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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 (2538d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2571d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2592d ago)
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.4 / 10.0 (715 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.42 / 10.0
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December 14th 2014, 6:54am PST



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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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3 Month Pos #885 increased(+49)
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Is it published? 1587 days, 12 hours, 17 minutes ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) 1809 days, 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
Haou Airen Hakuron ending spoilers -long post is long. 2165 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes ago
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I dont think it was a good story   
Rating: N/A
by sunsetofnemesis
February 16th, 2009, 3:23am
The plot was loose and the storyline trumbled like kurumi's body when Hakuron touched her.

The hole story was based only on raping her and treating her like CRAP!!! c'mon at the very end it was even worst after all the obstacles they faced they had a creepy silly and cold ending. before the last 8 pages i gave the benefit of the doubt to tthe plot, but mayu at the very end dessapointed me!!!!!!!
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Rating: N/A
by misscookie68
November 17th, 2008, 9:34am
I mean this is one of the most horrible mangas I have EVER read.
Shinjo Mayu's work has always make her characters so weak, native and not really attractive, but she makes her main guys so sexy and powerful. I think this manga was a huge disapointment as well with the most depressing endings I ever encountered but i think it suits this horrible manga as well. I mean Kurumi just keeps getting raped, sexually abused by Hakuron and she still loves him...I loved the smut scenes but the characters and the plot wasnt worth continuing the series. I give this series 1/10. I feel sorry for Kurumi but then again I don' idiotic
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by akyt
July 15th, 2008, 9:23am
I like some parts of the story, but the majority of it was a turn off for me. The male lead can be really sweet and gentle at times, but that doesn't make up for all the other times he's a jerk to the female lead, especially when it involves rape. The female lead was really annoying. Her innocence was fine for the first 3 volumes, but when she was still like that past volume 3, it really got to be too much. The drama is way over the top to the point of being ridiculous and there's so much rape in this story it's not even funny.

Though, despite what sounds like a negative review, for some reason I still stuck to this manga and read it to the end. There's something about it that just kept me going, so I can't say it was all just could have been much much better.

... Last updated on November 18th, 2008, 8:47pm
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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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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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Gods... why did I put myself through this again?   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
January 27th, 2009, 11:53am
I'd dropped this title a long time ago and decided to try reading this again, despite Shinjo Mayu's annoying storytelling traits. Bleah... well, the saving grace is the art but the story itself is boring and bland. And it's completely full of nothing but sex, smut and useless bitching between women and men.

Seriously... why did I put myself through the agony of trying to read this title again? The plot devices are nothing special and neither is the storytelling. In fact, everything reads like 1 big cliched fest from a C-class movie. I don't mind cliches or sex but the storytelling makes everything like soured milk.

... Last updated on January 27th, 2009, 11:59am
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waste of time   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by vickey
September 29th, 2011, 4:53am
There's nothing than sex. And one more fell-in-love-with-the-forceful-rapist. I don't know but if my mind is right, Shinjo Mayu is sex addict. I've read some of her works and always ended up half way. When I read this manga review, I thought it would be interesting since it tells about yakuza life and takes the background in Hongkong. Then I regret it, this story is full of things about sex too.

Always having sex and having some unimportant problems. Okay, the main guy is cool and good-looking, but still as the story went, it annoyed me. The ending, it sucks! After 9 volumes waiting for what-the-ending-would-be-like, and the death of the guy was the answer. Oh yeah, he deserved it.

Don't read this. It was such a big waste time to read this one. There are still much better mangas.
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Typical Shinjo Mayu   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
September 18th, 2011, 2:22am
And God, I hate her works. Especially her heroins, so weak-willed, allowing themselves to be treated like shit, and repeating "It's my fault", "I love you anyway". Girl, go kill yourself please, you're just too stupid.

I've read good mangas about Stockholm syndrom, but that's not what it's all about here. Haou Airen just conveys the idea that (repeated) rape is trivial, as well as the victim falling for (worshipping !) her rapist, (no matter what he keeps doing to her) and that in the end, she can just sweep all of that aside (rapes + murders), marry her rapist and picture a happy loving life...
That's not just unrealistic, it's plain sick.
How one can call that romance is beyond me. And so is the reason why one would root and feel for either of the two protagonists, be it for the sick twisted rapist Hakuron, or for the whiny submissive moron Kurumi. I simply cannot comprehend it.
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Then there is the end, Hakuron dies, and I'm so very happy about it ! I actually laughed my ass off at the end : as said below : He dies + AT THE F*CKING WEDDING + killed by a TOTALLY RANDOM CHARACTER = PURE WIN ! LOL, they should just have killed off Kurumi too.

So, yeah... Typical Shinjo Mayu, makes me want to puke as usual...

PS : I agree, Sunrises' comment is hilarious ! XD

... Last updated on March 6th, 2012, 12:45pm
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Star-crossed lovers   
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by flyingtomatoes
January 3rd, 2009, 9:08pm
If it hadn't been for that horrible ending, I would say that this is probably one of my favorite mangas. However, I thought how that the heroine forgot her family so quickly was pretty wrong. She is also too quick to confess her love for a guy she just met. Despite all that, the drawings were pretty good and Karumi is really cute.

It was only after I finished reading the entire manga online that I noticed this was supposed to be a tragedy. I kind of wish I had seen that before because I probably wouldn't have started reading it. I absolutely hate sad endings. But I suppose its the author's way of saying that their love is eternal, and will remain as pure and untouchable. A kind of love unattainable by anyone else, I guess. The fact that he died still pisses me off regardless though. I wish Mayu Shinjo would write another series bringing him back to life through some weird, inexplainable way and making it a happy ending, since they really are a beautiful couple. That's just wishful thinking though since its supposed to be a tragedy anyway.
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