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When a Man Loves a Man  
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When a Man Loves a Man series:

1) When a Man Loves a Man (1 Volume)
Story of several guys working in host clubs.
Professional rivalry, mistaken identities, unrequited love, and jealousy test Shinkawa's and Takaaki's friendship on a semi-regular basis. But when Iwaki Kyousuke, Takaaki's old flame and mentor, returns to seduce Shinkawa away to a new host club, will Takaaki be able to persuade Shinkawa to stay, or will his devotion to Iwaki cause him to lose Shinkawa's partnership?

2) Last Waltz (2 Volumes)
At the end of When a Man Loves a Man, Shinkawa had rejected Iwaki's invitation to become the number one host at his new club. But now the rivalry between Schnapps and the Rusty Nail is heating up.
Schnapps has hired a new host, Ishii, who is stealing all the other hosts' clients away. What could his motive be? Is Shinkawa right in suspecting that Ishii is somehow working for Iwaki? But when Shinkawa shares his suspicions with Takaaki, why is he so quick to defend Iwaki? How could he still love the guy that abandoned him to start his own club? How can Shinkawa make Takaaki look at him the way he looks at Iwaki?

3) Nightcap (1 Volume)
Flashback showing how Takaaki and Iwaki met and then why the cruel Iwaki abandoned the kid after let him become bisex.
Iwaki has been a gigolo for 8 years. When he meets Kato, a homeless kid sleeping against his car on the streets, his fancy is struck. When he finds that Kato is looking to become a gigolo, he gives him money to help him clean up to get the job, just because he's interested. Will he lose his love for women in exchange for his love for Kato?

4) Irokoi (3 Volumes)
Follows the star-crossed love relationships of four hosts, Takaaki, Iwaki, Shinkawa and Kenzaki. Interesting story and well-developed characters, but you should probably read the preceeding three When a Man Loves a Man series to understand the backstory.

5) U:V (2 Volumes)
The final arc of the series on the four hosts and their relationship. Iwaki introduced his nephew, Ozaki Kazuomi, to both Takaaki and Shinkawa; Takaaki is to train Kazuomi before being passed over to Shinkawa. However, Shinkawa still has doubts about Takaaki's feelings for Iwaki; has Takaaki really put his feelings for Iwaki behind him? What about Kenzaki, who has such love and passion for Shinkawa that he's willing to do anything for him?


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Associated Names
Last Waltz (NITTA Youka)
Otoko ga Otoko wo Ai suru toki

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.8-12 by Nakama (2220d ago)
c.7 by Nakama (2281d ago)
v.1 c.5-6 by Nakama (2386d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (175 votes)
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Hanaoto (Houbunsha)
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Excellent manga -- I actually liked the "main couple", and I'll explain why   
Rating: N/A
by evaporate
January 7th, 2015, 1:17am
This is my second favourite work by Nitta Youka (next to Haru wo Daiteite) because it's refreshing, thoughtful, and handles love triangles better than any other manga I've read. It seems that some people in the comments are dissatisfied with the ending, but I absolutely love the final pairing. Let me explain why:


First of all, Nitta Youka's works often involve themes of innocence, disillusionment, and cynicism. Why else would she write about adult film actors and hosts? The men in these professions are typically selfish and "disillusioned" about love. Iwaki is the personification of this cynicism -- when he first meets Takaaki, he's amused by Takaaki's innocence. He tries to convince Takaaki that his "method" of being a host is the right method. In other words, Iwaki uses women and makes them fall in love with him to elevate his status to #1 -- whereas Takaaki doesn't want to hurt women, he just wants them to enjoy themselves.

When Takaaki becomes #2 WITHOUT using Iwaki's method (i.e. Takaaki manages to get $$$ without accepting gifts from obsessed clients), Iwaki feels threatened. He wants to assert his dominance over Takaaki, so he cruelly abandons him and scars Takaaki. The message here is this: "I was able to hurt you because I'm an adult, and you're innocent."

Fast forward a couple of years, and Takaaki is now the hot-shot / new Iwaki. He's become manipulative and disillusioned... or has he? The entire manga is about Takaaki trying to figure out who he is (innocent or disillusioned)? He sees himself as the "new Iwaki" and even tries to emulate Iwaki's behaviour. At the beginning of the series, Takaaki has no respect for Shinkawa because Shinkawa reminds him of himself when he was younger, and he remembers how that "innocent self" was hurt.

Takaaki tries to emulate Iwaki's behaviour by cruelly humiliating Shinkawa in the club. Just like how Iwaki had humiliated Takaaki to save his pride, Takaaki is humiliating Shinkawa because he can't stand the thought of being jealous over Shinkawa (who he sees as "lesser" than himself). However, this is the turning point of the story -- Takaaki realizes that he ISN'T Iwaki. After he hurts Shinkawa, he breaks down into tears, because he realized that he's not the cruel, heartless "adult" he's pretended to be all this time.

The rest of the manga is basically Takaaki learning to be vulnerable again. In that respect, Shinkawa is perfect for him, because Shinkawa is the man who should've been there when Takaaki was young and fragile.

On Iwaki's side of things, I agree that he became much more sympathetic later on in the manga, but I seriously disliked him at first because of his cruel treatment of Takaaki. But even if Takaaki and Iwaki had decided to get back together and have an "adult" relationship (where neither of them truly trust each other), Iwaki doens't want that -- he wants Takaaki to go back to the innocent, trusting kid that he once was (which is impossible). The night when Takaaki cruelly humiliates Shinkawa, Iwaki looks shocked because he realizes how much he's influenced Takaaki -- and I argue that he DOESN'T like seeing his influence on Takaaki.

bigrazz That's just how I feel about it. I really do like that those two ended up together.
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Love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lighterain
August 30th, 2014, 12:00pm
I fell in love with Takaaki's character so I didn't really mind who he ended up with. In fact I kept switching between Iwaki and Shinkawa since they both looked good paired with Takaaki. I wish there was more but without all the angst and drama and instead just some happy content, like a sequel of their happy lives or something.
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by supmaguire
August 7th, 2013, 7:27pm
This was really not my cup of tea after Haru wo Daiteite-->which I loved because of it's very real and deeply thought portrayal of a love relationship within a pretty ridiculous premise ;P
I really can't stand cheaters/people who can't make up their minds/really contrived love polygons so this manga was basically torture for me. I really didn't get any depth of feeling from any of the characters except Kenzaki. Pretty superficial in my opinion, made worse by having the story drag out for nine. Flipping. Volumes.
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I was kinda sad   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by losangelivetrue
July 14th, 2013, 3:58am
that the ending didn't go as I expected. I couldn't even bear to read the ending when I know how it is going to end already. I think I'm being biased, but somehow it doesn't feel right. So lot of disapointment sad.

I disliked Iwaki at first for what he did to Takaaki, and Kenzaki for being so bratty. But I end up liking both of them later for being so sincere (especially Kenzaki, he is so hopelessly honest that it's adorable :"> ). And Takaaki, I liked him at first but as the story goes on, not so much. It's like they just unexpectedly change without me noticing.

Nevertheless, it's still a good read. I would have rated 10 if the ending wasn't so akward.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by cherrypp
April 15th, 2013, 11:40pm
The art is quite good and the storyline is okay and I probably would have rated it a 10 if the characters had ended up with who I wanted them to end up with. I'm so disappointed with the ending and It's unfortunate that I just couldn't take a liking to Takaaki's character.

... Last updated on April 15th, 2013, 11:42pm
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Like it   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by justasideshow
February 20th, 2012, 9:39am
Although I liked the story, sometimes it was tiring, but I guess I can't really say I got tired at any point since I read the whole 9 volumes in three days. Anyway, the main couple got back-and-forth so many times! There was development of the characters and their relationships but it wasn't that deep. But what I thought it was the most problematic of all was the translation. Lots of times I had to go back some panels trying to get what was going on over a dialogue... that probably took some of the development away...
I didn't think that the artwork was beautiful, but I liked it. There were some sexy panels lol
Oh! I would love to read side stories of Ishi. Which reminds me, I really liked how there were lots of side stories and things were told from more than one perspective and not always following the chronological order.
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Interesting but...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by KaoriNite
June 22nd, 2011, 9:27am
i love that it was a love triangle, then love square, then love polygon. i like stories where you aren't sure who's gonna end up with who. and for me, i was always changing my opinion on who should end up with who. i also like that there's character growth. all of the characters go through changes, they're not one-dimensional.

disappointments: very wordy and sometimes (for me) confusing dialogue. i don't know if others had this problem but for example in one particular scene
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
when Takaaki breaks up with Iwaki, i had no clue that they were ending things until later when Takaaki meets with Shinkawa and says that he just broke up with Iwaki
. another disappointment were the sex scenes. i don't mind stories where there isn't a sex scene in every chapter, it actually allows for more plot development, but the few sex scenes in the story just weren't that hot. after reading Haru wo Daiteita I expected Nitta to be able to pull off good storyline and character development without having to sacrifice hot sex scenes

overall i'd say its worth a read, but i don't think it's something that will become anyone's favorite manga
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zero-chan
April 5th, 2011, 9:04am
well as many people said this story is not as great as Haru wo daite Ita...but there are probably not more than 10 out there who can compete with it so I say this story is also really great!!
the art is older but I thought it was quite good not to mention that NITTA Youka's art is something you don't see often...drawings with "character" can see at first glance it's her work.
I read this manga in one go and there where times when I thought how annoying their behaviour was but in overall I came to accept the ending...wich was not quite to my likeing ^^

Spoiler (highlight to view)
the thing is I kind of favour guys with long hair and Iwaki is my favourite ^^ so I really dislike him marrying a woman and Takaaki getting back together with Shinkawa

if it wheren't for this it could have been one of the 10 who can compete with Haru wo Daite Ita..IMO XD

... Last updated on April 5th, 2011, 9:05am
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THIS IS MY OPINION! Please spare my life!   
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by Libor13
December 2nd, 2010, 12:04pm
Hello, everybody!
First, I hate Takaaki. He is really irritating me. Sometimes I got creeps because of him. He is very cruel towards Shinkawa and Iwaki too. I wanted Shinkawa to end up with Kenzaki. I very love him, and he always stay by his side. Don't misunderstand me! I love Nitta -sensei' s work, but this one knocked out the fuse. Sorry, my bad english, this isn't my native language. Chuu.
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it's nitta youka   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by xono
July 29th, 2010, 8:51pm
Nitta Youka sensei's works mostly aim for mature audience and this one is one of them. Apparently the charas here are hosts, and their intertwined fates. The progress of the story was slowly built and it's one that you can consider as slice of life genre. The art in the beginning (since 1997 of which it's started its publications) was decent enough but truthfully speaking, Haru wo Daite Ita is much better. However, it got better and much neater towards volume 8 or volume 1 of U:V which reflected sensei's years of improvement in charas' art style not only seen in this series but with her other works, but still bear sensei's illustration style. As for the h-scenes, it not as frequent like in Haru wo Daite Ita but still good.

Now down to the details which contains possible spoilers. I started reading this when the scanlation was already up to U:V volume 1 chapter 4. I read this late night of the other day and finished it yesterday. It's nicer to have a grasps the story when reading it continuously. On the other note, there were times that I have to go back in previous panels due to confusion probably due to the scanlation group having made a mistake in dialogues. Anyway, honestly as the story unfolds, it don't like how it turned it out when it comes to the main uke's chosen partner. I guessed the possibility that the turned of events for pairings was influenced by fans' feedback also in the past as this was still publishing, and not just about sensei's sense of direction for the story. I know that Iwaki was cruel in the past with Takaaki and Shinkawa was there for him all the time. But how about Kenzaki? He evolved to be a considerate person here. That said, it's preferable that Shinkawa and Kenzaki should ends up together. And, Takaaki should end up with Iwaki since they are both manipulative in characteristics. Well let's see how it will be but still deep down in my heart, I still wish the pairings will change towards the end.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2010, 1:40am
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