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Love or Pride  
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As the son of a yakuza, Taiki was investigating a shop when he accidentally stumbled upon a young man giving the assistant manager a blowjob. The next day, he saw that young man, Yukiya, again. Yukiya begged Taiki not to tell anyone about what he saw and Taiki jokingly asked for Yukiya's body as payment. But he discovers unexpectedly that he's Yukiya's first man! Included in this manga is a sweet extra about Taiki and Yukiya when they've grown up.

* Note about the chronology: "Bittersweet Cafe" was written before "Love or pride" but the events in "Love or pride" took place years before those in "Bittersweet Cafe".


Related Series
Bittersweet Café (Prequel)
Blind Love (Sequel)

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v.1 c.4-5+extra by Nakama (3241d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Nakama (3268d ago)
v.1 c.2 by Nakama (3324d ago)
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1 Volume (complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (245 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.76 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 19th 2014, 5:48am PST



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Daria (Frontier Works)

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Another Cliche :/   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by nezushi
June 8th, 2014, 8:33pm
I would not recommend this manga to anyone who is looking for a well driven plot. The storyline is very bland and the characters were not interesting in the slightest. In my opinion, Love or Pride was 1) fairly easy to predict 2) very cliche 3) rushed, and 4) extremely boring. The art was alright except the characters expressions didn't have much emotion drawn in them. (Only during the sex scenes) The intimate moments shared between the couple was cute to read and that's basically the only thing i enjoyed.

... Last updated on June 8th, 2014, 8:35pm
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I don't know what other people were reading, but...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by lifeincircuit
September 9th, 2011, 8:31pm
This wasn't good. It was extremely flat. The characters were one dimensional. The story was cliche and very rushed. The whole thing was very forced and emotionless. Even the art is just ok. The only thing it had going for it were the vaguely hot sex scenes, but without a proper story to back that up, it wasn't enough.
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Really Good!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sakura_Hikizaki
December 19th, 2009, 8:48am
Love and Pride was defintly one of my top from Akira sensei. I really enjoyed watching the story between Yukiya and Taiki unfold. Taiki is really a sweet person who cares for Yukiya.

In my opinion, If you are a fan of Akira sensei then this is a must read for you. ^^
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not good   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by mangafan321
July 9th, 2009, 6:44pm
it was sweet and all but i am so sick of seeing an uke getting kidnapped and groped by a complete stranger and actually enjoying it. the seme acts like nothings going on and doesnt even beat up the guy after catching him groping the uke, that one scene ruined the whole manga for me... why in the world didnt the uke fight this guy off? he was on his lap he could have head butted him or kicked him, or something!

... Last updated on July 9th, 2009, 6:50pm
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All in one with bishies, storyline, cuteness and so so much more. A well deserved 10!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by torrentchan
September 13th, 2007, 8:22am
I enjoyed Love or Pride over Bitter Sweet Cafe, though both are very interesting and well loved many thousands.

Each characters holds their uniqueness and for this i give it a...well, 10. Bishes, storyline, conflict, sweetness, romance and slice of life. This is a well read manga, and since i love short manga (1 volume preferred) this just hit the rooftop. lol.
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actually sweet   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by grumble_cakes
September 13th, 2007, 8:00am
the story description might make it sound like Taiki is some arrogant yakuza blackmailing poor innocent Yukiya into having sex with him but that's not the case at all- both boys are in highschool, Taiki is actually a very nice guy and Yukiya is irritable but kind. The blackmail... well, you'll just have to see for yourself. To be honest the first 3 chapters are a little on the boring side (I guess I prefer more conflic and drama in my stories) but from chapter 4 on it gets interesting. The extra is also very satisfying.

Much like in the prequel Bitter Sweet Cafe, Kanbe Akira also introduces yet another couple in this manga. In the afterward she hints about writing about them in her next work, she also says the story will be darker this time. I hope this is true because I really want to know more about them!

... Last updated on September 13th, 2007, 8:02am
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