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Description
From Viz:
Rejected way too many times by good-looking (and unattainable) guys, shy Riiko Izawa goes online and signs up for a free trial of a mysterious Nightly Lover "figure." The very next day a cute naked guy is delivered to her door, and he wants to be her boyfriend!
Has Riiko died and gone to heaven? The cute guy turns out to be sweet, smart, a great cook, and lots more. And he looks like a million bucks, which is what he's going to cost Riiko if she doesn't return him in time...

*Includes two other side stories in the last volume called:

Ohoshisama ni wa Sasemasen! (I Won't Let You Become A Star!) -
A special short story that was published in a freebie book put out in Sho-Comi. Sneaking into a boys' school to exterminate ghosts! However, what is the boy Chima has always admired doing there...!?
- ShoujoMagic

Shounen Aromatic (Aromatic Boy) -
Kabuki Takitsugu is a boy who has the family trait of smell. He can smell anyone's fragrance and find their perfect match. One day, a mysterious girl named Hatsune appears before him, asking him to find a match for her. But, for some strange reason.. Hatsune doesn't have a scent.

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
絶対彼氏。
Absolute Boyfriend
I Won't Let You Become A Star
I Won't Let You Become a Star!
Lui ou Rien ! (French)
Shounen Aromatic
Zekkare

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Aerie Scans
ShoujoMagic
Syuura
Syuura's Angels
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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.29 by Syuura (3571d ago)
v.6 c.30-32v2 by Aerie Scans (3627d ago)
v.5 c.28 by Syuura's Angels (3673d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (1246 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.77 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 11th 2015, 12:14am PST


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Year
2003

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Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-comi (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1099 increased(+104)
Monthly Pos #1523 increased(+30)
3 Month Pos #1652 increased(+323)
6 Month Pos #2276 increased(+345)

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On 401 wish lists
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On 142 unfinished lists
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OK, but not good   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 3:58am
I have to say this one is one of the better works of Watase Yuu, probably only because of the ending. I don't really like or enjoy her works, but I like her gag jokes which are found in the whole manga and her other works as well. But that's the only good point about it. It was an average shoujo for me; maybe a bit worse that average, but I liked the jokes and the ending.

The story
Riiko is whining about not having a boyfriend at age 16(?), getting constantly rejected by everybody. The manga starts with one rejection, a funny one too.
Desperate, she ends up ordering a boyfriend through the internet. This boyfriend is perfect. Nice, handsome, knows everything and is really really sweet to her. The problem is that Riiko tends to forget that Night is just a figure.
Some troubles follow: money, bullying, other unexpected boyfriend candidates and we get out with a very usual but not so usual as Night was a robot, love triangle with her neighbor and childhood friend Soushi. And that's the story.
What made this manga bad was Riiko getting in situations, conversations and thoughts about her losing her virginity. There were so much of these scenes I would say it was smut, if I didn't read a smut manga before. I could live without these parts, thanks.

Art
Art was fine. I've seen better, but for an average shoujo it was enough. Good proportioned bodies and such. It was easy to tell the characters apart, but that could be because of the extras: hair color, glasses....

Characters
The only thing worse than the story were the characters. Let's start with Night, the perfect boyfriend, as he didn't have a difficult character. He was perfect, jealous, but didn't let it show at himself. I always suspected he never really loved Riiko, as he was made for loving the girl that kisses him. And that's what Riiko did. I never saw him as a human.
Riiko wasn't that weak as other shoujo heroines, but she was clumsy and a bit stupid. Then Soushi, her childhood friend, the typical shoujo hero: perfect, can cook, is funny, cares, bishounen...... I pitied him a bit. He should go for somebody else than Riiko. I still can't get it, why he did what he did at the end. Although he could tell her sooner that he likes her. What a chicken.

I also didn't like that everyone was a good person, not considering what they did. For one thing, Riiko gets bullied one time. And at the end, she saves the bully and even says sorry. Come on girl, it's normal to get angry. For another, there are her parents. They are never home. She is minor for god's sake. and then they come home and her father is against Night of course. And father still thinks he has a right to say anything in her life. You failed as a parent, deal with it. Riiko can't rebel at all. I don't remember seeing her angry for herself.

Enjoyment
no. A bit just for the jokes, it was also readable so nothing horrible. I remember when I read it first time, I actually liked it. Good thing it was so short.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I think that Night's death was for the best. He never was human, even if he thought so. It would feel uncompleted if he stayed with Riiko till the end. Soushi came back to her and I really really liked that. Although - poor Soushi. I never could forgive her. She left him after all. But I still take it as his happiness so it's okay. Many people dislike the tragedy, but it definitely increased my rating.
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Why?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by sarin68
April 16th, 2015, 6:16pm
The manga is cute but I just found myself supporting the protagonist with another guy, not the doll. Maybe he's just too perfect, despite that being the premise? The other characters just interested me more than he did.
Still love the manga and recommend it to anyone who is into shoujo.
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Shortcomings   
Rating: N/A
by Disgorged
January 11th, 2014, 12:22am
I think the author did a rushed job with this series. While keeping the same number of volumes, some of the irrelevant arcs could have been skipped. The series also does not focus at all on Night's near-human transformation. Also, there was no romantic progression between Night and Riiko. Riiko fell in love right away and stayed that way till the end. In such respect, the live action drama does a far better, might as well say an amazing job in overcoming these shortcomings. Riiko cannot accept Night because it's a robot and takes a while before accepting him only when she realizes that he has overcome his programmed self. Night, on the other hand, is always struggling to overcome his robotic nature to get close to Riiko. His struggle and eventual success in developing human ego, and his efforts to make Riiko happy are what's missing in the manga. In the end, it even makes Riiko lament that she should have been nicer to Night and understood his feelings sooner. All these events and progression makes the ending far more sadder than the manga. Of course the manga came first and the author didn't have this in mind, but if you watch the drama the manga just appears too bland.
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First Manga   
Rating: N/A
by Minako_Kimi
October 15th, 2013, 7:54pm
This is the manga that swept me into the world of manga and anime. I have the whole series and it was just so fun and interesting that i would remmend anyone looking for a comedic love manga to read this one! It will hook you and then make you cry at the end. It was such a surprise. After reading this manga I wanted to go on a dates like they had! Still love the series so much and read it when the internet is down.
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First   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Olivialives4smut
October 9th, 2013, 9:20pm
One of the very first shoujo manga I everr read. Even bought the whole series. Yet I can't bring myself to read it again. Its definitely a one time manga for me and its mostly because of the ending, I don't think I can bring myself to read something so sad again. But other then that, it was a great story and it really hooked me to shoujo because before that I only read shonen didn't even know there was a girly type of manga. I give it two thumbs up!
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Okay   
Rating: N/A
by ShinyMew
October 3rd, 2013, 6:00pm
I can't really say much about this since I haven't read the manga in a year or two (I'm forgetful). The art was nice, I loved Night; the girl is a bit annoying. The next door neighbor is my favorite; sucker for those. The whole dating-robot was...unusual for me, so that's a first.
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Skim it, don't read it   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by mynameissusie
March 22nd, 2013, 12:16pm
If you want to skim through a manga quickly, then this is a good series to read. If you want character development and original plot, then I would not recommend this story. The characters are all one-dimensional, and the story draws on standard shoujo tropes. However, the artist has a consistent artistic style, and her drawing neither improves nor degenerates as the series progresses. This consistency is a definite positive!
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love it !   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by GOKI408
December 22nd, 2012, 3:48am
it was a really good story

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Wht did tengou had to died ??? it was a really good story before he died !!


the story was so good, but i really hated the end !!!
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Very sweet; surprisingly profound   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by HautxTalons
July 5th, 2012, 3:59pm
The story is very entertaining and the premise is like every girl's dream, to have the perfect boyfriend. The art is lovely, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. One thing I will stress though: don't take it too seriously. The character of Night is so likable, that the ending was a huge disappointment. The other characters bland somewhat in comparison, including the lead girl, who is too naive and childish for my tastes. *****SPOILERS***** I'll try to keep it brief, but it's I think it's too bad really; there could have been a number of different ways to execute this story, without it having the outcome that it did, but to me it feels rather tragic and leaves one feeling unfulfilled in a way. This is because Riiko chose Night over Soshi, her neighbor - a perfectly kind and handsome HUMAN who happens to love her, and yet she still didn't end up with Night in the end anyway. It would have been better if Night had been able to become a human, in some magical Pinocchio way... then I would have given this a perfect rating. I mean, to go through ALL that, and yet - it all deflates like a balloon.
Still immensely delightful to read though, and I recommend it because there are a lot of nice moments in here.

... Last updated on July 6th, 2012, 6:49pm
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TT.TT LOVE IT so much that I cried at the end   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bibisuki
April 17th, 2012, 6:23pm
It's so great, that it is the first manga that makes me cry. I used to listen asian music while reading this manga, and years after I read it, everytime I hear Stella Huang - Wen Shi De Hua (Marmalade Boy) it reminds me of this lovely and funny manga. The most interesting part of this manga is Night, he is somewhat naive but when it comes to sex, he is Ph.D

... Last updated on April 17th, 2012, 6:53pm
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