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Ai no Kotodama  
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Description
1-4) Ai no Kotodama
After graduating from high school, best friends Tachibana and Otani decided to move-in together as more-than-friends. Although their feelings are very real, the secret nature of their relationship, and the words that have gone unsaid between them, leave room for doubt. When a chance encounter reintroduces the pair to Yuki, a former classmate, Otani becomes suspicious of Tachibana's close friendship with her. Will rumors from their high school days together spin Otani's insecurities out of control? Or could it be that Tachibana and Yuki really have rekindled an old flame?

5) To the Ends of the Earth
It seems the Captain and Vice Captain of the Soccer team have issues that need to be discussed, how will things turn out?

6) Song of Springtime
Miyata has taken his love (obsession) a bit to far and kidnapped his classmate Kasahara.

7) Shou-kun
Shou-kun travels overseas to visit his lover, Alfred.

8-10) Words of Devotion
This is about Tachibana and Otani high school life and how they came to realize their feelings.

11) Immovable Like the Mountain
Alfred comes to Japan to visit Shou and catches him in a comprising situation, but it looks like Alfred also has a secret.

12) Bedtime Stories
Tells more about not only Tachibana and Otani's relationship, but also Shout and Alfred's.

13) Words of Devotion extra
Tachibana and Otani's New Years together.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
アイノコトダマ
愛の言霊 (紺野けい子)
爱的回声
爱的言灵
Words of Devotion

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.7 by Memory For You (3165d ago)
v.1 c.5-6 by Memory For You (3201d ago)
v.1 c.4 by Memory For You (3249d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (208 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 12th 2014, 11:21am PST


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Year
2000

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Juné (2 Volumes - Complete/Print)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #933 increased(+123)
Monthly Pos #1514 increased(+485)
3 Month Pos #2432 decreased(-66)
6 Month Pos #2514 increased(+102)

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On 183 reading lists
On 180 wish lists
On 757 completed lists
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Really sweet and down-to-earth   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by OmNom
September 22nd, 2013, 5:35am
I wasn't too impressed with one of this mangaka's work before so it is quite a nice surprise to read this manga from her. Some stories might be better than others, nonetheless on the whole it was a pleasant and fulfilling read from beginning to end. I do appreciate consistency myself, thus I gotta say I quite enjoyed what I read. And so, to be encouraging, I decided to give this manga a 10 for rating since I just liked it so much despite its flaws. The art is also really nice, a bit sketchy and reminds me of Yamagata Satomi, which gives off a very authentic and 'down-to-earth' vibe.

PS: It's always refreshing to read from a female character's POV in a BL manga. Might be a bit difficult to get used to, but once you do it's just pure entertaining.
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Hmm   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blu_papillon
November 27th, 2012, 11:48am
I don't really get the "reversible couple" tag, as they never actually show the 2 penetrating. They only jerk off. I really liked the story, however. Characters were really genuine. I loved the way they interacted.
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Wow! Unexpected Good!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by fisukisuki
October 2nd, 2012, 11:43am
But actually I didn't really feel the romance between the main couple a.k.a TachibanaxOtani. But I quite feel it at AlfredxShou story. smile
The story is really good. And really Reversible Couple! Well... actually I mostly avoid Yaoi/Shounen-ai manga with category Reversible Couple, since they're the same as Seke that is something that I hate. But since the sex scene in this manga just so do "something that don't related with put something on someone's ass", I guess I can accept it! Mostly good for the main couple. biggrin Peace!
But this one still not related with Romance! But I guess this one worth to be read! Recommended?!

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2012, 11:47am
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Liked it but...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mlat26
February 2nd, 2012, 1:02pm
I liked the stories, the main characters are really likable and their relationship is unique. It's very well developed...But really, the one about Alfred and Shougo made me angry.
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The logic he used to earn money is just stupid, yeah he will get to see him, but in the process he will hurt him so much. Long distance relationships are hard, I was in one for a long time, but never in my mind did It occur to me that having sex for money was an option. So I am completely amazed how some people might consider being unfaithful and betraying their lover just to pay them a visit. I'll just think that Alfred is a complete and utter idiot. All the other stories where nice but this one... this one really... I'm 100% against unfaithfulness so this really gets me, in my book there are no valid excuses to betray your lover. Shougo forgave him quite easily, no drama at all just a few tears, which in a way makes me admire him a little since I would have probably bolted and cried and screamed and maybe slapped him a bit and then break up -__-

I recommend this manga, it was very nice and entertaining. I can't help but really love the main characters relationship, it's just perfect.

... Last updated on February 2nd, 2012, 1:03pm
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Some may get the wrong impression   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
November 9th, 2011, 11:53am
I really enjoyed these characters. Made me hope for more volumes on the same characters, and hope for the best for them.

Unlike some, i can totally understand why Shogo forgave Alfred. Since there are porn actors/actress who also have a serious relationship, what Alfred did can be considered realistic for some people. Was it right, certainly not, but for someone in such a long distance relationship can be that desperate.
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have to disagree with a comment here.   
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by mangafan321
July 25th, 2011, 3:17pm
pleochroic: you would be ok with your parting having sex with a stranger, just to see you? i dont know how anyone can be okay with that. there is such a thing as STDs, plus you wont die from not seeing eachother for a few months, but a betrayal like that can destroy a relationship.

anyway, back to the point, i loved the main character and it was worth reading it just for them!
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especially liked volume 2 :)   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by pleochroic
April 11th, 2011, 8:31pm
well, the shougo x alfred thing didn't bother me -- people sometimes do desperate things, and i most definitely would forgive my partner if they did what alfred did in order to be able to see me. in the grand scheme of things that's not terribly important to me (though i'd prefer if i got told ahead of time). but anyway, that couple was only a small part of the entire manga, and the weakest story anyway because there was no character development, and i didn't really care about those two.

the main couple, on the other hand, is wonderful to watch, especially in volume 2 which gives background information on how they got together. that really fleshed out the story, and made it memorable for me. i also like that there are no nasty female characters here -- there are female characters, even female characters interested in our protagonists, but they're not nasty.

i always like konno's art, though it isn't on the pretty BL bishounen side, but has more of a sketchy josei feel to it -- it is very expressive. well worth reading.
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Nice.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
June 18th, 2010, 1:38pm
This was nice. I laughed and had a good time while reading Words of Devotion. The conversations were good, the art was good and the plot development was good. I liked their spontanous exploration of their love, and the depiction of how their love grows and takes form.

Would have liked a more round up ending, though.

Edit: I agree with #thismomentisfate (comment below) on the part about the story in volume two concerning the foreign actor x japanese-couple. But it's a small part of the manga, so it doesn't bother me much.

... Last updated on June 18th, 2010, 1:42pm
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didnt like volume 2...   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by thismomentisfate
November 20th, 2009, 7:07pm
The continuation for Shogo and Alfred was really disappointing: Volume 2 ruined the whole series for me. i hate storys where the characters
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cheat. We find out that Alfred has sex with another guy for a porn mag to come and see Shogo. He actually forgives him, and is touched! his boyfriend got to sleep with someone else, he did not throw away his pride. He is nuts, i would be devastated. it was truly unrealistic, and he even says to do it again if he has too, and not to tell him. what ??? The author makes it seem like it was "nice" that he cheated on him just to come and see him. Thats sick, it was nice? he cheated on him. and then he has the gall to act jealous, when he is the one cheating! whatever his reasons are it doesnt change the fact that he cheated.


... Last updated on November 20th, 2009, 7:29pm
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live action   
Rating: N/A
by lightxl
August 20th, 2009, 3:16am
i'd read anything by this author. anyhow, just wanted to let folks know that there's a j-drama based on this with the same name. haven't watched the whole thing yet, but scanned thru to the kissing parts *grins*
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