Koimonogatari
Koimonogatari: Love Stories
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Koimonogatari

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Love Stories
Japanese: こいものがたり
English: Koimonogatari: Love Stories
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Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: May 22, 2013 to ?
Genres: Boys Love Boys Love, Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: School School
Serialization: RuTile
Authors: Tagura, Tohru (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.291 (scored by 28482,848 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2772
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1309
Members: 11,225
Favorites: 343
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Synopsis

In the spring of their high school days, Yuiji Hasegawa suspects that his kind but quiet classmate, Yamato Yoshinaga, has feelings for his straight best friend, Kyousuke Hongou. Ending up in the same study group, he stumbles upon Yamato holding a sleeping Kyousuke's hand, with embarrassment apparent on his face after being exposed.

Despite having qualms about Yamato's homosexuality, Yuiji keeps what he saw a secret, thus marking the beginning of their friendship. The two boys' experiences with love differ vastly, but their bond seems to grow as they try to understand each other. However, the question remains: could their relationship evolve into something more?

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Background

Koimonogatari has been published digitally in English as Koimonogatari: Love Stories by Tokyopop since May 21, 2020, and in print since June 30, 2020. The series has also been published in Polish by Dango since March 2018, and in German by Tokyopop since June 2, 2020.

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Oct 31, 2015
ItsPHI (All reviews)
Koimonogatari focuses on the difficulties of adolescent homosexuality. Yoshinaga Yomato is an ordinary boy, he’s naturally athletic, considerate, and sometimes quiet. While talking to one of his female friends, Yoshinaga mentions that girls simply don’t make his heart beat faster, and classmate Hasegawa Yuiji happens to accidentally hear. At first, Hasegawa finds himself uncomfortable with the news. However, as he begins to observe Yoshinaga, he finds himself unable to hate the boy who has such pure intentions.

As a manga with emphasis on reality over fiction, Koimonogatari relies on the two major perspectives consisting of: the protagonist (Yoshinaga) and the observer (Hasegawa). Readers will most read more
May 16, 2016
ryuu_no_yoake (All reviews)
I have to say this manga is like none I have read so far. And it's really, really good in my opinion.

The setting might seem typical shounen ai at a first glance - high school boys dealing with their feelings for each other - but it is not. There are two main characters with alternating point of views: one struggling to understand his sexual orientation and to find a way to be genuine both towards his friends and towards himself, the other that discovers his classmate's secret and slowly observes and comes to understand and appreciate him.

There are no clichés here, it's truly an original read more
Sep 7, 2020
mmchan (All reviews)
This manga is weirdly good. I initially thought it would be a quick “MC gets with the hot guy” situation, but no I was completely wrong. Koimonogatari is a slow-burn story of acceptance, friendship and romance, and does all three very well. I rarely give such high scores to manga, but I binged it in one day and immediately reread it, wanting more. However short the manga is, however little chapters are out now, somehow the story stays with you. I really love the wholesome friendship between the characters, but I also love the little moments of fluff or bait the manga throws us. It’s read more
Mar 6, 2018
holygale (All reviews)
From a narrative perspective: the story is simple and sincere, the characters are relatable and play well off each other, it's a slow paced character-study so don't go in expecting a ton of action (though there is some.) Also the art is pretty and really suits the characters/tone.

This is one of the few shounen ai stories I've read that actually explored what it was like to just be gay. There's a lot about relationships between guys, and some of them do seriously tackle the reality of being gay, but rarely have I ever identified with a character and their world as in this.

It's realistic read more

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