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Honey Bitter  
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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...?!


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Deep Clear (Side Story)

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Tuổi mật ong

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v.6 c.26 by Evil Flowers (79d ago)
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9 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (203 votes)
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I don't know....   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by catandmouse
September 27th, 2013, 9:08pm
Ok, I am seeing this on every forum dealing with this series, how everyone is so mad at the aunt for allowing Riki to continue working there after what he did to Shuri and maybe my reading comprehension is bad, but from what I gathered, Shuri's aunt doesn't actually know what really happened between her and Riki. I just re-read chapter 1 and after Shuri sees Riki working there and she freaks out, demanding her aunt to fire him, the aunt says:
A: " Ah, this is troublesome, he's the reason my niece hates men...."
S:"I'm the one who's in trouble! That asshole...Do you know what he made me go through?! Or how much he made me cry?!"
A; "[b]No, I don't. You[/b], never told me. Just how bad was it?"
S: "I...I don't even want to think about it. He was so cold and only thought about himself! He's just plain dirt!!"
A: "Why did you go out with him in the first place?"
S: "I was attracted to him at first."
A: See? You 2 had some good times. Besides Shuri, if he's the reason why you hate men, think of this as an opportunity to overcome that..."
S: "I don't need to overcome it!! If you're not going to make him quit, then I'll quit!"
R: "I don't mind quitting. When I found out that Shuri was your niece, I thought it would be kinda risky too. It's a pleasure to receive such an offer"
S: "It's a pleasure to receive such an offer What the....I'm amazed. I guess this means that he;s finally matured a little....Am I the only one who's holding on to the past and not growing up?"
A: "Ah, I'm at a lost! What should I do? Listen Shuri, I will do my have you 2 work separately, and I'll support you, so...please? "
Shuri: "In that case...that's fine...I understand."
A: "She said it's ok!'
R: ", but..."
In all that exchange, it doesn't seem to me like the aunt knows it involved coerced sex. Shuri said he was cold, and uncaring, and that she really didn't want to talk about it. And ok, so that aunt was hesitant to let Riki go, since he's good at what he does, and it's her business who benefits from his abilities, but what does she really have to go by?
Her niece hates men because of Riki, but even before Riki coming into the picture, Shuri had emotional problems due to her abilities, her parents and friends were afraid of her abilities, so anything Riki could have done to her whatever minor would have shattered her already fragile stability. So her aunt can think of a million reasons of what went wrong, including possible rape, but if Shuri doesn't confirm anything to her, all she has to go by is the fact that her niece was already half-broken and Riki just finished breaking her.
Coming from someone who has sexual abuse in my background, I can say that living in the past is not healthy, so her aunt, and Minori telling her to move on is not a bad advice. It's actually the best advice they can give her, and her being able to talk to Riki is also good for her. I'm not saying that she should fall in love with him again, or that they should end up together, but if she can get over her trauma and is able to move on, and that involves being able to face Riki, then she's succeeded as a character.
So I think the trauma is being handled pretty well, besides everyone reacts to sexual abuse differently, both the victims and the people surrounding the victims.
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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 ultimate.dreamer
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.
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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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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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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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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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