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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...
忧郁之朝 忧郁的早晨 憂鬱な朝 憂鬱之朝 憂鬱的早晨 ตราบสิ้นอรุณโศก (Thai) 우울한 아침 A Depressing Morning Blue Morning Ein melancholischer Morgen Mañana Sombría (Spanish) Melancholic Morning Yuutsu Yuuutsu
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This is, hands down, a true masterpiece. It is long, develops at a steady and nice pace, has a great, interesting and exciting plot and very likable, understandable characters, that develop throughout the story. The art style is just great... there's really no flaws what-so-ever; Hidaka Shoko sensei handles any situation perfectly well, not only anatomy but the facial expressions speak louder than words in this manga. The sex scenes are incredibly steamy and emotional, and they are just frequent enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, anticipating the next while not feeling unsatisfied at all. The whole setting and plot seems well researched, there's no plotholes or things that feel odd to me personally... yes it's heavy on politics and it has pages with a lot of talk - but as far as you don't mind that, it's a perfect manga. I love the characters, both Akihito and Katsuragi, and what I love most in such pieces is the change in them... how they slowly change their opinion or view on things, how love slowly grows... how characters act in certain ways, affecting one another... it's all implemented so well! Really, there's not one negative thing I can say about this. I was drawn in from the start and unable to put this manga down until I reached the final so far released chapter. The only bad thing here is, that it is still ongoing, and will leave you wanting more!
If you are not into stories, just looking for the typical BL manga with dudes meeting and then hooking up, this might be too deep or boring to you, but anyone else, please do yourself a huge favor and read this!
Not disappointing but not excelling either
Being an avid reader of Hidaka-sensei's work, I can't say this is anywhere near my favourites of hers so far. The art, as expected, is magnificent and both main characters are perfectly lovable in their own way, no matter how misunderstood they come across like more often than not. My main concern is, I think, with the plot. It drags in an overly complicated- arguably unnecessary- way, so much so I caught myself squinting and scrolling more times than I would like to. The historical and political intrigue, coupled with the issue of the problematic social status, goes on and on forever in a way that is neither stimulating - artistically or culturally speaking - or easy to follow and assimilate: and the larger the conversation, the worse it is, I reckon.
I don't mean to say this is a bad manga. Not at all, it has some pretty valuable points rooting for it: interesting and compelling characters developed to the needed extent, lovely intimate moments between the main couple (great smex by the way), plus an intricate storyline that goes far beyond the formulaic BL out there, even though it remains, for the most part, a Master-Servant relationship. However, a few chapters down the road, I did question how well executed the plot was, as I was getting less and less from it. There's too much babbling on seemingly important subjects that lead nowhere except when they do but you can't tell they do because you've forgotten all about it
It's not just a matter of being "complicated" but that it's complicated in a very iffy way.
Some of Hidaka Shoko's works are, and always will be, in my Top 10 --- or make it 5. But this one, so far, I say, is not impressive. Of course I'll keep on reading it, so long as chapters are out. We'll see.
Beautiful, mature, and an actual plot...
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
If I'm being honest...
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.
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.
Fantastic! Intricate plot.
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.
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
This is how relationships are forged
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.
i'm addicted to this
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.
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.