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Mon Seul  
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Description
Ikeda Masaki, called Ikeuchi by his friend, is a college student living alone with his little sister, Minami, who is in grade school, after their father suddenly left one day leaving only a note behind. After thinking about dropping out of university to work and support himself and his little sister, Ikeuchi was encouraged by his best friend, Kanda, who currently has a job after dropping out himself, to continue his studies, and if ever the need arises, Kanda would be there. Ikeuchi believes that even if misfortunes come, as long as he has friends and family, they will be happy.

As time goes on, Ikeuchi gets any part-time job he can get to pay the bills. He eventually forgets Minami's birthday, but is saved by Kanda, who not only remembered it, but bought a gift that the little girl really liked. Ikeuchi notices strange behavior on Kanda's part sometimes, however, he pays it no mind.

One day, Ikeda gets a job that requires him to leave home for a while, so he asks Kanda to stay with Minami. Kanda intially furiously refuses, telling Ikeda not to depend on him all the time. When Ikeuchi is about to leave saddened, Kanda reluctantly changes his mind. After he finished his work at a hotel, Ikeuchi returns earlier than expected because he believes that his little sister is missing him, as she called him to inquire about the time that he will be coming back. Since it is late at night, he does not phone her when he gets off the train, but heads straight home instead.

Ikeda goes to Minami's room as soon as he walks in, and knocks on the door. She is surprised that it is her brother, and when he opens the door, Minami screams hard for him not to enter . . . What Ikeda sees there shatters everything he believes in . . .

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Manga

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Associated Names
モン・スール
My Only

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.Omakes 4-5 by THMMY (419d ago)
v.1 c.Epilogue by THMMY (1131d ago)
v.1 c.Omakes 2-3 by DFCG & Arienai! (1788d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 5.9 / 10.0 (187 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.1 / 10.0
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December 26th 2013, 3:46pm PST


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Year
2003

Original Publisher
Penguin Shobou (2003)
Wani Books (2006)

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Gum (Wani Books)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Simply Spectacular   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Seijurou
December 27th, 2011, 2:09am
This manga handles a sensitive topic in such a realistic & amazing way. It does not try to convince the reader of anything; it just shows what happens, and the logical aftermath.

The use of dark panels, the powerful endings of chapters . . . The storytelling method is astonishing. This is a manga that will make you think, & think hard . . .

This title handles the one subject that Aki-Sora, another psychological series that I hold in high regard, did not . . .

A true gem in the manga world . . .

... Last updated on December 27th, 2011, 2:15am
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Among People, Anything Can Happen...   
Rating: N/A
by cecropiamoth
November 21st, 2011, 12:33am
...including the stuff in this manga. The brother has been hurt to the core by the divorce and then the father's abandonment, followed by having to take on a crushing workload. The sister has been hurt worse by those two prior abandonments, because, as I've read many times, children react to abandonment with terror. She finds a desperate last possible way of assuring herself a reliable kind of parent, and goes for it. The brother reacts personally. Effectively he's been abandoned AGAIN, by the only family member he had left. Caught between his horror of now not being number 1, or even very important, to that last family member, and his disgust at the betrayal of trust by his friend, he goes into a kind of ecstasy of self-pity, and desire to woundall those around him, from which he may never recover. As for the friend, he most likely had always felt the desire that he acted on after resisting it for a long time.

Anyone who's felt abandonment during a period of their childhood will recognize the desperation of the child and the self-pitying world-hatred of the brother will realize that this is the kind of thing that can happen in a passage of extreme misfortune in life. Since we are, in terms of what motivates us, primarily emotional creatures, when our emotions become too dreadful to bear, considerations of morality and duty cannot stop us from going kind of nuts.
This is how these forces might well play out.
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Amazing   
Rating: N/A
by DorkFishOK
September 27th, 2011, 9:17pm
But I always find stories like this so hard to get through. It really shows the depth of humanity's flaws and it's disturbing but at the same time filled with important themes and such. I had the same hard time with Lolita which is an amazing book, probably the best writing I've ever encountered-yet there were some parts I found so hard not to reject humanity altogether. If you're like me, just... read it. Without any of your own judgement and biases to get in the way.
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Perfect for an in-depth analysis   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Communist_Rob
September 8th, 2011, 10:41pm
I can understand why there are so many negative reviews and ratings for Mon Seul: the vast majority readers view manga as a superficial source of entertainment and thus do not seek to derive anything greater than its ostensible value.

In that sense, the content of Mon Seul would not be very appealing and no reader would be able to sympathize with the immorality of Kanda's actions. The plot is nothing special and all the characters are flawed to the extent that even an optimistic ending would hardly justify the toils they struggled through to reach that point.

However, from an analytical perspective, Mon Seul would serve as excellent material to deconstruct and examine. If viewed as a piece of literary work and not as pure shallow enjoyment, then Mon Seul is rich in themes and content that mirrors the realism of our current contemporary society. In that aspect, this mature piece of work is thought-provoking and rather highlights some important issues.

Don't waste your time if you're looking for something lighthearted that concludes with a happy ending. You won't find any of the sort here.
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Mixed feelings...   
Rating: N/A
by yumemiru
August 30th, 2011, 2:13am
This is a huge moral dilemma. I'm very disturbed by this one(morally, at least). It's unbelievable that this kind of thing could occur willingly between two people such as Kanda and Minami. It's especially mindblowing on Minami's part. I really disagree that this manga is trying to justify statutory rape. If that was indeed the case, then *SPOILER ALERT*Minami and Kanda would have had a "happy ending" *SPOILER END* I find the characters of the brother and the father to be very believable. There are all sorts of people out there and this kind of thing is totally plausible.

In the end, I see a giant cause and effect pattern occurring with each interaction between the characters. The divorce impacted the whole Ikeuchi family as a whole, resulting in different negative results. It weakens the father's self-confidence in his role as the breadwinner of the family. It lowers the brother's belief in "family", which causes his lashes at the father. It serves as the reason why Minami is more "mature" than other children her age. And then when the father loses his job, the whole family setting goes into a downward spiral; Minami basically seduces Kanda, and this serves as the main moral dilemma of the story.

Another thing I found really interesting was the character of Kanda. He's really...confusing. The mangaka portrayed him as this generally "good" guy. We can see scenes in which he genuinely cares for Minami. At the same time, however, he took Minami's bait and went for the kill. Is this a case of pedophilia or a case of love defies age? I can't decide; if he really loved her, then why did he leave her?(because he feels that it's "wrong"?); and yet if this is simply pedophilia, Kanda seems really deeply emotionally invested...

Man, this is just really disturbing. I don't regret having read this though. Well, not too much.
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Not that well-crafted   
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by VampireBanana
July 18th, 2011, 12:27pm
For such a topic that aimed to be taken seriously, it felt more like one of those Asian dramas where everyone tries to "deal with the topic" but ends up lashing out at one another. Furthermore, none of the characters were very complex and it was a bit too simple: soo everyone of the cast has some "problems" in order to create some strife in the story.
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However, in reality, very few adults would take the advice of a child to heart and run away just 'cos it was suggested. And in reality, no person would sleep with a child just 'cos he or she "seemed" a bit like a woman or had been in contact with them for a while: I'm sorry but they have to desire the child sexually or they need to have a sliding scale of morality. But nothing was shown or built up for any of these characters so there's very little to base on.


And imho, it feels very wishful and more like one of those generic lolicon eromanga you read(except without the sexual scenes). And also, very contrived too 'cos pedophiles don't behave like that at all: from what I know, they desire children for all their life and not suddenly. If people want a far more realistic approach to pedophilia(and if you can tolerate BL/yaoi), try A Cruel God Reigns. And actually, it felt more like this was a shoujo manga than a seinen. -__-;; Plus, even if someone matures a lot as a child, there had to be warning signs beforehand but there were none.

... Last updated on July 18th, 2011, 12:58pm
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wha...?!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by monkry
July 6th, 2011, 10:25pm
Hufff loli story always interesting but this one, I hope the epilogue of main story never exists...
BTW, I hate that egoistic brother above all =_=
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And I don't understand the reason that the brother's friend still rejected her at the end...
Eventhough I love the story between the sister and her brother's friend, I don't understand what the reason the sister have the thought to do that to her brother's friend to thanked him.... I mean, she's a child, a little girl! how could her thought going all the way to 'that' to thank someone???? WEW


... Last updated on July 6th, 2011, 10:33pm
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they are human   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by whitespade
May 22nd, 2011, 4:00pm
and so flawed, but at least they get a not-totaly-unhappy-ending, so thats alright. some people forget how is it when you are a child. we were afraid and insecure because we depend on other people. but even adults still full of weakness.
this is a good quite reading material.
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Disturbing   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by ilovejaneausten25
March 20th, 2011, 4:14am
I hate this story, I hate the hero, heroine, and bad guys. It isn't just because the loli element is present. Loli handled appropriate doesn't usually leave me shaking with anger frustration and disgust as I am reading it. All the characters are insane, I expect a little lack of reality when reading manga but this is off the scale. They are all selfish one dimensional brats with whom I can in no way sympathize. The art is sketchy and rough but not terrible and the story could possible be good but the delivery is so terrible it just doesn't work. I feel dirty after reading this and if I was stupid enough to buy it I would burn incinerate it to work off my horror.
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Okay, but not very well written   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by samurailynn
February 11th, 2011, 2:11pm
This manga takes a serious situation and gives it the serious atmosphere that it deserves, but I feel it kind of falls short on the writing. I think the basic plot is fine as it is, but some depth could have been added to make the character's actions a little more understandable.
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