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Mugi is a chubby girl with a kind spirit and beautiful smile. She is comfortable with her weight, but thought that she would never have the opportunity to fall in love. When she meets Tagami, a boy who is a "pochama," or someone who likes soft and squishy things, love has a chance to blossom, and Mugi comes to realize that she loves herself as is.


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Associated Names
Pocha mani
Pochama ni
Telle que tu es (French)

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v.7 c.36 by Freewheeling Scanlations 3 months ago
v.6 c.35 by Freewheeling Scanlations 5 months ago
v.6 c.34 by Freewheeling Scanlations 7 months ago
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8 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (197 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.97 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 10th 2020, 6:02pm PST



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Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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Beware: *2nd male lead syndrome*  
by milkgreentea
January 27th, 2021, 10:02pm
Rating: N/A
At first, it was refreshing to read about a chubby female protagonist (Tsumugi), but the male lead (Tagami) is a bit too possessive and creepy (even he and his friends acknowledge himself as creepy).

Eg: He likes squishy soft things like our chubby protagonist a bit too much. He keeps squeezing her soft parts like some kind of pervert.

The good thing is, normally, he's respectful of her choices when she says no to him, and he considers her feelings. However, he also often says disturbing things to her like "I don't just want to feel up your arms. I want to touch your entire body." Or, he would take off her shirt without her permission AND while she is reluctant to take it off and then he says "NOW I can see you" with her soft jiggly parts exposed (the manga literally says "jiggly" and "soft" btw).

Those kinds of things are a bit too disturbing for my tastes.

This makes Hiyama (the love rival / 2nd male lead) seem like a better love interest for our chubby female lead. Even though he looks like a delinquent, he is more of a gentleman than Tagami LOLLLLL.

And Hiyama is more mature than Tagami. By a lot.

Eg: Because he knows Tsumugi and Tagami are dating, Hiyama refrains from making advances on her.
Eg2: Hiyama is content with Tsumugi and Tagami dating as long as Tsumugi's happy.

Meanwhile, you have jealous Tagami...
Eg: Tagami senses Hiyama's interest in Tsumugi so what does he do?
He questions his girlfriend Tsumugi like this:
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"If Hiyama says he likes you, will his words give you more confidence?" after she reassures him she does not like Hiyama romantically.

Who says things like that, seriously? He's just making things messier by complicating a sensitive situation with hypothetical questions.

Tsumugi was honest so she didn't say something like "Hiyama's words won't ever affect me!! only you do Tagami-kun <3!" So instead, she thinks about it and Tagami, assuming the answer is
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"yes" from her hesitancy, storms off.

But the thing is, Tagami put her in a corner by using a hypothetical situation like this b/c if Hiyama hypothetically does affect her self-esteem if he confessed, Tagami would feel justified of his jealousy and anger while Tsumugi will feel guilty, even though it isn't cheating.

Why isn't Tsumugi cheating in this case?
Because for Tsumugi, who gets made fun of b/c of her body weight, she has a low self-esteem, so if someone - ANYONE - tells her "I like you" of course it would boost her self-esteem even if she doesn't like that person back romantically and would decline his love confession.
As much as Hiyama seems like the better love interest, unfortunately, it's definitely not likely for Hiyama to end up with Tsumugi, so we can just hope he has a happy ending of his own.

8.5/10 in the beginning, but right now bordering towards a 7 since the male lead Tagami is a bit too creepy (even though he's a nice boyfriend for Tsumugi otherwise), and the story doesn't feel cohesive enough. The story is starting to feel like it's rambling without enough impact or weight in it. It's devolved into a typical shoujo plotline that's a bit bland. Nothing bad, but not the unique story you'd be expecting based on the beginning of this series.

... Last updated on January 28th, 2021, 2:22am
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A hard one  
by MangaShotgun
December 13th, 2020, 1:31am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
So this I use to love, but then it kind of overstayed its welcome. You would think this is a good one for chubby chasers but there is more about weight loss in it for sure like a black haired friend they meet ends up losing all her weight and then the main girl loses a good bit too like its fine on the chubby parts but its something I kind of don't recommend like if it never continued after a certain point it would of been great!
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by Eugh101
October 11th, 2020, 3:07am
Rating: N/A
Am I only the one who's waiting for Pochamani manga updates? v_v
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by fishical
January 6th, 2015, 6:47am
Rating: N/A
Because the female lead is 'chubby', she tends to be more mature than most shoujo girl leads. And this is what i really enjoyed: she knows what she is and she's learning to accept the insecurities that come with it. The artwork is very beautiful. Even though the female lead has a rounder face - her positive personality makes her very pretty. Of course, the male lead is also beautifully drawn.

My peeve is that the relationship started with a fetish, which i found a little disgusting. The problem with this is that her "chubbiness" is emphasised a little bit too much. Imo, sometimes it feels like he's dating her because of his fetish but then the fluff moments in the manga redeems this. Overall it's a cute read.
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by HummingBird0o
August 4th, 2013, 11:30am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
i think its best if it was one shot !! ... plus she should lose weight .. its not healthy to be fat >.<
i thought it was cute at fright .. but when i start to continue reading it ,find it silly :l anyway it was ok
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wth is wrong with being a chubby chaser?  
by SAimNE
July 5th, 2013, 3:27am
Rating: N/A
everyone in this manga is so fricken mean just because a dude likes chubby chicks o.o. i wont say the guy doesnt overdo it, but everyone seems to consider him insane or something just because of having that preference to begin with o.0
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by Somakemi
January 28th, 2013, 11:57am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
My initial thoughts for this manga was how absolutely adorable Mugi was, besides it rare to see a shoujo manga with a chubby girl as the lead. This is a definite must read if your sick of shoujo stereotypes, and want a refreshing and cute story.

... Last updated on January 28th, 2013, 11:58am
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by Saons
January 9th, 2013, 4:53pm
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
I do feel that this panders to the demographic that is chubby high school girls in Asia, but the "chubby-maniacs" mentioned in this manga do exist. It is interesting to see a rare topic like this chosen.

Oh, and it's also adorable at parts.
It also does have some really good points about accepting yourself and liking yourself for what you are.

It's a standard shoujo cupcake, but with a different kind of sprinkle on top.
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by arouraleona
January 9th, 2013, 4:18am
Rating: N/A
Mugi's friends (and everyone else) are right, he is a bit creepy. But that doesn't stop the relationship between Mugi and Tagami from being pretty darn adorable. I feel that the issue of Mugi's weight is treated very well; yes, it is a plot device, but she isn't really treated badly for it. She does repeat her feeling that she felt as a chubby girl that she would never find love, which is sad. But not an untrue expression of how many overweight girls feel in HS. The skinship is the creepy part, but it's done that way on purpose to highlight Tagami's obsessiveness (his preaching to other males of the virtues of plumpness in chapter 2 is very amusing).

Yes, he is a bit bizarre, but there is no question that the attraction Tagami feels is not simply physical, but that he likes her for her as well, and the same in return. Thus far, he treats her very well, and she does the same for him. I do like his friend, though, who offers to give Mugi the number of a lawyer if she wants to sue Tagami for sexual harassment. lol.

The art is good, though the shinny ball thing isn't my favorite. And it's just generally super cute. I suggest giving it a try!
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