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Haou Airen  
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One day while walking home from her job, Kurumi Akino finds a wounded young man, and saves his life. He mysteriously disappears after that, and leaves only the name “Hakuron”. Next thing she knows she’s been kidnapped from her school, and is on a private jet with that man, heading to China. It turns out she saved the life of the most infamous mobster in Hong Kong, and he wants her to stay with him.

You can find A Tale of Happier Times (v06 extra) in the anthology Motto Oshiete.


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Amante Dragon (spanish)
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v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse (2486d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2518d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2539d ago)
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 6.4 / 10.0 (712 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.42 / 10.0
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Is it published? 1534 days, 22 hours, 52 minutes ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) 1757 days, 4 hours, 37 minutes ago
Haou Airen Hakuron ending spoilers -long post is long. 2112 days, 16 hours, 23 minutes ago
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Haou Airen   
Rating: N/A
by EtceteraSpeed
February 1st, 2008, 8:35pm
Umm.... It's disturbing. Quite disturbing. But, hey. I was like, whatever. I'll read through it. I stopped at volume 7(?) because I didn't feel like reading the rest at that time. Then, I told myself I'd just wait for the rest to be scanlated, but... the "rest" never was. I mean, somebody might as well finish it. There isn't much left. But I do understand if nobody wants to scanlate it because they can't handle the extreme sex and rape stuff. Lol. Very understandable. I'm not really into the explicit sex scenes but I actually want to see what happens to the really stupid couple in the end. They're a really stupid couple. Or maybe she's just a really stupid girl... whatever. Oh, and all the "love" in this manga is through sex/rape. Mostly rape though. This is a manga pretty much about, yes, what the summary at the top says and sex. There's sex in every chapter in volume four.
Spoiler: In the first(?) chapter of volume four, it is stated that he "had" her many times for three nights in a row. Also that after her first time, there was blood all over her feet. Like, seriously gushing out... disturbing.
I'm waiting for it to be finished before I move from volume (i think) 7. It'll be a pity if it stops now... ^-^;
I guess I'm really tolerant...
But it is really extreme. Don't try it if you can't handle it. Really. DON'T.
A nice warning for all of you thinking about reading it.
One last thing... Shinju Mayu's manga isn't usually this explicit. Kaikan Phrase has a different feel to it, i guess. So does Ai Ore. I like them more. A lot more.

... Last updated on February 1st, 2008, 9:26pm
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Name-Undecided
December 13th, 2008, 10:14pm
This is the absolute WORST shoujo manga I ever read. I managed to stagger through the first three chapters before puking up my guts and dying at the s[uck]iness of it all. Weak shoujo heroines are a dime a dozen, but this girl is downright "special"! She's such an IDIOT, abducted from her family and within 2 pages she's all over her captor, I'm like, HELLO? Your mother's sick and your siblings need you and all you can do is drool over your not-very-hot kidnapper with the bad attitude? Really?

Give this a miss, it's terrible.
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It's Love,alright?!   
Rating: N/A
by -InuMiko-7
April 6th, 2008, 2:54pm
Can you people not know that it is really real love between Kurumi and Hakuron? Just because he rapes her and all doesn't mean he don't love her, even if he does those horrible things. You all may think that it is twisted, it kind of is, but you don't understand the basic true meaning of this story...She loves him still after all he had done, he loves her and does all those things, but only to protect her and he gets jealous. He wants her for himself and he really does love her. She also loves him because she can never forget him. Though at the's heartbreaking...they should have been married and lived happily ever's a horrible ending...I hate tragedy, but I love the romance. So what if it's smut, people need to be more mature about it...sooner or later in your life time you are eventually going to do it or see it, it's the cycle of life....sigh...I just want to get that out. Love is Love, don't question it!
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Not worth it   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by LottieH
December 29th, 2013, 1:22pm
It seems that manga written by Mayu Shinjo has little variation as she can draw one male and female and the only thing that changes is hair length and colour. This manga in particular rolls out all the cliches in the Shoujo handbook from rich teen boyfriend, kidnapping to amnesia which are occasionally enjoyable to read.
However I cannot enjoy this manga due to all the rape. Before a certain event the story was a classic and was progressing predicatively, then following an event there was nothing but rape for ages and the only reason I kept on reading was that I found out from a spoiler that
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The lead male character turned rapist gets shot and dies in the final chapter

I would not recommend this series to anyone unless they are the type of person that loves that kind of stuff.
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Almost a 10, but it has some glitches   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Alita258
December 25th, 2012, 4:47pm
This is a hit or miss kind of manga, either you'll love it or you'll hate it. What can I say? I have a thing for Mayu Shinjo, an embarrassing weakness if you want. And from all I've read from her, which is quite a lot, I think this is Shinjo at her best. Yeah, it's melodramatic and has lots of clichés, but it really touch me, I kind of cry too. And it wasn't because of the ending, but because of how their relationship turned in one point. Maybe I was heartbroken and more sensible. I don't know, I just know I've read it more than once. I couldn't stop reading it, I can get tired of Shinjo sometimes, but with this one, I just couldn't stop reading!

So, if you are a Shinjo fan or have a thing for her work like me, you'll probably love it. If you are a newbie, there's a chance you'll love it too. If you hate her other work, forget it, this is not for you, don't even try it! It's hard to give it a rating. The art is really good, I like this type of bad boys mangas, and I really think this one it's her best one. Yeah, it's disturbing and what not, but I live dark mangas and angst once in a while. It's not for everyone, if you take things too seriously, don't read it. It's just a manga for me, another story, I enjoyed it and I just let it be.

... Last updated on December 25th, 2012, 4:53pm
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total smut, what can you say?   
Rating: N/A
by mysticlovespiral
April 6th, 2009, 12:14am
title says it all...
If you're looking for pure, violent, s&m smut, then this is it. If you're looking for a well-crafted storyline that intrigues you psychologically, then this series is probably not it. CLASSIC Shinjo Mayu...same artistic style, same basic male and female characters, same rape/sex scenes, you get the picture. For what it is, it's ok. But mediocre as a gangster/kidnapping love story - there are so many better avenues to explore. And jesus, can her female characters get any more insipid and helpless? I know it's a stylized archetype of the passive female, but still. The story just gets annoying after a while...
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Classic abuse   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by bkwrmatk
December 12th, 2010, 12:41pm
This manga started off interestingly enough, but it quickly went downhill. I read through ch 28 and had to stop when Hakuron saves her only to give her away. Ugh.

Granted, I tried to give Hakuron some slack since he's mafia and violence and control is his MO. However, watching Kurumi descend into classic abuse symptoms was depressing. Check out for info on why victims stay with abusers, and you'll quickly realize that Kurumi isn't thinking she deserves to be raped just because she is weak. This is what abuse does even to strong women who are abused repeatedly. It's sad, and it's sick.

Having read the spoilers about the ending...
Spoiler (highlight to view)
I'm glad Hakuron dies (he deserved it) and that Kurumi doesn't have a child. Why tie an abuse survivor to her abuser?

I gave it a 3 because it started off decent and because Shinjo Mayu captures the reality of abuse fairly well.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2011, 4:42pm
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I think   
Rating: N/A
by MangahhFann
March 13th, 2009, 7:48pm
Personally, I thougt that this was a great manga.
But all the rape and stuff made me wanna kill shinjo mayu.
I mean, really.
He couldve expressed his love in ways other than sex and rape.
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liked it!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by browneyed_psychogrl
March 9th, 2009, 4:40am
i loved this story! but it would have been better if it didnt have kurami getting raped like every five seconds lol.....
somehow i think the ending kind of fits...since there is no other way to end this story...and like mono1 said, it seemed like it was rushed.. made me REALLY sad!
*snif snif*

... Last updated on March 9th, 2009, 4:41am
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Great start, rubbish end   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by vampiremaddy
November 11th, 2008, 12:36pm
I completely loved this series at the beginning. I don't know why, but the portrayal of the mafia as cold hearted and bloody appealing to me, along with a rich, intelligent, attractive bishie never goes amiss.
It was shown as a bit glamorous, but with a cruel background behind the wealth and glamour.

However after the couple experience a relationship breakdown, there is complete misery for about three volumes (rape, rape, rape and more rape along with some heartbreak and violence)
I got extremly bored of the continual raping of one female character who spent the whole time crying, then ended up enjoying being raped and desiring him to do it again!!!

I know the end too, and its unsatisfying. I won't spoil it, but take the hint of the genre 'tragedy'

So in conclusion, read up to about volume 3, and feel free to keep going if you enjoy watching other people being continually raped. Which would make you very sadistic. And disgusting.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2009, 12:35pm
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