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Shounen Zanzou  
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Consists of three stories:

1) Boys Next Door -
Lawrence is a young male prostitute whose actual aim was to look for his brother. However, his life was about to change when he witnessed one of the biggest serial killers - Dr. Wolfgang Adrain Cray - killing someone. Instead of running away, he searches for the murderer and falls in love with him. Lawrence's brother was not too happy about losing a possible money tree and sends out his gang in search of Lawrence.

2) Devil Inside -
Rick Randool has a dangerous condition which affects a few unfortunate members of his family.
- Omanga

3) When a Heart Beats -
All Ted wanted was a guitar. But the price he paid to get one was a young girl's life. Many years later he meets her again and...


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Boys Next Door
Devil Inside
When a Heart Beats

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Latest Release(s)
c.Story 3 by Celestial Scans (2528d ago)
c.Story 3 (v2) by Sakura-Crisis (2533d ago)
c.Oneshot by Omanga (3298d ago)
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (443 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.19 / 10.0
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November 21st 2014, 6:20pm PST



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First BL   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by 801crazed
December 5th, 2012, 8:50pm
For the first story only:
This was the first BL manga I ever read. It left quite the impression on me, as I still remember it vividly even after all these years.
This is a dark oneshot, even darker than Yuki Kaoru's regular fare. But bittersweet all the same...

... Last updated on December 5th, 2012, 8:51pm
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What about the other two?   
Rating: N/A
by AoBara
June 19th, 2012, 1:11pm
-Boys Next Door
Left and impression on me. One of those stories that are happy and sad at the same time. This story represents to me that it's always darker before the dawn, and knowing that makes me content with the ending. It really was a nice ending.

-Other two stories
Looking through the reviews I noticed that most people did not put a rate because they did not want to classify this piece as bad,even though, it really is. Although the first story was really nice it DOES NOT compensate for the other two . The last two pieces really did anger me, because they threw off such a nice,in lack of a better word, balance.

-Devil Inside
What i did not like about this story is how everything played out. I was sort of feeling it until the girl showed up. Then it just went downhill...I mean realllyyy downhill. I didn't like how Nick just lived his life after knowing he killed his best friend. -.-' WTF?

-When a Heart Breaks
Hated It! This whole story was just a big turn off for me. Not because it wasn't a BL, but because it was just pitiful. This story confused me to no end and I found it hard to sit through. The whole time I was reading it was a WTF? moment. Just no.

-Advice- I wrote this review to warn you. If I were you...jut read the first story.
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Boys Bext Door   
Rating: N/A
by gadok
December 7th, 2011, 12:09am
I only read the first story, it´s the only one that caught my attention. Even though the art is messy, as some have previously written, and the story is sort of chaotic because it starts right at the end (which in my opinion is great, it´s actually one of the reasons why it interested me), and also it seems that everything is going on at the same time, the past the present, etc. To me, that´s all part of the effect the author wants to achieve. The story is very moving, but not in a cliché sort of way, it´s a well constructed story, that´s all. To find something beautiful among the bullshit. I think that´s beautiful.
I must say that I mocked all those who said that they cried with a manga... but I vame very near to that... which is weird, but true non the less.
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Rating: N/A
by crazyboutcute
December 5th, 2011, 10:41pm
I quit about halfway through. It just wasn't my cup of tea. The artwork isn't as pretty as the cover makes it seem. It's too dark and sort of sharp and messy. I didn't really sympathize with the characters. I don't understand why Lawrence was suddenly randomly in love with a murderer he just met. The part about the cannibalism was just weird, and I don't feel like anyone would say that unless they were suffering from a severe mental disorder. There wasn't a whole lot of suspense. From the first few pages, we know how it's going to end, and Lawrence, despite having stumbled upon a murder, doesn't seem the least bit perturbed. His motivation is also really foggy and kind of thin. Honestly, the story was just really flat and boring for me. It was a good premise, but I don't feel it was handled well.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2011, 10:43pm
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End Less Tears.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lushish5579
August 7th, 2011, 8:49am
This was amazing. It has a confusing start, they're just telling a big story of the final deaths. the art was nice. I don't really like Horror Killing stories but this is something i can read over and still cry in the end. The will to be set free and together with each other is very strong to a point death is the only way to be happy together. Yes, as i type this review i am in tears because it was just touching how much people struggle. i give this a complete 10/10!
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1st and 2nd story only....   
Rating: N/A
by torride
June 14th, 2011, 12:38am
I read the story of Adrian and Lawrence 4 or 6 years ago, I don't really remember much....their story is dark, psychological and romantic in the urban bleak sense. I didn't appreciate the 2nd story, which is why I didn't read the last story. but if the first story were to stand alone, I'd give it a 10. but since I didn't read the whole story I decided not to rate it.
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One of those rare Yuki Kaori manga that's actually worth reading   
Rating: N/A
by FantasmaDeliverance
June 12th, 2011, 5:54pm
I saw myself as a Yuki Kaori fan in back in the day, but now I must say she's a mess and has fallen into her own steryotipes. Dark but sweet fatal atractions and forbidden star crossed lovers. Or weird affeminate aristocrats that are actually playboys looking for the lucky lady (Which most of the time ends up brutally murdered). Boys Next Door finally breaks the rules by bringing two, completely damaged male characters in a decadent ambience that ACTUALLY FIND LOVE.
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Based On All Three Stories   
Rating: N/A
by Sacheverell
June 11th, 2011, 1:59pm
I actually read all three stories this time, which is fairly amazing if you've seen some of my other comments where I've only read one or two. The numerical score of "Eight" does reflect, in my opinion, the overall quality of them. We are looking at her earlier work here and while the art isn't up to part with any of her recent stuff, you still get a sense of that dark atmosphere. While one of the side-panel comments suggests that she might be a little embarrassed by the second story, I would definitely recommend reading all three of the stories.
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Boys Next Door <3 <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whiterat
April 24th, 2010, 7:19am
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the first story was amazing i just couldn't stop crying at the end , the way Adrian died made me feel like it was for the better , its the first time i thought that a dead couple can shine so much , they looked so peaceful and beautiful as if nothing can hurt them anymore now that they are united eternally. TT ^ TT (*starts crying again*)
normally i think its just too sad for the characters to die because they cease to exist-they cant be together anymore (one of the reasons as to why i hate tragedy and that cursed story about Romeo and Juliet) but this oneshot made me realize that such sort of a beautiful ending can happen so now i think i wont avoid tragedy stories anymore.
i really loved the art of the story as well , yuki kaori is an amazing mangaka , i really love her works.
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Rating: N/A
by xxxillusionxxx
December 28th, 2009, 6:29pm
Of all the psychological manga I have ever read, this by far is the best. For such a short story, Boys next door completely presented two very interesting characters and had a very interesting plot. I tend to stay away from tragedies, but I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a short, great story with unconventional conflicts and characters.

... Last updated on December 28th, 2009, 6:30pm
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