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Ai Hime - Ai to Himegoto  
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They met. They kissed. They parted without a word. The next day, he turns up at dinner with her parents... And he's her father's stepbrother! Seven years her senior, and her uncle by marriage alone, he has been trusted with the duty of living with her as an "uncle" while her parents are working overseas for two years. Even though they're not blood-related, can Mao decide to love him and go through the struggles to be in love with him?


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Associated Names
あい・ひめ - 愛と秘めごと
حُب وَ أسرار
Ai Hime
Ai Hime - Love and Secret
Bí Mật Tình Yêu

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v.1 c.Missing Pages by Someday Soon (1956d ago)
v.3 c.13 (end) by Serenus-Dreamers (2319d ago)
v.3 c.12 by Serenus-Dreamers (2440d ago)
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3 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (1072 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.26 / 10.0
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by tipz
September 11th, 2014, 9:52pm
It was a sweet read, but the storyline was pretty dull. It made the whole thing look too easy. When in society that really would not be proper and easily looked at as okay. Art work was frog like.
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a girl is waking home and randomly kisses someone?? So weird. Then he ends up being her caretaker cause her parents aren't ever around. First why wasn't this happening to begin with and second, great parenting. Then they start secretly dating. The whole manga revolves around their house and even though there are friend that make things "difficult". Not really. They end up doing it together. they are suppost to be uncle and niece but they seem to off the bat not really care even if he was blood related. The fact he's in his 20s and her 16-17? Was overlooked easily as well as her losing her flower to him. And to top it off he goes "I want to date her" and the dad just goes "sure, but I'm pissed about it" with a smile?! Really dull.
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One Word:STUPID!!   
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by cornilla
September 1st, 2013, 6:33pm
this manga is probably one of the worst manga i have ever read,,it is not just cliche it is nonsensical!!! i didnt get it when a girl saw a man under sakura trees and suddenly he kisses her and then she likes him like crazy!!!and also the man likes her all this in one chapter!! i double-checked if there were a prequel but i was wrong,,,the art was also not very good,so dont be deceived by the cover,,sorry,but this manga was no good for me and just wasted my time as there was no plot in the first place!!!

... Last updated on September 1st, 2013, 6:34pm
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I loved this...   
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by Agradine
July 20th, 2013, 8:29am
I really did love this. It's from one of my favorite mangakas. She's not on the top of the list I don't think, but I really like her stories and this one was no different. smile

It was some romantic...I'm a hopeless romantic biggrin with a bit of steaminess thrown in oh yeah! ha
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by doki-doki-kimochi
June 18th, 2013, 12:04am
Decent artwork, pretty-faced characters with shoujo-typical unrealistic personalities, a plot centered on love rivals, one after another. In fact, the plot is just a cliche-d shoujo story mixed in with the "problem" of having an age-gap and legally uncle-niece relationship (I say "problem" because this never did seem to turn out to be a problem for them, which bothered me immensely). I made it through the first 12 chapters fine somehow and was hoping for something juicy in the last one when her parents finally find out their relationship. No such luck. After a ridiculously dramatic drawing of the girl's face with her eyes apparently playing a huge factor,
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the father cowered down in the power of them and consented.
Whoop-dee-doo. Well, this isn't exactly what happened, but if you're someone who worships cliche-d, completely unrealistic stories with perfect characters and little plot (except for the failed forbidden romance), this will be your new bible.
As a side note, I am dumbfounded by the number of people who have given this anything greater than or equal to an eight. I supposed people enjoy manga because it helps them escape from reality, but this shoujo takes the fantasy way too far. Don't be fooled by the high rating.

... Last updated on June 18th, 2013, 8:26pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by P_O_C_K_Y
May 14th, 2013, 5:59pm
Top 20 mangas list. Loved this one. Have read 4 times and will continue to read it when I need a pick-me-up. Love the plot, the characters, the romance, the "drama", and that ending was beautiful! A very, very well-written and drawn manga. I expect no less from Mitsuki Kako. She's brilliant and I love all of her works
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Lightened my mood :)   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by PinkShippuden
March 19th, 2013, 6:46am
The story may seem typical but sometimes thats one of the good points of a book. Whenever im in an angry / bad mood or feeling annoyed and i read one of Mitsuki Kako's works i just feel calm and light hearted again....(I'm also smiling sometimes without realising it, lol)
So if you're looking for a nice simple read that mostly displays happiness i recommend this to you.
The art is nice, the Female Lead looks quite cute (or adorable) and mature in a way, while the Male Lead looks quite handsome. One of my favourite artists.
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The Male Lead's weakness is sooo funny! XD
...but then scared of centipedes too....

... Last updated on March 19th, 2013, 6:50am
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Judge for youself   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by Attanus
September 10th, 2012, 6:59am
Ok... People, let me ask you: what do you think a shoujo is? Of course it's a typical, cliché romance story for young girls. And, well, that's what this manga is: a shoujo. Maybe you are just getting a little bit old for this type of story?
I believe a tag called "Un-shoujo" should be created for those awesome mangas that are shoujo but different...

Now, the review.
As stated on some of the other reviews, Ai Hime's plot is not going to make your eyes shine unless this is exactly the kind of story that you love. It goes like this: while trying to find something to do, Mao ends up near a cherry blossoming tree and sees a sleeping stranger there, he wakes up and's love at first sight. However they soon find out that they're actually uncle and niece that are going to live together for a while, due to Mao's parents having to go on a business trip.
Well, since this plot doesnít really win many points for originality (as many other mangas use the forbidden, hidden love concept as well), you may ask yourself whatís so special about it; nothing, really. But the simplicity of how it is shown to us readers and how it allows us to breeze through the pages without having to deal with too many conflicts grants it bonus points, in my opinion. Because sometimes Iím tired of opening a manga book and having a hundred problems thrown into my face, when all I want to read is the cozy moments. But, I also have to admit, the fact that their love story turned out so well accepted by family and so is kind of annoying, since Mao and Jin didnít have to fight for anything.

Moving on to the characters. Nothing special in them, as well. But each of them get their own good points. You have Mao, the innocent 16/17 year old girl whoís used to being lonely and wishes for warmth, and Jin, the uncle that had been adopted into the family and is now taking care of her; those are the main characters and the story really focus the most on them. To speak frankly, I donít see much of a conflict in their love since theyíre not actually related by blood and the age isnít really that far off (6-7 years I think?).
The rest of the cast is not very important. You have the beautiful one-san character as the current boss and former lover of Jin, who supports them and recognizes Mao as Jinís special person because (and this is where I laugh) they slept together, and no, not the kind of sleep where people sweat and pant, sleep as in dreaming and snoring. Personally I believe she was just thrown to the noise to make Mao feel some jealousy. Then you have the perverted childhood friend of Jin who is there to also make Jin jealous, he was my favorite character because in the entire manga I thought he was the kindest. You have Maoís childhood friend who has a crush on her, and Maoís parents, who should have been the biggest problem, but actually easily accepted the relationship.

This is getting big. But I still have to speak about the art. Iíll be quick, I promise.
The art is not anything special. The faces are really well drawn from the front and everything, but the side-view makes you wonder if Mitsuki Kako-sensei was still at the beginning stage when she created this. And there are some pages where the art just makes me stare in horror. However, there are some moments where the expressions can still your breath with how endearing they are.

Well, this manga is nothing special. But it is sweet, cute and somewhat heartwarming so Iíll give it a 7.5. Sorry if it was too long or confusing but I hope I made my point. Oh! And sorry if any grammar doesn't make sense.
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Rushi
September 3rd, 2012, 11:43am
There is nothing creative or original in this manga. The plot is contrived and the characters aren't well developed. But if you're just looking for more shoujo fluff this will do in a pinch. I've underrated it, but only because it is so highly overrated.

... Last updated on September 3rd, 2012, 11:45am
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Can't believe it...   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by cuti3m00n
August 8th, 2012, 10:28am
I'm a girl, I also like romance-shoujo stuff, and yet, I find this series IRRITATED! This manga has such a high rate, and I feel like I have been fooled by it. It's way too cliched, unrealistic, both main protagonists annoy me. >.< I drop it after 2 chapters. Can't continue this. Give it a 2, because of the nice art, lol
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by gwkimmy
August 1st, 2012, 1:40am
when he leaves his 16-year old daughter with an unrelated 23-year-old?! lmao.

aside from this LOL LOGIC moment, this shoujo was disney cute and fluffy. jinya is just a lolicon is all~ tehehe.
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