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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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v.3 c.15 + Extra (end) by Ichinko Scans (14d ago)
v.3 c.14 by Echochi Scans (629d ago)
v.3 c.13 by Echochi Scans (785d ago)
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3 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (127 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.13 / 10.0
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March 16th 2015, 3:20pm PST



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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!

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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!

... Last updated on May 2nd, 2014, 10:37am
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by YoshikoFuru
September 30th, 2012, 12:28pm
The reason I love this work is the reason I love most of Nakarmua Asumiko's dark works over her fluff works (not to say I don't like them, but her dark works are just more satisfying for me as a reader), she does not laugh off a serious situation. In BL it's common to gloss over or make funny an issue that should be taken with more severity. For instance in J no Subete, J is a cross dresser and perhaps Trans. He isn't a cross-dresser because he is envious of woman, he isn't a cross-dresser because he needs to be comedic relief in the series, it's because this is the form in which he can express himself best and may relate to the issue of being trans here (it is mentions in the manga but in a lot more caustic tone by the people around J). As for the incestuous relationship between J and his father, she is perhaps addressing the carefree tone of incest in BL (like Papa to Kiss in the Dark). It is not always something to gloss over; it is sometimes a severe crime on a child who does not realize the seriousness of the situation. I say that the child dose not acknowledge because in J no Subete, we as the reader are supposed to know that the situation is far from loving, but J in the first volume dose not view it in such light. In volume 2 J seems to acknowledge the situation in a different light, how ever.

I do believe she is taking these approaches with purpose because of other BL points she's made in her dark works, like in Double Mint. Double Mint has the kind of BL trope of one partner continually chasing the other regardless of how badly they're treated. But instead of laughing off the situation at the end where the two have finally gotten a hold of being together and one of the two still exhibit spurts of aggression, we have an example where the manga itself acknowledges the dysfunctional of the relationship and although the two characters do end up together, as the audience, we are aware of the dissatisfaction and abuse. We are aware of the serious repercussions of this relationship.

With all of this said, manga is something that is, for some, a way to enjoy a suspension of disbelief that is kinder then reality. Confronting these issues with such a serious tone maybe off putting and conflict with what some likes in manga and are seeking. I enjoy the confrontation and the respect that Nakamura Asumiko brings to these tropes and to the genre in general, but to each there own.

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by evildark00
September 24th, 2012, 12:59am
Nakamura Asumiko has a knack for weaving dark tales and this is one of them. It's emotional and twisted and most importantly, deep. I have quite enjoyed it, though I admit the last couple chapters of volume two really made me feel for J and Rita.

It's just Nakamura-sensei doing what she does best.
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dark story, not to my liking   
Rating: N/A
by liontaraki
September 8th, 2012, 5:20am
i never liked the cross-dressing them. it's something i can't grow to like yet, i just can't bring myself to accept this thing and that's why it felt weird to read this story.
plus, i rooted for the andrewxpaul couple from Barairo no Hoo no Koro and that's why i didn't like this story at all. It was like seeing morinaga from koisuru boukun getting together with his ex from highschool when we all know what a great couple he is with senpai. i found that disturbing...bigrazz
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