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Demian Shoukougun  
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Description
From Storm in Heaven:

Azuma and Takayama used to be really close friends as children, until one day Takayama disappears to the USA without telling Azuma. Unable to forget about Azuma, Takayama returns years later and enrolls in Azuma's school. He finds his old friend cold and unwilling to restart any kind of relationship... but why? Takayama is a light hearted, happy guy who gets along with everyone around, even though Azuma's odd behavior hurts him. Azuma is cool and distant, and seems not to care about anything around him...

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
デミアン症候群
男子宿舍症候群
Das Demian-Syndrom
Demain Syndrome
Demian Syndrome

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
Demian Syndrome by keiichirou

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (252 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.31 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 9th 2014, 8:15pm PST


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Year
1999

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Serialized In (magazine)
Chara (Tokuma Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
No

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N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #433 increased(+482)
Monthly Pos #1267 increased(+151)
3 Month Pos #1566 decreased(-90)
6 Month Pos #1534 increased(+138)

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On 994 reading lists
On 436 wish lists
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Irritatingly Complex   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by KitsuneFX
May 26th, 2012, 11:22pm
Man, this author's good at overcomplicating things. A lot of unnecessary details and events. I wish she could have just gone with a more direct route with the plot. Instead of keeping the reader on the edge, because of the complexity of the story, the reader is instead left uninterested.

Well, all complaints aside, I actually love the story and the characters. I wouldn't react this much if I didn't like the manga. The main characters are the most effectively conceived characters out of all mangas I've read. The author really dug deep to their psychologies and in a way that the reader can still relate to.

The dialogue boxes are also something to look out for. They're all over the place. Most of the time, I don't know who's speaking or how the flow of the dialogue should go. I'm always left confused.

... Last updated on May 26th, 2012, 11:43pm
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I really, really hope they finish scanlating this one!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nowyat
January 2nd, 2011, 5:34pm
It's a dramatic and romantic plot with likable or at least always interesting characters, and lots of fascinating background characters as supporting cast. I like the way the story sticks to the two main characters all the way through, with no annoying side plots or secondary couples. The art is insanely good. It's beautiful and you really feel like you too are walking under the trees on the pebbled path. smile I want to know the end!!! It keeps your interest for the so far available bits. I hate boring sections as much as anyone. wink Can't say what will happen with future episodes, though I hear the raws are out, 3/30/11... I think it is THE greatest manga ever written.

... Last updated on November 13th, 2011, 2:16pm
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Such a cut above the rest.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mierten
March 6th, 2010, 4:50pm
This is a well written emotional rollercoaster. Done so well that the latest scanning group has all sorts of begging going on for the next chapter. It is a think and mull over type of work.
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eh   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by cherrykookie
July 16th, 2011, 4:01am
Unfortunately i'm going to have to be one of the few lower reviewers of this manga so far ^^;.
I liked the art- sketchy and sloppy at times though. However i also found the story to be confusing and sloppy as well.. there were so many flashbacks and times when the character in present would be thinking of something that happened lets say last night, that i would get confused whats past and present. Also each page has many text bubbles and it gets confusing whos text bubble is who.. especially since there is a lot of characters.
Azuma is twisted --i can't seem to like him yet. He's possessive, twisted, not in the right mind, sociopath.. Stop with the weird mind games if you like the guy..Anyways, On the otherhand, i like jou.
And i found the transition from shounen ai to yaoi abrupt. Before it was giving off some school hana-kimi, kare kano sort of vibe where you wouldn't expect anything more than hints of shounen ai lol. The only thing this manga has going for me is the angst in the main couple's relationship. Hopefully the author can make use of its potential.

... Last updated on July 16th, 2011, 4:05am
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Amazing. Stop reading and you'll be sure to be disappointed.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by vanillamochi
July 29th, 2010, 6:49pm
At first I didn't want to read it- I don't like angst very much, especially when it revolves around something that doesn't seem very significiant; when the problems dive deep only into a shallow surface. Furthermore, there are few mangas that I truly fall in love with. This manga was amazing, and it did catch my heart in the long run. What I liked most was that, as it is obviously fiction, it could still mix real-world feelings into the book. Raw, real emotions. I love manga because there have been works of art that really explore the human mind and everything else that ties into it that make us who we are as people. If there is anyone who cannot relate, or hasn't felt even an ounce of any of these main characters' feelings, then maybe you wouldn't understand how they feel, and how people can feel in the same situation. When a book can invoke such feelings that one can relate to, you've got a special piece of work. This is no doubt a brilliant work of just a few of the many real mangas out there that has a life of its own in it. I'm keeping up with it by actually downloading it from scantalator's main page instead of waiting for it on manga reading sites. Thank God I can<3 smile

... Last updated on July 29th, 2010, 6:53pm
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Great:)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jiwana
January 4th, 2008, 4:19pm
It's really interesting (and not stupid). The artwork is great. I can't wait for the next volumes. The only thing I would change is that Takayama has been always hurting himself and staying in a hospital;) Poor guy.

... Last updated on January 4th, 2008, 4:19pm
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Epic   
Rating: N/A
by Sasageru
June 21st, 2011, 9:27am
This is a very very good story. I can't say everyones going to like it - if you came looking specifically for something with yaoi content you might be disappointed, this is basically shounen-ai right up until the later chapters, but i really really recommend it. The characters are extremely unique, they are interesting and drag you into the story with their emotions. Its written extremely well, not a boring moment in sight, yet it doesn't play on huge drama filled moments like many manga, it prefers to be a little more subtle and gentle in its presentation of events. There were many moments where i wanted to bash both Azuma and Jou's heads together though, the whole story would have been non-existant if both those idiots had simply talked and revealed all straight away, but the secrets they keep from each other is what builds their relationship from start to finish. There are ups and downs - lots of them - in their relationship, and its sometimes heart breaking to watch.I hope the rest is scanlated sooner than later bigrazz thoroughly enjoying this. Its slow paced which is a nice change but theres definite if gradual change - i really want to see if Azuma can come to terms with everything.
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Pointless   
Rating: N/A
by lilyann1984
May 18th, 2013, 6:21am
This manga used to be one of my favorite shounen-ai mangas. At the beginning. At the very beginning. It started out very nicely, I liked both characters and I didn't think Takayama was weak, in fact I always liked that he was strong and didn't seem like a girl (how it's the case in a lot of other shounen-ai/yaoi mangas - why write about two men if one of them is nothing else than a whiny girl?). But Demian Syndrome was different. Well, at least for me. Maybe Takayma was physically weak (especially when he was young), but he had a strong personality. And the angst was interesting and not sooo heavy. I liked it a lot that the main characters knew each other from the past. There was a special bond between them and some unresolved issues.

I don't know when it became so.. annoying. I really don't know. But like Suiren-nyan (see below) said, there are just too many accidents, it's repetitive. Not to mention that there was a critical element in the story (don't want to spoil) which was very intense and... cruel, so I really wanted to know how both main characters are resolving it and... yeah, I got disappointed. The author could have done better.

Regarding the side characters: I found them interesting at first, but now... I don't care about them. They also became pretty lame like the whole story. I get the feeling I did read about such characters many times before.

Overall it's not a bad read (at least at the beginning, maybe the first two voulumes), but it's leading to nowhere.

... Last updated on May 18th, 2013, 6:34am
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I wonder how he gets hurt... again...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
April 23rd, 2013, 11:41pm
After reading 10 chapters, I'm getting seriously annoyed.

The main character. Gets hurt or sick. In every damn chapter.

Seriously, he is like some annoying shoujo heroine who just keeps getting in trouble, getting hurt, fainting etc. so other characters have to save her/worry over her... Add to this that the guy has a huge emotional trauma because of the past incident and used to have a pretty bad asthma (as shown in flashbacks, oh joy, even more of poor!Takayama). Sorry, but I can't feel sorry for him. This is just annoying and ridiculous. His chara design/hair doesn't help the impression that he is an annoying girl. He supposedly is strong (a good fighter, somewhat "wild" etc.) which actually makes things even more stupid... Just admit he is an idiot who can't make two steps without breaking his leg or head, an idiot who doesn't know how to dress properly in Winter (so he can get a cold and others fussing over him again) and move on. Geez.

I'm not dropping this manga (yet) despite my annoyance and dislike for the main character because I like Azuma and Yuki (is he mentally unstable? kinda reminds me of Masao from Mars), I'm curious about their relationship. Not that I'm expecting much. Even if there is some Yuki-action, it's probably going to be interrupted by Takayama falling down the stairs. Or something.

edit; After reading up to the 17th chapter, I'm raising my vote from 5 to 6,5. Takayama stopped getting hurt/sick all the freaking time, later Azuma gets more spotlight when it comes to this
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(...motorbike accident... caughing up blood... falling down the stairs...)
, which makes the main character less annoying, but still spoils the story. I mean, all those accidents. Not only it's unrealistic, it also seems like a cheap trick to make things dramatic and the characters showing affection. There are many ways to get this result, many more interesting, unique ways. When a character gets a fever for the 5th time, I, as a reader, really don't get the "you poor thing!" feeling. It's just annoying and silly.

As for Yuki... He turned out to be different than I expected (he cannot be compared to Masao at all), but I really like him. His side story was cute and explained his reasoning and circumstances very well. What I dislike is that in the later chapters there no longer is Yuki in the story, the roommates changed, new characters are introducted (which I'm totally fine with), but so far I don't even know who Yuki shares with. Azuma is his idol, yet we don't get to see Yuki showing concern because of all the bad things happening to the guy "he's always watched". I have an impression that the only reason Yuki was in the story in the first place was to help develop Azuma/Takayama and make things dramatic. Okay, they are the main characters, it's their story... but, if Yuki suddenly gets "kicked out" because he is no longer needed, nevermind what we were told about his character before, then I'm sure I don't like this.

... Last updated on April 24th, 2013, 9:56am
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awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by crownprince
May 23rd, 2012, 4:24am
this awesome manga! I mean it give me all kinds of emotion and even gave me a churn in my stomach. This is how good it is. so try it event though it kind of stresses me whenever takayama is chasing azuma and azuma keep trying things to runaway and make takiyama give up and if that happens azuma will do something to boost takiyama's confidence and make him chase over him again which a cycle that has been going on between them that made the story make me want to pull my hair sometimes but still. i like it make me think that there is a reason why azuma was doing those things like to sort out his feeling about what happen in the past when takiyama wasnt with him.
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