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Renai Sousa  
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Description
Vol. 1

1-3) Love Control I+II: Takashi Okumura hires Kei Yamashiro, an interior designer, to fix up his flat, but Yamashiro knows that Okumura did that only to play with him. He decides to accept Okumura's challenge, both in redecorating his flat and in make him fall in love with Yamashito, but the two have pretty strong personalities and both are intent on taking the lead and setting the pace of their relationship. Will Okumura's sweet talk or Yamashiro's pride win out in the end?

4) Near The Rainbow, And You (Oneshot): Cool and detached Seno Shiro receives a text message one day that says: "Find me, please find me, I'm at the end of the rainbow". He dismisses the message as a prank, but while walking home from work he happens upon a fountain that light up like a rainbow, and at the edge of it there sits a boy looking at his cell phone...

Vol 2.

1-2) Love Control III: Yamashiro and Okumura are now a couple, but Okumura's job requires him to entertain various people. Is he really only being obliging or does he have an interest in other people besides Yamashiro? And why doesn't Okumura get jealous when handsome bartender Sasatani passionately pursues Yamashiro?

3-4) Love Control IV: Kei Ichinose has a business meeting in the Nebula Sinus-Jiri, and is completely taken by handsome and sexy bartender Nagi Sasatani. However, his evening doesn't go well when he first get drunk, then get sexually harassed by his business associate and then being rescued by none other than Sasatani himself, at which point he faints. When he tries to thank Sasatani for his help, he accidentally let it slip that he likes Sasatani, but Sasatani finds him boring...

(Characters from Anata no Tonari ni Suwarasete make an appearance. Kei Yamashiro is the friend of Shinjin Takamiya, the chair designer.)

Vol. 3

1) Love Control V (Sasatani and Ichinose)
2-3) Love And Health, Sweet Selfishness (Okumura and Yamashiro)
4) Please Spoil Me (Sasatani and Ichinose)
5) A Day's Dinner (all characters)

Vol. 4 (not yet released)
- last chapter -> Magazine BexBoy, 05.2014

Type
Manga

Related Series

Associated Names
恋愛操作
연애조작
Love Control
Love Operation
Ren'ai Sousa
Renai Control

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (111 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 28th 2014, 8:47am PST


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Year
2006

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Magazine Be x Boy (Libre Shuppan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Juné (2 Volumes - Dropped/Print)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1087 increased(+73)
Monthly Pos #1656 increased(+708)
3 Month Pos #3001 increased(+288)
6 Month Pos #3505 decreased(-93)

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On 236 wish lists
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One of the best chemistries I've seen   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
October 8th, 2012, 2:13pm
The interactions between the two protagonists feel very real. It's a play of power between two smart, prideful men. Every little reaction is artistically written by the mangaka, and the result is very convicing, and very... enthralling. There is not much smut, but plenty of fetish fuel. The small talk, the game of hide and seek they play, hiding their weaknesses and trying to unsettle the other, all of this is a real turn-on. Plus, there is the art, that I found lovely.
A must-read.
(I should add that I'm only reviewing the first volume. I did read the other ones, but I don't remember it and I think I found them bad in comparison, so I'm not gonna re-read them)

... Last updated on October 8th, 2012, 2:17pm
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v1 great, v2 not so much   
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by pleochroic
April 6th, 2011, 11:18am
the first volume is lovely; it features two strong men getting interested in each other, and working out whether and how to have a relationship. it's well paced; it's not happening way too fast as so many BL relationships. i enjoyed the interactions between the two and it was interesting to see their relationship progress. it's definitely among the better BL i've read. the drama CD does a great job casting narita ken as yamashiro, who has a deeper voice than your average uke. as always, the further away from the inane seme/uke stereotypes and feminised uke we get, the more i enjoy a story.

the second volume, on the other hand, annoyed me. formerly strong yamashiro turns into a jealous shrew who jumps to stupid conclusions, and listens to strangers instead of his lover. guess what, yamashiro -- jealousy doesn't prove strength of love, it only proves depth of insecurity. if your partner isn't jealous of your interactions with other people, that means your partner trusts you, you idiot. you ought to cherish that instead of throwing a hissyfit. i think this cliched plot pissed me off more than it usually does because i actually liked yamashiro from v1 a lot, and i was looking for genuine growth in the relationship of an established couple of mature men, and instead i got a junior high plot.

i also didn't like sasatani because of the underhanded way he tried to woo yamashiro previously, and i wasn't ready to either forgive him, or believe that he'd fall for personality-free ichinose so soon after he supposedly really loved yamashiro. smells like rebound to me, and i can't get excited about that.

if i just rated volume 1, i'd give it a 9, but volume 2 didn't work at all for me, and from a quick look at the raw of volume 3 there's mostly more sasatani x ichinose, so i'm waiting with the rating for now.

... Last updated on April 6th, 2011, 11:44am
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Great art, plot and character!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by LadyKnight
January 1st, 2009, 8:40am
Majority of the BL manga have the stereotypical seme/uke look and characteristics about them but Renai Sousa's Okumura and Yamashiro are one of those examples that doesn't fall into that category. Reading about their story, relationship and the progress was really interesting, not to mention the inclusion of secondary characters, such as Sasatani and Ichinose, though their story wasn't as arresting as the former pairings. Great to have Takamiya and Azumi from Anata no Tonari ni Suwarasete also in the series.

Overall this was a highly enjoyable series, love the artwork, the plot and character progress. Been some time since I last read a series involving two prideful and stubborn men. ^_^ Sasatani and Ichinose's interaction weren't as convincing though, IMO... But still interesting and worth reading...

... Last updated on January 1st, 2009, 8:43am
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