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Koi no Mannaka  
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Description
Ichinose Tsukasa, an elite student at a public school, can't help watching Matsubara Chitose, another student that is his complete opposite. When Matsubara confronts him, Ichinose is drawn into a physical relationship that becomes more than either boy expected.

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Related Series
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Associated Names
恋のまんなか
Heart of Love (MATSUMOTO Miecohouse)

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.6-8 + Extra by Kagerou Scans (416d ago)
v.1 c.5 by omgbl (898d ago)
v.1 c.4 by omgbl (900d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (196 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 5th 2013, 11:20am PST


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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
HertZ (Taiyou Tosho)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1104 increased(+151)
Monthly Pos #2290 increased(+8)
3 Month Pos #2990 increased(+306)
6 Month Pos #3490 decreased(-102)

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On 231 reading lists
On 149 wish lists
On 481 completed lists
On 6 unfinished lists
On 152 custom lists

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A True Gem   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by nezushi
July 28th, 2014, 12:55am
Honestly speaking, i was not expecting this manga to be so heart wrenching. Never let the cover of something deceive you because i thought that Koi no Mannaka would be another cliche, pure, innocent, love story. Oh boy was i ever wrong. I was not prepared for the storyline to be so dark and deep. You could genuinely feel for both of the main characters pain and it was so sad. It was just a mix of pure cuteness in the most twisted way. Nonetheless i would definitely recommend this for people looking for a tragic yaoi story. PS: The art was messy, but you could easily read through the pages without much complaints.
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Pleasantly Surprised   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by On_vacation
July 1st, 2014, 7:46pm
A story about a pair of troubled teens finding solace in each other within a questionable relationship and becoming better adjusted adults in a healthier relationship with each other. Like at the end of the main story, there is a really strong sense of hope for a better and happier future, and the extra just totally solidifies it with a snippet of their adult lives and it's just pretty dang gratifying. The extra is just so gratifying I think it might be my favorite part, ha ha.

I think this is definitely a story where you have to pay attention and pick up on the cues. The story had a very muted tone and everything is there, but it may not be readily apparent.

One of the things that bothers me is the mother. She has a mental illness and she
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attempts to kill her son.
Like in the context of the story it works, but I don't like how it perpetuates the myth that people with mental illnesses are usually the perpetrators of violence. It's usually people with mental illnesses and disabilities that are targeted and not the other way around.

PS. Listening to mood music while you read it might make it more enjoyable, ha ha.

... Last updated on July 1st, 2014, 7:48pm
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Surprise!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Akako
June 9th, 2014, 11:16am
I enjoyed this a lot! I like playboy/bully seme so this is what hooked me first. The art seemed awkward at the beginning, but there was this scene when I could literally see Ichinose's feelings on his face and from that point onward it stopped bothering me and instead I began to actually like it.

However, the good part is not the angst, but how their relationship is further explored. There is some development, the relationship has depth and it didn't feel forced, it made sense to me. It has some issues (the mother is really creepy) but I think it deserves a chance, there isn't much of this type of yaoi out there.
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Endearingly Cute   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FeyPhantom
September 10th, 2013, 12:33am
I wasn't expecting very much from the summary and ratings, but I was pleasantly surprised. This story has a bit of a muted tone - something I relate a lot with Slice of Life stories, but the relationship between Ichinose and Matsubara is exceedingly deep considering their ages. There are some very dark parts of this story and both characters have their own challenging home lives. But for those like me who can't stand tragedy - fear not. The story comes to a loving ending and the extra is truly the icing on the cake.

I also personally love their sexual relationship. They're a budding dom/sub but it's never really extreme and ultimately their love for each other is felt even through this dynamic. It's something much sweeter than the usual dom/sub relationships in any manga/story that I've read in the past.

The only thing I'm surprised about is that Ichinose failing to get into a private high school was never brought up again after the other students mentioned it to bully him. It's not important at all, but it still feels a little forgotten by the author.
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I actually like it. A lot.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by OmNom
September 9th, 2013, 3:30pm
One might say "same old, same old" when talking about this manga and I don't disagree with them at all. Yet it also baffles me how I actually came to like it a lot. I guess you could say I was somewhat dragged along with it and by the end I couldn't escape anymore. I just can't help but like how it was portrayed and developed. It's definitely not perfect, but somehow the authenticity and honest feel remain in the end and that's actually what matters here. I must say those qualities suit the whole thing quite well.
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Pleasantly surprised   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by 801crazed
August 4th, 2013, 11:01pm
This was hurt/comfort but it applied equally to both characters. The way they supported each other had a realistic touch to to it. It was smutty as well. Although, the art was a bit messy, I immensely enjoyed the volume overall.
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Second time reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by julii.69
June 18th, 2013, 12:09am
It was one of my firsts mangas since I've read it in Spanish a while ago, and I didn't like it, but for some reason I remembered it everytime I wanted to read something new, so I just gave it another try, and I absolutely love it now!
Both characters have issues with their families, although the seme thinks that the uke lives in a little perfect world. He also has many psychological traumas and bullies the uke a little too much, but at the end it seems like the uke starts to enjoy it, and the seme starts to treat him better and fall in love with him...

For me the extra was perfect, with both characters personality and the ending, I thought they were going to break up sooner or later and be unhappy forever. Then the extra comes, and makes our lives better!
Also, nice approach with the cat point of view ^^ made it cuter.

Really like it all!
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That ending   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by xono
June 17th, 2013, 8:02am
This is quite smutty that I thought it will be like that till the end. The extra and how it ends put me in good mood. It wraps up nicely, seeing them live together after and a lot older adds depth to the story. The seme looks hot in longer hair and tied at the mid back.
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I liked it too   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by louie29
November 23rd, 2012, 9:11pm
To me, it has all the earmarks of a "rescue" story (which I love), and both of these guys badly need to be rescued. Although there is some heavy-handed persuasion in the beginning, there is nothing forced. Both of them are getting something important from the other. They're smart enough that there's hope that they can figure out how to overcome their lousy childhoods. Would be very disappointed if it doesn't turn out that way.
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I was surprised!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by freyakoala
November 8th, 2012, 7:02am
After reading the reviews, I began this one tentatively.
At first it seemed like a kinda typical sweet/naive uke and destructive seme pairing but there is something underlying.
I really liked the art...even though it wasn't technically brilliant, there was a lot of emotion in the way they were drawn. I also liked the addition of a somewhat kind and likeable female character.
Sex scenes were pretty standard fare for yaoi, nothing special going on there.
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the last chapter is extremely intelligent...you can see the dynamic between the pair shifting..it's almost as if Ichinose has realized that he's actually the one in the driving seat and that Matsubara ends up kinda needing him...there's a power shift in the way they hold eachother in the end. With the seme kind of blushing, the uke with a knowing look on his face....the end of innocence, in a way. Probably one of my favourite endings! I felt very satisfied with it!
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