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Utopia of Homosexuality  
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Description
The story of two best friends -- a girl who's convinced that she's a lesbian because of her "non-girly" tastes and a guy who believes he's gay because of his feminine personality, and their search for love.

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
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Associated Names
동성이상향
Tongseongi Sanghyang

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.2-9 by Sura's Place (2995d ago)
v.3 c.1 by Sura's Place (2995d ago)
v.2 c.7 by Sura's Place (2995d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (216 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.51 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 6th 2013, 9:52pm PST

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Year
2002

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Monthly Pos #2126 increased(+118)
3 Month Pos #3368 increased(+248)
6 Month Pos #4759 increased(+184)

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On 240 wish lists
On 650 completed lists
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A Bad Taste   
Rating: N/A
by moonlightjem
July 22nd, 2013, 3:17pm
I should have known when I saw the shoujo and romance tags that it would have such an ending, but the title made me think otherwise. As others have said, this manhwa is rather homophobic and passes it off as a phase or mistake. I'm not a fan of GL/BL, but I'm not against it either. I wanted to read something that would show some of the troubles homosexuals have in society or fitting in, but what problems they may have had were glossed over. It makes me wonder if the editors or the government had a hand in the direction this manhwa went.
Still for a typical shoujo story, it wasn't too terrible. I just wish it didn't use false advertising or homosexuality as a small plot device then write it off.
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No Thanks   
Rating: N/A
by landbound
August 26th, 2012, 2:09pm
The idea of 'transcendental love' is a beautiful one, but at the same time, it bears a different weight when you're applying the idea to characters who felt like they were being portrayed as gay.

Which is the fundamental issue I have with this manwha: It feels less like friendship turning to love, and more like a coming of age story where the characters "move on" from their past. The budding of their relationship might have otherwise been convincing, but instead, it felt more like those instances in comics where two close friends suddenly have a crush on each other because other characters suggested they did.

Aside from being poorly done along that vein, it's upsetting to me on a personal level. Not because I don't think queer people can't be bi, and not because I don't think that love can happen with someone you least expect it to, but because so many other stories do things like suddenly make way for a typical heterosexual ending because of a public aversion to queer relationships and sexuality, usually treating it as a childish phase people grow out of.

However, this one went the extra mile by literally turning a series of stories about queer relationships and crushes into heterosexual romance.
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Interesting characters   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sphear
April 28th, 2012, 9:02pm
Especially the boy. And his appearance was unique too. I generally enjoyed this manga. It was kind of like a new page. Somewhat special characters. There wasn't much advance on the 'homosexuality' part though, on which I personally don't mind (but others may) . I'd recommend it to most, since the plot was nice and so was the art-but for those BL/GL fans out there; you might get a little disappointed or even offended thanks to its quite misleading title.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2012, 10:20pm
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I LOVE THIS!!   
Rating: N/A
by ailuj15
August 18th, 2011, 11:59pm
This story stands up for everything that I believe in and I'm happy to have read it!!!!!! But it kinda ticks me off that they portray homosexuality as a phase though initially, the characters accepted it and lived with it. All i'm saying is love is love. nothing more and nothing less.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2011, 12:02am
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ugh.... (-_-)   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by fictionalscience
July 29th, 2011, 11:22pm
So, it started promising. The characters' personalities were well-established, the opening conflict was interesting, and of course I like the pretty artwork.

BUT. After the first conflict was solved, the story does not try to solve some questions that were raised during the unfolding of events. For example, there is no explanation of how Suk Ha's childhood friend, Yuri, suddenly showed up in the middle of the conflict, and after that, there was no follow-up story about her, so it was almost pointless to even put her in the story (except for the introduction, to explain Suk Ha's sexual orientation).

Also, in just 3 volumes, the author really seems to have tried to wrap things up way too quickly. There was no deep exploration about Suk Ha and Bin's homosexuality (ahem, the title) that lead their relationship to become what it did in the end. Characters just suddenly felt a certain way (but also, lacking in depth), and the love rival... did not even try to be a love rival. There was a giant line of plot development missing to make this rational at all.

I just did not find this series believable. And although I do not want to judge series by their implied political messages, worst of all, through the ending that the author has chosen, it even seems to reinforce the repressed/ "nonexistent" (coughBScough) status of homosexuals in Korea.

... Last updated on July 29th, 2011, 11:25pm
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Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
February 15th, 2011, 4:09pm
Utopia of Homosexuality only differentiates from other shoujo stories by title.

As the description says, you shouldn't expect any shoujo-ai or shounen-ai ... at all. It's an okay shoujo story, you don't get immediately bored, and the art is tolerable. But it is nothing special, I must say. The plot is rather predictable too.

... Last updated on February 15th, 2011, 4:11pm
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not recommedned for BL/GL fans   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by veve
January 19th, 2011, 1:39am
Althought being a light read the whole subtext of the manhwa about homosexuality being "temporary confusion of the person" annoyed me. I don't recommend it to people who search for happy-ending of same-sex couples.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2011, 9:12am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by lily_kitty15
October 16th, 2010, 9:10am
ooh this was nice at first i didn't like it since im kind of against
the whole Homosexuality thing though it like many say thats not how it should be after all there's a reason that our world had males and females but i liked how at the end it turned out in this manhwa that's was nice!

If the ending didn't turn like this though i did want the girl to be with that Ji Sub or wat was his name i guess it ok though i feel sorry for him but as least the ending was to my satisfactory.

this is a fun read give a try its really enjoyable, since there isn't any of the homosexuality scenes.

... Last updated on January 20th, 2011, 5:06pm
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^^   
Rating: N/A
by Skaro
August 21st, 2010, 8:11pm
This is a very nice manhwa, I liked the art and how the girl at times would look like a guy and the guy at times would look like a girl without actually being drawn that different. You can realize how the ending is gonna be like since volume 1, and - for me - such an ending doesn't suit the title. If the story's title had been different, I would have probably liked it better, but I expected something else out of it.

It's a nice story, and it has very little bits and pieces of shoujo ai and shounen ai. If you like romance, then you might like this.
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Recall reading this a long time ago..   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
March 29th, 2010, 2:24am
Hmm... the characters were decently likable and if you could "overlook the misconceptions about homosexuality"(that is... homosexuality is just a passing whim, you can "cure" homosexuality and so on), it is a decent story that is worth reading, just for light entertainment.
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