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Haou Airen  
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One day while walking home from her job, Kurumi Akino finds a wounded young man, and saves his life. He mysteriously disappears after that, and leaves only the name “Hakuron”. Next thing she knows she’s been kidnapped from her school, and is on a private jet with that man, heading to China. It turns out she saved the life of the most infamous mobster in Hong Kong, and he wants her to stay with him.

You can find A Tale of Happier Times (v06 extra) in the anthology Motto Oshiete.


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v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse (2296d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2328d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2349d ago)
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.5 / 10.0 (701 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.52 / 10.0
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by silverdezz
July 3rd, 2008, 10:22pm
Too many sexual abuse! It's too frightening .......i mean how can a girl stand so many incident like that........and also Rape!


thought the plot is interesting but the rape and sexual abuse is overwhelming that i have to drop it in the mid-way

i can't believe i read to mid-way...........

i find myself sick........actually the whole story is really a girl's nightmare!
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I love it   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by MissRaw
June 19th, 2008, 3:06pm
I don't know what went through my head, but my opinion has changed as I read some of the chapters again. It made me realized how stupid the whole manga is, and probably the worst manga I've read... EVER. Mayu Shinjo loves to write mangas about a poor innocent girl getting bullied by a guy who's obviously more rich and superior than she is, and it's pathetic. Highly offensive to any girls that read this.

... Last updated on September 17th, 2008, 4:28pm
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Heh heh.   
Rating: N/A
by TjTheCrazyCatGirl
June 15th, 2008, 10:45pm
A girl who continues to love someone who has hurt her, is a total bleedin' moron. No way around it.
Even if "love" was what was between those two. I gave up after the second chapter, because I just could not take the pathetic, helpless nature of Kurumi.

And how the jekyll can you go along with glorification of the mafia like that? It is unrealistic in the worst way.
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oh well...   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by logic-f
June 8th, 2008, 7:13pm
although i read Shinjo's other mangas too, this particular one stuck in my mind. i don't know, whether it was because of the sex content, the twisted male character or the ending . however, in the end i found its story shallow and unrealistic.while reading I compared it with the Minegishi Nobuaki's "Old Boy", which is far better written and more complicated than this one, simply because of its mysterious and psychological elements.

If you have too much spare time, you can read it. But it is definitely not for the kids biggrin
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very good!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pinkiichick
May 5th, 2008, 10:49pm
this is really good. you can tell they really, really love each other because they been through a lot and they stuck together till the end. its soooo sad at the end!! =(
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by taiminhx
May 1st, 2008, 3:33pm
I read up to the first chapter of the seventh volume. This story is really cheesy. It was good for the first four volumes, I won't deny it, but it just started to drag on and on and to be honest I'm sick of it.

I don't recommend this at all.
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by gurrla
April 22nd, 2008, 11:43am
It is not about immaturity...This to me, was a horrid thing. I got to vol 4 and gave up consequently afterwards. It's not that I or perhaps anyone who agrees with me don't understand that he loves her, but there is no excuse for what he's done to her. And that thing about her still loving doesn't end so quickly, and it's much harder when someone is in an abusive relationship.
It might reflect what happens in some aspects, in real life to many people...but that doesn't take it away from being horrible. I don't think it's anywhere near the best manga I've read.
I've read others that discuss issues such as rape, or the romanticizing of the mafia, but by far...this has been the worst. The plot, I didn't even find any logic in it. I understand the lack of it after vol. 3. Abused people tend to lack logic, because they are being psychologically manipulated in many ways, in order to think that what's happening it's what was meant to happen. But the beginning, has no logic. The main female character has no brains whatsoever, and that just makes it worst!
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tough love..   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 1ella2
April 15th, 2008, 10:11am
i personaly loved this manga, it was great and the reason y he did that stuff to her..-^_^- was cas he thought that was the only way he could keep her with him,, since he thought she diddent lv him anymore :sigh: during vol 4 i was friggin shoutin at the screen for him to just talk to the girl and tell her about his lv: but noooo mister mafia couldent do that!! >_< oh well sad end thoe great manga!!

... Last updated on April 15th, 2008, 10:12am
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It's Love,alright?!   
Rating: N/A
by -InuMiko-7
April 6th, 2008, 2:54pm
Can you people not know that it is really real love between Kurumi and Hakuron? Just because he rapes her and all doesn't mean he don't love her, even if he does those horrible things. You all may think that it is twisted, it kind of is, but you don't understand the basic true meaning of this story...She loves him still after all he had done, he loves her and does all those things, but only to protect her and he gets jealous. He wants her for himself and he really does love her. She also loves him because she can never forget him. Though at the's heartbreaking...they should have been married and lived happily ever's a horrible ending...I hate tragedy, but I love the romance. So what if it's smut, people need to be more mature about it...sooner or later in your life time you are eventually going to do it or see it, it's the cycle of life....sigh...I just want to get that out. Love is Love, don't question it!
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You guys are crazy   
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by Kitteh_13
March 30th, 2008, 1:24am
For all of you who have called this horrible I can't see how. This is probably one of the most beautiful manga I've ever read. The plot is so amazing I can't even begin to describe how it makes me feel. Even knowing the ending, I know that it just makes sense. It may not be a good ending, but it just makes sense.
It's so lifelike. He didn't capture her and then she fell in love, she fell in love then he captured her. And even when he raped her there was so much plot behind it that it just makes your head reel.
If you are mature I strongly suggest reading this manga because out of the hundereds I've read. This has to be the best of the best.
It's so sad that VIZ has liscenced it but refuses to put it out.
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