's pretty much it.
Haruto. Females. Problems.
This rough draft cotinues until the point I currently stopped reading, but I guess this will go on forever, or at least until Haruto finally finds his true love and thus gets rid of his problems.
This rough draft - Haruto. Females. Problems. - is like the dry bone of Kimi no Iru Machi's story, luckily enough there's sufficient meat at that bone for it to be tasty.
But, to get away from all the meat and bones and for all the veggies: the concept of KnIM's story is easy to see through, yet the stuff that is wrapped around this rough concept (-> great portions of drama, humor and ecchi!) makes everything interesting. If you don't pay close attention and just go with the flow of the story you might not even realize that easy concept, ha.
* The art is at the very least good. And that goes for just this manga itself, not comparing it to any other artists style. Beautiful, clear lines, also, the grey shading makes everything livelier. I think the art pretty much fits both the characters and the theme of the manga.
* Now comes the point where my newly absorbed knowledge gets into action: the characters = the females (if you really want to, you can count the few males into the cast too)!
Like I said at the very start, this manga has taught me that it must be paradise for a boy to live within a harem - but ONLY if that boy gives all that 'love hurts' stuff a wide berth. Surprisingly, and really no one saw it coming, steering clear of Love isn't quite possible in a harem manga. And that's most likely because, well, it happens that at least one of those pretty harem-girls developes/has a crush on the boy in charge.
In KnIM now we have almost a dozen of those cute and pretty (I'm serious, the female characters are mostly beautiful ones, IMO) girls that like Haruto-kun or begin to develop a crush on him. I hate that. But just because I hate that I won't get biased. After all, that's what I get for reading harem, huh? xD
I guess I have to at least bring up her name once; Eba, the allegedly main characters (major?) love interest is only ALLEGEDLY Haruto's major love interest with justification, because things happen with her that no one sees coming but on the other hand everyone wants to happen -- which put Haruto (and me) into deep sufferings of cunfusion.
I don't really get what's going on there anymore, and while Haruto seems to move on I stay put and Eba is... I don't know.
I really liked her character, though. She is, by far, my favourite of the female characters.
So, while the female characters in KnIM change quasi every fifth chapter, our little, ever-so-blushing main protagonist Haruto doesn't seem to change at all. Well, he did change, but I kind of get the feeling that he's stuck at some point now.
However, all in all the characters are nice and the different female's personalities vary!
Enjoyable reading, nice art, a good story and a lot of girls - I have high hopes for this manga to get even better in the next time -, you should really give it a try if you like/love harem, romance and humor! read more
Jul 30, 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, when I wrote my Suzuka review, I was wrong. I thought that nothing, NOTHING I tell you, could be worse than that humongous pile of garbage. Kimi No Iru Machi is just as absolutely horrendous as Suzuka if not more, and led to me yelling, screaming and cursing the author from the deepest pits of my dark heart.
Story. Hmmm. Kimi No Iru Machi follows the same bloody logic as it's predecessor, taking it's melodrama out to the maximum possible level, characters contradicting every last action they do, and I can just put my Suzuka review in here and almost all of the points there would still apply. The series is just as bloody sexist as I remember the author's last work to be, making this series a nightmare for anyone who has any, ANY KIND OF IDEA, about what quality romance is. Suzuka was at least bearable in the beginning, Kimi No Iru Machi isn't even that, with some of the lowest quality script-writing I've seen in anything remotely related to anime and manga. Scrap that, it has some of the lowest quality script-writing I've seen in anything, with ecchi scenes galore all over the place and turning the already unlikable female characters into nothing more than a pack of sluts. The themes...actually, I'm not entirely sure if this series has anything to offer, sure, Suzuka was complete crap, but at least it had some kind of message to offer, even if it contradicted each and every single one of them. Here though, there is literally nothing to offer for the normal reader, I find absolutely nothing pleasant about the story here.
The author doesn't seem to grasp the concept of not shoving boobs and vaginas down my throat. Low-quality art, low quality character design, poorly drawn everything. I don't care enough about art to write much, but generally, really below par.
Characters are absolutely horrendous, Haruto has to be one of the least likable characters I've seen in any form of media. I mean seriously, just so that you can grasp absolutely terrible of a character he is, he literally tells you this inspirational quote, "No matter where you go, panties are panties" within 5 BLOODY CHAPTERS OF THE BEGINNING. The female characters are hyper-sexualized, unlikable sluts, who really need to get their hormones in order. I don't think I liked a single character in this series, but you know the side-characters? Yeaaah, forget they ever existed, because there's hardly any focus on them, and whatever we see of them is unlikable due to the over the top, unlikable nature of the series, so yeah. Easily some of the least likable characters I've seen in years, no joke here.
Somewhere along the line, I gave up and decided to take this series sadistically instead of trying to care about the characters. I honestly hate the series, hate the author, hate the fan base for making this abomination sound like anything good. I remember in my Suzuka review mentioning how I'm going to avoid anything Kouji Seo writes in the future, but at this rate, I may decide to follow him just because I still can't believe how utterly terrible and repugnant his works have been so far.
Overall, I grant this series a 1.5 out of 10. read more
Jan 21, 2011
The author seems to enjoy crafting thoroughly unlikeable heroines and gutless main characters who act in ways that no decent human being could sympatize with. Such is the case with Haruto and Eba, the main "couple" of this manga.
To make a long story short, Eba is basically responsible for Haruto losing his chance with his first love, and then as he falls for her, he grows obsessive to the point that even after she vanishes, he tries to track her down - only to find that she had a boyfriend already the entire time. Needless to say, after a certain event, the two break it off, and then finally when things start looking up - Haruto grows up a bit, goes to college, and starts dating a much better girl than Eba, Eba returns yet again and now it has become obvious that the author cannot shake the dreadful "first girl wins" trope and despite how rotten Eba is, Haruto likely will do stupid things to be with her again.
I am a big fan of romance stories. Maison Ikkoku was the manga that got me into manga as a young teen. Many of my all time favorites are romances of either shoujo or shounen persuasion, with series such as Hana Yori Dango and even Suzuka topping my list.
These stories were successful because we actually rooted and sympatized with the main couple. Seo has written Kimi no Iru Machi in a way that unless you're just a zombie, you cannot possibly see anything redeeming in the main couple. And not to mention the ridiculousness of a guy who is now already in a new relationship, dumping her just because the main girl came back into the scene. Seriously, what kind of crap is that? Would you support that sort of garbage in real life?
I have never hated a manga as much as I have hated Kimi no Iru Machi. read more