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Ikemen-kun to Saenai-kun  
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Kentarou is a plain, nondescript college student who has never had a girlfriend or any friends. After getting hit on the head by a wayward ball, he begins to notice that there are increasingly long periods of time in which he cannot remember what he was doing.

One afternoon, he regains consciousness in an apartment he'd never been to before - and sitting next to him is a young man who then tells him "You're being possessed by the spirit of my dead girlfriend"...


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Associated Names
Handsome-kun and Boring-kun
Ikemen-kun and Saenai-kun

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.5 + Extra (end) by The Moon in a Box (1462d ago)
v.1 c.4 by The Moon in a Box (1468d ago)
v.1 c.1-3 by The Moon in a Box (1500d ago)
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (283 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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February 9th 2015, 9:00am PST

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Gateau (Ichijinsha)

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Lovely, but a bit confusing.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by sofistree
August 19th, 2014, 3:58pm
It's a very pretty story, and it's certainly tragic in places, and overall it was a good read.

I don't know if it was the translation or the author, but some parts got fuzzy and I wasn't sure what was happening.
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"I slowly began to lose my charm about the same time I graduated from kindergarten"   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Dezi
March 14th, 2014, 7:54am
Hehehe. The first chapter and Kentarou's self-depiction was awesome. If I could,I would cite the whole beginning, thats how memorable it was for me. However storywise I have to agree with some comments, that readers who are really into "BL only" won't appreciate the story construction. From my point of view though it was a very enjoyable read and I can recommend it.

... Last updated on March 14th, 2014, 7:59am
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I don't like it   
Rating: N/A
by aventurite
October 27th, 2013, 8:01am
DON'T READ this if you are uncomfortable with straight pairings.
The seme is very much in love with his girlfriend, to the point of crying over her and following her every whim. This doesn't even feel shounen ai to me. Eventhough he miraculously fell for the protagonist in the end, it seemed very forced and left me wondering whether it was simply because he grew attached to the only other person who was there when he was dealing with his loss. Overall, if felt very unrequited love-ish. Okay, I love Kensuke and his sister but Hikuru and Mi-chan are hard to like as a couple. Unless you are looking for a manga where you can -experience- the unrequited love for a straight person. Overall, this manga is good in wringing out the bitter feeling but I still wonder if it could have been executed in another way. Over the chapters, it slowly reveals what actually happened to make the characters as they are but the matter on the present development is too lightly dealt with. The confession at the end was really out of the blue. Reading this was extremely uncomfortable for me.
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Rating: N/A
by mrsseien
September 2nd, 2013, 3:10pm
The art is one of those sketchy types, not even that great. The story looks cheap, but it actually moved me! After reading a summary, I totally thought it won't be anything special, but I was very nicely surprised.
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Mixed feelings   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by MirayAllen
August 18th, 2013, 6:11pm
It was definitely a sweet tale in memory of a sweet, tough girl. However, as a BL it doesn't really work, unless you take it as unrequited love, which, lets face it, it is not the best of feelings or experiments. The boy, who, I take, would be the seme, feels quite straight to me and the crying scene didn't help; and my heart truly ached for Kentarou there. In the end we are led to believe the seme's (can't remember the name of the guy for the life of me) feelings are shifting, that he's getting more into the "avatar" rather than the "spirit within" but his motivations are not exactly clear. For the story to work (especially with the twist at the end) it should've been approached differently, perhaps with a little more time and a good share of additional pages. It's still an enjoyable, if heartbreaking, journey, on the part of Kentarou of course, but the idea works to a very limited extent only. Screams for a sequel, and I'll be the first in line to get it.
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Hideyoshico can do no wrong!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by freyakoala
March 12th, 2013, 1:55pm
Another beautiful and gentle manga. Despite the supernatural premise, I found this to be very realistic. The manga was too short for the characters to be totally fleshed out, however the glimpses of their personalities that we do see are likeable and genuine.
Also, the grieving process and falling in love are realistic in this manga. Obviously the blonde guy wasn't going to fall in love with kentarou straight away and I got the impression that this took place Orr a considerable length of time. In the end, it is up to the readers to decide the fate of the romance, which may not be amazing for canon lovers but I think it was pretty obvious what the manga ka was getting at.
The side characters as always are wonderful, mi-chan was a sweet and interesting character and ken's sister was hilarious. The art is also beautiful.
Maybe I have a hideyoshico bias but it is hard not to as she is brilliant!
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beautiful one-time reading novel   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by tekiteki
August 15th, 2012, 12:57pm
The story was rather short for appreciable character development and I probably won't reread it, but i really enjoyed it. The plot is intriguing and catching, and at the same time this manga has the melancholy feeling that is inherent to mature josei manga. The only thing that i personally didn't like was the way their relationship turned into love
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- they barely talked to each other! And the childhood's story doesn't count because it was too long ago >_<
. I wish the story could be longer, so they could naturally fall for each other ^__^

... Last updated on August 15th, 2012, 12:57pm
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Light, Cute, Story   
Rating: N/A
by Oaede210
April 18th, 2012, 4:29am
I really enjoyed this story, it was very sweet and had a slight whimsical feeling. I liked all the characters and was happy about how it ended. I do however wish it was a little longer at the end, it feels just a little unfinished.
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I wished they kissed.. that might have made it feel complete.
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Confusing but Sweet!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fisukisuki
December 21st, 2011, 5:21am
Altough it's confusing me, but it's cute and sweet. My mind is blank just because this manga.
Touching but confusing! Cute but weird! Funny but calm! Can't be expressed in words! ^_^
I will give this 10 even though i don't know why but i my mind and my heart say i have to..hehe
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Sweet, but...   
Rating: 5.9 / 10.0
by calstine
April 30th, 2011, 9:01am
...too short to make a lasting impact. Also, the only character who has any semblance of personality is the girlfriend. The two protagonists are rather plain and uninteresting.

I don't see any reason for the blond boy to have fallen for the brunet one considering how he was obviously very much in love with his girlfriend beforehand. (And she was such a pretty, fun girl too...what a shame she had to die!) In that sense, leaving the two boys' relationship unresolved was a smart decision on the mangaka's part; since any actual expressions of affection would have been too abrupt and unrealistic.

Also, the twist at the end (while nice) was too hastily executed to feel quite right. In a slow-paced, slice-of-life-themed story, such abrupt revelations don't work too well.

Despite these flaws, there is a pure, chaste, melancholy feeling permeating throughout and the characters are fairly easy to feel at least slightly fond of -- both features that are rare enough in the BL of today.

Ikemen-kun to Saenai-kun is far from being the most brilliant shounen-ai manga ever written, but it's a rather charming little love story and definitely not a waste of the half-hour spent reading it.

... Last updated on April 17th, 2012, 9:36pm
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