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Zankoku Yuugi  
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Description
Story 1: Suou Hatasu is a nice guy with a pretty normal life. Like most college students, he's living alone in a little shoebox apartment and commutes on-foot. In spite of his financial limitations, he's fairly satified with his life: he's got a good friend, a cute girlfriend and is just starting his first student-teaching job at an area high school.

Things only seem to be getting better for him when one of his students, handsome and fabulously wealthy Harashima Daichi, seems to take a shine to him. Immediately feeling welcomed to his new school, Suou couldn't really ask for more. Until his new "buddy" Harashima suddenly turns on him in a deserted hallway and vows to make Suou "his property".

Can money really buy love? Harashima certainly seems to think so...

Story 2: Three childhood friends, Yoshito, Sei and Daisuke, come to a crossroads in their relationship when Yoshito announces he's getting married. Sei's composure crumbles and he admits to having loved Yoshito since Middle School. But while Sei's been chasing after Yoshito, he's been too preoccupied to notice that Daisuke's been chasing after him. (by Doki Doki)

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
残酷遊戯
Cruel Game
Zankoku Yugi

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Latest Release(s)
c.2b (final) by DokiDoki (3105d ago)
v.1 c.2a by DokiDoki (3128d ago)
c.1c by DokiDoki (3130d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 6.3 / 10.0 (122 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.48 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 16th 2012, 9:43am PST


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Year
1999

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Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #1025 increased(+211)
Monthly Pos #1849 increased(+847)
3 Month Pos #4197 increased(+251)
6 Month Pos #4511 increased(+1077)

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On 83 reading lists
On 85 wish lists
On 542 completed lists
On 14 unfinished lists
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Open Endings   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by FeyPhantom
August 1st, 2014, 6:04pm
This is why I normally read comments and look at the categories more thoroughly before reading something... Don't expect an ending, neither story has one! I was irritated with where the first story left off, but the second story really got me annoyed - probably because I was enjoying the characters far more in it and with where the story drops it, it just feels like
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it's saying their friendship is officially over and the fun days they had as kids are gone forever. Wherever they go from here on out, they're ultimately going to hurt one another because of their feelings.


Basically, I can't recommend either of these stories unless you really like open-ended stories or ones where you get to make up what happens next in your head. Even then, I'd have a hard time saying much good about the title story unless you like Stockholm Syndrome stories.
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... what?   
Rating: N/A
by mrsseien
November 25th, 2013, 12:20pm
the first story was getting onn my nerves - it was stupid in every aspect
the second story seemed like it would be a nice read, but... it's not finished! that can't be the end! nothing was solved!

this manga just bored me and then angry
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...eh?   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by MaZzAx
October 4th, 2012, 2:09pm
What did I just read?
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So the main character is forced to become some guy's slave and that guy threatens him and attacks his girlfriend. Then the main character breaks into that guy's computer to try and see why he's doing this and ends up apologising for it even after everything that guy has done.
Well, this much I didn't really mind.
But then...
The story just ended without concluding anything. His girlfriend still doesn't know about them, the main character still hasn't made a decision about his feelings and then there's the other guy who is obviously in love with the main character as well.
Almost like there is supposed to be an extra chapter or two that got dropped on the way to print.
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Ending????   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by mlat26
November 16th, 2011, 6:57pm
Whats with the endings D: good stories but a let down to find yourself having to interpret the end, specially on the last story wth? So disappointing, I so wanted to know what would happen in the last story, the first one is easier to figure out but the last one.... -_-
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Didn't want to finish it.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Poemi
November 1st, 2011, 12:19am
I never even finished the first story. I got disgusted and stopped when
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stupid Suou was the one who apologized to Harashima.
That irritated me so much.

... Last updated on November 1st, 2011, 12:20am
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hmm...   
Rating: N/A
by sammiiii-san
August 18th, 2011, 12:31pm
Yeah, agreeing with everyone right now...
No ending what so ever on both stories, kinda sucked.
I guess its kind of a way to say 'let your imagination run wild'? Hahaha xD
Not the best manga i've read, i must say sad
The manga from this mangaka, Yatteraneeze! is much better smile
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yuck.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by keristars
May 9th, 2010, 3:02pm
Other than the unfinished feeling these stories give off (I wonder if they were submitted as series to a magazine (B-Boy is the one Koide writes for?), but canceled after the first chapter or two, because they have complete plots and all, it's just that each story feels like a beginning to a much longer series), the first one is really super not romantic at all. It's a lot creepy, with an abusive young man who blackmails a student teacher into living with him (and having sex!) by threatening to hurt the teacher's loved ones. But even at the early stages of the story, it looks like it's going to go the route of the teacher falling in love with the student, due to Stockholm Syndrome or something, and there's this weird romanticising of a seriously abusive relationship - at least the student teacher's best friend notices this and says something about it. I'm almost glad that the story ended without more closure, because I'm afraid that it was heading towards a really bad ending like that.

If you like to be warned of abusive relationships so that you can avoid them, here's your warning. If I'd been more aware of it, I wouldn't have read the story at all.

The second one is also kind of screwed up, but not nearly so bad. One Yoshito is getting married, Sei has been in love with him since childhood, and Daisuke has been in love with Sei almost as long, but neither Sei nor Daisuke have said a word about their feelings, until Yoshito's wedding day - when, it turns out, his new wife is also in love with someone else, and he calls the marriage off. The resulting actions taken by each of the main characters (and others who enter the story later) make this seem like it would be a much more interesting series if extended, if only because it's not as screwed up. The characters are still seriously flawed, though.

And, one of the upsides to the second story is that it has a more structured plot than the first, so it does feel like it has a better ending, rather than something just unfinished. (The plot is "how these men reveal their feelings after twelve years of silence".)
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Great, but...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Chira00
November 26th, 2008, 7:47pm
I really enjoyed both stories, but both left me the feeling of not being finished. Both had endings that seemed to just stop with no real resolution. Was this a prequel? A side story to some other series? I am not sure. I really felt cheated by the endings. To be left like that with no resolution to the story, not even a hint of what is to come, just leaves one frustrated. I still ranked these high, as they are good stories. I just wish there was a little more of a decisive ending to both.
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Could have been better   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by akyt
November 14th, 2008, 7:37pm
i like how both stories started off and everything was really good until the ending. Not just one, but BOTH stories had what seemed to me to be incomplete endings! When I got to the end, I thought I missed some pages. I went back to double check if I was really on the last page and when I was, I couldn't help thinking..."that's it?! where's the rest confused " Both endings are too unfinished for me. Otherwise, could have been quite good.

... Last updated on November 14th, 2008, 7:38pm
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Open endings?????   
Rating: N/A
by Ameonna
August 12th, 2008, 8:22am
seriously, is this series really finished ? confused I am not saying it is a super wonderful series (which is not, I have seen better, both regarding character designing, drawing style and plot lines) but it really bugs me why the mangaka has left both stories with such an unsatisfying endings? why she left her characters behind like they are some pieces falling from sky randomly? I don't have any problem with open ending but in the case of this manga, an uncertain, blurry conclusion had just ruined the whole feeling of the stories... totally disturbing.

However, it is still not a bad read. the drawings are neat and stories are kind of nice to read. it is full of cliche's of course and some times it is rushed but if you are not that picky, I think you maybe able to enjoy this.... if the endings don't kill your mood totally.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2008, 8:25am
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