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Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 1 Paperback – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Girl Friends
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Seas; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935934899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935934899
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An absolute delight." —ANIME NEWS NETWORK

"A rollercoaster ride of emotional growth." —OKAZU BLOGSPOT

About the Author

Morinaga Milk is a much-lauded yuri manga artist whose works have been published in Comic High, Comic Yuri Hime and other manga magazines in Japan.


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I read it online, so to own it was an honor.
Amme Hsuor
Their character interactions have a very honest and genuine feeling which helps you care about them.
Noir24
Its a sweet story of Akko and Mari, yeah there is a lot of drama, but its great.
Bob

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amme Hsuor on October 22, 2012
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I was thrilled when this came out. I read it online, so to own it was an honor. This is your typical cutesy schoolgirl yuri, written with taste. If I had to pick yuri manga that I read online to buy in print, this would be in the top 3. Definitely give it a shot!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Schwiemann on January 10, 2013
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A little bit of background, so you can decide whether or not you care about my opinion on Girl Friends:
I write this review from the perspective of an 18-year-old male who enjoys romance stories and, in particular, loves yuri/shoujo-ai for how pure and beautiful it is, rather than whatever pornographic value may be found in the material. Of course, the point of romance is to make the reader feel "all the feels," and for me yuri does this better than anything else.

Now, to Girl Friends. Girl friends is a 35-chapter yuri manga divided into two very well-priced omnibuses on Amazon. I first read Girl Friends on a whim when I realized yuri was a legitimate genre several months ago, and I was absolutely blown away. I'll admit, I even cried a couple times the first time I read this series, the romance between Mari-chan and Akko is just so sweet and the little conflicts that arise build up to the climax of the series really well. I did a little poking around the internet to see if this series actually was as good as I thought it was, and I wasn't surprised to find that a lot of people consider this series to be the pinnacle of the yuri genre right now. Lastly, the art is also really good, it's very shoujo in style and very crisp and consistent. In particular, the hair in this series almost always looks amazing, big props to Morinaga there too.

IN CONCLUSION: Girl Friends is a fantastic series. At this price, any yuri fan should pick up both volumes. When I saw it on Amazon at this price, I had to buy it. No way I could pass up owning such a good series. Even after multiple rereadings, this series still gives me all the great warm and fuzzies that I felt the first time I read it. Highly recommended!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pizza witch on October 25, 2012
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For all the fluffy sweetness that this series brings, it somehow maintains some realism. This probably stems from the friendship between the two girls as their interactions with each other seem natural and genuine, like how an actual bond would develop over time. If your grade school years were anything like theirs, nostalgia may even come to play. I think it is important to note that one of the reasons it manages to be so cute is that the characters really do feel more rounded then you would expect, even within short space to develop them. Definitely a quality read for anyone who doesn't mind a touch of sweet and cutesy and especially for those who appreciate a good friendship.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob on November 7, 2012
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I'm glad they finally made a hard copy of this. This is probably my favorite yuri manga I've ever read. Its a sweet story of Akko and Mari, yeah there is a lot of drama, but its great. I really like the artwork, and though it drives you nuts at the end because you want to immediatly read the 2nd and final collection, its great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on November 25, 2012
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I admit that I've read this before in its scanlated format ages ago, so I wasn't surprised in the slightest when it was eventually published in print format by some manga company. (I never read the JManga release.) For the most part I'm fairly pleased with how SSP treated the manga. The pages are large, the printing is nice and clear, and they include translation notes inside the page margins. They're occasionally a little smaller than I'd like, but they're not unreadable. The only downfall? There are multiple spelling errors in the volume that I really had been picked up by an editor. One error I can understand, but there are quite a few in here and I expect slightly better from a professionally done project. HOWEVER, I do have to say that it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the manga and all things considered, the price for this is pretty darn good when you consider that it's 2-3 volumes in one package.

Now all editing/technical details aside, on with a review of the story and art.

I freaking love Milk Morinaga. This series made me an instant fan of her work. I haven't had a chance to check out her other works as I'd gotten swept up in another series almost immediately after reading this one, but this really is an excellent yuri manga. It's rather light and sweet, so it's a good place for new readers of yuri works to start because the series as a whole is rather lighthearted and it doesn't go overboard on the uber-drama like some yuri series. I'd equate it to the manga version of Only The Ring Finger Knows, if you're familiar with that work.

Art-wise, it's very nicely done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Radowling on August 20, 2013
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The art for this manga is super cute, and the characters are very well developed.
I like that their relationship slowly develops, and doesn't just jump into a heavy relationship.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raziel on May 2, 2014
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Yuri is a rare find in bookstores, so I bought this one after barely a glance at the synopsis. I ended up loving it. I think the story is realistic, and I think a lot of people can identify with the main character: she's a shy, lonely introvert who sits by herself and reads at lunch so she doesn't look as lonely as she feels. The pacing of the story seems a little slow, but in a good way. The characters and their relationships really have a chance to develop. It's definitely not "smut for the sake of smut," which I really appreciate.

I only have 2 problems with this book. Firstly, the editing is atrocious. They don't even get the two main characters' names right 75% of the time. I found that horribly distracting. Secondly, to me the book is shockingly sexist. The girls practically live at the mall. Dozens of pages at a time are spent watching them try on clothes in stores, borrow clothes from each other, get their hair done, do their nails, etc. I know they're just teenagers, and it's clear this is a coming-of-age story, but I have to admit it did grate on my nerves quite a bit that they were so shallow and had such single-tracked minds.

The scenes were overall cute, and because they were so lengthy they did give the characters time to bond. But the majority of this book is seriously comprised of scenarios like: "OMG, I am SO fat! Let's go on a diet together!" (that was a whole chapter in itself) and, "Your nail buffing looks just like polish, but since it's not really polish, it's not against school rules!"

So...it gets a 4-star rating from this reader for having enjoyable characters, a paced storyline, and for being the rarity of a yuri novel that isn't just porn for porn's sake. But to me it was a little hard to get past the editing and neverending shopping excursions/stereotypical "girly-girl" behaviors. It was a little cute, but it seemed like a lot of the time it was just filler.
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