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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
Yashiro has ...issues (more like a whole damn subscription). He's a masochist with slightly sadistic tendencies who gets off more with guys. Otherwise he's your average high school student. Recently though, there's been this annoying classmate Kageyama who seems to think its his duty to supply Yashiro with band aids for the results of his sexual exploits; through various events they get closer and soon Yashiro develops more than normal feelings for Kageyama but will he experience his springtime of love or remain drowning in unrequitted affection? A yaoi love story with a twist (and a rope or 2). Prequel to " Don´t Stay Gold"

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)

Vol 4
* Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai ch 17 - ch 22


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Associated Names
Певчая птица крыльями не машет (Russian)
囀る鳥は羽ばたかない (Japanese)
鸣鸟不飞 (Chinese)
지저귀는 새는 날지 않는다 (Korean)
A szárnyaszegett énekesmadár (Hungarian)
Don't Stay Gold
Pájaro que trina no vuela (Spanish)
Saezuru Tori ha Habatakanai
Songbirds Never Fly
Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu
The Songbird Doesn't Fly
Twittering Birds Never Fly
Złamane skrzydła (Polish)

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Blue Spring Scans
Dangerous Pleasure
Dirty Shoe Re-translations

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.20 by /a/nonymous (466d ago)
v.4 c.17 by Shirohato Scans (658d ago)
v.3 c.Extra by Shirohato Scans (693d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (866 votes)
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May 28th 2017, 2:13am PST



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HertZ (Taiyo Tosho)
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English Publisher
Juné (3 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Gimme more... and fast!   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by Lillian
October 4th, 2015, 7:04am
I can't stand to read unfinished mangas because at the end I'll want more and will have to wait and all tension and interest may fade with the months and years of waiting.

Am at vol 4 ch 17 atm.

This title builds up a good set of characters over time and develops depth for at least the two main protagonists. The tension between them, that they're partly unaware off yet, kept me reading and I'm so curious when, how - or if at all - it'll resolve.
I'm no fan of yakuza stories at all but the chars keep this one rolling.

... Last updated on October 4th, 2015, 7:07am
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Beyond Words   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nezushi
September 30th, 2015, 7:52pm
After reading this for three years and continuing, i need to re-explain my adoration for it. Oh Saezuru. How this manga is so fucking fantastic. It's the best yaoi manga that i've ever read in my entire life and will remain to be my favourite for years to come. The story deals with the yakuza and mafia lifestyle which is full of action and suspense keeping you on your toes, wondering what's going to happen next. There is so much depth to the story and the characters are all well thought out by yoneda-sensei. Everything is extremely gritty, dark, heartbreaking, and full of angst.

Yashiro is such a complex character that has so many issues because of his tragic past. He's the kind of person you can feel pity for, yet can also be looked down upon because of his actions. Personally, i think he's brilliant. He has developed a lot over the series and seeing that change occur is really beautiful, especially his relationship with doumeki. Doumeki is a great character, not only because of his loyalty but because he is equally as flawed as yashiro. These two are so broken and work together in such a way, that it's honestly one of the most memorable relationships i have ever come across. You can definitely tell that these two main characters, do in fact, have some kind of strong connection towards each other.

The atmosphere is so electric and intense between them that it literally makes my heart pound out of my chest. I get such a rush of adrenaline. The symbolism and the art is also magnificent. Yoneda-sensei knows how to draw such amazing expressions and backgrounds that are just beautiful to look at. I can not explain my love for this series. Just read it. It's truly a gem.

... Last updated on May 22nd, 2017, 3:10pm
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There are no words...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NightSwan
August 13th, 2015, 12:16pm
It's been two years since I've read this manga, right around when DP's releases had stopped.
Recently, I have decided to catch up. And I was just mesmerized, to the point where I've reread it fully the next day.

I'll put this in spoilers, just in case.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I've seen someone compare this to the Finder series, and as much as I love it, this comparison doesn't do justice to the complexity and portrayal of the characters in Saezuru.
I've also seen some completely dismiss this manga on the grounds of the "uke" sleeping around while the "seme" just watches. The problem with this comparison, is that there's so much more to these characters than just their roles in sex.

Yashiro, a damaged, long suffering person whose mind and body were twisted by years of rape and abuse, has found satisfaction (not happiness nor peace) in his position in the yakuza. The only person he's ever loved, does not love him back
His experiences, instead of repelling him from it, had made his body depend on sex.
That's what he knows and enjoys. That's how he fills the void he doesn't let himself feel.

Doumeki, who is tormented by guilt over not being able to protect his sister, then by letting Yashiro get hurt also cannot be defined by merely wanting to put his dick in a particular guy's ass.
He's scared he will become like his father. He's scared he'll hurt Yashiro even more, or let him get hurt. He's forced to witness how the men Yashiro has sex with hurt him, once again being unable to do anything, because that's what Yashiro wants and enjoys, a man who doesn't understand nor indulge in "regular sex", let alone relationships.

Doumeki is first attracted by Yashiro's beauty, but develops strong respect for the man who's in charge of a Yakuza branch. Despite his promiscuity and sexual preferences, Yashiro is well respected by his loyal subordinates, for his wits and unforgiving nature. He clearly knows what he's doing. Both men gradually open up to each other, which is amazing to behold.

And that brings me to another point - the plot behind the yaoi (which is hot beyond belief).
I'm unfamiliar with how the yakuza works, but this manga gives me the feeling of realism, despite some far-fetched looking points like all the tolerance for gay sex and bonding. Maybe they're like the greeks? I can't even begin to guess.
Either way, the conspiracy and battling for domination plot lines are very compelling and I enjoy them a lot.

Besides wanting Yashiro and Doumeki's relationship to advance further (although I'm not sure how plausible that is), I also really want to know how things will develop with the rest of the story.

I don't think this will end well, and I don't think such a story should, but oh, how I want it to.
I want Yashiro and Doumeki to experience happiness and peace, but is it really possible in their world? I hope for it, so so much.

I don't remember investing myself in this way, let alone a yaoi manga.
Yoneda Kou sure knows how to spin a web of intrigue. I find myself longing to read more,
to experience more of this story.
I find myself hoping for the best, even though I'm quite sure it's impossible.
Seldom do I feel such longing towards anything and I can't wait to read more.

I'd like to add, that the side characters are very interesting as well,
but I think one has to experience them in context.
Same goes for the wonderful humor that is thrown in quite often. From the lewd jokes to the expressions. I went from heartache to laughter within minutes.

... Last updated on August 13th, 2015, 1:41pm
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so dang good!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by achii-chan
August 10th, 2015, 9:15am
I actually don't read much psychological genre but this one is sooo good! You really just want to read more. Its long but its worth the time.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I really feel that this doesn't have a good end because this is Yoneda Kou's work so yeah!
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Emotional build-up is great.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
May 3rd, 2015, 11:34pm
The one shot prologue was amazing. I am not even into yaoi but it has really touched me. The emotional thread is wonderfully woven. Another reviewer was right, beneath all those 'filth' and darkness is tenderness.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ohemeffgee
March 17th, 2014, 3:25pm
Saezuru is basically a story about two very different, broken people who find in each other something precious. They're both slowly fixing the other (and not through rough sex, as usually happens in yaoi). It's full of melancholy and sadness (especially if you include Yashiro's prequel), but out of all that filth and tainted emotion shines the purity of Doumeki and Yashiro's relationship. Doumeki would literally do anything for Yashiro, and sincerely, truly accepts and APPRECIATES Yashiro for who is. The masochist, the "public toilet," the yakuza boss, and, most of all, the kind, broken person underneath all of that, who has suffered so much--all of the facets of Yashiro are precious to Doumeki. It's so touching it nearly moves me to tears, because isn't that what we all want? Someone who loves us unconditionally, despite all of our issues.

Yashiro himself has got to be one of my favorite manga characters ever. His dark humor and unexpected tenderness (especially toward Doumeki), the depth of his heart (
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
that scene where he begged on Kage's behalf
), despite all of the horrific crap that he's been through--that's real strength of character. He never whines, complains, or cowers, even though basically anyone else would in his place. Unlike 99.9% of all the main characters in yaoi, the reader actually feels like he deserves the unfailing devotion (and more!) he receives.

Doumeki's presence in Yashiro's life is also slowly changing Yashiro. The scene when Yashiro comes back to Doumeki in the movie theater--argh. I'm never sappy about yaoi, but I have to admit that my heart throbbed in my chest. Yashiro opens up to Doumeki in a way that he obviously has never been able to before, and it makes you truly hopeful that one day, he will be happy. For someone whose whole life revolves around pain and sex, to meet the one person who would rather kill himself than cause you pain, and with whom you can't use sex as a barrier or a They're made for each other.

I don't understand how people can say that this isn't a complex, psychological story. It is. It is incredibly touching, deep, and in my opinion, heartbreakingly sweet and tender, in an unexpected but profound way. I've never described a yaoi manga (or any manga at all) using that sort of language, but this one popped out of nowhere and smacked me hard in the face with its depth. I was truly moved by the relationship, and while I usually despise unrealistic happily ever after's, I find myself hoping that Yashiro and Doumeki get one.
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A Lovely Romantic Story with Depth   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by l3umblel3ee
January 5th, 2014, 1:10am
If you disregard the yaoi content, you can really see a very dark, heartbreaking, and lovely romance. This manga also has a very original, beautiful plot. This is the first manga to literally move me with their illustrations. Combining the words and pictures together you can feel a clusters of mixed emotions. I practically cried every time i reread this story, maybe because this story felt so real.
The protagonist, Yashiro, is an interesting guy which we don't normally have as the main character. His sorrows and personality constantly stirred me. His poker face really drew my attention. I don't know if I envy his strong heart as his fights through each obstacle he faces, or pity his misfortune to be born into that kind of life. I guess this is why Domeki truly respects him.
I love the pairing between Domeki and Yashiro. They just look so cute together. Domeki's denseness and undying love is very adorable. I highly recommend this manga, as long you're a person who can disregard the yaoi content, if you find them disturbing.

... Last updated on January 5th, 2014, 1:24am
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Oh my...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fufufuyen
December 6th, 2013, 10:56pm
A very strange manga but it gets you hooked. As in all yaois, everyone is basically gay (literally this time!), and although I wasn't expecting much from a yakuza, it blew my mind. Although it's easy to call Yashiro desperate or shameless, there's something deeper and complicated in him, and I love his genteel persona. Yashiro is the center of this manga, and I think that's why I'm giving it 9/10 (-1 for his sexiness, since really it does creep me out a little but I grow to understand it). I also subtracted 1 because of the whole thing with nearly everyone having a crappy, rape-filled past.

Yashiro is a super interesting character. You sometimes wonder how far corruption can go, and how it can appear, and Yashiro is literally the embodiment of that twisted side of human nature to its peak (being a gay nympho). I love mangas that get me feeling intensely, and I always find myself mixed between admiration or pity in regards to Yashiro (which I guess is Doumeki and Kageyama). I like how the "triangle/quadrilateral" love relationships are set up as well. It's ecstatic and very original.


... Last updated on December 6th, 2013, 10:57pm
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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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