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Yuuutsu na Asa  
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Upon his father's death, Akihito Kuze became a viscount at the age of 10. His smart, handsome young butler Tomoyuki Katsuragi has since managed all affairs pertaining to the viscountcy perfectly. The talented and charismatic Katsuragi is very popular in their social circle; but as Akihito grows older, he becomes colder and more distant by the day - though still as faithful to the Kuze household as he has ever been.

Akihito is now a young man, and desperately in love with Tomoyuki. He determines to discover the reason behind his butler's inexplicable behaviour, and this is where their story begins...


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Associated Names
ตราบสิ้นอรุณโศก (Thai)
A Depressing Morning
Blue Morning
Ein melancholischer Morgen
Mañana Sombría (Spanish)
Melancholic Morning

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Latest Release(s)
c.28 by Fujoshi Ninja (26d ago)
v.6 c.Extra by Cesegura (32d ago)
c.Same Color by Fujoshi Ninja (71d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (402 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.63 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 26th 2015, 12:25am PST



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Chara Selection (Tokuma Shoten)

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English Publisher
SuBLime (5 Volumes - Ongoing; Print)

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Beautiful, mature, and an actual plot...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Cassandra08
September 4th, 2013, 10:48am
I really enjoyed this, and am eagerly anticipating further updates.

Although at five volumes the story is long, it has plot and a good set of characters, which helps. However, if you are looking for a light, I'll-just-skim-through-it read, this isn't it. The dialogue is essential to the complex, aristocracy-based plot and half of the manga is focused on inheritance rather than any tangible romance.

That being said, I loved the relationship between the two main characters. I particularly enjoyed the first few and middle volumes, watching the power balance shift and Akihito's growth into the lord he becomes. I liked watching Akihito struggle for power over Katsuragi and laughed at every time he was coolly cut down, just as you thought he was finally about to get one over. I liked the rape, I thought it worked with the character's emotions, and unlike some other reviewers I thought it actually enhanced the dynamics of their relationship, and worked with their romance as K. slowly fell for Akihito.

I also loved Katsuragi as a character; his cool, mature aloofness, and sometimes very harsh behaviour, combined with his unexpected, but absolutely adorable softening as the series progressed (especially during some of the sex) worked together well with Akihito's youth and unexpectedly fiery temper and immaturity (although he mellowed out as the series progressed). Katsuragi definitely made the manga for me (at the start, he reminded me a little of Sebastien from Kuroshitsuji). And Katsuragi is a MAN, which I loved. No girly ukes here, this dude could seriously kick some ass if he wanted.

Despite this being set in the taisho (?) period (not one of my favs) and being a master-servant relationship, this just worked for me. I cannot stress how beautiful I found the art, and along with Hana wa Saku ka I plan on buying this series when I can.

So definitely read if you have time and want something different from the normal same-old same-old yaoi.

P.S. Don't read for the sex, but if you're finding it lacking a bit in both panel-time and description the series does get more explicit as it goes on longer. Although the scenes are not overtly graphic, there are a couple really tender ones where you can really see/get/understand the emotions of the characters that they are feeling at the time.

... Last updated on September 4th, 2013, 10:51am
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If I'm being honest...   
Rating: N/A
by lifeincircuit
June 15th, 2013, 11:44pm
This is a very well written series with beautiful art and these things I cannot deny. However for me, it's a bit dry. There is endless babbling about complicated political relationships and I just don't find that interesting on the level in which it is presented. I also don't really appreciate the rape factor, but I guess I get it here. I don't think this could wind up being a really strong romance and if it does, it would lose some points with me for it given the origins of the relationship. I can definitely see how someone could absolutely love this, but I often have to force myself to keep reading as I'm honestly quite bored. I also find the whole thing rather stressful to read because there is just so much going on and it's all pretty negative and miserable. That's respectable too in a way, but it doesn't make me want to keep reading, especially with such an overall tiresome plot.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by ero-maiden
June 10th, 2013, 2:05pm
A little too much for my understanding. Guess I got used to more of a less psychological yaoi manga. Only gave it a high rating 'cause my friend forced me. She told that if I didn't like it, I should give it at least a 6. Well, I liked the art of Hidaka-sensei. Tbh, the only historical yaoi manga that I really, really like was Hua Hua You Long and I can tell you, that manga made me refreshed like those girls in the Pond's commercials. This manga has such a complicated story that It's just like watching those k dramas except this one has rape in it. I've never seen a k drama with rape.

And no, your experiences or what you feel about this manga is not universal. Not everything applies to every person. Most people liked this manga because I don't know. I didn't liked this manga because of the reasons stated above this paragraph, but mostly because I dislike overly complicated plot. Fyi, didn't finish this manga. Bored me because I didn't get any of it. It's like watching Death Note, but I enjoyed DN.
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Fantastic! Intricate plot.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by luminousbrink
May 22nd, 2013, 10:40am
What can I say? This is a fantastic yaoi, one of the best I've read. The story is intriguing and definitely confusing if you skim over the dialogue (which is very full). If you're a reader who likes a lot of steam but light plot and dialogue, then this might not be for you. But if you like deep yaoi with steam AND substance, then this will satisfy you, I promise.

Yuuutsu na Asa = worth a read. Great art, setting, and story rich in emotion, struggle, and PASSION.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by streetwalker
October 18th, 2012, 1:09pm
After all the sterling reviews, I thought for sure I'd love this. The setting is great and I do not deny that the plot is well written in the sense that the historical aspects are believable and the sociological layers quite interesting. So far so good, right?

However, for me it became a case of "come for the BL, stay for the taisho" because I just couldn't get into the so called romance. Neither of the main characters are likeable. Akihito is an unmanly whiner and serial rapist and Katsuragi just a cold bastard (though I do applaud the fact that he wasn't a typical crybaby.) I couldn't relate to either, and because I really couldn't see any love between them, I didn't give a damn whether they got together or not. The only character I liked was Ishizaki.

As for the rape, though I sometimes forgive these things due to circumstances, I didn't think there were any mitigating factors in this story.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Their first time Katsuragi tried to shove Akihito off him after he was pushed down and fought back. Akihito didn't stop, even going as far as choking Katsuragi's throat, so it looked like non-con to me. Besides they were both battered the morning after.
Pretty bad imo. I get that, considering the times they live in, they can't be openly affectionate, but there really is no displays of affection at all, hidden or otherwise...

Other than that, the art is good, but not great. The character development is slow but the last few scanlated chapters show some improvement. Still, for there to be so little indication of Katsuragi's feelings until the very end of the second volume, it's progressing very slowly...

... Last updated on March 26th, 2013, 2:49am
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This is how relationships are forged   
Rating: N/A
by hiddenchumbu
September 15th, 2012, 11:02pm
My favourite work from Hidaka Shoko. This manga captures perfectly the tug-of-war between heart, mind and circumstance. The story's plot is well-thought out and has great build up and tension—every chapter I'm kept with baited breath waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. Also one of the best taisho era mangas I've read as well. Everything is believable and the political drama sweeps you up.

One of my favourite things about her works is that the relationships are built up. They aren't pulled out of no where. The attraction between characters isn't pulled up out of thin air; you get a good sense of why they want/love each other, the struggles in the relationship and you're there from square one. One of my pet peeves is when characters (in any manga, not just a shounen-ai/yaoi) have an instant attraction to each other without much care about the *why.* Usually mangas can get away with instant attraction without much back story because the characters are well-drawn/good looking so the reader doesn't really mind, but in Shoko's works the foundation for their attractions are deliciously written.

Recommended. You will not be disappointed.
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i'm addicted to this   
Rating: N/A
by gwkimmy
September 8th, 2012, 9:21am
more chapters can't come out soon enough!

but really the history and political intrigue in this is spot on and super realistic, in turn making the angst and star-crossed-ness of the romantic angle even more poignant and gripping. at the same time i love how the barrier between the two characters is not, in fact, their difference in rank itself. it's their own selves and how each of them deal with their difference in rank that separates them. akihito in all his desperation seems to be willing now to burn and build every bridge necessary to get to katsuragi, and you can feel katsuragi's trepidation in watching akihito act so directly in the midst of all the politics around them and not being able to do much about it. it's a careful, dangerous, and very sexy dance they make.

hidaka shouko, you've done it again.
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Rating: N/A
by sandyatthebeach1
August 21st, 2012, 5:48pm
The plot is really gripping. Serious drama... It's so tense at times, and the role of social status is played out well. It actually makes me anxious about how things are going to play out when the confines of rank are so stringent (dare I say it's realistic?) This is a great historical manga, and the flow of the story is so addictive... not to mention the yaoi part. Haha, add that in, and it's like, ten times better XD Akihito and Katsuragai are great characters- I want to read more about them! I wish more chapters were scanlated, I would read them in a heartbeat.

... Last updated on August 21st, 2012, 5:48pm
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A Classic   
Rating: N/A
by sailorbon
March 3rd, 2012, 3:04am
More than a classic, actually. A masterpiece would be the better term. Hidaka Shoko's work never disappoints me, but Yuutsu Na Asa is something special. Hidaka's always been very subtle with feelings and emotions, and that just makes sudden outbursts so much more powerful. It's got my heart throbbing from the beginning to the end. This is real angst, not your typically jealousy blushy high school drama. Great plot, excellent characterization, fantastical art, highly recommended.
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What a lovely piece of historical romance   
Rating: N/A
by 2old4yaoi
February 8th, 2012, 10:17pm
Gosh, I think I found another good Edo periodic romance yaoi story. This can very well rival Sakura-gari. I simply adore the tensions between love and loyalties between the two main characters in this story. I do think this is Hidaka Shoko's best work so far.
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