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Description
Ruled by a cruel and arbitrary ranking system, the school is a pool of jealousy, envy and lust. Azusa was the King for a long time but one day he falls to the very bottom. What now?

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Associated Names
カーストヘヴン
格差天堂
Heaven of School Caste

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c.4 by Ichinko Scans & Sentimiento Yaoi (84d ago)
c.3 by Ichinko Scans & Sentimiento Yaoi (142d ago)
c.2 by Ichinko Scans & Sentimiento Yaoi (212d ago)
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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (119 votes)
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2014

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Magazine Be x Boy (Libre Shuppan)

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Loved it!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gattaca88
October 25th, 2014, 9:14am
First of all,I LOVE Ogawa Chise. I love all of her work, her art and story telling are impeccable and they go together with each other perfectly. Her stories are DARK which adds to her charm. People who don't like rape or any darkness in their yaoi should stay far away. I think she always does it right, so here we go....

Spoiler alert!!

The theme is brilliant , the whole power structure and caste system is so interesting! Karino was always meant to be the main love interest of Azusa, from the very first chapter he is longingly and obsessively looking at Azusa. He is the one beside Azusa in the beginning and it makes sense for him to have developed a sort of obsession or better yet...love/HATE feelings...for Azusa. He has been wanting to overthrow Azusa for a long time now because that is his only way to get much closer to Azusa. Yes, Karino played a lot of games in the beginning (blushing and such)but again that was his way of finally overpowering Azusa. He went through a lot to finally overpower this one guy.

Nobody would think this is a normal and healthy love story and of course love is not the main focus here, dominance and violence is but that does mean Karino has no feelings for Azusa. I think he is too immature and arrogant to express it but that does not mean he feels nothing. His boredom is only part of the reason for his obsession but I honestly think a bigger part is unexpressed feelings. Those feelings can be anything...anger, infatuation, jealousy,LUST, etc...I think there is hate involved too and obsessive love as well. There is no simple formula for these things...and I like that complexity.

Let me also add that I like Azusa, he does have depth and something in his childhood/the relationship with his mother probably made him want to cheat his way to the top. Being king means he won't have to feel small. But when he was King, he was not a good person, he was a actually a tyrant! So how do you get rid of Tyrant and make him feel like nothing.....Chise did this part very realistically in that she had someone of lower rank, like Karino, embarrass and humiliate Azusa but in a way that would feed into our sadism-masochism thirst lol...he has to break Azusa for Azusa see him, so he blackmail was needed.

Then starts their sexual relationship which I found to be really hot. I think Karino is super sexy especially with his glasses on....so if you like hot semes then Karino is one. I might have glasses fetish....I don't know.

May I also add, Azusa starting to have feelings for Karino is needed for this story to develop. That was the whole point, for Azusa to see Karino as more than just a past servant and now as a King, he had to develop SOME feelings. It makes things more interesting. I see it as sado-masochisms relationship and I think there could be love in that kind of relationship, not saying this is love but there could be. This feeling of being dominated by someone can consume a person to the point that they are all you think about... I don't always like the love-rape yaoi themes but sensei does it right. She is brilliant.

Let's see how this goes, can't wait for more chapters.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2014, 9:49am
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Good and yet I'm disappointed   
Rating: N/A
by FeyPhantom
October 25th, 2014, 4:12am
Honestly, I don't know how to rate this one yet. There is a lot I like about it. The art is beautiful. The dark themes and twisted personality of the protagonist are right up my alley. The way the students function in a self-induced caste system is interesting and portrayed better than in some other manga with a similar hierarchy in the school. Even the rape theme is something I enjoy in a psychological story (and the bit of SM there's been is usually something I'd look for in a BL). But that's what's bothering me the most here.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
It's obvious by chapter 4 Karino's the main love interest. But I kind of feel like Kuse and Kusakabe have been tossed by the wayside a little as characters. It's like the mangaka was developing them and then part way through the first chapter figured out who was going to turn on Azusa and then pushed them into the background.

As for the ending of the first chapter, it really impacted me. I have read a lot of manga that have had rape themes in them, but this one stood out to me, a LOT. I felt thoroughly empathetic with the main character and fully understood his shame and anger. But then the story started to go towards him having feelings for his rapist and honestly I'm incredibly disappointed. I am never the first to complain about rape=love in a BL, but here, I can't help but feel let down.


The mangaka had developed what I felt was a strong cast for the first chapter, very clear feelings from the protagonist, and a solid story I was really falling in love with. I wanted to see how the protagonist would grow and climb his way out from the bottom. But then having the mangaka make the story shallower by focusing solely on Azusa with
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Karino
I feel like I've been robbed of a very good and promising story.

I will still continue to read it, but I'm feeling really let down.
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I'd say I'd still like to see Azusa not get with Karino, but I feel like his character's changed too much in the wrong direction to recapture the feelings I had in the first chapter.


/Edit:
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I would just like to add a bit to my earlier comments. I think the reason Iím so perturbed by the rape=love theme here is because the mangaka does such an amazing job of characterization that it feels too realistic to work with these characters. Azusa was pushed down the stairs, bound, blindfolded, gagged, raped and his reaction upon finding out it was Karino was to repeat that heíll kill him over and over. That works perfectly for his ego and stubbornness.
Even afterwards when the mangaka reveals he felt pleasure when he was originally raped works. Just because someone feels pleasure doesnít mean they werenít raped. Rape is violence, dominance and a pure power play. And thatís exactly how it comes across in this story in the beginning. Not love, but violence. Karino wanted to dominate Azusa and that's what he did - taking what he wanted and using violence to shove Azusa off his high horse and into the mud at his feet.
Karino might be obsessive over Azusa, but he doesnít love him. He treats him like a toy and heís still too immature and self-centred to even care about Azusa. He seeks fulfillment for himself (and that includes moments where he has seemingly been kind to Azusa Ė donít forget heís still holding all the cards and doesnít actually care about Azusa as a person but more as a plaything to enhance his own personal life. Yeah, heís kind to Azusa when heís feeling down after getting punched, but Karino doesnít want Azusa to be completely broken. He wonít be any fun that way).
Another reason Iím not fond of Karino as the main love interest is because I feel thereís a bit too much of a discrepancy in his character from the beginning of the first chapter to what we later on learn is his true character. Seriously, heís the one who should get the Oscar for acting! The way he blushed Ďlike a virginí in the beginning and some of his facial expressions donít match at all to the point that when I reread the first chapter, it didnít feel like the same character at all. If Karino had turned out to be obsessively crazy in the sense that he wouldnít let anyone but himself have Azusa, I could believe the two sides to his personality. But thatís not his true character at all.
Karino is calculating and bored with his life (actually, he has a lot in common with Yagami Light from Death Note). He finds relief and entertainment in Azusa, not an obsessive love that puts Azusa at the centre of his life (he's the only one at the centre of his own life). If Azusa really did become like how he acted in the fourth chapter Ė all obedient and pitiful, Karino would lose interest. Because Karino wants to play with someone who acts prideful and domineering the way Azusa has Ė it doesnít necessarily have to be Azusa. And thatís only at school. He doesnít want Azusa in his life. What Azusa thought Ė about Karino wanting to eventually leave this behind at school when he steps out into society Ė is completely true (to this point in the story anyways). Karino isnít expecting some kind of relationship with Azusa. He is just trying to get more excitement out of life for his own sake.
So, Iíll reiterate again and again, even if in the future the characters change, right now Azusa has been falling in love with his rapist for no real reason but plot development (at the expense of the great characterization that the mangaka did on his particular character) and Karino does not love Azusa but obsesses over him as a favourite toy. And rape=love here bothers me so much only because the story started out so well that I am holding it to a higher standard than most other BL. The mangaka did a great job and in turn, because she did a great job, Iím disappointed. Itís perplexing.


... Last updated on October 25th, 2014, 2:30pm
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messed up like the most of Ogawa Chise's stories   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kidoraku
October 11th, 2014, 9:48am
Let's say it's... a hard yaoi. Very cruel. Indecent. Plot line is messed up just like the main characters' heads. I like it. You're gonna feel plenty various emotions reading it. Anger, angst, pity, frustration and such. It's like a good piece of art that causes emotions in a spectators, this yaoi for sure will make you feel something. I'll allow myself to say that it's touching in it's weird way. If you can't see love, try to look deeper (although it's not romantic kind of love). The story gained much depth after showing the main characters' family situation. It's more entertaining with every new chapter.

Putting seme&uke "romance" aside, story shows how works a humans group life, in micro scale of one class. There's always someone who establish rules, a king, his friends, smarmy individuals, jesters, common people and of course pushovers. It shows universal truth that people are cruel creatures, they're are able to do anything if they got carte blanche also that a one can't win against the crowd. So cruel, so true.
Also the "game" thing - it's soooo Japanese. I can't bring to my mind any game that'd be more deep-rooted in Japanese culture, where everything's related to the laws of dependency, to the one's position in hierarchy. It's all about being older/powerfull - a master, a senpai, a top and younger/obedient - a subordinate, a kouhai, a bottom. Well... you can find some other, universal truth as well, but I don't want to destroy you all the fun, so I'm gonna stop here.

The Art is brilliant. I'm a huge fan of sensei's drawing style. Why not 10? cause there were parts when I wasn't able to find out whose words they were, Karino's or Azusa's, maybe it's the translation problem, I'm not sure, but even if, my fun gone bust.
I wonder what'll happen next, if they'll grow up, grow tired of this childish yet dangerous game and get courage to face their messed up feelings of love, jealousy, anger and fear. Can't wait for the next chapter.
So if you don't mind angst, abuse or graphic sex, you should be more than pleased by this yaoi. Enjoy!

... Last updated on November 7th, 2014, 12:07pm
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SERIOUSLLY???   
Rating: N/A
by chichienu
October 5th, 2014, 2:32pm
This is why i gave myself a break from reading yaoi and went into reading gay novels.... i mean what the hell was that??..... how can a straight boy after being RAPED allows himself to be continually taken by the same person over and over and without any time wasted inbetween begins to enjoy and actually long for it..... bullshit!!!,especially when i look at the genre and see "psychological"... there is nothing that makes me feel it deserves to be there unless maybe as the manga progresses, the main character actually grows some balls and stop acting like a scorned ex girl friend.....
i want to believe that the manga will have something more to offer as it progresses, so ill continue reading it, hoping for that "thing" that is missing..
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OMG   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by redsalt4
October 1st, 2014, 9:48pm
i am a Yoai Otaku to the max and have read over a thousand stories so far. However this is a completely different, unique, and excitingly interesting story. i cant recall reading anything similar. i love it and can't wait for the next ch.
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bated breaths   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
September 6th, 2014, 8:33am
omigawd at first i thought that the plot was stupid but halfway in on the first chapter i started living in the story and now i see how different the characters are. they're dark, true, but refreshing. this has potential! i wanna read more! so, so, so badly!
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Different   
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by Bugle
August 10th, 2014, 6:42am
This is very different to anything I've read before. I can't stop reading it and am constantly checking to see if it is updated again. I like the different layers this manga has. The main character (can't remember his name) and the relationship he has with his "friend" and how it changes almost with each new chapter.
I like the fact that his mother is in the manga too and the relationship he has towards her is once again different to anything I've read. I am eager to see what will happen with the two of them too.

I also like the fact that the plot revolves around a game the whole school is participating in. It is a ranking system which allows the students to act differently, depending what rank they have. i.e - you are allowed to bully certain people in a lower rank.
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