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Utsukushii Koto (Novel)  
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Matsuoka is hooked on wearing his ex-girlfriend's clothes and going for nighttime walks into town, feeling the pleasure of being stared at by men wherever he goes. One night, after he is assaulted by a man during a one-off encounter, he is saved by Hirosue, a nondescript senior worker from his company. Drawn to Hirosue's innocent, pure love, Matsuoka continues to meet with Hirosue dressed as a woman, until Hirosue finally confesses to him. Narise Konohara's pinnacle of achievement portrays the pain and beauty of unrequited love, and has also been adapted to a theatrical play.

Contains 2 short stories (published in earlier editions) "Of Tenderness" (Itoshii koto) and "Of Love" (Aisuru koto).


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Associated Names
美しいこと (Novel)
Aisuru koto
Itoshii koto (Novel)
Of Beauty (Novel)
Of Love
Of Tenderness (Novel)

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Latest Release(s)
c.Side Story 2 (end) by Isolarium (943d ago)
v.Booklet c.Part 3 by Isolarium (946d ago)
v.Booklet c.Part 2 by Isolarium (956d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)
1 Volume Bunko (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 9.6 / 10.0 (67 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.6 / 10.0
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June 25th 2015, 9:47pm PST



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (2013)
Souryuusha (2007)

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I now know why it's ranked so highly   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FeyPhantom
July 27th, 2016, 9:11pm
Seriously, these novels are a roller coaster of emotions! I absolutely fell in love with Matsuoka's character right out of the gates. As someone in sales and who's good at his job, he's very adept at reading other people. He's also the type to put their feelings before his own. It made his point of view so interesting to tell the story from.
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...At least in the first part. Though I'm also super glad we got Hirosue's in the second part an ended it off with Matsuoka's again.

Hirosue is a little more simple and it makes him more complicated to like. He's kind but can ignorantly hurt other people's feelings. He also is unattached to things that don't interest him. At times, this aspect of his character can make him heartless. But that's exactly what the author was going for. She wanted to write him that way. But he does get more likeable, you just have to hang on through the roller coaster first.
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What changes is the fact that he realizes his interest in Matsuoka and he willingly makes an effort to find what he likes in Matsuoka as a man.

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As a side note: I also think it's interesting to note how different Hirosue is from most semes in BL. He is not very attractive. He's unobservant. He's not stylish, talented, charismatic nor intelligent. In fact, Matsuoka almost fills all the check boxes for perfect seme while Hirosue is almost more similar to the many average ukes. I wonder if this is why more people don't give Hirosue a pass for his relatively unattractive personality throughout much of the story. We're used to it in the ukes, but we have better expectations for the semes especially since they are generally representative of the desires and 'perfect lover' of the reader. Just some food for thought.

There's not too many smut scenes and I wouldn't recommend it as a story if that's all you want. The character interactions (including work mates) was what made me love this the most. When there were simple meal scenes or co-worker talks or scenes of sleeping soundly, I couldn't help but smile while reading. On the other hand, it did make me shed tears during some of the heartbreak and emotionally painful scenes.

I truly loved it by the end. It felt like a long journey and in several ways it was. Both main characters had profoundly changed by the end and that made reading this story feel worth it.

On a last note, I LOVED the translation. Isolarium did a better job than many professional novel translations I've read. I normally don't mention translation groups, but I feel it would be wrong not to in this case. I'm only sad they're now defunct.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by IAmKingTarquin
June 11th, 2014, 5:11pm
Yet again, another Konhara Narise great work.

Out of all the novels by her that I have read, this is perhaps the funniest one and has more depth too (like Hako no Naka)

This one has a lot of ups and downs - but then again, so is real life and/or well - love, right?

Some questions that hopefully will encourage you to read this:

1. What will you do if your dream person turned out to be - a dream/fake even

2. Will you change what you know / believed in all throughout your life for the person you love?

3. If the person you're going out with turns out to be somewhat demeaning and insensitive - do you think you'll have to enough patience to bear with the person?

All in all - a really wonderful read; do read it too when you can!

... Last updated on June 11th, 2014, 5:11pm
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Amazing story   
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by Serendipity_
April 10th, 2014, 1:10pm
This novel dealt with a very interesting topic and portrayed it in such an amazing way, that It resulted in me thinking about it for days. We get to know the story of Matsouka and Hirose and how they deal with love beyond gender boundaries. Personally I loved the story, but I couldn't help but dislike Hirose until the end.

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Hiroses character had no backbone and he kept finding excuses for everything he did. He tried too hard to become a good person, but instead it had the opposite result. I know that the situation in the story was hard to deal with, but cooome on, he kept leading Matsouka on even after he knew the truth. Annoying. Even at the ending when he finally accepts Matsouka I felt it was fake, like he just found Matsouka convinient and choose the easy way out.

Strongly recommended. Wonderful story, and an amazing translation.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2014, 1:11pm
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Incredibly Wonderful...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by princess_bubblegum
March 10th, 2014, 6:32pm
Soo I was reading this yaoi novel and at the start of the chapter it got me hooked already.
I like the plot and how the author delivers the story. You can feel how Matsuoka has gotten head over heels with Hirose. I admit when I was reading the novel halfway, I felt a great sense of irritation on Hirose because he is so insensitive and indecisive but that whats makes it interesting. A unlikable seme from the start but turns to passionate once Hirose realize that he loves Matsuoka.

It truly is a great read. You won't get bored reading this. Every chapter gives you different emotion you can appreciate.

A great story about unrequited love and how the protagonist worked hard for his love to be reciprocated and overcome the barrier of gender issues. I say love knows no gender at all.

I totally recommend reading this masterpiece.
I'm totally waiting for the sequel of this novel >.<

... Last updated on March 10th, 2014, 6:38pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sandyatthebeach1
January 18th, 2014, 10:15pm
Okay, first and foremost, Nostalgia on 9th Avenue always does such an impeccable job translating novels- nearly no mistakes, lovely grammar, and the flow of the words remains smooth and natural. Immense props, seriously.
Now, the novel: reading this nearly gave me a panic attack on multiple occasions. Usually, "gender-bending" in yaoi is just a precursor to sex with a super girly uke in a sailor uniform being bullied by the seme. This... this was completely different. Matsuoka is a guy- he's well aware of the fact, too. I really appreciated that. And oh, goodness, how hooked I was on this novel! I was so ridiculously nervous that Matsuoka would be caught by Hirosue, and then I was so ridiculously nervous that Hirosue wouldn't love Matsuoka as a man and.... too many feelings, basically. But too many in a good way. Definitely recommended. It's just a fantastic read!
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