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Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances, Vol. 1 (Kare Kano #1)

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Straight As, athlete and overall "Ms. Popularity," Yukino, is the perfect student. Or at least that"s how she appears to the outside world. But when the curtains are drawn, a lazy young egomaniac lurks who will do anything and everything to be the top student in her school. Yukino finds her resolve put to the test as after years as the Idol of her class a threat emerges in ...more
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Published January 21st 2003 by TokyoPop (first published June 1st 1996)
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I feel a little bad for Kare Kano, friends, because apparently it’s super unmemorable.

I mean, I know with every fiber of my being that at one point in my life I either read this manga or watched the accompanying anime.

I know this because in a box under my bed at my mom’s house I have this:

Sewn (badly) by yours truly, and clearly modeled after Pero Pero:

And I’m reasonably confident I wouldn’t have sewn a pillow dog if I hadn’t, you know… read about him.

But I had NO MEMORY of this story. Poor K
Kare Kano is one of those series that I keep seeing mentioned in manga circles, but one I never could get into myself. I reminded myself that I felt that way about Ouran once upon a time, so it was time to give Kare Kano one more chance.

The verdict: I gradually warmed up to the story. The basic premise - two high school students whose persona of perfection is a charade doesn't resonate with me. I actually found the two main characters unlikeable for 2/3 of the series. It's the side characters th
This book is one of my favorites to read. It's an extremely cute love story that inspires me to do better in school.
I love the darkness in this series, it makes it a bit more believable.
Douglas Cootey
Creative, funny story. The art may be a bit uneven, but the characters shine.
Ana Rînceanu
The anime is better, but this is still good.
Federiken Masters
La protagonista se me hizo un poco odiosa (su interés amoroso un poco menos pero por ahí anda), y me cansé de encontrar errores boludos de tipeo y similares en la edición argentina, pero tengo que reconocer que me llegó la historia (y el capítulo extra que no tiene nada que ver suma mucho) y que es bastante buena en representar los miedos y dudas que todos tuvimos durante la adolescencia. No creo que me devore los tomos siguientes enseguida pero al menos sé que la voy a retomar con gusto.
Natalie Schriefer
Kare Kano stars self-centered, egomaniac Yukino, a high school freshman obsessed with being complimented. She finds an enemy in fellow student Arima, a boy just as perfect - but earnestly so. As the volume progresses, their relationship complicates and changes as they both come out of their shells a little and learn more and more about each other.

Somewhat accessible to people who feel pressured to compete or be the best, Yukino takes her obsession to the extreme - it makes her both an interestin
Phoebe Cook
I love this manga!!!!!
This story is quite lovely. Anyone who enjoys loves stories and mangas should go ahead and pick up this book. It starts out with a beautiful girl named Yukino Miyazawa(who goes by Miyazawa in this book)who is a very popular, smart student at her school. Everyone looks up to her and admires her....until a new male student gets all the attention. Wise and now the new most popular student, Soichiro Arima(goes by Arima),is really starting to push Miyazawa's buttons. Why, all of
Joseph Young
It is not as good as the anime, which is my favourite of all time. If I had read the manga first, I might be more lenient and find it amazing. However, this manga just leaves me craving all the detail of the anime, which was much better developed.

There is one additional story at the end, (not in the anime) that was somewhat interesting, although the protagonist's self loathing makes me dislike her somewhat.
This Manga was absolutely amazing...

That is, until the ending!

GRAARRG! I was originally planning on writing out a really positive and detailed review for this Manga, but as I reached the end, I feel like the author kicked me right in the face. I can't stand it when authors feel like they need to punish the audience for investing their time into the story and characters.

Anyway, I can't say any more without spoilering it for other people. But this is a warning for those who hate the kind of ending
In my opinion, 'Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances' is one of the most underrated shoujo and slice-of-life manga series ever. A hundred years ago I stumbled across the anime version on Youtube by chance, and I've never looked back. The anime was sweet and funny. It had a lot of dark, deconstructive layers to its writing, and a good English dub to boot (featuring actors from 4Kids Entertainment; Veronica Taylor, aka Ash Ketchum, voiced Yukino Miyazawa). Naturally I read the manga as well, but o ...more
Salah satu komik favorite selain Shocking Pink Sky & Handsome Girl. Miyazawa, selalu mencoba tampil sempurna tiap harinya (baca : pura2 tampil sempurna). Hidupnya selalu terbuai dg kekaguman, pujian, dan penghormatan yang diberikan oleh orang-orang disekitarnya. Selalu menjadi orang nomor satu seumur hidupnya, sampai dia bertemu dg Arima. Sosok sempurna lainnya. Pintar, tampan, pendiam, dan dari keluarga terpandang.. Miyazawa bs dibilang benci setengah mati sm si Arima ini karna perhatian se ...more
Yukino Miyazawa. She's pretty, talented and polite.
Suichiro Arima. He's handsome, talented, rich an polite.
Both of them, popular and talented, seemingly perfect in everyway
fallsin love with each other and lives a happily ever after in the end. Just like your average kind of love story, right? Not!
Well I wouldn't love this manga if the story was just that simple.
Unlike all other romance stories, this book doesn't have all those mushy love triangles and
Romeo and Juliet kind of drama.
The story d
Apr 22, 2007 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of anime, teen girls
Yukino Miyazawa has been the class "pet," impressing her peers and her teachers with her intelligence and skills. She was in training to be the class leader at her new school, and thought she had it in the bag - until fate and a boy named Soichiro Arima got in the way.

When Arima is named class leader, Yukino is furious. How dare a boy stand in the way of everyone's adoration of her? She makes it her mission to ruin him.

After scoring higher than Arima on the midterms, Yukino is surprised - and an
Alejandra Arévalo
When I started it I thought it was going to be the typical love story but it was so much more than that. I honestly loved it! The fact that it wasnt the high school fluffy romance that you'd expect made it so much interesting with all the dark and bad things that happened; it just made the characters seem more human. Also, Tsuda didnt focus only in the main couple and I really really loved that!! All the side stories were so cute and fun! I enjoyed reading all 21 volumes. Great story! ...more
Nicole Jean
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Rachel Thompson
Yukino has worked hard her whole life to seem perfect--she's pretty, popular, and at the top of her class. The only thing is, she's keeping a secret from her classmates. And then Soichiro Arima comes along, stealing her spotlight. He gets top grades without even trying and it drives Yukino crazy. She works even harder to beat him and remain the top student in school. But then he discovers her secret and uses it to blackmail her into helping him with his homework and his student activities.

This i
Miyazawa is the girl who has everything, but for Miyazawa, everything isn't...well enough. Miyazawa is the ultimate queen of vanity. She lives to be pampered and adored by everyone around her, so far she has succeeded. She's beautiful, beloved by her classmates and teachers and she's number one in school and out on the athletic field. Ever since grade school, all Miyazawa has gotten is praise. Now as she enters high school she expects that to continue, but as the middle school graduation begins, ...more
Ann Zheng
Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances is in my opinion, one of the most realistic romantic mangas out there. Masami Tsuda did a great job making sure the reader could relate to Yukino or Arima (and maybe even to both of them). I personally saw a lot of myself in Yukino and can understand that desire many young people had to wear a facade around people in high school.
Yukino has a bit of a dual personality... At school, she's the picture of perfection, a top student who never loses her cool. But beneath her facade is someone who is ultra-competitive, and who becomes infuriated with anyone who does better than her. And so despite how obvious it is that Soichiro, another top student, likes her and wants to be more than friends, she can't recognize her feelings for him, until it's too late. This book sorta wraps up their relationship too soon after chapter 1, an ...more
I've always been such a huge fan of the anime Kareshi Kanojo No Jijou which was based on this manga. Same as with the anime, I loved the manga as well. In this book, it introduces our main characters Yukino Miyazawa and Soichiro Arima. Both highschool students who try their best to excel in school. But no one tries as hard as Miyazawa, she clamors for the praise of her fellow students. Miyazawa is a bit pretentious. which is a huge contrast from Arima who doesn't pretend to be someone he's not j ...more
I love this manga.One of my favorite shoujo, centers around romance, drama, comedy and a little bit of everything in between. The development of the characters is ongoing throughout the manga, we get different stories from the other characters, the drama and what some of the characters go through make them seem more human, which makes it more enjoyable.:)
Yukino Miyazawa is the perfect student, athlete, etc., at least on the surface. Her need to be number one consumes her, especially when she is faced with a boy that might just be a little smarter than she is: Soichiro Arima. Yukino is nice on the outside, but at home she lets her true self show.

This story showcases the complicated world of competition and attraction that teenagers find themselves in every day. Not all teens feel the pressure to be perfect, but they do feel the need to fit in a
Kitty Holmes
[Reseña Global del Manga 21/21]

Karekano se ha convertido en uno de mis mangas preferidos. Es un shojo que va más allá de los simples amoríos de instituto y nos habla de las relaciones y de que es imposible vivir aislado; siempre necesitaremos el cariño de otras personas. Tiene buenos personajes, engancha horrores y no pierde el tiempo con cosas innecesarias.

Lo recomiendo no solo para los lectores de shojo (que para estos es lectura obligatoria), sino para todos los que quieran leer una gran hist
Yukino, is the perfect student but what no one knows is that Yukino is really a lazy young egomaniac who will do anything to be the top student in her school. But after years as the Idol of her class, a threat emerges in the MORE perfect Soiichiro. He's her equal in every way except that behind the act is a genuine heart driven to succeed. Desperate to regain her status anyway she can, Yukino tries to bring him down but somehow all of her attempts are botched and Soiichiro remains untouched even ...more
Arwen S
I really enjoyed this Manga. There are some confusing parts, but the overall story was immensely enjoyable. The art style is soft and really well done.
I always give a Manga at least two volumes to catch me. This is the only manga series I've ever read that never made me interested enough to read on.
I really enjoyed seeing this girl come out of her shell! I wish it were that easy to flip a switch and be yourself in from of people - its more a compulsion that people understand. While only 3 chapters I like the turn of events that developed this secret between the characters.

I identified with how Yokino wanted to be all put together in from of her classmates and all laid back at home with her sisters. I also understood how Soichiro felt he had to be perfect to show his uncle and aunt whom too
A fair start to a shoujo manga. Girl meets boy, girl wants to outshine boy. Boy meets girl, boy likes girl. Boy spots girl living somewhat the double life, boy blackmails girl into doing his work. The situation provides some humor but perhaps not as much as you might expect. Both boy and girl learn something about each other and grow closer, realizing that they are both similar and different. Then they grow apart and we're left wondering (but not really) if they'll pick back up again.

I will rea
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Tsuda is a tea-loving, crazy manga-ka who lives in Japan. Her most famous work that has been translated into several languages is Kare Kano (or His and Her Circumstances).

Tsuda likes operas, historical sites, and classic children's tales.
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