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Synonyms: Balancing Toy
Japanese: やじろべえ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 11
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 13, 2010 to Dec 1, 2011
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Bessatsu Margaret
Authors: Yamakawa, Aiji (Story & Art)


Score: 7.441 (scored by 23832,383 users)
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Ranked: #29992
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Popularity: #2186
Members: 6,682
Favorites: 54
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Haru has been living with her stepfather, Seiji, ever since she lost her mother at a young age. However, on the heels of Seiji's grandfather's funeral and with news that their apartment is scheduled to be demolished, she begins to take a fresh look at her circumstances.

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Jan 25, 2015
ZeroHumor (All reviews)
Reading this manga is like waking up in a scenic meadow with warm sunshine and a gentle breeze brushing past you. There's something inherently calming and satisfying about the experience, and you'll leave it feeling somewhat enlightened, glad that you were willing to give it a go.

Balancing Toy is a shoujo manga by Aiji Yamakama, and for those of you who have read 'Tomodachi no Hanashi', you'd be well acquainted with this mangaka's pleasant art style. Unlike the typical shoujo, this one doesn't really have much of a central plot to speak of, nor a goal it's trying to gravitate towards. It's a true read more
Jan 1, 2018
EarlOfDoom (All reviews)
This manga is very heartwarming and leaves you with a fluffy feeling once you've finished it~

It's a slice of life, dealing with a young girl called Haru, her stepdad Seiji and their friends and acquaintances and their relationships. The basic story is in itself nothing new, the ending is very open, but works well (especially when compared to the ending of a similar manga, 'usagi drop' and how that wrecked the entire story).

The characters are all very cute and likeable, even Chii-san (Seiji's friend from college and potential love interest), whom I was sceptical about at first, turned out to be very pleasing to watch. read more
Jul 21, 2019
shoujosearching (All reviews)
When I think about it, I probably adored Yajirobee because of my own personal experiences with love and family. But I believe that speaks more to it’s quality. Shoujo manga being emotionally relatable is a rare feat to me, especially when it doesn’t feel like it’s trying too hard to do so.

The best part of Yajirobee is the focal relationship between step-dad Seiji and foster daughter Haru. They have an extremely casual relationship (Haru almost never calls him “Dad” and it’s weird when he’s labeled as one.) Together they’ve got a charming, heartwarming, witty and inspiring relationship. Haru realizing how much her father has read more
Dec 17, 2018
Akagi-han (All reviews)
This story was a great read. From the first chapter, I felt like you could really get drawn into the story, and really get to know what the characters are like. Funny enough, it was not until the second chapter that I realised that, they are in fact daughter and father (shock!) Honestly, I had no idea, they seemed like siblings to me (ahaha...) Either way, I enjoyed this story, as it is super heartwarming, but also sweet, and I felt like it really drawn me into their world. With each chapter, you find out more of the main character's relationship, and how much they read more

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