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Girl Friends [ガールフレンズ], Volume 1 (Girl Friends #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  684 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
At first glance, Mari Kumakura is a rather plain, ordinary looking girl who's grades are at the top of her class. She has very few friends, is normally rather shy, and eats lunch by herself. One day, she is approached by the super cute, super popular Akko Oohashi, who claims she wants to be friends. Mari is at first very suspicious of her true intentions, but eventually co ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published December 12th 2007 by Futabasha
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Rhea
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, faves, luv-l-u-v
A friend pointed out to me recently that a lot of the yuri stories she watches/reads usually features one of the ladies in a masculine role (if not outright dressing as a man). Girl Friends is a refreshing break from that trope. When the popular Akko decides to finally talk and befriend the shy, quiet, and friendless Mari, it changes Mari's life for the better. She starts to engage in fun girly activities, like taking photos with her friends and going shopping. But over time, Mari starts to real ...more
Aleksandra
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Lovely beginning of a romance story.

Girl Friends is manga about Mari, shy high school student, and outgoing Akko, her classmate. They go to all-girl school. Akko befriends Mari, they become friends and later best friends. For the most part, vol. 1 is about Mari and Akko getting to know each other, the romantic scene happens in the very end. However, it’s obvious how Mari feels about Akko, she blushes around Akko, she thinks about Akko a lot etc.

The illustrations are rather simplistic, panels con
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Lindley Walter-smith
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is very sweet, and the art is pretty. The slow unfolding of the friendship, reaching towards romance, between Akko and Mari is very well done and touching, and I really want to keep reading and watching their unfolding relationship. The only thing holding it back from five stars is that the focus on Mari learning how to be "feminine" - hair styling, nail polish, cuticles, clothes - gets a bit much at times!
Sophie
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this in the Carlsen preview I squealed loudly, and proceeded to draw little hearts all over it. Because this is one of the sweetest, loveliest manga I've read, and because it's one of the best lesbian love stories I've read. Honestly, there are so many moments where I could say, "Yes, yes, this is what it feels like!". The author manages to capture the journey from becoming friends to becoming girlfriends so well, and as an added bonus this is *so cute*. And really funny. And did I me ...more
Zerataizumi
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Was an incredible good manga! all of it was good the design, the story, the relationships! I love every page of it. I felt indentify with the character's feelings. It's hard not to, we have been in love for the first time and I kind of had felt the same.
Was kind and lovely. Very recommended to everyone! <3
Heng
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought I didn't like drama-less, sweet romances. I thought they would be boring. I was wrong.
juan carlos
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hace mucho que no leía una historia lesbica, y me gustó como se abordo el tema en estas páginas.

¿Para qué leer novias ?

1. Te muestra ese ligero puente entre amistad, atracción y enamoramiento.
2. El contexto social, cultura y aúlico de adolescentes de prepa esta muy bien establecido.
3, La personalidades de la pareja protagónica tienen pureza y eso hace que mari y akko se roben un suspiro mientras lees.
4. El despertar del cariño es tan creíble, que ahora entiendes la definición del inicio del a
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Elaine
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aww this was cute ad really realistic. I really enjoyed this first installment and will continue.
Amélie
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mangas
C'était vraiment pur et mignon.
Julieta Steyr
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tierno sin empalagar.
Jocilyn
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
senbei recommends クローバー (IDコミックス), "First of all, as evidenced by the lack of any furigana and any content that could or would be misconstrued as adult, I think this book is being mis-marketed as josei when it should be shoujo. If for no better reason than because there's no nudity and damnit, it's annoying that i can read everything but the kanji.

Now that that is out of the way, I liked this volume. Unlike other mangaka I can think of , Morinaga Milk has a keen sense of characterization. Mariko
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Yuu Sasih
These rating and review are for all the completed volumes.


Mari was your typically nerd, clever and shy girl. She only got few friends and usually ate her lunch alone until one time, Akko, the class' popular girl, decided to talk to her. She said she's been wanting to befriend someone as cute as Akko and then did her a makeover. Mari, after several attempt of "makeovering", could trust Akko and could blend more easily in her class. But then, on their second year of highschool, Mari's feeling towa
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Artemis
Such CUTENESS!!! Mari X Akko forever, nuff said.

The art is well-drawn and the characters are KAWAII!! The slow budding realization of love beyond friendship and the agonizing internal struggle as both try to come to term with their feelings... To say nothing of their adorable, if at times awkward, interactions! (Really, their awkwardness only added to the development of their relationship.)

Definitely recommended for yuri fans!
FujoshFangirl
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-lesbian, manga
A lot of yuri manga out there lacks pace, but not this one. The journey from classmates to friends is sweet and realistic, and the slow decent into lovers is equally satisfying. The art is really good too, but the characters look childish, which seems okay because their personalities and ages are childish as well.
Gina
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-read, manga
I am thrilled to be reading more manga. I enjoy it, and the art work in this one is so cute.

I am learning all the different types. This is one is Yuru from my understanding. So far so good. These girls are indeed really cute. There isn't much going on so far but it's enjoyable. We'll see how I far in Volume 2.
Mela
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, I don't read much romance - or really any at all. I don't like romance in my action/adventure/sci-fi/etc because it always feels forced, unrealistic, and unnecessary.
So why did I even pick this up? Well, because it just looked so darned cute.
And hey, I loved it. It's cute, sweet, and not overbearingly dramatic.
Kittyki
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Ez volt az első yuri mangám. Mindig is érdekelt a yuri dolog, így gondoltam nem veszítek semmit, és olvasok. És istenem, ennél aranyosabb yuri manga nincs is! A rajzolás gyönyörű. Kidolgozott. Nagyon szeretni való karakterek vannak benne, élvezet ezt újraolvasni.

Trin
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Easy reading, yuri, about high school girls with their first love encounter.. Mari and Akko surely cute and I wish there r more story about them as couple, and not too much about the struggle to confess each other feeling... So, just read vol.4-5
Cassandra Phoenix
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

It seems yaoi manga do not have the market cornered on emotional drama and disconsolate weeping. A good read, although I guess if people actually *talked* to one another we would never have anything to read.
Patrizia
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
In Italia ci ha messo quasi un decennio ad arrivare, ma mi sa che non eravamo pronti a un F/F. Manga carino, che si legge piacevolmente. Nel primo volume si parla di amicizie femminile all'interno della scuola, poi penso che la storia evolverà.
Meerit
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, yuri, lesbian
I haven't read yuri before and this wasn't at all what I expected it to be. I was pleasantly surprised as it was sweet, believable and interesting, not at all exploitative.
Storm
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved it
Shana Dennis
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute, but a tad melodramatic.
Morgan
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Cute. Friendly. Not exactly what I was looking for but I might keep reading it anyway.
Dana
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Obviously
Sherilyn Renee
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMFG SO CUTE
Sailor
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
That was so cute I need more and I need it NOW!
Makhda
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: yuri-shoujo-ai
That was cute. :)
Brandi Holloway
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Was the best Yuri manga I have read to date.
Raven DeLajour
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, manga
4.5 stars...I really enjoyed the cute story. I love the art and storyline. I can't wait for the next volume.
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