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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 (2538d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2570d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2591d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.4 / 10.0 (715 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.42 / 10.0
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December 14th 2014, 6:54am PST



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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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guilty pleasure   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by tingpls
December 26th, 2014, 10:09am
It might be crap... but it sure kept me hooked.

And Hakuron is hot. Yes, he's a filthy piece of ****, but you and I both know that no one reads Shinjo Mayu's stories for the character development. Perhaps it perpetuates rape culture, but the thing is: this manga works. No matter how much you want to stab a knife into Kurumi three hundred times. Or kill Hakuron.
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Though the author helps us with that. It would have been better if she killed Kurumi too... reunited in death, y'know.

Other characters are no better. Reiran was a mess, Kaafai was an annoying f, and no one in this story seems to be functional. I didn't understand the function of the "team 5" either. Nothing in this manga made sense. It was just a lot of Hong Kong, some mafia, killing, and random rapes, rape, and more rape. Painful.

Read for the art, not the story.

... Last updated on October 13th, 2015, 11:57am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tipz
September 17th, 2014, 9:47pm
I get shivers all down my spine reading this manga. Just the right amount of Smut and passion. She's very slutty though I must say. Besides that it's crazy, intense, exciting. A very good read. Artistry is lovely as well.

(Spoiler had beginning to end)
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some random guy kisses her on her way home to get out of trouble. She instantly falls for him and he steals her away. Literally. He ends up being one of the biggest gangsters of china. They go through many trials from other gangs and she is always out in harm. He also doesn't know how to control his feelings. So he takes her forcefully all the time. It's really a mentally strained type of story. You really feel for them both. Beautiful but very sad ending.

... Last updated on January 24th, 2015, 2:00pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Chococake00
June 23rd, 2012, 11:58pm
Typical Shinjo Mayu plot. Corny and overexagerated but somehow I read it anyway like I read all of her stuff (whyyyy? I cant tell if I like it or hate it! lol) She does try to get out of her typical plot a bit with the tragedy and the overuse of blood. Very smutty, even for shinjo mayu. If you dont like that then dont read it, if you do this will be full of it so go for it!

The 2 main characters fall in love instantly for pretty much no reason. And then they have way too many problems that dont even matter (and some that kinda do i guess lol) then they keep doubting each other and then saying they wont doubt. Hate then love. "im afraid of you and hate you" "now i love you and trust you" every other chapter is love/hate. its anoying. both the main characters are really really stupid. They both wont be honest with themselves or others, and dont tell each other about things that are really really important and would make all the difference. its way too overdramatic and the main girl expecially cant commit to a single decision to save her life.

also its one of those cliche everyone falls in love with the main girl and they all want her for some reason even though she has like no redeming qualities.

Yet I read it, twice. -_-
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Why ending with 3rd party interference?   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by dearest88
January 19th, 2011, 3:54pm
GREAT ART. the covers were great. Hakuron is very charismatic.
Mayu Shinjo's artwork was hot and dark in this manga.

Ok, the first few volumes were great until RiRin's character came.
I wish there could be more scene with the Tiger organization (Hakuron's rival), and I wish I could see more relationship among the 5 dragons.

What the heck for creating painful emotion to the readersconfused
Of course I cried.

Ok, first RiRin comes to break the 'love' couple apart, and then KaFei just comes in between them and it ends like thatconfused Actually Hakuron is kind and could start a new life with Kurumi. Kafei is merely an insignificant character but plays an important role in the ending. What does he get by killing Hakuron? He destroyed Kurumi's happiness, also, he doesn't even take care of her after that. So what's the point of killing Hakuron? KaFei is just a selfish character for taking revenge.

Well, it's just a manga made from the mangaka's imagination.
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Too much rape...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by mezan01
August 5th, 2010, 10:51am
I think this manga was OK. But I got tired of all the rape scenes. I hated how Hakuron treated her, I mean that's not how you treat your beloved one. And there was something which didn't make any sense, that was that everyone was interested in Kurumi (this wasn't a harem by the way... Right?) Because she had at least more than three people including Hakuron who were in love in her or just interested in her. And some scenes in this manga was so frustrating. Like how much misunderstanding it was in it. I liked the art, especially their eyes, and especially the bishounen. But that's it. Actually Kurumi wasn't that pretty neither.

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I didn't liked the ending at all. Because after all this misunderstanding, and after all bad things they went trough so should they deserve a good ending... Or atleast make Kurumi pregnant (I mean, come on it's impossible to not be pregnant after all this 'love-making' they did, even if they used condom.) so she then with her child go to the place which Hakuran grave. That would be a good ending for me.

... Last updated on January 1st, 2011, 7:46am
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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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Love it or Hate it....   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by dawncloud6
February 18th, 2009, 9:59am
Let's face it: you are either going to love this manga, or hate it.
I was someone who happened to really enjoy Haou Airen. I like dark romances, and scary psycho mafia leaders.....
Other people will hate this manga, because the heroine of the story is somewhat weak-minded and helpless.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a dark romance with a bit of smut.

A warning though, like all Mayu Shinjo's, this does contain "Consensual rape." Whatever that is. (How can rape be consensual....??!?!)
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it was entertaining... indeed...   
Rating: N/A
by Aseeker
October 26th, 2008, 3:15am
love comes in different forms.. label me a weirdo or sicko, but i can sympathetize with the main male lead.. you love someone and you dont want to hurt them but there are times that "I" think i just want to lock her in a cage and just keep her to myself.. I dont want anybody to see her or touch her.. I cant deny that I have those thoughts.. if I ever was in his shoes, with all the fame, power, status and money I would do the same thing he did.. make her not forget about me for the rest of her life.. he was just rough around the edges and he really wasnt taught about love and he doesnt know how to express it.. but he really did want the girl to stay by his side, cause she was his light in the dark world of the mafia. unexpecdetly, it was quite entertaining (my title subject).. i was anxious to read the next chapter as I finish a chapter.. the drawings were really nice.. there was heavy drama.. the smutfest was definitely there.. it was a good read for me.. not recommded for those who just started reading manga or to hypocrites or idealists.. not like im not one but after reading this comment, hope you pick this up.. it might be what you are looking for than those other romance mangas out there..
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Nuh-uh. :(   
Rating: N/A
by Gwynn
June 23rd, 2011, 5:24am
He may have an angelic face, but definitely not an angelic heart. Yes, i think Hakuron is handsome. So what? I read this till like, chapter 5? And i couldn't continue anymore... I did try to return to it afterwards and, ahem, i saw A LOOOOT of rape. I mean i'm the type who really reads hardcore smut (not hentai, they're different) but i really couldn't put up with this. I have some points i'd like to make though.
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Okay, for a first, who the heck allows herself to be raped repeatedly and trampled on like shit? -_-

I know she tried to escape and ended up with Kaafei, but she still returned to him after that and
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he raped her in front of Kaafei

I'm sorry, but i don't think that this is called love. It goes against all feminists. I really dislike weak-willed female leads (for a great example, it's Kurumi over there) and the fact that she'd cry and go oh so sad and always think it's her fault. Painful. And why, oh why, did she return to Hakuron? Huh? What kinda love is this? S&M whaa?

I won't deny it, i cried when Hakuron died. (I skipped to the end). But looking back on it,
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i think he deserved to die.
So there. smile Assholes like these should be wiped off the face of the earth. Oh, Shinjo Mayu too. Oh and as someone below mentioned...
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Hakuron is definitely impotent. LOL when you f**k someone so much there's supposed to be a pretty big chance of getting her pregnant.

Lastly, this manga went on for 9 volumes!! I assume that the number of volumes/chapters is determined by the popularity of the manga [seeing stuff like [m]One Piece[/m]] What is up with the demented mind of the JAPANESE GIRLS reading this? What the heck? It's 50 bloody chapters!! Spare me. My god, are you guys so desperate? Why do you have to do this??

P.S. The comment below sure cracked me up biggrin

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2011, 5:45am
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I loved It   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by haou_airengabby
March 18th, 2011, 5:31pm
While i do agree this should not be catergorized as shoujo its more josei all other negative comments are haters. The art is beautiful and the smut better than ive ever seen. but the ending is quite sad and its to heavy for light hearted manga readers but the plot was perfected at parts i was angry why wont he just say he loves her but overall it was a great and one of my favorite mangas
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