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From Viz:
Rejected way too many times by good-looking (and unattainable) guys, shy Riiko Izawa goes online and signs up for a free trial of a mysterious Nightly Lover "figure." The very next day a cute naked guy is delivered to her door, and he wants to be her boyfriend!
Has Riiko died and gone to heaven? The cute guy turns out to be sweet, smart, a great cook, and lots more. And he looks like a million bucks, which is what he's going to cost Riiko if she doesn't return him in time...

*Includes two other side stories in the last volume called:

Ohoshisama ni wa Sasemasen! (I Won't Let You Become A Star!) -
A special short story that was published in a freebie book put out in Sho-Comi. Sneaking into a boys' school to exterminate ghosts! However, what is the boy Chima has always admired doing there...!?
- ShoujoMagic

Shounen Aromatic (Aromatic Boy) -
Kabuki Takitsugu is a boy who has the family trait of smell. He can smell anyone's fragrance and find their perfect match. One day, a mysterious girl named Hatsune appears before him, asking him to find a match for her. But, for some strange reason.. Hatsune doesn't have a scent.


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Associated Names
Absolute Boyfriend
I Won't Let You Become A Star
I Won't Let You Become a Star!
Lui ou Rien ! (French)
Shounen Aromatic

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Aerie Scans
Syuura's Angels

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.29 by Syuura (4384d ago)
v.6 c.30-32v2 by Aerie Scans (4441d ago)
v.5 c.28 by Syuura's Angels (4486d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Bunko Volumes

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (1275 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 23rd 2016, 5:51pm PST



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Sho-comi (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

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English Publisher
Viz (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #585 increased(+169)
Monthly Pos #1201 increased(+207)
3 Month Pos #1622 increased(+457)
6 Month Pos #2432 increased(+29)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Olivialives4smut
October 9th, 2013, 9:20pm
One of the very first shoujo manga I everr read. Even bought the whole series. Yet I can't bring myself to read it again. Its definitely a one time manga for me and its mostly because of the ending, I don't think I can bring myself to read something so sad again. But other then that, it was a great story and it really hooked me to shoujo because before that I only read shonen didn't even know there was a girly type of manga. I give it two thumbs up!
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Skim it, don't read it   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by mynameissusie
March 22nd, 2013, 12:16pm
If you want to skim through a manga quickly, then this is a good series to read. If you want character development and original plot, then I would not recommend this story. The characters are all one-dimensional, and the story draws on standard shoujo tropes. However, the artist has a consistent artistic style, and her drawing neither improves nor degenerates as the series progresses. This consistency is a definite positive!
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love it !   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by GOKI408
December 22nd, 2012, 3:48am
it was a really good story

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Wht did tengou had to died ??? it was a really good story before he died !!

the story was so good, but i really hated the end !!!
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Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by asianpride
September 17th, 2011, 8:46pm
it was a different but cliched manga. the story was alright...up until the end...yeahh, that made me cry (x i really liked the ending. it was different than most shoujos. i don't remember if i liked the girl or not...i read it a while ago. but i didn't hate her...biggrin
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Hit or miss manga..   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by areumlee
September 3rd, 2011, 6:14am
For me it was a hit smile MY second manga after reading Fruits Basket..
unlike many others, I was able to accept the fact that Night is a robot, and that's because I'm used to the anime/manga world where robots/aliens/ghosts/non-human creatures exist and follow the paths of humans like any just wasn't a concept that BOTHERED me much. I fell in love with Night even though he is programmed for that to happen xD, I can't remember feeling anything much for the female lead though....probably just passive acceptance. I really liked the art especially for the males, and it was a touching manga to the last chapter. The end was realistic and sad but I guess it really couldn't have ended in any other way. Besides, it was bittersweet and Yuu Watase definitely did a good job of letting readers remember it! If they had a typical cute ending, I would have forgotten it.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mi Ho
October 19th, 2011, 9:36pm
After everything they've been through. The endnig just made me sad so I decided to not read the ending.
It's a wonderful love story!
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time killer.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by cherrykookie
April 3rd, 2011, 2:53am
honestly, i don't like any of yu watase's me i tried reading a lot of her works but they were ALL the same to me. Her characters all look the same and her works are boring.. I'd only read this manga if i was extremely bored and wanted to kill time

As much as i disliked this manga, i ironically liked the drama. Which proves that the plot was good enough, but just failed to impress me in the manga.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2011, 1:23am
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The first manga I ever read...   
Rating: N/A
by arion:susumu
June 14th, 2010, 7:22am
...So I'm quite biased. But this is different to most shoujo manga, and, actually, to most of Watase's work (she even said in a side-note in the manga that she didn't normally do just romance, there normally had to be some kind of other plot). I thought it was refreshing. I normally try to stay away from shoujo, but this one is definitely worth a read.

The art was stunning, the series was just the right length, and with just enough comedy to balance the drama. I did actually cry at times, just like a laughed loudly many times. I actually liked it so much that I bought the whole series.

Riiko is cute and funny without being a typical 'every-one loves me' character that seems to be so popular in the shoujo world (something that I really hate). Night is gorgeous and innocent, while Soshi is serious, and yet so sweet. Gaku was pretty awesome, too. It had some interesting sub-plots that, I was happy to find, were played out until the end.

{{@ astroasis -
Spoiler (highlight to view)
did you even read it properly? She didn't 'end up' with Soshi, and Night was different to all of the other 'robots'. That fact played a massive part in the manga!

... Last updated on June 14th, 2010, 7:24am
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Yeran
March 19th, 2009, 2:24pm
I read the first half of this series in Shoujo Beat, and I thought it was cute. When my subscription ran out, though, I didn't pursue the series any farther. I heard the ending from multiple sources so I ended up finishing the series.

So many people are moaning about the ending. But seriously, it wasn't unexpected for me.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Seriously. Machines, no matter how well-built, eventually break down. Laptops need to be replaced every four years, tops. And it was very cute how he burned himself out trying to be perfect for Riiko. In the end, you know that she'd be forced to pick Soshi, and Watase made a lot of effort to make readers "okay" with him. What else did you expect? For Riiko to get old, and Night to stay young? What would people think when they realized he wasn't getting any older? That is definitely -not- a happily-ever-after, and Watase almost always takes that ending.

But while the ending was pretty satisfying for me, I can't help but feel that reading this manga was just a waste of my time. Riiko is the annoying "I'm female but I'm STRONG" heroine who just whines all the time about why everything isn't perfect for her. Then Night is the perfect gentleman, so she becomes happy for a while. It's just this huge fantasy that makes me feel kind of sorry for the mangaka that she was so hard-up for a storyline that she came up with this.

... Last updated on March 19th, 2009, 2:27pm
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Okay Manga   
Rating: N/A
by huangs
November 27th, 2008, 7:26pm
The beginning and part of the middle was amusing and realistic, then it started to get annoying, and the ending was disappointing. When it got to the middle, it seemed that the author was rushing to get each chapter done. Each chapter lacked something. And I know the mangaka created Riiko to be the way she was, foolish, but it still irked me. Night's a robot, go for Shoshi. I admire both Night and Shoshi for his dedication to Riiko.
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