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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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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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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (362 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.09 / 10.0
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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 #679 increased(+264)
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
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SECOND STORY WAS H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jellaaay
January 9th, 2011, 8:31pm
But first I wanna talk about the first story since it was really sweet and unexpected. But, I think after they declared their love for each other, Shuuji-san's characters turned a complete 180 degrees. Like, woah weren't you so distant just a couple of pages ago? What I'm trying to say is he suddenly turned into this sweet older lover after treating Reo so coldly. I wish they could've taken it step by step. Hm, how to explain it better...something like this (1, 1-2, 1-2-3) but instead we got a (1, 1-4, 4-10). Comprendre? lol I feel like I just babbled about something others wont even care about.

Well, anyway..I still liked their relationship.
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Thank gosh it wasn't a love triangle.
I was afraid it would head into that direction. The situation would've been too frustrating to deal with. And knowing Reo's character he wouldn't have been able to handle it well. So I'm glad he was inlove with Shuuji-san only (I dont wanna use uncle since they're lovers). And I wouldn't have guessed
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that the guy Reo saved was Shuuji-san since he was drawn unshaved at first.
This story had a lot of suprising turn of events. Oh and the art's pretty. *sigh* It's always a pleasure to read a story where the art isn't the only appealing factor.

Now moving on to the 2nd story. I kept laughing with every page I turned, even when they were having sex. I love how the uke's concern was not being girly enough. I mean gah...I dislike shoujo looking ukes so why complain!! And the sempai was really patient ..not the cliche stern, never-know-what-he's-thinking seme. AND WHAT'S MORE...the 2nd part's is on the seme's point of view. Ahh, bless the author! I got so excited when I read the first box. And what's cuter than having your lover stress over such a trivial thing
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regarding the fact that Riku mentioned sempai's body being good and "soft". So cute. It's a fair trade. If Riku's insecure about looking more boy-like (which he shouldn't be) I think it's nice that Sempai's also insecure about becoming fat.


Btw, this was the author's first manga so i'm giving her major props. I hope they scanlate the rest of her works.

... Last updated on January 9th, 2011, 9:05pm
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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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Awesome...may contain spoilers   
Rating: N/A
by Gabyta07
August 11th, 2010, 6:55am
Although I do agree that some sensible ppl might not like it. I thought it was awesome.
I never thought that the boy was being abused sexually like so many other.
As I saw the boy was in love with the uncle, he just felt guilty of the relationship bc his mother abandoned him bc of it.
You can see this, when he gets jealous when seeing other girls, or when he rejects his friend.
The only thing he didnt like was when uncle had sex with him in a rough way.
Well if up to you to make your own opinion.
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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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Recommended   
Rating: N/A
by genie195
May 19th, 2011, 12:01am
I'm not a fan of rape. Not even when they make up and they're all in love. It's just sick and twisted. At first I thought this was a rape type manga, but my-oh-my! did this throw me off, I did NOT see that coming in the 1st story. I had kept reading b/c the art is superb, but it makes for a really interesting story. So yeah, I recommend this, for sure.

(I kinda hope I'm not the only one that didn't see that coming, otherwise I feel really dumb xD)
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Only the second story worth it   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by mrs_choco
April 13th, 2010, 11:55pm
My rating is an average between the rating for the 1st story (3/10), and the rating for the 2nd (10/10).
The 1st story is really messed up, trying to be realistic and serious,but not believable at any point of the story, and I agree with previous comment about the lesser of two evil kind of impression. This makes neither of the two protagonists likeable at all.

On the other hand, the 2nd story is really cute and give a nice feeling, and has some comedy in it, genre that the mangaka seems to master much better than drama.
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Conflicting opinions!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Nirhtuc
January 30th, 2010, 8:46pm
I agree to some extent with the previous reviewer, but for me, the back-story between the lead characters (in the main story) redeemed the older character a little. At first, I was shocked at how the story was going too, and what happens later with another character created a kind of 'let's go with the lesser of the two evils' sort of impression! I'm still conflicted about whether the relationship between the lead characters is romantic or founded on mutual despair/desperation. As a whole, though, I thought the manga was of standard quality. There were some very touching moments and the other story in the manga was also good. If you won't mind a story with grey-area moral background, give this one a try!
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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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Impressive!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Feliona
August 15th, 2010, 2:43am
About the first story(main story), at first I thought it will be a boring story and i was thinking I will delete this manga. Judging by the cover, I thought the uke will end up with his uncle instead of his friend and his friend who love him will be pitiful. I thought its gonna be a cliche and boring story.
However, the twist in the end really surprises me and it turns out this manga is quite a good one. The second story also is cute.

Consider this is the first manga of sensei, I give it 10 smile))
Im looking forward to read more of sensei's work!
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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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