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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.28 by Evil Flowers (88d ago)
v.7 c.27 by Evil Flowers (138d ago)
v.6 c.26 by Evil Flowers (232d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (205 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.1 / 10.0
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Last Updated
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)
Weekly Pos #862 increased(+190)
Monthly Pos #1455 increased(+211)
3 Month Pos #1884 decreased(-457)
6 Month Pos #1379 decreased(-437)

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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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Rape?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Shayla
August 20th, 2013, 7:08pm
Don't bother with the comments about the rape and try reading it so you can judge yourself. I love this manga and it is one of my favorites that I'm reading at the moment.

First of all, until the last translated chapter we don't see Riki's point of view about his rape on Shuri. Probably we will see it in the future but until that happens it is difficult to say anything.
Second, I would believe she was abused if it was only one time being with him. Let's think about it in real life. You start dating a man you don't know. Then he invites you to come at his house. Well, a 17-year-old girl would know what can happen. After that, he forces her to make sex with her.
I think at this point, if you didn't like it you would stop this relationship right now. But no, she goes out with him again and again and the same thing happens.
I'm not trying to defend Riki (I don't like what he did either) but she has some fault in it too. It is easy to put the blame on others, but I think she is to blame too.

What I like about it is that there is a really character development here. She involves herself in a new romance (youta is too cute) while try to forget about the rape thing but this is not rushed. There are many moments she can't forget the rape thing but I can see her getting over it.
I'm really curious to see what Riki thinks and what he has gone throught, after all she can't read his mind.
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