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J no Subete  
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Even though J no Subete is three volumes long, each volume is a dynamic story in itself covering a particular stage of J's life. His life is a dark story and it's a very psychological manga.

Book one is about all of J's trials and tribulations throughout childhood, during high school as he tries to find his place in the world and when he meets the somber honor student Paul...

Timeline (from Oriolidae & Sparviero):

01 Barairo no Hoo no Koro v01 ch01-05
02 J no Subete v01 ch01-05
03 2 Shuukan no Adventure v01 ch05-06
04 J no Subete v02-03
05 Barairo no Hoo no Koro v01 Extra


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All About J

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.15 + Extra (end) by Ichinko Scans (202d ago)
v.3 c.14 by Echochi Scans (817d ago)
v.3 c.13 by Echochi Scans (973d ago)
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3 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (149 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 23rd 2015, 12:26am PST



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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by noticing
August 17th, 2015, 8:22pm
Such a beautiful story. Although it has a dark, angsty theme for the most part, I absolutely recommend this. I really enjoyed how Nakamura unraveled the story and the scars, the pain, and how J slowly releases himself from those painful memories. I can tell Nakamura really put effort and love into J's character, looks and personality. I think that really got me to love the character as well. I really loved the playfulness of J. As a reader, I related to Rita a lot and how she found J so compelling. J is a strange character, he's very mysterious and relatable, yet not relatable at the same time? Anyways, this was such an enjoyable read from the start to end. I really focused on the story, which I think was not too complicated nor too simple. The story was very organized in my opinion, the ending was perfect.
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It's crazy man   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Avelys
July 17th, 2015, 3:53pm
I don't know if it was just me, but it was so weird reading this, sorta surreal. Hard to keep track of what's happening and when because of so many time skips. And I know there's a Kinsey scale, but really?
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What a journey!   
Rating: N/A
by OmNom
June 22nd, 2015, 11:58am
It's psychological works like this that really highlights the author's strength in characterisation; each and every character serves a purpose to the manga, drawing out the dynamics between them as well the contrasts that sensei intended in order to convey her message. The strong personalities clash and then blend together very nicely to form such an impactful story. The famously unique artwork also adds a sense of surrealism, like it's clearly a fictional made-up plot, but readers are still very drawn as they're already invested in how it will progress. This manga is not for the weak stomach, but those who can handle it will truly be taken back by its powerful portrayals of raw emotions emitted from human nature.
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seriously... I won't give 10 to anything worse than this series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kidoraku
December 29th, 2014, 3:43pm
Top quality story who hits on you with a great impact. Unique. A rare jewel.

It has everything what I like, solid strong plot, depth, twists, mysteries, the feeling it could've been a real story, the characters about whom you can't stay indifferent, and the harsh reality. Just like in the real life. I love this feeling. Even supporting characters were made with so much care, it's quite impressive. It's a sad and story but has funny moments, I've been laughing a lot.
The troubles they got are serious, not just some stupid dilemma "If he'll like my birthday gift?" or shit like that. This is a totally different level. And the art - so good. Awesome. Their eyes left an impression on me every single time. A great read with an excellent artwork. I just love those stories. Couldn't stop to read until the very end ( J no subete to the 16 chapter, even without knowing Japanese heh that was tough) anyway I was so excited what'll happen next I just couldn't let it go. I have nothing to complain about, it's so rare.
I'm so glad I picked this yaoi. Really glad. Definitely memorable.

I agree with the comment below >>There are SO many things I want to say about this manga...<< yup, that's how it is... Don't waste your time to read the comments, just go and read the manga!

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Also I was surprised by happy ending. I was quietly hoping for it but doubted if that will happen. It was sweeter than I imagined - they all are in touch J, Paul and Morgan, Rita the journalist and the J's daughter, live together in some pleasant neighbourhood. And even J make up with his mother, who's living happily with them. Who'd have thought it'll end like that?

... Last updated on December 29th, 2014, 4:47pm
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It's a good manga. Read it when you take the time off your day.   
Rating: N/A
by 14FragmentsOfLight
May 2nd, 2014, 10:35am
I admire this manga first of all, for how the story is executing a certain idea in a dark and refreshing way. Now, I'm not the one to go for drama stories as dark as this one, but the way the story is told makes me appreciate not just the idea and the plot but as well as how good the author is when it comes to telling the story. I also appreciate the type of character this author fleshes out and focuses on all throughout the story.

After all, it IS All About J....

Second mention the fact that -as freyakoala said- it breaks away stereotypes. It probably starts off with the idea that this manga stars a transexual who's not as happy, silly, confused or love-life-less as all those mangas I've read tend to portray. The rest of the stereotype breaking comes as you read your way through the volumes. I'm not gonna spoil it for you.

There are SO many things I want to say about this manga but I'm sure your attention span stopped in the first paragraph of my review. I'll end by saying I'm gonna stick to it until I come to read this manga's bitter end!
This manga... GOD. I still stick to what I've said! The ending just made it better!

... Last updated on April 15th, 2015, 8:02am
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Read J no Subete First   
Rating: N/A
by dreamerlisa
July 25th, 2013, 10:35am
I totally agree with Sora348, you have to START with "J no Subete" first, because Barairo is a flashback story that will disturb you when reading J no Subete since it's about different couple.
Seriously I'm also one of the victim here, I cried in the end of J no Subete because I support different pairing T_T, It wasn't a happy ending for me at all.
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The mangaka didn't even give Andrew someone eles that he could love, poor Andrew, he still cried after 13 YEARS because of Paul!! (barairo's extra chap) how could he be all alone till the end??
hwaa~ He's my most fav character in this manga
And about the story, yes it is a HEAVY reading material, I mean for your mind and emotion, so prepare yourself first. Wether I like it or not, I'm not too sure my self, the story was good, but too depressing for me, and there's the thing with the pairing too, soooo disappointed, so sad. So please once again read J no Subete FIRST

... Last updated on July 25th, 2013, 10:54am
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Seriously, mangaupdates?   
Rating: N/A
by jackie r.
July 14th, 2013, 5:33am
I find it incredibly offensive that a story that is explicitly one of a transWOMAN (J states herself she isn't a man, and it's more than hinted at several times) is labelled as "yaoi". I wonder if it would be possible to edit the genres? This is one of the very, very few mangas that try to depict a transgendered character in an intelligent & correct way.

... Last updated on July 14th, 2013, 5:38am
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Intelligent and impressive   
Rating: N/A
by freyakoala
March 9th, 2013, 4:20pm
While perhaps not for those who like their yaoi to be sweet and pleasing, J no Subete is a dark and challenging read.
For a start, this is an amazingly well researched piece. Sometimes, I found myself forgetting that I was reading a manga from the extensive American pop culture references and knowledge. I found myself learning about the fifties, and from what I can tell, the setting of this manga was historically accurate and the American ambience of this work actually added to the quality, rather than being an annoying extra.
J's traumatic past is not brushed under the carpet, and the effects of this are clear to see, with the protaganist's strange and sexual behaviour. This manga could almost be taken as a scathing critique of all that is wrong with the yaoi industry: J's incestuous relationship with his father is not 'played for laughs' or viewed as normal and the characters who take advantage of J are not portrayed sympathetically. Rightfully so.
The character of Rita was also an enjoyable addition to this manga, in my opinion. She is probably the most understandable and likeable characters in the book, she denies the woman-in-yaoi stereotype and in a way I found myself wishing that she could be with J, although it was obviously not going to happen.
In summary, J no Subete is an epic of a manga, devoted to its characters and their backstories throughout. Nakamura truly writes a masterclass in intelligent yaoi, leaving the genres shallower counterparts in the dust.
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Because is necesary to clear this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sora348
December 26th, 2012, 7:10pm
Barairo no Hoo no Koro was completed AFTER J no Subete, (as in publication, not scanlations) as a means to explain Andrew and Paul's relationship. But, since the scanlations of Barairo no Hoo no Koro were done before this one, I would recommend to read first this one and later that one, or you'll be lead to believe there's some hope/root for PaulxAndrew and that will get in the way of reading this work and fully enjoying it.
Also, for the commenter below, this manga is called All about J for a reason.
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Really well done, but...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SensualSin
October 26th, 2012, 6:46am
I really enjoyed all of the stories connected to this piece. It came off as deep, sentimental, and moving without the unnecessary comic relief. I feel that not every story has to be (or should be) cute or loveable in BL. It can be dark, angsty, poignant, and "real" like this was.

I liked this mangaka's storytelling, even if I wasn't that impressed with the art (Though, in some shots, "She-J" looked amazing). My only gripe was the Paul/Andrew relationship.
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I was utterly disappointed in how that turned out. It seemed as if the mangaka fell in love with J and let everything and everyone revolve around him, which was a major disappointment since I felt as though we were led to believe that Paul and Andrew would eventually find their way to one another, or at the very least, would acknowledge any feelings they once had and get proper closure. I didn't dislike J or his story, but I DID dislike how the characters we were introduced to first were just romantically dismissed.

But I'm sure that's how the mangaka intended it since this is an angst-driven work.

... Last updated on October 26th, 2012, 6:48am
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