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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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9 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 6.5 / 10.0 (701 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.52 / 10.0
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love then hate then love agian   
Rating: N/A
by roseofthemoon67777
June 1st, 2012, 9:40pm
It took me a long (long...) time to read this because it seemed every time kurumi and hakuron's relationship got a bit “normal” someone would come along and screw it up but in the end I finally read it and even now I occasionally reread my favorite parts and think about it a bit. I cried a lot in this and will I actually like crying it got old sometimes. A little too sad.
But all in all I liked it in a very sadistic way. It did in fact live up to a TRUE tragedy even if the characters were pretty dumb in how the fell head over heals in love so quick but I mean IT IS a shinjo mayu manga. It is one of my favorite tragedies and a favorite of mayu's works.
I wouldn't recommend this for the faint of heart its sad and pretty much shuts your anticipation for a happy ending only to leave you thinking 'wtf just happened?' in the end.
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I...Can't fully explain.....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by slykid
April 13th, 2012, 11:53am
I.....You don't know how many times I tried to read this and then turned it down..But I finally decides to give this manga another chance and I can't describe how...twisted and overwhelming this is, their were so many things that made me want to break my phone.The female lead pissed me of with calling the male lead a murderer for protecting her ! ..that's what made me stop when their relationship started going sour in chapter 15 but this time I continued and yes their relationship going downhill was really hard and frustrating to see but...I feel like the mangaka wasn't cheap in that way, she wasn't afraid to have a painful relationship portrayed.

I just...really don't know what to say about the end really ...I actually became attached to this manga, I absoluntely loved hankuron, but I can't help but feel like he was a fool for love in the end, (Plus he was 18 embarrassed ) I just........can't express this feeling into was differently something new and tbh it was a good manga but some scenes where really disturbing and I can see why people don't like that(You should of seen my old review !!).Hankuron is who I truly feel happy for, the rest can Fuuuck of. I give it a rating of ten because I want to show support but truly my rating is an 7.7 (I wonder if I gave this a chance because I'm now,limited with choice ...hmm..:L)f

... Last updated on May 30th, 2012, 12:27am
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Dark, Twisted, SOOO Disturbing   
Rating: N/A
by SoraAijin
February 18th, 2012, 11:26am
Well, I'll own up to liking the story at the beginning. I was like, oh, this will be one of those cliche bad-guy-meets-good-girl-falls-in-love-changes-to-be-better-for-her stories that may or may not be a guilty pleasure of mine...

BUT, instead it goes twisted, and mentally scarring, and emotionally scarring, and lots-of-other scarring, and gah!

I CANNOT with a good conscience recommend this unless you have a much higher nausea tolerance than I have. Good luck to you all...
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WTF dude   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by born2shop
February 16th, 2012, 8:09pm
OK.. (raised eyebrows) So I have a few words to say. While I like the story, (I really do) there are some things that don't make any sense. If you love someone and knew what they were about FROM the beginning, why would you then in turn doubt them even when they try to prove to you otherwise. And how can love be so twisted! I know the path to true love is never (always) smooth, but come on!!

And what the hell is Fuuron's problem. I just don't understand him. And seriously Shinjo... Why would Hakuron do that. It makes no type of sense. Because that would obviously make his love more difficult smh

Love the series. Really do, but wtf dude?!!

... Last updated on February 16th, 2012, 10:26pm
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Just to say...   
Rating: N/A
by jnatsumi
December 9th, 2011, 5:29am
I initially dislike it because of the main girl's personality. She's just so... weak, dependent, and all of those other annoying stereotypical shojo characteristics.
They don't really match... It's like a bunny and a lion together.. nuh uh. Also there's something to the drawing (def. the pigtails...) that makes me think pedophilia whenever I see the 2 together. Erg. Shudder.
The romance is good at the beginning then things started to go down hill cuz they don't follow the most important rule in a relationship: communication. Jeez...
The art is weird. I suppose there's nothing wrong with the faces, but the proportion of the body is a somehow. I don't know. Don't really like the art that much.
But the plot is complicated--totally dominated by the romance. Hmm.. how to explain it; like a double harem. A lot of girls like the main guy. A lot of guys like the main girl.
There's a lot of sex scene. I don't think it's that explicit cuz I have seen worse, but some may say it is. Everything from the waist down is covered by some bed sheets or another body. But the top (breasts) is often exposed, especially towards the middle til end. Mostly it just leaves things to imagination, even if it doesn't take a lot of that. So...yea. Just to warn you of that.
Despite being a gang-related manga, there's not a lot of blood. Not a lot of fights either.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
one last complaint, I don't know about you but I think suicide for love is extremely stupid. also memory loss??? HAHA! that's too classic, it's not even funny. ...aaaannnndd the ending...ohhh hahha the ending pissed me off.

I guess I do enjoyed it to some extent. Maybe it's because of all the dramatic effects and the power of obsessive love (and not just from 1 person!!). haha. But it's far from being the best I have ever read.
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Don't overthink this.   
Rating: N/A
by 1122shadows
December 4th, 2011, 9:14pm
If you've ever read a Shinjo Mayu then you already know what to expect, if you haven't then you either love it or hate it. The sex is always hot and that's why it's such a guilty pleasure for smut fans. On the other hand don't expect a strong female lead or a gallant male lead, that's never the case. Kurumi gets hurt a lot thoughout the story while Hakuron is your typical bad guy that falls in love. Also if you're a masochist, you'll probably cry at the ending.
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first 1 i've ever given out to ANYTHING...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by blueshadows
November 17th, 2011, 8:00pm
Like, wtf??
I've given manga down to 4's, but nothing was bad enough to give a 1 to until now. and i've really brought up my standards since when i first started. like, fail much?
umm... does this story even have a plot? does rape, rape, rape, raped by another person, rape, rape, raped by other dude, rape, etc even count as a plot?
hello, Shinjo Mayu? I understand you have lots of fans and all, but that doesn't mean you can go around creating cra* for us to read, thanls.
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It crossed the line   
Rating: N/A
by whateverrandomloser
November 10th, 2011, 8:36pm
I can handle sexual intercourse as long as it's out of love--whether yuri, yaoi, hentai, so long as there is at least a bit of feelings put into their actions. Thus, raping someone you love is...tolerable enough--BUT (this is my major feminist side speaking), what I absolutely canNOT handle here is the fact that almost in every chapter...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the female lead is repeatedly touched, seen, and almost raped by nearly all the guys that she meet. Being raped by the male lead, I can live with that, but by OTHER GUYS? THAT has seriously cross the line!

I mean, don't get me wrong. I like some of Shinjo Mayu's works and can sort of tolerate her artistic skills, yet that one concept is the main thing I hate the most when it comes to shoujo smut.
That is why I just HAD to stop reading this half way. I thought at first, "wow...that was pretty hot" and recomended this to some of my friends, but when I continue to read further, my heart could no longer take the constant abuses. I got pass the
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
raping scene between the female lead and that one Hakuron dude, but I stopped when she pathetically ALLOWED another man she DON'T LOVE have sex with her all the way.

That's basically a sign of unfaithfulness! Yeah, some people may think she's better of with someone else, but HELLO?!?! No matter what Hakuron did to her, it was all out of kindness and love--which is...erm...acceptable...ish...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
But guys, Kurumi loves Hakuron even BEFORE he did all those horrible things, and Hakuron love her the same way, so I can't necessarily call this one "rape" (since, of course, there's a possible chance that she also enjoyed the torture *wink wink*).

So far his kindness was an adequate reason why I should continue reading pass those ahemscenesahem and because I am very curious about the aftermath.
And about the female lead. I understand that she is weak, but please don't hate her just because of her actions and so-called "kindness". Instead, pity on her. She never asked for any of those things to happen. Did you know that those types of actions and thoughts after experiencing such abuses happens in real life? I read about sexual abuses in this one article and what happens to the victim, though I don't remember exactly where. That's why I'd say Kurumi's personality is enough to say it was pretty realistic. If you hate her, then that just means you're the evil one. Seriously guys, maybe YOU should try standing in her place (though I'd hate to say this but, those who can't understand her feelings DO deserve being raped repeatedly as well) Even if you guys suggest that Kurumi should've stabbed him in the back, who would protect her now from all those other fuckers who'd force their way to her? As a matter of fact, maybe she DOESN'T really have a choice at all to escape, so, personally, I'm glad that she stayed with Hakuron rather than being abused by others who doesn't care a damn about her, which is worst than what Hakuron feels.

All in all, I still didn't have the heart to continue until the very end so I just suit myself with reading spoilers.
Anyway, the main point is, this is how Shinjo Mayu did her work. I don't think she's a sex addict at all. I guess it's just a matter of earning salaries with this job such as how erotic novelists does it. We can't stop her no matter how much hater comments you put here, and we can't control the fact that there are many perverts in Japan these days. But you know what? FUCKING DEAL WITH IT! If you don't like it, then DON'T READ! Problem solved.
Peace out!!! ;P

... Last updated on November 10th, 2011, 9:33pm
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waste of time   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by vickey
September 29th, 2011, 4:53am
There's nothing than sex. And one more fell-in-love-with-the-forceful-rapist. I don't know but if my mind is right, Shinjo Mayu is sex addict. I've read some of her works and always ended up half way. When I read this manga review, I thought it would be interesting since it tells about yakuza life and takes the background in Hongkong. Then I regret it, this story is full of things about sex too.

Always having sex and having some unimportant problems. Okay, the main guy is cool and good-looking, but still as the story went, it annoyed me. The ending, it sucks! After 9 volumes waiting for what-the-ending-would-be-like, and the death of the guy was the answer. Oh yeah, he deserved it.

Don't read this. It was such a big waste time to read this one. There are still much better mangas.
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Typical Shinjo Mayu   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
September 18th, 2011, 2:22am
And God, I hate her works. Especially her heroins, so weak-willed, allowing themselves to be treated like shit, and repeating "It's my fault", "I love you anyway". Girl, go kill yourself please, you're just too stupid.

I've read good mangas about Stockholm syndrom, but that's not what it's all about here. Haou Airen just conveys the idea that (repeated) rape is trivial, as well as the victim falling for (worshipping !) her rapist, (no matter what he keeps doing to her) and that in the end, she can just sweep all of that aside (rapes + murders), marry her rapist and picture a happy loving life...
That's not just unrealistic, it's plain sick.
How one can call that romance is beyond me. And so is the reason why one would root and feel for either of the two protagonists, be it for the sick twisted rapist Hakuron, or for the whiny submissive moron Kurumi. I simply cannot comprehend it.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Then there is the end, Hakuron dies, and I'm so very happy about it ! I actually laughed my ass off at the end : as said below : He dies + AT THE F*CKING WEDDING + killed by a TOTALLY RANDOM CHARACTER = PURE WIN ! LOL, they should just have killed off Kurumi too.

So, yeah... Typical Shinjo Mayu, makes me want to puke as usual...

PS : I agree, Sunrises' comment is hilarious ! XD

... Last updated on March 6th, 2012, 12:45pm
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