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Merry Checker  
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Description
Blogger, Shio, meets up with some friends he met online through his blog. He is going to meet Miya (supposedly female), a blogger he hasn't met yet. He is surprised to find out that Miya is a very tall man who has a very calming effect on others.

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Manga

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Associated Names
メリーチェッカ
欢乐检查员
欢乐版主
歡樂檢查員
爱上网路彼端的他

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.5 + Extra (end) by Dangerous Pleasure (1191d ago)
v.1 c.4 by Dangerous Pleasure (1661d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Dangerous Pleasure (1746d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (487 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Chara Selection (Tokuma Shoten)

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Beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AeeDee
February 17th, 2016, 5:02am
Simple, but sweet, endearing and poignant. I keep returning to this story because it has such a pleasant, light feeling. No unnecessarily extended stress, no artificial love triangles or weird plot devices; just an adorable story of two unique people falling in love with each other.

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In regards to the uniqueness of the characters, I have to question the implication that Shio is the clear uke. It's a really interesting inversion of the usual dynamic in BL stories. The taller, larger man is the one with the gentle, comforting nature. He's the one secretly pining after the affection of his more assertive, intellectual and cool love interest. Shio is a very assertive character; even despite his uncertainty, he actively pursues Miya, arranging for more time with him, even setting the pace of their romantic relationship. Miya may take the upper hand in the bedroom, but he leaves other important decisions in Shio's hands. If anything, their power hierarchy is very balanced. There's a healthy sense of give and take between both of them. Both of them have emotional vulnerability and hope and trust in each other to guide the other. That's really what drew me into this story; it's so refreshing to read a story that shakes off the usual assumptions of how the characters should behave.


In this story especially, Suzuki Tsuta's art is achingly beautiful. The dialogue is realistic and genuine. The emotions don't feel forced, save for maybe a few panels that are only distracting because the rest of the story is so subtle and natural. Even the premise is a very simple, slice of life scenario. Shio's grand adventure is that he meets a kind stranger through their mutual hobby of blogging. It's a small tale for a small, exciting segment of their lives.

My only criticism is that, like many of Suzuki Tsuta's other works, I desperately wish this was longer. It only skims the surface of two wonderful characters with complex lives. I want to know so much more about them. But what we are presented with is rewarding and charming, and hoping for more is no reason to pass this one up.

... Last updated on February 17th, 2016, 5:04am
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bLESS   
Rating: N/A
by NightAir
May 7th, 2015, 8:05pm
This mangaka for bringing something completely my taste. The cute big dude and the sort of loner-type keeps-to-himself cool second dude.

Amen, my blessings upon this cute tromp of a story.

... Last updated on May 7th, 2015, 8:05pm
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So Sweeeet   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Kinky-Chan
February 8th, 2014, 9:59pm
I love this story!! No, I love all of Suzuki Tsuta's works. They're really awesome and all of them have this fuzzy and warm atmosphere when you read them. And the jokes is so retarded that I kept on smiling when I read the manga. All in all, it's a must read.
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Amazing character   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by KittyTeea
October 24th, 2013, 9:53am
This piece was truly interesting due to the unusual uke. Shio was the one that kept the story moving, with his consistent personality. He was depicted as a person with good observational skills, which for once he actually used to understand his partner's feelings. In most mangas, regardless of genre, characters are described as intelligent, talented, good at learning bla meh whatever, so they end up taking the worst most idiotic decisions. Here the uke thinks about his situation and acts in rational way without unnecessary angst.

The seme, on the other hand, was scarcely emphasized, except that he was a nice person. He mostly served as a counterpart to highlight the other lead.

As for the plot, it was pretty much nonexistent, without falling in the PWP pit, the story being character driven.

All in all I highly recommend this piece for the delight of seeing a mature character acting in a mature, almost realistic, way.

... Last updated on October 24th, 2013, 11:06am
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So good :3   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by MirayAllen
October 1st, 2013, 12:27pm
Man, what a great manga we have here. Seriously, there is not one single thing that I disliked about it. It has all the ingredients: an original plot line for Slice of Life; very good humour; lovely and truly unique characters developed to the needed extent; the right amount of anxiety without bordering the ridiculous; perfect pacing; gorgeous art; and you will weep for more. My one complain¯t is that it could have been longer, for the sake of my own simple enjoyment.

Pierzing was right to point out the unique quality of this Uke. Although Miya-san is quite the lovely person (and it is not as though he's kind to no one but the person he loves; he's genuinely a good person), Shio thinks and behaves like a genuine person. Okay, so he came to terms with his own sexuality a little too quickly -- I'll grant you that; but even so, he's not the kind to blame his own actions on alcohol or pretend things didn't happen the way they did. Like Mitsuya in Sangen Tonari no Tooi Hito, here we have, again, the kind of insightful, mature, protagonist that guides the reader through and into his own course of action. I loved Shio to pieces, seriously.

Merry Checker is, so far, my favourite from Suzuki-sensei and I'll be re-reading sooner or later, for sure.

P.S: The cover up there makes it seem like Shio is some kind of tsundere; he's not.

... Last updated on October 7th, 2013, 9:30am
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Adorable.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by pierzing
March 22nd, 2013, 2:12pm
This manga has a different uke. One that is actually aware of his surroundings, actually emotionally mature and honest! We need more yaoi characters like this please. I don't care much for the soothing seme but the uke's personality is neatly delved in and you can clearly read his thought processes, understand his actions. It makes me appreciate the ways people naturally behave more.

In short; likable characters, interesting premise and neat storytelling makes this a fine, short read.

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2013, 2:15pm
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Wonderful   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by nezushi
January 31st, 2013, 9:13pm
I adore Shio's character because he is extremely different from other ukes.
I love how,
1) He isn't mushy.
2) He doesn't blush like a maniac.
3) He is a very honest, serious and straightforward person.
4) Also his sense of humor is hilarious xD
So yeah, i realized how his personality is very similar to my own, which is probably why i like him so much. Anyways, In "Merry Checker" it's pretty obvious as to who is going to end up being a seme/uke and to be honest i would much rather have shio as a seme. In retrospect this manga was a refreshing read and caught my interest just from reading the first couple of pages.
Definitely a light and joyful read for all yaoi fans and the only thing that i have to complain about is that there isn't enough sex scenes! (/゚Д゚)╯︵ ┻━┻
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Lovely   
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by Pebble_
October 8th, 2012, 11:49am
As usual with Suzuki Tsuta, the art is gorgeous.
I love both main characters. Shio's personality, a bit manipulative, a bit cold, a bit tsundere, a bit pure, is very well written. Miya is supposed to be a soothing person in the story, and he really DOES look soothing and pure just as a fictional character. That's why the hidden depths in his persona were so interesting.
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Plus I'm a sucker for semes that are obsessed with their ukes even though they don't look like it, so I really liked this character.
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I'm hoping the last chapter will get translated some day. I took a look at the raw, so I know roughly how it ends, but I'd like to know what the actual dialogs and feelings are.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2012, 11:49am
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One of my favorites   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sandyatthebeach1
August 25th, 2012, 9:11pm
This is definitely highly recommended. First off, I love Suzuki Tsuta's art style; it's really clean and beautiful, not busy or cluttered at all, and just easy to follow. Also, I like the premise of the story, and the characters are really likable and unique. Shio is definitely one-of-a-kind in the uke department- he's mature, perceptive, has a great sardonic sense of humor, and he's fun and laid-back.... and lovingly manipulative, haha. In real life, I would definitely want to be his friend. And Miya is great, too- very good-natured and cool. This is the sort of manga that makes you feel connected to the characters; they're all surprisingly fleshed out and interesting. Also, it's pretty amusing; this is definitely one of Suzuki Tsuta's lighter works- it has great bits of humor in it that are actually laugh-out-loud funny and not the sort of "I appreciate the effort, but..." type. Shio and Miya's developing relationship is so good, too- I like how they met at a IRL meeting and the whole blogging thing.

Overall, just a great read. It has that unexplainable touch that makes you feel like you would enjoy reading it over and over again. I honestly don't think you can go wrong with this one. The only complaint I have is that I wish it were longer!

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2013, 8:22pm
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Great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PaprikaPrincess
July 5th, 2012, 2:36pm
This is a really good manga. The relationship between the two characters is depicted beautifully and because of that you cant help but love them both so much. I wish the next chapter would come out already!!
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