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Love Mode  
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Description
Mistaken identities, bizarre accidents and pratfalls, tragic pasts and plenty of broken hearts, and that is just for starters! Love Mode tells the story of the lives of the men involved with the classy male escort service, Blue Boy. Love lines intertwine and cross, friendships are made and broken in this boy's love classic!

Sakashita Izumi, your typical straight high school student, gets into a sticky situation with a gay translator, Takamiya Katsura, when he gets mistaken for Izumi - an escort from B&B (Blue Boy)! The two go on a date, Takamiya goes all the way with the young Izumi, and now the older man's in love with him. Tiny Problem: Izumi is slightly homophobe. Will he eventually convert in that which he fears?

Reiji, owner of B&B and other sleazy clubs (and seemingly not gay) finds out his girlfriend had been cheating on him - just after dumping her. He bumps into a young, family-less, money-less, trustless high schooler named Naoya who at that moment gets knocked out by a pot that Reiji's vengeful ex-lover drops on his head. Reiji accompanies the young boy, feeling bad that this is partly his doing, only to find that now Naoya is homeless since his apartment burned down and finally ends up taking in this "stray cat".

Some other extras include:
Love Mode: Dreamers story
Love Mode: Conditioned response

Type
Manga

Related Series
Love Mode Unlimited (Side Story)
Lover's Mode (Side Story)

Associated Names
ラブ モード

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.1 by eye candy (2347d ago)
c.Love Unlimited by Essence of Purity (3257d ago)
v.9 c.1 by Eternal Yaoi (3418d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)
6 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
Love Mode by Crazykitty180

Forum
3 topics, 13 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (574 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.59 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 2nd 2014, 10:29pm PST


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Year
1996

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Blu (11 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #499 increased(+42)
Monthly Pos #614 increased(+32)
3 Month Pos #658 decreased(-47)
6 Month Pos #578 decreased(-16)

List Stats
On 317 reading lists
On 345 wish lists
On 1252 completed lists
On 51 unfinished lists
On 376 custom lists

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Forum Posts
question about Kiichi and Tien Li 356 days, 14 hours, 27 minutes ago
love mode, worth reading? 1685 days, 23 hours, 16 minutes ago
Question about Naoya and Aoe 1870 days, 2 hours, 20 minutes ago

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Highly Average, Hard to Finish   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Xen Warrior
September 4th, 2014, 8:29pm
That's not to say that the story itself was bad. I enjoyed it, however...

I honestly loved the first story, but the second one completely and utterly took over the manga. This manga has eleven volumes, which is about seven volumes too many. As I read through the manga, I was left with the feeling that the manga really dragged on. They were introducing new couples while others were left unfinished and in the end, I felt really unsatisfied. Everyone and their mothers end up in the hospital at one point or another and it was very repetitive to the point where I stopped reading after six volumes. I'm sure when the manga first came out in 1996, it was fresh and exciting, but nowadays, it doesn't have the same depth as yaoi manga of today.

The mangaka really could've done the same stories in such a shorter amount of time with less filler happening in between.

Would I recommend this?

I... guess...? I would quit after the third volume though to save yourself a lot of time.
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Don't believe the high ratings.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Baniita
July 26th, 2014, 1:24am
Why the hell is this so highly rated? There's so much rape apologia, it's ridiculous. It's brushed off so easily, it makes me sick. (2 counts of rape on the seme's part, 1 count of serious sexual assault otherwise. Sexual assault used in like every story as a plot maneuver--it's tiring, ridiculous, and repulsive, not to mention lazy writing.) (I wouldn't have been so offended by the rape if they weren't all "no-no-no-YES" or "it's ok because you love me" about it.)
The main character is a cookie cut-out for stereotypical uke; he's incredibly annoying. The main seme doesn't listen when his pursued says "no", but acts like he did nothing wrong after. He's trash. Just because you love someone doesn't mean it's okay to ignore their cries of refusal. It's not sexy or sweet. So stop.
There's all kinds of tedious misunderstandings, and cheesy, old, and terrible Japanese humour.
Same old "but I'm not homo!" and "even if he is homo that's okay"--just shut up already. I can't tell if it's just the translation that's terrible or the writing's actually that bad. It's like a really bad soap opera.
I bore through 4 volumes or so before I skipped to the later volumes to see what all the fuss was about. The art improved but the writing was still horrible. I need brain bleach, ugh.
Don't believe anyone who claims that if you're a BL fan, that you should read this. Save yourself the headache. You haven't seen heart-wrenching until you've read No.6 and Nabari no Ou, or played DMMD's Clear routes.

... Last updated on July 26th, 2014, 1:43am
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MY TEARS ARE OVERFLOWING   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yhangong21
April 25th, 2014, 3:54am
one of the best yaoi manga that i ever read!!!
Shimizu yuki sensei please give me back my tears hahahaha!!
i just love naoya and tomoki being a uke !! they made me cry so much!!!
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If you're not reading this, you're missing out on a lot   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by OmNom
April 17th, 2014, 4:22pm
I can't possibly recall how many times I've revisited this manga, again and again, each time getting all sentimental and bothered without fail. The system of different couples (and many at that) taking turns in having their own stories told allows for both pros and cons imo; it's inevitable that there will be some stories and characters that might not be as charming as others, but this also ensured that when it comes to the good parts, it's Great, so much so that's it might be impossible to break away from reading.

I don't want to discuss in too much about the plots in detail, but I could guarantee that the mangaka is really talented, and there'll be no regret once you dive into the diverse and lively world that sensei had crafted. I don't deny that there are certain issues in the series that could be improved, eg. dialogues, panelling etc
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the cause of Shiki's death is also quite silly if you think about it
but since this was sensei's first work after all, I have to say she had done quite an extraordinary job, and it would be an injustice to not award such major effort and result.

One last note, don't be put off by the dated artwork or the first couple introduced. There are a lot in the manga that awaits to be discovered ahead, and improvement is one of them.
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Probably the most heartwrenching yaoi manga I've ever read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by unknownbliss07
April 14th, 2014, 2:33am
One of a kind. Goodness, my chest hurt so much while reading this. I cried! Honestly at first, I kinda hesitated to read it because of the art style as it's not my type. But thankfully, I didn't drop it since as the story progressed, the art style also got better and more importantly, I wouldn't have known that this manga would be this wonderful. I love it so much. I'm so happy about the ending. Takamiya and Aoe have no regrets from the past anymore and they are both happy on their respective lovers. I was sad that Shiki had to die. He's lovable, bright and full of life. He died contented and with no regrets. However, I've also taken a liking to Naoya's character and his relationship with Aoe. He's hardworking and likes to persevere in life. Even though there were so many unfortunate events in his life, he still continue to live his life. Kind of quiet but intelligent. The truth is, he's my favorite character in this series and him & Aoe as my favorite couple. I can say that I love the turn of events of their story and contented with it.

However, there's one thing I regret in this series. It's Tomoki and Seichii's story. Love their story. It's very regretful and sad that Tomoki had to die!!! I feel sorry for Seichii. I literally cried for them. When I saw Seiichi in JinxKatsura's arc and realized that he came back to B&B after resigning just to be with Tomoki and Tomoki really is dead, my heart cried again!!! So much that I couldn't even properly look at him. They're my #2 favorite couple. But, I guess, that's just how things should be. And I also favored tragic endings like this. Bitter sweet endings. And I believe, they're tragic ending also contributed of them becoming my #2 favorite.

To wrap things up, I absolutely enjoy this series. I love it. I definitely read it all over again. smile

... Last updated on April 14th, 2014, 2:38am
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Good but many things still left unresolved   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mtmt1311
March 9th, 2013, 6:08pm
I dropped it right away after reading the first page, the art is really not my type. But then I picked up again, the story bored the hell out of me, so typical and annoying uke. But then I read Ze, I loved it so I gave Love Mode another chance and good thing I did. I love Aoe x Naoya and the rest of the couples, the art also get better over time too. And Izume (1st couple) gets better too.
Here comes the but.
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Jin's story is a joke, we dont even know if he is in love with this Katsuki or not. And his love for the prince is too easy. Considering hes a host, I thought it would take a lot more for him to fall in love. I felt so bad for Fai to control himself just to let his prince sleep with a stranger. Im at the borderline of liking and hating the prince. He slept with a stranger that punched his beloved and he acts too weak most of the time. But I like him since he tried to dirty himself just to be with the one he loves.
Afterall, Jin and Seichii did not quit their job as hosts despite the pretty word "If u fall in love, quit ur job." I found it rather unfaithful.
Tein Lee did not have a happy ending. I like him a lot and Kiichi and Tein Lee really has a chemistry.
We dont even know anything about Aoe's dad. Hes super evil but all that for his lover, I would think their story would be amazing but its not there.
My least favorite is Izume host story. I found him to weak to believe. I felt bad for his past but this guy could stand up for himself at least once. He wanders at the middle of the night knowing he has a stalker. Is it really a thing a rape victim do? His seme is just a cheerful guy but nothing more. Im glad their story is short.


... Last updated on March 9th, 2013, 6:10pm
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Still the best...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by scalaire
February 25th, 2013, 7:49am
I have read alot of manga, but still comes back to read love mode for who knows how many times. Especially love the two main couples of the story. The characters are unique and different but they complete each other. The plot is realistic, not cliche, and full of love. Its 10/10!
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Be careful if reading online   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by whydontyoujustsay
January 19th, 2013, 12:25am
This is a good series, but I've put off reading it for a long time because each time I try, I get really confused about the order of the stories. This is my fault for reading online instead of buying the manga. But just so you know, some of the sites have the chapters out of order, so don't let that deter you. Just find a different site, or a library (^^
Definitely worth the read! Agreeing with all the comments that it gets better as it goes along.
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I definitely wish there was more! Kiishi needs more face time! I also would have liked more of a background story for their dad! And the Chinese people... Basically PLEASE WRITE MORE, SENSEI!!! yeah, a great story!

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2013, 2:36am
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YUKI SHIMIZU YOU SLAY ME   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by gwkimmy
September 25th, 2012, 10:40pm
im...falling in love with this mangaka at quite the quick rate. i feel like she starts with a oneshot, expands into extra side stories and adds a little backstory, expands on the backstory and adds extra characters, expands and keep repeating...HOLY CRAP. and it doesn't feel disjointed or awkward, the story flows together so naturally. i really respect her writing and storytelling. really. it's quite a feat to continue writing in a developing universe. or maybe she had it all planned? haha, who knows.

i really love how the relationship between siblings is portrayed here, especially between reiji and kiichi. it's quite rare for a BL story to correctly portray and convey a close relationship between siblings while not suggesting that it go into ambiguous territory. although reiji and kiichi are shown in very close proximity in some scenes, those scenes never feel sexual in nature at all. amazing job.

reiji x naoya is my favorite couple BY FAR. they are beyond adorable. I LOVE THIS MANGA ;_;
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Awesome!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mlat26
May 11th, 2012, 1:10pm
Second time I read it and I still love it biggrin Don't mind the art, the story is too good to let it pass and as the story progressed the art gets better and better :3

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I still wonder what happened with Jin and Katsuki, that story felt a bit unfinished. They do it yes, and Katsuki starts working as a Page Boy, but does Jin keep working as a host? If he does that's yucky D: Knowing the person you like is doing it with guys for money is just geeehhhhh!!!
Also Haruomi's brother, that was kinda left hanging :( what happens to him, does he get a happy ending? I would have loved to know >_<


Overall I recommend reading it ^-^ it's very well developed, and for me to read a long manga twice it means it's really worth it :3

... Last updated on May 11th, 2012, 1:11pm
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