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Product Details

  • Series: Girl Friends
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Seas; First Edition edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937867099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937867096
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Japanese edition of Girl Friends:

"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 will read everything Morinaga, Milk makes for a long time just to hope that she can do something like this again.
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Great storyline and characters.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on February 2, 2013
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If you're familiar with Milk Morinaga's work, then you know that her artwork is fairly uniformly awesome in any given work she makes. This series is no exception and might even be that much stronger for the fact that parts of Girl Friends was based off of her own experiences in high school. I'm not sure how much in this is fact and how much is fiction, but for the most part this series has a realistic flavor to it that makes the series that much sweeter for its inclusion. If you picked this second volume up in error, then no huge worries. You'll miss out on a bit, but the story line here is easy and gentle enough to pick up and follow along with relatively easily. You just won't enjoy it as much as if you'd started with volume one.

Art-wise, this series remains strong. It's pretty common to see artwork decay over the length of a series, but Morinaga definitely puts a lot of love into her drawings. There are of course some scenes that are prettier or have more detail than others, but you'll get that with every series and even a "bad" drawing by Morinaga is still pretty darn good. There's a reason why she's considered by many to be one of, if not THE Queen of Yuri.

Story-wise, Girl Friends has some incredibly strong points to it. One is, as I mentioned earlier, the series' realism. While there are still some parts to it that feel a little manga-tastic in that they seem a little overly idealized, the series has its strength in that it doesn't fall into some of the typical manga story lines. There is no bullying, no uber-dramatic scenes where the sexuality of the main characters comes out into the open, nor are there scores of rivals pouring out of the woodwork to stand in the way of our two would-be lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marius Haugen on February 26, 2013
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As I said in the title, Milk Morinaga is the best at what she does. This is the second manga from the series Girl Friend of Milk Morinaga, so make sure you read Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 1 first. Here the relationship between Mari and Akko begins to blur up to the surface. We already have an insight of Mari's feelings, but now that Akko knows what Mari feels for her, its time for us to see if Akko's feeling are the same for Mari. This manga turned out to be quite the tale, I think. The plot was alot more fun than what I first thought it would be, but its still as serious as the manga should be. I will ofcourse not spoil anything from the book itself, but if you found the the first collection interesting and worth reading, this will be perfect for you. 5/5 stars, probably the best of Yuri mangas out there in the whole wide world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kayla Hines on February 12, 2014
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This is a very interesting collection!
I loved it! Hope they make more books like this!
I would recommend it for sure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David M on July 31, 2014
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Anyone who can appreciate a good romance story will enjoy Girl Friends, even if they do not specifically love shoujo-ai/yuri.

*This is the pinnacle of the genre, in yuri romance for slice of life manga. This is the masterpiece of its era and is likely not going to be dethroned from most highly rated and best critically received yuri for a long time.
Most of my thoughts are unchanged. I am mostly just following up with the review to assure people that this is well worth it all the way to the end.

Story:

When it comes to school & slice of life manga, it often feels as if there is not much of a story, just a setting that you let characters loose in. What I can say is that unlike many shoujo-ai, Girl Friends takes a much more “true to life” approach, on the girl/ girl romance. The approach is fresh, interesting and helps the audience relate. The only complaint here is the amount of small talk involved can sometimes be too much.

*Story is solid, my only nitpick is petty… I wished that there was more. It’s usually the hallmark of a good story. (Unless there is a case of a rushed ending or unresolved plot lines) Might be a little spoiler-ish under, skip to art if you want nothing to do with it:
In this case I would love to see Morinaga pick these characters back up some time for a sequel exploring their college life and coming out story.

Art:

The art is as good as what you would expect out of a, decent manga series. Morinaga Milk’s art style and character designs are top notch.

*I have to say that the art really remained very consistent all the way through to the end, and a few panels where the quality was buffed up for a dramatic moment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anime Lover on January 5, 2015
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Akko is confused. As her best friend Mari is going out with a crush from junior high, her feelings flip from confusion to saddness. But when it is learned Mari was dumped, she thinks that there is a chance that she can figure out her heart and tell the one she has fallen for how she feels. But will it take some advice from their playgirl friend to put them on the right track, or will this young love die before it has a chance to bloom?

I was loaned the first part by a friend who learned I read Kashimashi, so i decided to buy both parts. This was well written and drawn, and the characters were enjoyable to read. Each one had their own personality which was good to see. I do feel the ending was satisfactory, but I would have liked to see one more chapter - say 5 years later at the first reunion we see what happened to all of them, and of course everyone's reaction to the two lovers (thing is I did sort of imagine some of what the two would have gone through, from the parents, to their first major fight, and a couple of issues that probably was never thought of, and have written it down just for the fun of it).
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