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story's moral is questionable
cheaters in BL always cause a story to get downrated here, no matter what. me, i don't mind per se; it all depends on what's being done with the cheating.
and here not enough is done. takanaga makes akira too easy to hate by not giving him any redeemable qualities to make up for the cheating, loafing, and money wasting -- he isn't at all conscious of it being a problem at the start, but that's just not enough, especially since he does continue it even after he realises that it hurts kouta; his personality is simply oblivious to that hurt being real -- until he experiences it himself. i don't like him; he's just that sort of unobservant, irresponsible, hedonistic user who can really get on your nerves -- unless you're one too. kouta is basically a solid, nice guy, but he too has issues to work out -- namely that his plans for the future never take akira's wishes into account, and that he continues to demand he work on getting into university even when it becomes very obvious that akira simply is not cut out for it, and doesn't want to.
takanaga almost manages to save this one, with both kouta and akira realising that they need to change things about themselves if they want the relationship to survive. but IMO it never quite gets there; akira is too over the top to be redeemed that quickly. and -- while it's realistic that a person wouldn't entirely change their ways -- it's not particularly fulfilling in a BL manga. akira remains carefree to a degree that makes one wonder whether he actually will be faithful. and kouta ends up revolving his entire life around akira -- again, it makes sense because he is that kind of person, but i am not sure i consider this a positive development.
I am really mad at mangaka-sensei for this stupid ass ending. Me personally dont mind the whole cheating aspect of yaois cos i feel it spices up the whole thing but i only love it when the charecter gets revenge and THIS ADORABLE SEME TOOK NO REVENGE WHATSOEVER AND INSTEAD GOT SLAPPED!!! WTFFF!! im really mad =( i dont care if Akira cried in the end hes still a bastard... I should have listened to what the other comments said...im so danm angry i mean at the end it was like 'he had hard core sex with a girl'...
... Last updated on April 19th, 2011, 2:38pm
I have to say this is the only manga from Takanaga Hinako that I don't like at all. I mean Akira keeps sleeping around and Kouta still works hard to be with him? I don't get this kind of thinking. The only good thing about this story is the artwork.
Pisses me off.....
I liked the manga but it pisses me off that Akira still sleeps with other people even after they "get together". I would've liked it so much better if he actually stopped sleeping around and be faithful.
The worst!! I couldn't believe I just read that!
This is the worst yaoi I've ever read and I mean it. Not only the yaoi genre, it's the worst of the worst manga I've ever read. One guy is totally serious and so devoted while the other guy cheats on him like it's a natural thing. He doesn't even think that it's wrong. He spouts nonsense like " Sex with a girl and a guy is different You're the only guy I will have sex with!" and 'I can't help going out with girls because I'm still young, it's something I want to do'. And he continues to have sex with girls behind the other guy's back like it's totally normal and that ends the story. I mean what the heck was that. The moral and common sense of this story are to be questioned. It left such a bad taste in my mouth. I wish I had never picked it up.
... Last updated on September 14th, 2013, 10:22am
Not for me.
Well, I understand it a comedy manga thus not to be taken seriously. Still, I have to say that I didn't like it that much and the way Akira acts just rubs me the wrong way. It's a bit too morbid to be funny, especially since the main character is obviously hurt and doesn't take it all like a big joke either... I liked Kouta as a character (at least at the start of the manga), he was adorable but Akira was just one big FAIL. As it is, I'd say it doesn't work as a comedy, it doesn't bring across the pure comedic view on serious topics like infidelity, lying and simple bad characters. I'm not saying that comedy cannot handle big topics like that, but it has to *feel* funny when you read it, like you just cannot take it seriously and it makes you laugh with the way character react. That's totally fine, but here, you just feel really bad for Kouta and you start hating Akira for being a jerk constantly.
Too bad, because it was interesting seeing one of Takanaga Hinako's earlier works but well, the story wasn't mine so I skipped through it pretty much.
Only points I'm giving are for the art.
I'd only recommend this to die-hard Takanaga fans or people who don't mind the main character constantly being hurt and abused in pretty tasteless ways, and the general attitude that "because it's a comedy, it's okay".
... Last updated on December 29th, 2012, 9:04pm
I'm sorry what?
'I can't help going out with girls because I'm still young, it's something I want to do' - sorry pal but shut up. I have to say that is one of the worst lines I have ever read in a manga. What a feeble excuse. Reading the manga up till that point was touch and go anyway, the sleeping around even though he knew his friend's feelings and expecting him to understand did not make a good story. And the simultaneous confession was boring too. It was like there was nothing good about this manga bar its nice artwork. Poor.
... Last updated on October 10th, 2011, 5:03am
I'm a Takanaga Hinako fan, and this is the first one of hers that seriously disappointed me. The artwork is very nice, of course, which is the only thing that prevented me from giving this the lowest grade.
Akira has no redeeming qualities at all. At the start of the story, he's manipulative, cold, irresponsible, and a cheater. Unfortunately, the story ends with him still being manipulative, cold, irresponsible, and a cheater.
I liked Kouta in the beginning. He was a bit shrewish, while still easily manipulated by Akira, but he was nice overall. By the end of the book I've lost all sympathy for him because he's become such a doormat --
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
even throwing out his own education out the window just for a chance to be akira's manager
I'm glad this wasn't the first book by Takanaga Hinako I've read, or I would have placed her in my Do Not Read list.
/off to re-read Little Butterfly to wash the bad taste this book left in my mouth.
Wow. This was completely terrible. Don't waste your time.
(Probably spoilers ahead) Akira is the most selfish guy I"ve ever read about in a manga. Souta is so cute, devoted, and in love with him and Akira returns this love by sleeping with girls behind his back like it's normal and forcing him to quit his studies and become a manager for his new whim of wanting to be an actor. He only ever even sleeps with Souta when he wants to or when he's not with some other girl and he doesn't even let Souta say no. This is the stupidest thing I've ever read! I know it's supposed to be a comedy, but it's really not written in good taste. I can't get behind someone being so selfish and expecting everyone to cater to every one of his whims and desires.
Especially the end! They'd been dating for SO LONG and it ends about how Akira "had hardcore sex with a girl" when he was away from Souta for 2 months. What even?! How can that be funny?
Don't waste your time.
I couldn't stop laughing. Wow, this seriously cracked me up. Akira is like literally the worst person ever in existence. Good thing that I didn't take this too seriously. Although if I was Kouta I would most definitely be in prison right now for homicide.