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Katsubou no Manazashi  
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Description
After his mother deserted them, senior high school student, Reo was living together with his mother's stern ex-lover, the very imposing uncle Shuuji. But 2 months ago, as he dropped by his home on his way with a friend one evening, an event occurred that changed their relationship forever.
Since the day his uncle forcibly embraced him, the man demands his body time and again and Reo who has been suffering ever since seeks his close friend Kenta's advice but...

Contains another short story: Pretty After ~ After

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Manga

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Associated Names
渇望の眼差し
Look of Desire

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (362 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.09 / 10.0
10
 25% (91 votes)
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4+
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July 21st 2014, 10:36am PST


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Year
2009

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #838 increased(+105)
Monthly Pos #1341 increased(+23)
3 Month Pos #1706 increased(+83)
6 Month Pos #1738 increased(+5)

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On 121 wish lists
On 1301 completed lists
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Ugh   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by lifeincircuit
August 6th, 2014, 11:49pm
The first story is one of the most awful I've read. That is abuse. A horrible cycle of abuse. Throw in some victim blaming for extra awful-points and it really added up to something truly vile. I get that manga isn't real life, but it found it really appalling. The other story is not nearly as bad, which is why I'm willing to give it a 4 instead of a 1, but it's nothing memorable. I say, skip the first story unless you don't mind sexual abuse and rape being taken VERY lightly(and not in that usual BL way).

... Last updated on August 6th, 2014, 11:54pm
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didn't like the first story   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by kidoraku
July 21st, 2014, 10:06am
they went overboard with the "smut"... way too much, what a pity, but the second story was funny, well, this manga is nothing outstanding, just plain, regular yaoi with so-so art, there's plenty of much better yaoi AND it's lacking of the plot

the best part of this was ending: - Senpai, I'm not gay! - No... you are gay... A real one.

... Last updated on July 21st, 2014, 10:10am
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love it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by badmoonligh89
July 16th, 2013, 12:44am
the first story. Is different. it shouldn't of ended the way it did. Any other story the Uncle would of been the bad guy yet somehow this story twists it and everything ends up o.k. 2nd story light fluff
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Recommend the Second Story   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by FeyPhantom
July 1st, 2013, 5:23pm
The first story was pretty much a write-off for me. The only thing I really liked about it was the art, but the overall story was pretty cliche and the relationships between the characters needed some work. Plus, avoid it if you're the type to hate rape=love.
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Maybe Shuuji was persuaded the first time by Reo, but he still forced him to have sex from then on to the point that Reo thought of his life like 'hell' (as mentioned in the quote). I usually don't care about the rape=love thing but here it bothered me, probably because the story tries to pass it off as if because Reo wanted it the first time, all subsequent times can't be rape.


The second story, on the other hand, I enjoyed almost completely. It was cute and fluffy.
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The only thing that really bothered me was in the second part where Uehara wouldn't just ask Riku to cut back on the food. I understand not wanting to say that you're worried about your body image, but it's not hard to say that a meal's filling and if he could just cut back on the amount of food. Instead, he actually thinks it's better for him to become fat than to just ask Riku to make less food? There are health implications to being overweight and it seems like such a silly reason to choose to be that way.
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I like it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by LilyLily
June 16th, 2013, 11:42pm
This manga is quite refreshing. There are twist in the story that are not expected. The first story catch my interest from the very first page till the last. The second story is hilarious. The author's ability to tell a story is excellent. The art is awesome. Overall this is a great manga. I recommend it.
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Meh   
Rating: 3.5 / 10.0
by MirayAllen
April 22nd, 2013, 12:38pm
About the first story: not worth the reading.

I liked a twist or two, even though the whole Stockholm's Syndrome was pretty predictable from page 2 or 3, which always ticks me off. Not nearly as much, however, as the mother situation: a woman walks in on her (iffy) boyfriend raping her drunk, vulnerable child and freaks out, cries because she has been cheated on, and walks away. And the fact that the boy was drugged to begin with, justifying the "rape" and making it apparently okay, was detestable. It's ridiculous and I almost didn't read because of it.

The art was just so/so and the story felt so rushed I could hardly care for any character at all. And even when the kid gets gang-raped you just kind of shrug. Who cares, really. Kenta (I think that's his name) was the only one I could really think about during that moment. The sneaky son of a.... smart woman..... ahah..

In the end, the romance felt stilted, boring and cliché, partly due to the fact Reo has little to no character development at all, as does his uncle -- but I guess you can always sympathize with a tough, abusive seme when you come across such tasteless ukes. So 3.5.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2013, 12:43pm
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It was actually nice   
Rating: N/A
by poruholic06
May 15th, 2012, 2:09am
First of all, the art is gorgeous. Can you actually count this one as bara(semi?)? I don't care, actually.

I was never a fan of Stockholm's Syndrome(romantic feelings from rape), but I got a feeling that there's more to it than Shuuji(the uncle) raping the kid. I know rape is unacceptable, but this story shows more than just that. I think it's better than most yaoi manga out there because the love Shuuji has for Reo had a deeper cause, and Reo too, likewise. It was somewhat a refreshing story, regardless of the fact that these kind of themes are always repeated. But,
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I never expected that his friend would betray him... I really expected that Shuuji would be in that particular place in that particular hour. That's yaoi manga for you! :D


The second story was fluffy and cute. I don't think I can say anything more.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2012, 2:11am
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Original   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sky Cross
March 12th, 2012, 5:10am
Maybe the first story isn't all that original, but still well developed and enjoyable. What really made me laugh was the second story though. With the Uke's growth spurt which made him look 'not cute anymore', and the seme geting fat of all the bento.^^
I thought it was so funny and original to play around a bit with the stereotype, perfect appearances of our beloved yaoi characters bigrazz
It was refreshing!
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Not that bad!   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by streetwalker
December 21st, 2011, 10:30pm
I was a bit iffy about whether or not I'd like this but I was attracted by the art and actually ended up liking it quite a lot. First of all the art didn't dissappoint and even the first story turned out to be a bit more complex then you might initially think.

Sexual abuse is never acceptable. Still, I thought here there were at least some redeeming factors. I've heard it before that even though it's never the victim's fault, it's only natural for them to have ambiguous feelings towards their abuser. I felt the situation in this manga portrayed that kind of relationship rather well. In the beginning Shuuji had a positive influence on Reo's life so it's a given there would be a strong attachment. I didn't think Reo was in love with his "uncle" at the time when their relationship changed but then again as a foundation for an actual romantic relationship I find this more believable than the "from strangers to lovers through rape" type of situation often seen in yaoi. The way I see it, Reo rejecting Shuuji was more due to his confusion about the situation than anything else.

As for characters I didn't dislike Shuuji because he wasn't just your standard perverted uncle praying on his unsuspecting step-son. I don't want to give spoilers but let's just say it turned out it really wasn't like that... And he did try to do what was best for Reo in the end. Also, Shuuji was a total hunk. I loved that manliness and that panel where he smiles... So handsome! Though I usually prefer an uke with a bit more spunk, Reo was pretty cute too and I liked his aggressiveness in the third chapter. smile

The only thing I didn't like about the story was (this might be a bit of a SPOILER) Reo getting tricked, trapped, forced and then rescued. I didn't see it coming but it was just a bit of a dissappointment. And Reo coming to terms with his feelings felt a bit rushed too but he final twist was nice though...

The second story was really funny but not as carefully constructed as the first one. It was just funny but enjoyable. I've read something before with the exact same setting and I liked that one too but other than that the idea doesn't seem too overused. I did like the second part better though. You rarely see weight related themes in yaoi, I was really surprised. It was cute!

I'd say, if you don't mind difficult themes and moral ambiguity in your manga, give this a try. If not, steer clear or only read the second story (chapters 3 & 4.) Personally, I really liked it but there were some issues with it. I'll give it a 9.3/10.

... Last updated on December 21st, 2011, 10:34pm
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bad   
Rating: 1.5 / 10.0
by Nyajinsky
December 10th, 2011, 1:51am
I don't really get the high scores, but everybody have different tastes I guess. The first story was bad, I would rate it with 1,5 or 2 and the second one with 5 or 6. nothing special really. the first one was about sexual abuse. If you think otherwise, think about it more. The second story was nice, as for the idea (don't remember to see anything like that), but it was too short and it could be done better. Good art, not great, but above average.

well, if you like shotacon you might like it.... I don't want to be that critical. there are worse yaoi out there. just not my piece of cake.
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