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Shizuku Hanabira Ringo no Kaori  
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Description
From Liquid Passion:

When business leads Haruna to Nakagawa's family-owned brewery, it's love at first sight for Haruna. Too bad that Nakagawa and his crotchety grandpa can only say "not interested" to his offers. Will Haruna ever secure the distribution rights to the best sake in town? And more importantly, will he manage to win over the cantankerous brewer's grandson?

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Manga

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Associated Names
Опьяняющий аромат цветущей яблони(Russian)
酒滴花瓣苹果香
雫 花びら 林檎の香り
Apple-scented Rain of Blossoms
Apple-scented Rain of Petals
Der Duft der Apfelblüte (German)
Irrésistible Ivresse (French)
The Scent of Apple Blossoms

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Latest Release(s)
c.11 by Chrima Scans (577d ago)
v.1-3 by Pink Cherry Blossom Scans (582d ago)
c.10 by Chrima Scans (659d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (229 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.43 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 8th 2017, 12:26pm PST


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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Magazine Be x Boy (Libre Shuppan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
SuBLime (3 Volumes - Complete; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #704 increased(+193)
Monthly Pos #1233 increased(+420)
3 Month Pos #2013 increased(+605)
6 Month Pos #3031 increased(+115)

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On 351 wish lists
On 384 completed lists
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Adult appeal   
Rating: N/A
by kurosu_yuuki
February 17th, 2010, 10:36am
I followed this from the beginning until the very end. It you look at the date of my review, it's from years ago. (I edited the content, of course), and I can summarize this review by saying this manga and everything about it grows on you in a way you can only grasp if you read it .
Kawai Touko is my absolute favorite mangaka, so I'm very biased when it comes to reviewing her work. Since I always read all of her stuff as soon as it's released, I haven't reviewed all of her titles on Baka Updates. So maybe this didn't steal the position of one of my top 3 from her (Cut, Loveholic and bóndZ), but I can't rate it less than a 10.

It starts out cute, silly, nothing too different. But as you read more and engage more in their relationship, Shu and Mu-chan grow on you so much, I found myself crying when I had to say goodbye to them at the last page after all these years (I followed this manga for 7 years).
Don't get fooled by the beginning. In fact, in my opinion, the hashtags on this manga only reflect the beginning of the story. Mu-chan starts out like a normal uke, the hastag tags him as a crybaby. That's not him at all, though. Just like Haruna says, he's goofy on the outside, but sweet, caring and determined once you know him better.
Same for Shu. Hashtagged as a "cold male lead", he's not at all like that, either. He might seem that way - or rather, be misinterpreted as such. But he's actually very kind and loves Mu-chan maybe even more than both of them realize.
I like the dynamic of the relationship. It's a little on the grown-up side of manga, and if you've been following Touko-sensei's work for long, like me, you'll notice this is the most mature relationship she's ever written. Yes, they do have some discussions and have that clingy-uke / disinterested-seme thing, but they don't carry grudges, don't have petty fights. They are, quite simply, adults. They solve their problems by communicating, they are there for each other and work matters even come into play. In fact, if I had to point out one of this manga's weak points, that would be it. Yes, we all look for deeper conflicts and actual plot, not just the same old cliches in BL and not just sex, either. However, because of the very realistic problems the characters face in their personal lives, the actual relationship gets pushed aside a bit. Most of the confrontation ends in sex scenes, when I'd prefer talks from the heart; and the only time Shu actually says he loves Mu-chan, it's in a blank dialogue balloon. So we didn't really get to read it, which is a pity. I wish he'd said it a bit more, softened up. Although, yes, that's another very realistic point: he's a typical Japanese guy. While Mu-chan's open about his feelings and somewhat Americanized, Shu is very closed up and doesn't express emotions well. It doesn't mean he doesn't feel them, though. Most of his love is expressed through his actions, and if you pay attention, he doesn't actually deny Mu-chan's advances much. He may push him aside when he wants to hug or kiss in public, but he doesn't stop Mu-chan when he initiates sexual contact, nor the times Mu-chan wants to take things further emotionally. He agrees to coming out, agrees to moving together. They really do become a married couple, after all.
However, for these maybe too real situations, it's unlikely I'll be re-reading this manga too much. While I can't rate this anything less than a 10 because of the subtle complexity, it feels like an unbalanced trade to read through these very real problems and not get as much yaoi as I'd like.

I'd also have liked to see more on Shu's past with the married woman and the process of him becoming so closed up. A chapter just about that would've benefited us greatly.

The art, as always, is amazing. A thing to know about Touko-sensei's work is that their expressions go a long way in telling the story. While some things I pointed out are left unsaid, the art and the images chosen to be displayed fill in the gaps.

Lastly, I can relate to this on a very personal level, so maybe that gave this manga an extra push. Although my boyfriend in't Japanese, he's always fidgeting from hugs and won't kiss me as much as I want, but not because he doesn't love me, but because he's just not as romantic as I am - much like Shu and Mu-chan. Furthermore, I don't drink at all and it often brings me work problems.

... Last updated on March 14th, 2017, 12:39am
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Loving It   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by gloomy_gloo
April 28th, 2010, 12:21pm
Totally looking forward to the next chapters. I've read up to volume 2 ch.9 now and the story is cuter than ever. Haruna is so adorable and I love his honest personality; Nakagawa also has a sweet side that makes me fangirl happy. Although I like Kawai Touko's angstier stories, this one is refreshingly fluffy and good for a light-read. Can't wait fore more~
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warm & soft & addictive   
Rating: 9.1 / 10.0
by liamin
February 26th, 2014, 1:28pm
warm & soft & addictive... such a good bit of art expressing the gentle emotions nicely. Want to see more tender Haruna chasing rough Nakagawa, stealing glances & kisses... want to read more like this!
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Chemistry was off   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by nausicaa70
March 14th, 2017, 5:00pm
Well, I didn't enjoy it more than that... maybe because I couldn't feel the love between the two mc.
Okay it was love at first sight for Haruna but is there really nothing more ? Why is he so attracted to Nakagawa ? What does Nakagawa have that makes you love him so much ? (It seems like it was just a crush)
And what's the deal with Nakagawa ? Why would you suddenly give in ? What changed from how it was before ? Why do you finally love him ? To the point of turning gay ?...
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When Haruna asked Nakagawa if he loved him, I was happy bc since the beginning of their relationship I was also wondering why... but he answered by saying "if i hated you I wouldn't be here to have sex with you". *sigh* ok you don't dislike him but it doesn't mean that you love him. And his excuse of being unromantic, closed up, or somewhat inexpressive doesn't work since it doesn't mean you can't express love. Moreover giving in to sexual advances is in no way a proof of love... anyway I guess it's legit for Haruna to have all those insecurities... but it doesn't change the fact that it was really annoying.

So yeah I don't understand. The chemistry was off, so it's obvious that the fluff was boring and pointless to me since I didn't feel any butterfly between the two of them.
And anyway 'cool/edgy/dark but with a tragic past' seme paired with 'happy-go-lucky/naive/cute but persistent' uke is nothing new. At least not to me. It's totally shoujo-ish.

Nevertheless it doesn't mean it was bad. The characters were interesting (mcs were relatively bland but the supporting characters were likeable) and I appreciated seeing them interact with each other. I particularly liked how the uke could speak up his mind and didn't beat around the bush. However he became more and more girly and that disapppointed me.

All in all I'm really unsatisfied...

... Last updated on March 14th, 2017, 5:10pm
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I'm completely in love with this!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by princess_bubblegum
February 11th, 2017, 5:17am
The manga is cute and fluffy and interesting at the same time.
There is also No cliche and annoying rival that would put my mood sour.
I like the love between the two protagonist.
The Uke is very likeable!!! In fact he may be the best Uke for me... He speaks what's on his mind and they work hard to make their relationship going...
Honestly why did it take me this long to find this great manga!!!

I totally recommend this!!!!
It's hard to find manga which is sexy and sweet like this one..

... Last updated on February 11th, 2017, 5:29am
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