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Mimitabu no Riyuu  
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Description
1) Mimitabu no Riyuu (A Reason for Earlobes)
Yamaguchi is a notorious womanizer. Some men admire him; others can't stand him. Ishikawa is definitely one of the latter. Nevertheless, when Yamaguchi's latest girlfriend dumps him, Ishikawa jokingly offers to comfort him with his own body. Unfortunately for Ishikawa, Yamaguchi takes the offer seriously. And, to make matters worse, Ishikawa discovers that he can't say no!

2) Yubisaki no Biyaku (Love Potion Fingertips)
Ishikawa and Yamaguchi are dating, but Yamaguchi's lovey-dovey behavior makes Ishikawa sick. Hoping to put Yamaguchi in his place, Ishikawa suggests that they "see other people." But things take a turn for the worse when each one catches the other with a beautiful woman.

3) Kuchibiru no Teppen (The Top of the Lip)
Ishikawa usually wears an irritable scowl. So why is he laughing and smiling so happily? Is it because he likes homemade sweets... or the cute girl who made them? Consumed with jealousy, Yamaguchi's patience is pushed to the limit.

4) Tsumuji no Mannaka (The Center of the Hair Whorl)
Ishikawa's nightmare is in danger of become reality. His boyfriend, Yamaguchi, is trying to win over his family! Fearing for his future, Ishikawa forbids Yamaguchi to visit his home, but Yamaguchi is determined to get close to the Ishikawas, one way or another. If Ishikawa won't accept him, then maybe Ishikawa's sister, Hitomi, will...

+Extra (On the Palm of Your Hand)

5) Ushirosugata no Natsu no Neko (The Summer Cat Turns Its Back)
After bad news from the doctor, a man reminices about a young man he went to school with, but then young man appears and he hasn't aged...

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Associated Names
後ろ姿の夏の猫
摸耳垂的理由
耳たぶの理由
A Reason for Earlobes
Come mai arrossisci qui (Italian)
On the Palm of Your Hand
The Reason His Earlobes Redden
The Summer Cat Turns Its Back (KUNIEDA SAIKA)
Ushirosugata no Natsu no Neko

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (418 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 29th 2013, 1:57pm PST


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Year
2005

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Serialized In (magazine)
Reijin (Takeshobo)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #692 increased(+289)
Monthly Pos #1437 increased(+76)
3 Month Pos #1639 increased(+106)
6 Month Pos #1776 decreased(-168)

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On 159 wish lists
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really good plot   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kidoraku
June 1st, 2014, 4:17pm
I like it very much, nice plot, different, not typical, somehow josei, I mean about everyday life of openly(?) gay couple. The characters are memorable. It's also funny, really can cheer you up ^^ and with pretty nice graphic sex, but I don't like the art, it's old-fashioned and sometimes ugly, kinda poor, man. really
The oneshot is really good, somehow the art's better. Worth to read!
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Normal..   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by mimi639
April 3rd, 2012, 8:08am
not THAT great -_-'
i mean it's funny, and kind of different, but.. i dunno.. didn't kind of surprised me that much.. just normal..
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Kunieda's take on 'ordinary yaoi'....   
Rating: N/A
by Trifoilum
December 2nd, 2011, 1:24am
It -is- her take on the usual yaoi cookie cutter stories.

And what a take it is.

She plays with her characters; bending them juuuuuuuuuuuuuust enough with the convention. It has all the tropes! Tsundere uke that despite everything just WANTS to be straight but CAN'T; check. A tall, dark, possesive seme, check. Even a Rape is Love scene!

Yet giving them enough...bite to be her own characters. ALRIGHT so none of the people are batshit insane or immensely tortured, unlike most of her works (the sister aside; that's some wicked make up skills, sister! Way to be an Ullzang.), but they have their quirks, and are still more 'alive' than some characters in yaoi could ever try to be. Not to mention all the twists and turns (...Yes, a 'normal' guy who would be doting and possesive, would more likely to be an all-out popular nice guy rather than the cold lone wolf alpha guy some yaoi would like to depict.)

I personally love the sweetness, but I understand how some people can be let down by it.
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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kzbitlove
October 26th, 2011, 11:29am
love it , love it ... , super sweet and cute , i really enjoyed Kunieda sensei art , it's just amazing in there , one of her' s best series , and Ishikawa is really really cute

Highly recommend a ^^~
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cute tsundere!!!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by whitespade
May 9th, 2011, 5:17pm
for some reason i hate tsundere girl but really love tsundere boys. ishikawa totally cute, hes lucky he got understanding guy like yamaguchi. not giving full 10 cos the jealosy kinda get tiring.

the last story is great too! kinda confusing but worthwhile.

... Last updated on May 9th, 2011, 5:43pm
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It's more like a love/hate relationship here..   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SailorPokemon
May 7th, 2011, 6:01pm
I absolutely loved the art. And for some reason I found Ishikawa to be extremely attractive, annoying, but attractive. The way the artist drew his eyes... And his hair. I rather enjoyed her art throughout the series.

On the other hand, the story is a whole other, uh.. Story?
While I liked Yamaguchi's sweetness, Ishikawa was always, and I mean /always/ being a douche to poor Yamaguchi. And that irked me. I mean, at times Ishikawa would suck it up and be semi-sweet back, but it usually didn't happen. He'd instead moan and groan about wanting a girlfriend.

Looking past that, I really enjoyed this manga. Mostly for the art and the fact that I liked how adorable Yamaguchi's sweetness was (though at the beginning he wasn't quite that sweet, heh).
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Clearly, I'm in the minority here   
Rating: N/A
by peppermintmoose
October 3rd, 2009, 8:06pm
I'm really torn with this comic, because I love the art. I've read a few manga written by Kunieda-san, and this volume has my favorite art. The characters are filled with life, and the lines just flow across the page. If nothing else, read this manga for the art.

On the other hand, I really hate the characters. The tension in the first chapter was fine, but it continued at the same intensity throughout the volume. Ishikawa constantly complains about having a boyfriend, but can't stand being away from him. I have no clue what Yamaguchi got out of the relationship, but he lost my sympathy when he raped Ishikawa (Never sexy). I don't have a problem with the tension in itself, but how it was portrayed as being a cute, fluffy relationship, when it was anything but. According to the afterward, this was Kunieda-san's attempt at a "typical" yaoi manga, which is probably why I disliked it so much.

... Last updated on October 3rd, 2009, 8:08pm
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Awww ^ ^   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 1ella2
June 17th, 2008, 10:23am
They are soooo cute, i love this series and its not only cute but surprisingly hot too >< i usualy like the cool strong guys but Ishikawa's facial expressions are sooo CUTE!! that i love im ><
i cant wait for the 4th one to be scanlated 10/10
A must read
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I love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ctomes
February 11th, 2008, 8:13pm
This oneshot is surprising and hilarious.
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