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Bannin  
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Description
A compilation of short stories:

Bannin (The Guardian)
Kazuhiko Saibara finds himself dead in the woods surrounding his family's summer villa. As the family servant digs his grave, Saihara's feeble-minded younger brother gazes absently upon the scene, and Saihara himself begins to recount the events that led to his demise.
- PresenceDear

Show Me Heaven
A smile of a skinny angel opens up a closed-minded man's heart.
- Countless Time

Sora no Uragawa (The Other Side of the Sky)
Yousuke, Tamotsu and Satoshi are high school buddies until tragedy breaks them apart. Ten years later the death of one of them brings the remaining two friends back together and past wounds are torn open.
- Aarinfantasy

Meguriai Cosmo (A Chance Encounter in the Cosmos)
Klaus is the hideous commander of a starship with a hideous crew. One day, his crew capture a gorgeous young man, who reminds the captain of someone from long, long ago. Repulsed by his appearance, the prisoner does his best to make things difficult for Klaus, but Klaus's warm and kind heart does him in...
- Bushido Angel Adventures

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
番人
Guardian
Show Me Heaven
The Other Side of the Sky

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4 (end) by Bushido Angel Adventures (1802d ago)
v.1 c.1 by PresenceDear (2458d ago)
v.1 c.3.2 by Aarinfantasy (2662d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (278 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 6th 2013, 6:55pm PST


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Year
2007

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Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #883 increased(+153)
Monthly Pos #1508 increased(+61)
3 Month Pos #1769 increased(+50)
6 Month Pos #1846 increased(+108)

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On 174 reading lists
On 167 wish lists
On 839 completed lists
On 21 unfinished lists
On 242 custom lists

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Darkest...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yblees
December 9th, 2008, 1:11am
Wow, I didn't know Kunieda sensei could write like that. Absolutely brilliant. I think "Show me Heaven" could actually be the weakest story of the lot - and even that rates an 8 from me (I only have five 10 ratings on my list, so 9 is considered excellent).
EDIT: "A Chance Encounter" has got to be the funniest, most insane, yaoi romp I've ever had the privilege to read. Thank you BAA for the final chapter.

... Last updated on August 18th, 2009, 8:28pm
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BANG   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
September 14th, 2008, 10:41am
. . .goes my emotions and thoughts! I don't give out many 10s, but this one definitely rates.

The Guardian, Show Me Heaven and Sora no Uragawa are all three magnificent works of illustrative and story-telling art. The characters and their combine journies are unforgettable.

Although The Guardian is a one-shot, it pulled me right in. The story telling perspective was unusual and intriguing. The three main characters had depth to them and, even though i would be very happy and wouldn't complain if offered MOAR of the albino and servant boy's story, I am so moved by the power of the ending that I am entirely pleased with the beginning, middle and end!

Show Me Heaven was a crisis moment story. The salary man with the suffocatingly 'circumspect' personality meets just the right person for what he needs at a crisis moment. The free-spirited soul meets this serious 'adult' figure that he needs in his lonely life of meaningless relationships. They both have something to give the other and that the other direly needs. Told with deftly chosen words and beautifully illustrated emotions.

Sora no Uragawa was the longest of the three. Again, it did not disappoint. This mangaka consistently tells stories that are affecting, beautiful and poignant. This one, I had mixed feelings about the ending, but decided that it was apt. The 'memory' of human does indeed sometimes do what it has to in order to save oneself from insanity and horrible pain. I think, if i HAD to pick, this one was my favourite. The characters were all very well-developed and multi-faceted. No one was purely good or purely evil. They just were.

I'm looking forward to A Chance Encounter in the Cosmos and will definitely follow this genius mangaka!

... Last updated on September 14th, 2008, 10:44am
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Show Me Heaven   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by venezia159
June 9th, 2008, 9:43pm
Of these stories, I've only read Show Me Heaven so my rating is based on that alone. This is such a great story. The "skinny angel" and the "closed-minded" salaryman are a wonderful couple. The story has both comedy and pathos. The art is beautiful.
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Bannin   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
January 4th, 2010, 10:00pm
These short stories are by far the most interesting I've come across anywhere in yaoi. They stand alone, far apart from the mass-produced drivel that makes up most of the genre.

But while many of the stories have a depth unusual to comics about male rape, that last one is nothing less than awesome. I'll go as far as to declare is a must-read, along with such classics as In the Womb and Crazy Tomato Sex.

... Last updated on January 30th, 2010, 10:50am
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I concur   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cheapfuneral
April 22nd, 2008, 10:17pm
The way the mangaka draws the eyes kind of captivates me, the story is great, it will leave you in deep thought.
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A bit of everything: a great reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by daniyagami
August 28th, 2009, 5:17pm
All the stories scanlations are available, I had no problems in find any of them. I really adore Kunieda-sensei's works, I think I read everything that is available. This book is one of my favs because all stories (including the crazy scifi delirium that closes the book) are great, well written and beautifully drawn. The Guardian is dark and mysterious, almost a horror story like Edgar Allan Poe's stories; Show me Heaven is a bright, poetic and touching story about love; Sora no Uragawa is poignant and terrible and A Chance Encounter in the Cosmos is hysterical. As the other works of Kunieda-sensei, this one is definitely a good reading and very different than the conventional yaoi.

... Last updated on August 28th, 2009, 5:18pm
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What can I say...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Yuenchi
July 23rd, 2008, 3:43pm
Can I shoot those three who voted '1'? No? Mmmkay.

Maybe this is the darkest of Kunieda-sensei (whom I love). Quite unnerving since I basically love more bright stories. Still this is a compilation of awesome, amazingly well drawn stories. Though I can't say it's recommended for those who are faint-hearted, I still wish you'd read it anyway because this kind of fine yaoi is definitely not as many as fishes in the ocean, on the contrary it's quite rare.

For 'Show Me Heaven' alone I might give a rating close to 10. It's sweet, touching and romantic, which is my cup of tea. However the best story I think would be "Sora no Uragawa".

Ohh edited to add that though I can appreciate sensei's craziness with Cosmos, maybe many would wanna skip this last oneshot. There's a reason why its scanlation isn't availablebigrazz

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2008, 11:22pm
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so unique.   
Rating: N/A
by otakuness
April 20th, 2012, 11:04am
the stories amazed me. the mangaka was a great storyteller when i read yaoi the last thing that i expect is unpredictability cause i right now only read it for the boys xD haha that was the last thing that i wouldve said a year ago bit here we are xD i guess that yaoi just finds you my friends!~! biggrin

the first story was.. so.. i dont know how to say it. i cant say that it was beautiful but that was how i saw it and the way it unfolded. i am really falling in love with the storytelling!~!

the second story was just refreshing and i love men in suits, the formal, strict types, yup love em and the monkey like types.. would kill for them, this is like the summation of all my types minus the prostitution bit smile which thankfully wasnt emphasized.

the third story has got to be the one that gripped me. i wanna have a favorite but i loved them all! (even the Cosmos bit XD) for some reason i really enjoyed this and the feeling of salvation at the end.. sigh.. but i was kindda biting my finger while reading this so.. ahem.

the fourth story was just so funny xD i dont know what i should feel i was just laughing! and yeah.. i was just sitting here and thinking that must be fun xD also i kindda noticed that it has the longest sex scene so hooray for ugly peoples biggrin

another thing that i love about this is the fact that the male parts werent drawn too clearly, its just turns me off for some reason, i like it more when theres shading and when its leave it to your imagination smile my kind of manga, this one.
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Great   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fampar
December 6th, 2013, 11:51pm
Great, just that
This manga show us diferent kind of stories, and still was entertaining reading all of them :3

My fave stories was 2nd , and 3th in that order
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2nd story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by mysocksgotdirty
June 9th, 2013, 6:13pm
My favorite story was the second one... Your typical bl story.
It was a cute story and I liked both main characters so only for that one I give a rating 10. The other stories are ok, the last one was really weird but kind of funny.
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