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Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai  
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Yakuza Yashiro, who only ever loved Kageyama, meets a new bodyguard, Doumeki Chikara. Unfortunately, the latter is impotent.

The masochistic, lewd and beautiful yakuza Yashiro and his silent, clumsy, impotent subordinate, Doumeki. This is the story of a man who has never known happiness and of a man who is reborn by getting to know him.

Vol 1
* Don't Stay Gold
A Yakuza boss really wants this "Mad Dog" fighter he found to work for him, but the "Mad Dog" isn't too keen on the idea, even though he owes a debt. After being injured and refusing to go with the boss, the "Mad Dog" winds up staying with the doctor for a few days. Will the "Mad Dog" give in to the boss to pay off his debt?
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 1 - ch 3
* Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu

Vol 2
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 4 - ch 10.5

Vol 3
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 11 - ch 16
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 16.5 (tank extra)


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Associated Names
Певчая птица крыльями не машет
A szárnyaszegett énekesmadár
Don't Stay Gold
Pájaro que trina no vuela
Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai
Songbirds Never Fly
Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu
The Songbird Doesn't Fly
Twittering Birds Never Fly
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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.17 by Shirohato Scans (114d ago)
v.3 c.Extra by Shirohato Scans (148d ago)
v.3 c.12 by Shirohato Scans (210d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (775 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 31st 2015, 3:41pm PST



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HertZ (Taiyo Tosho)
ihr HertZ (Taiyo Tosho)

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English Publisher
Juné (2 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Simple and hurt   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by makotochinen
November 9th, 2013, 7:31am
Though I like Yaoi so much, I have never brought any series or their drama CDs
But this one is different. After reading it for 2 days in a row, I noticed that the CD has been released already, then I found it and listen to it until I decided I need to actually buy those.
This series is just so addictive, I don't know how to write my feelings down, but all the details are so real that I couldn't cry. Though I have never experienced anything that each characters have been through, I understand the loneliness that they are suffering. Like one of you said, people need to at least, try to understand others rather than simply accept what is on the surface.
While reading this, I realized that in the darkest place, although it is very tiny, there is still hope.
I didn't notice that this is one of Yoneda-sensei's work, and I didn't notice that she also written Doushitemo Furetakunai.
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didn't disapoint   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mrsseien
August 17th, 2013, 11:14am
I love Yoneda-sensei's art. For me, it's gorgeous. When I was rating her other works, I found out that I loved all of them (unfortunately, even those that are incomplete). She's is my number one mangaka. After she came back from hiatus, I thought, that she'd complete some of her previous works, but she came with Saezuru... and it didn't disapoint me at all. It's as heartbreaking, sad and realistic as ever.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2013, 11:15am
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Should have ended after one volume   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lilyann1984
May 16th, 2013, 7:55am
Yoneda Kou is one of my favorite shounen ai/yaoi authors, if not THE favorite author. Her way of storytelling is extremly touching, lots of angst, but not the cheesy angst, but real angst, sadness, cruelity, despair. It's realistic, it's mature. And her art style is beyond awsome.
Yoshiro is a great character, he appeard also in her other works, but I wonder if this ongoing series was really necessary. She could have told his story in one volume, I would have been completely satisfied. It's just pointlessly dragging out. I will return to this series if it ever comes to an end, but at the moment I feel that I know everything necessary about the characters. I have no idea what Yoneda-Sensei could add to impress me. This one is just not for me. Maybe she didn't ended it earlier because of the success. I think she does better with short series.

... Last updated on May 16th, 2013, 7:58am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rociel
April 4th, 2013, 4:28am
This manga reminds me a little of Sarai-ya Goyou/House of Five Leaves, which is a work very close to my heart. Especially Yashiro's likeness to Yaichi, and the chemistry between the two odd couples. Just watching them makes me happy, although heart wrenching at times, and I only wish the best for them. As that is the least they deserve. Yashiro deserves to be happy. It pains me. Their interaction warms my heart like a bowl of hot soup prepared by your most beloved person.
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Rating: N/A
by aigaither
March 30th, 2013, 5:33pm
I usually give nines to even great manga because I want the mangaka to remain humble and modest, but this work is just so beautiful and heartbreaking I had to give a 10. Her artwork is something to behold and the story line leaves you more addicted that if you were a user of crystal meth.
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many people feel it, some people don't   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LouEngine
March 26th, 2013, 9:33pm
It's been a long time since I read a manga like this. I feel it, sharp pain, sweet love, everything without them saying a word in the manga.

For those manga with lovely story, or hot love and sex, etc., you can find every where and they all repeat the same thing, but it's different for this manga. The two main characters haven't had sex, never sweet talked to each other. The moment they spent without saying a word or just non-romantic talk, make me love it so much. They didn't say it, we feel it.

And the sufferings, I'm a sadist and used to be abused (but not as much as him) so I can understand that. Yashiro's personality is described well. Even though I can't understand all of their sufferings, I can feel their pain, thanks to our dear mangaka.

The atmosphere of a mafia world is very close to those seinen manga I read (for example, Ichi the Killer ?), it's not the same atmosphere, but similar. To me, who haven't experienced in mafia world, this atmosphere just feel 'right'.

(In case you read) I think you remember the face Yashiro made in the car after meeting Kageyama. That's my favorite moment. It tells you a lot ♥

It's a deep manga, typical but not typical. It's not suitable for people who love manga with smooth, sweet story, or simply don't understand, can't feel it, or just not their types. It'll be a pity you can't read it anyway biggrin

*Stop my boring comment*

... Last updated on March 26th, 2013, 9:42pm
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Rating: N/A
by sademerkki
March 18th, 2013, 4:13am
I'm drawn to this manga because Yashiro reminds me of myself so much. I never experienced sexual abuse like he did, but I'm no stranger to other forms of abuse and neglect. I've also never indulged in or wanted pity and in the past have resorted to sex to cope cause it was a better option than drugs. : )
I can say that people who have been abused often have quirks and a twisted way of expressing their feelings. We also tend to shy away from relationships even if we're lonely. It's always easier to not show your feelings and take a humorous view of life.
Getting angry never really helps and survivors are mostly occupied by trying to make their lives work with their various social inadequacies. I always think that it would be nice if people would seriously try to understand others rather than just accepting surface appearances, since despite my cold exterior and sometimes blase attitude, I really care about the people around me a lot. It often takes a long time for people to realize that.
For instance, a former co-worker and acquaintance of mine died recently and I was mostly unable to react. It took a concerted effort for me to hug his widow and tell her to "hang in there." Most people would consider that a half-assed condolence, but from me it's alot.
Anyway, I don't want to drag on, but for those that dislike Yashiro's character I can say that he's not nearly as bad a person as a lot of people in RL that have experienced that same level of abuse. It changes you. So really, being a socially retarded asshole isn't bad considering and I'm looking forward to watching him grow as a character. : )
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why is everyone so crazy for the manga? SPOILERS   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by mangafan321
February 20th, 2013, 5:40pm
The uke is a guy that went through something awful. but seriously the manga is pretty much him sleeping with random people each chapter, his impotent but in love with him seme, secretly yearning for him, while watching him sleep with men (literally watching him). the uke secretly yearns for him too. i find it hard to believe that someone that uses people the way he does, would be sitting in his office worrying about a subordinate that is impotent.

rinse and repeat. and thats it, thats the whole manga. uke has sex, seme is jealous but bears with it to be near him, uke meets someone else, has sex, more angst from the seme. sprinkled in are scenes where the uke is obsessed with servicing the seme even though he is impotent. the seme is weirdly loyal to the boss, im not sure why? he even is willing to cut off a finger because he failed to protect him. its just very weird and random.

im stunned the uke hasnt gotten some kind of STD. and im stunned people like this so much.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2013, 11:13pm
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Slow but engaging   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lilith_Lancaster
December 26th, 2012, 1:37pm
Absolutely engaging: It made me giggle, tear up and definitely "hot". Yashiro (boss) is the key character here, he's so messed up that you really don't know what he's gonna do next. Sooo it has good story, good characters, good sex scenes, a little comedy and angst and you get the best manga that Saezuru is. <3

... Last updated on December 26th, 2012, 11:00pm
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Not the god of all manga, but it's certainly good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by arouraleona
December 3rd, 2012, 6:15am
I really like this manga, and I can see why it's popular. I don't think it's the best thing since ... oxygen like some of the other posters seem to, but even not being a ga-ga fangirl, it's worth the read. I don't find the characters as deep as others have stated, the main character as a post-rape sex hound might not be something I'm used to seeing in non-mature manga, but it's fairly familiar as a mature literary device. The secretly-in-like with the childhood friend ... well. The impotent character, however, is rather interesting... The cliffhangers are well done, but not in any way that I would consider out of the ordinary.

I have some general issues with the text bubbles not being directed to a face, which sometimes makes it difficult to determine who is speaking. The translations seem to be very good, so all thanks to the translation group.

What I really like in this manga is the art. The facial expressions are very well done. No one is ever just happy or just sad, there's always a mixture. Unless there is NO expression, but even then there's a sort of uncertain loss in the shading of the eyes and/or the tilt of the lips. It's extremely subtle, but very well done. I cannot think of another artist, mangaka or any other, who does this quite so well. This is probably me not knowing enough comic artists, but it still impresses me.
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