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In the weird house of Wakeari, Raizou has fallen in love. His object of desire is Kon. Even though Kon is an antisocial pretty boy, he does not laugh at Raizou. As the intense love scene of the tenants continues day after day, Raizou begins to like Kon more and more. At the same time, Kon is doing a secret "job" for clients that come to the house... The Love Destiny that you can't escape from by Yuki Shimizu commences now!
-------- Ze 2012 extra Ze gashuu iro no hon - Artbook
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Ugh...what a waste of time
I won't go into details, but one story arc completely ruined the manga: it is basically the story of a rich, impulsive rapist and his victim, a living paper doll. Glorifying rape in any way or form is simply disgusting. This manga not only makes no logical sense, but also roots for the main character, who is a terrifying man lusting after his slave.
Morals got cast out the window here.
That aside, the characterization of each person also sucked. I saw little character development, and the past arcs are not fully explored. Very disappointing. The only somewhat interesting aspect was the premise of paper dolls who loyally served their masters.
... Last updated on May 9th, 2016, 4:42pm
The first couple of chapters, as well as the first couple, are pretty flat.
But then you get to the rest of the couples, and it's so good. You get good art, good smut, and an actual unique STORY behind every couple! Each story is very touching, sad, and sweet; I would've enjoyed them even without the smex. Not to mention, having the series end with Waki's story was very fitting and sad.
... Last updated on April 23rd, 2016, 1:21pm
Why can't I like it?
This is quite a popular yaoi but for some reason I just cannot get myself to like the characters. I cannot quite put my finger on the reason, but I dislike the character portrayals. How can I feel anything if the partners are paper puppets?
I loved this manga, so good. But seriously, it has some of the worst introductions to new character arcs I have ever seen. It's almost impressive. But like I said, great manga. Definitely will pick this up again for a reread. The reason it's not getting the 0.5 is obviously for the introductions, but also for the very yaoi concept that younger/smaller/thinner makes the uke, while bigger/older makes the seme. It's a long way into the manga before that "yaoi rule" is broken. But when it is broken, it's still not really... And my top issue, if you can call it that, is
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Where is the yuri story arc? I know this is yaoi and all, but seriously, if you introduce a lesbian couple, and you have EVERY OTHER person's story arc that visited that house in here, why the F* isn't theirs in? It's the only arc that is missing! In the beginning we see like 2-3 sex scenes with them, then they sort of just appear randomly, and then they are not heard of again. They have no "how they met"-arc, they have no "(happy) ending"-arc. Nothing. Practically no story arcs at all.
... Last updated on March 22nd, 2016, 12:11pm
At the beginning, I got a little confused since I'm not really into supernatural stories, but the more I read it, the more it becomes interesting. The author really put effort into the story line, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I give it 9 instead of 10 because it couldn't give me a heartache lol but really, it's recommended.
Shimizu Yuki-sensei did it again
With this series I think it is quite visible to see how the mangaka had improved even further from her Love Mode days, both in the artwork/character designs as well as story structure/story-telling. The system of multiple couples is still used, though to an even smarter level imo; I've seen some complain about the 'confusing' lateral interactions between the couples and the large amounts of flashbacks, but for me more than anything they provide for a much more intricate and intriguing read than your normal straightforward stories. Also, this time I pretty much like all of the characters even if some may be more to my liking than others; which is different from Love mode where it's admittedly hard to get into the story with the first couple, and along the way there are some characters a bit hard to sympathise with. This is not the case with Ze at all, making me even more indulged in the manga. And the artwork like I mentioned is more sublime than ever for sensei. Overall a very good series; I recommend anyone old and new to BL alike to give this a try and not be discouraged with the number of volumes.
Another BL Gem
First of all ZE has an interesting concept regarding the kotodama and shikigami. Then it offers a solid storyline, developed characters and well-running plot, executed in a very pleasing enchanting art. The kind that left you longing for more and linger in your mind for days..
Flaws? Back and forth time-line, undeveloped few characters as though they are just space fillers..
This gem, even if the sex scene is omitted and goes work-safe, I believe it still has the charm to engage the reader.
One of the best
This is one of the best BL manga I've ever read. All the characters have dept and motive and each of their story are interesting enough to keep me at the edge of my seat. Shimizu Yuki really know how to use her characters to push the story forward. She use her established protagonist to build on the new protagonist's story, leading to a new and richer story line. By doing this you will already know most of the characters before their story even start and that will make reading it all the more enjoyable.
I came across this manga and really enjoyed it. I'm just sad it's not scanlated completely. I love Asari - Shoui couple, and Genma-Himi too.
But I really want to read the Waki arc
Representative of yaoi manga
I'm a bit late, but i've finally finished reading all the volumes of ze and all the extras i can find. And omg, this is way more epic than love mode(which i thought was already the most definitive of a yaoi manga).
Before reading the manga, i'd browsed around some discussion threads and there seemed to be an overwhelming majority of shoui x asari supporters, genma x himi supporters came in a far second. When i read genma and himi's story, i really thought it was the best story and wondered how could there be shoui x asari supporters until i finally read shoui and asari's story. No wonder the mangaka kept that for the finale. Waaaaay epic.
In fact all of the couples are amazing in their own way, and there's a moe point for every yaoi lover out there. I for one totally dig the super intense characters such as shoui and genma.
Although the main storyline is intense and emotive, reading the extras put the icing on top of the series. It puts in the fun and laughter and adds in more colour and happiness to otherwise tragic characters. Love!