Oboreru Knife
Drowning Love
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Oboreru Knife

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Synonyms: Drowning Knife
Japanese: 溺れるナイフ
English: Drowning Love
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 17
Chapters: 64
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 13, 2004 to Dec 13, 2013
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Themes: School School, Showbiz Showbiz
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend
Authors: George, Asakura (Story & Art)


Score: 8.091 (scored by 16161,616 users)
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Ranked: #5492
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Popularity: #2761
Members: 5,906
Favorites: 231

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Oboreru Knife tells the story of Natsume, a sixth-grade girl who has to move from Tokyo to a decidedly different town in the countryside. Upon meeting a boy named Kouichirou there, "something" stirs inside her. The story depicts a "teen heart on the brink of ruin."

(Source: ANN)


A live-action film adaptation of the series premiered in Japan on November 5, 2016.

The series has been published digitally in English as Drowning Love by Kodansha Comics USA since May 16, 2017.


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Sep 7, 2021
OneamaewaKris (All reviews)
This manga is super edgy. The storyline was unexpected and really digs deep into each character's sense of purpose after experiencing crisis, relationships, and growing up. The main characters have bold personalities (be prepared) and are hard to understand at times but as the series progresses, I couldn't help but want to try and understand why they thought or acted the way they did. It was pretty creepy at times too, especially with some side characters in particular. This is definitely not a wholesome shoujo (no doki doki moments for me). More like a drama-filled maybe josei genre with an agreeable ending.
Mar 31, 2022
brom2020 (All reviews)
Anyone who calls this a love story is out of their minds. This is a manga about two psychotic and truly mentally troubled individuals. Case and point the male lead nearly drowns the female lead by chapter 2 as a power move. All the characters except the female lead's secondary love interest are awful human beings, the secondary love interest being the direct opposite and the only good and upstanding person in the manga, so obviously she obliterates his heart and NTRs him.

Reading this manga will not leave you feeling happy. You will finish it and hate the characters. It is an amazing manga read more
Jan 23, 2012
arichan20 (All reviews)
Oboreru Knife is a good story shoujo manga. which drama is focused in a really realistic way, there are not too much dreamy pinky situations, that make the story very interesting and you don't feel it empty.

About the graphics, they have a unique style. The eyes are big but the mangaka maintains the shape of a real eye, and it makes a mature impression. Also, the mangaka don't use too mane shadows on the characters and if she use it, the shadows are represented by consecutives lines, but most of the times you see the characters in white and black, with only lines standing read more
Jan 1, 2016
calsifor (All reviews)
This is the shoujo to go for if you're sick and tired of silly heroines.
The story isn't all that interesting and new in the beginning, but it does take some little turns and it amps up along the way, I really can't say much for it because it hasn't been completely subbed yet by anybody.

When it comes to art, I like Geroge Asakura's art style, the characters are very doe-eyed and it's very endearing, re-reading it again made me realize that as the characters aged in the manga, they were drawn in a more mature way that was so slight it seemed almost realistic. You read more

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