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Honey Bitter  
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Description
Because of the extraordinary power she has, Shuri Otokawa was always living in the dark full of fear and distress. Eventually, she decided to become more optimistic about her life when she started a new job at her aunt's research laboratory. However, at such a crucial time in her life, the one who appears in front of Shuri is...?!

Type
Manga

Related Series
Deep Clear (Side Story)

Associated Names
ハニービター
甜涩的苦恋
苦涩的甜蜜
HONEY BITTER ฮันนี่ บิตเตอร์
Tuổi mật ong

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.29 by Evil Flowers (19d ago)
v.7 c.28 by Evil Flowers (131d ago)
v.7 c.27 by Evil Flowers (180d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (206 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.1 / 10.0
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August 27th 2014, 3:59am PST

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Year
2004

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Serialized In (magazine)
Cookie (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #1057 decreased(-125)
3 Month Pos #1309 increased(+624)
6 Month Pos #1548 decreased(-140)

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Very realistic.   
Rating: N/A
by julielivia
March 5th, 2011, 6:15am
One of the best works I've read so far. The characters are realistic and believable. The heroine is a person many readers can relate too. Manga focuses on variety of themes and approaches, it's not just about romance or work, the characters are dimensional.
I do however believe it is targeted at older audience.

... Last updated on March 5th, 2011, 6:18am
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Please update more   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by darklover
May 27th, 2013, 6:19pm
I like the series seeing the main character grow, I just wish to see Riki soften up and come to love her toward the end. I really hope that she can understand him more.
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Rape, attempted or not, is NOT okay!   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Sogno
March 11th, 2013, 7:39pm
That's my first thought about the manga. I was really amazed and concerned at how there seems to be a message in the manga that forced sex is something that just needs to be "gotten over" with and forgotten. All the heroine's friends and her one main family, her aunt, think nothing of what she's going through. The heroine is obviously heavily scarred, and for good reason.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Seriously the aunt really pissed me off when she told Shuri she needed to get over it... and then all she did was slap the guy. Really? I'd wrap a man up tightly in lots of rusted barbed wire and electric fencing if that happened to my nieces...


That being said, I've read all that has been translated. I really like the main character. She's a crier, but she isn't dumb and can really take care of herself. I also like the other guy who genuinely cares for her, and who is understanding about her past and is willing to help her deal with the trauma.

The detective part is neat too, and the aunt is an awesome investigator. This makes the manga good enough.

The positives don't quite make up for the one big negative, but they are enough to keep me interested in the story. I'm invested in the MC and her guy, because they're unique in shoujo.
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Grrrr...   
Rating: N/A
by kichiX
January 22nd, 2012, 10:38am
I tend not to write comments until the end of a series, but there was one thing that annoyed me in this manga.
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It was the Aunt's reaction to Shuri telling her about what happened in her past. Although I'm sure the Aunt was trying to get Shuri to be strong, telling someone who feels like they've been raped they just have to put up with it and move on with life? Obviously Shuri needed to get her life back on track, but there have to be better ways to do it than how the Aunt dealt with it. I mean, seriously? She hit the dude but didn't do anything else for Shuri. It really irritated me.

Aside from that this is good. Not overly interesting, but okay. Glad that Shuri is finally moving on and not letting her past hold her back although who knows what will happen in the future.

... Last updated on July 29th, 2012, 9:38am
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i seriously love it!   
Rating: N/A
by japeika
August 20th, 2007, 8:22pm
i only read 2 chapters and i love it^ ^
though it's a bit dark but i enjoy this manga x]
cant wait wat's gonna happen next^ ^ and the drawing is seriously good!
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A nice surprise   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by ajmanga
July 17th, 2008, 10:35am
The summary doesn't do it justice. I read it and I loved it. It's not too typical in the romance area and the female lead is pretty cool. I wouldn't call it mature but then again I've only read up to volume 2 ch 2. The detective thing is pretty cool. It's my type of series. Avid_reader's review below was right on. That's why I decided to give it a try.

... Last updated on July 17th, 2008, 10:40am
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addressing the rape topic   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by myyinfatuation
May 21st, 2013, 11:05pm
Honestly im a bit boggled by it as well. Why did such a amazing mangaka include such a thing in her story, and have the other characters who knew about it act in such a way (namely her aunt). It has to be put out there that some ppl won't consider what happened to her as 'rape' exactly. I do and others do and its actually the way the incident was handled that annoys me. but it does seem realistic in a depressing sort of way that i don't think was intended. All in all, the unconsensual sex wasn't handled as well as i hoped, but i'm sure that it will be an enduing if minor theme throughout the series.

I want to believe that these issues will be addressed later on in the story, and the story is worth reading so i do recommend this. Detective stories with a female lead who is already pretty cool who still grows as a character as the story progresses are rare and awesome.
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Honey Bitter   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by keiichi~~
December 22nd, 2006, 4:17am
Nice! Juz wanted to know what Riki's character in the past.This manga change my opinion of Obana Miho coz i thought she does only kids manga like Kodocha.
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Cardboard   
Rating: N/A
by foobar
November 5th, 2012, 1:53am
It is unfair of me to stop at just two chapters, but I found it pretty much completely unreadable.

Characters are pretty much cardboard cut-outs. Even a soap opera writer would be ashamed to create characters like this.
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A really good read   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by born2shop
January 29th, 2013, 7:10pm
I haven't read a manga like this before, which for me is rather refreshing. I love the whole feel of it. It has depth and emotion and so much more than other series.

I love the art. It's beautiful without being over done. The plot is amazing to me (don't know about anyone else). And I love all the characters. Well... Though he's a cutie, I think that Youta's character is a little on the annoying side the way he's always smiling and so happy all the time. It's like "dude, do you ever have an off day?" haha But I think the way he's always so positive is the reason why he's so perfect for Shuri. She really needs to be with someone like him.

Then there's the matter of Riki. He's so the character we all love to hate haha but I don't hate him. Yes, I do agree that he did some fucked up things to Shuri when they were younger, and that he's scarred her maybe for life, but I really don't think he a bad person. He just has a mean streak in him.
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After Shuri was almost raped, though he did something horrible to her right after, he did get angry and exacted revenge for her. And yes he basically raped her himself when they were together, but I think it was just that he didn't know how to handle people let alone women. And he's the type to do whatever he wants anyway no matter what you say (soo not trying to make excuses for him, he was still very wrong and should be punished for it). But when Shuri looked into his mind she found nothing. he's basically an empty shell. Emotionless. Which is why he's so cold to people. Especially Shuri. And we know that he went out with her in the first place because he liked her and not because he wanted to use her.


Everyone keeps saying her aunt is wrong for telling her to get over the fact that she was raped, but her aunt did hit Riki for what he did to Shuri and she wasn't telling her to get over it and her past with Riki, but to use it to make herself stronger. Which I agree with. She obviously couldn't fire Riki because he's good at what he does and she needs him. It's not like she has a lot of staff in the first place. And I really think that if Shuri and Riki talked things out, it would really help with her healing. He would get to her how she felt, and she would hear what he was really thinking.

But still I LOVE Riki. He's sexy haha Yea sure he's an emotionless jerk that needs a beating once in a while. But I think there is a part of him that still likes Shuri (though he acts like he doesn't care) and I think she still like him too, which is why she can't get over what he did to her. And I kinda think he needs someone like Shuri to bring something out of him...

... Last updated on January 29th, 2013, 7:23pm
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