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Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru  
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Kyouichi's indecisive character has led him to repeatedly commit the foolish mistake of adultery. One day, Imagase, a college classmate he hasn't seen since graduation, shows up as the private detective hired by his wife to investigate his infidelity. Imagase, however, proposes a deal. He won't tell Kyouichi's wife about his affairs, but, for compensation, he makes an unbelievable demand: "I want your body in exchange..."

In the second edition, there is an extra chapter.


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Associated Names
Das Spiel von Katz und Maus (German)
Il Gioco del Gatto e del Topo (Italian)
Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume wo Miru
Le Jeu du chat et de la souris 1 (French)
The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese

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v.1 c.Extra by PresenceDear (2429d ago)
v.1 c.5 (end) by PresenceDear (2755d ago)
v.1 c.3-4 by PresenceDear (2948d ago)
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (911 votes)
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Original Publisher
Shogakukan (2006; 2009)

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Judy (Shogakukan)

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Beautiful and realistic   
Rating: N/A
by marisa_moonlight
November 15th, 2010, 1:42am
What a manga, I mean it, but it becames awesome when you read this one and the sequel. In fact something I feel sad it took me so long to find... I wish I could find mangas this good and nicely elaborated like this one. Such a jewel. If you feel like reading angst, then this fits perfectly. It talks about the scape of real world when u fall in love with same sex person and how to face the world and your own morals in the afterglow. So much passion and tears, for real, my collection was incomplete without this amazing manga.
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Rating: 7.3 / 10.0
by upyours
November 10th, 2010, 10:50pm
This story's plot boggled my mind.

Kyouichi's indecisiveness and infidelity pissed me off to no end, like some other people. He always seemed to have an excuse like "I was forced to do it... I had no choice... She cornered me, blah, blah, blah." The Mangaka excused this stating that he's just a kind guy with good intentions but has a hard time of saying no...He does seem kind but because of his nature he hurt a lot of people around him
Spoiler (highlight to view)
this includes: Imagase, his wife, a married woman who he was attracted to in college, his ex-girlfriend, etc.

On the other hand, Imagase creeped me out a little bit. He took advantage of Kyouichi's infidelity, using it to blackmail him so that he could "kiss" him. On a side note, I never knew kissing could be that steamy >w<. His love for Kyouichi was very obsessive, which made his character more twisted and dark. His love for him didn't make sense to me even though he did mention it was love at first sight. I just didn't think that was reason enough for him to pursue Kyouichi so passionately. But hey, is there really any reason in love?

While their character traits didn't sit well with me, I also liked them, to a certain point because they were just so realistic. And so is this story. This manga portrays two adulterated, lonely men trying to have a relationship (the "trying" part was one-sided at first but that soon changed). But the thing is, Kyouichi is -or was- not gay, and that was the suspense of the whole story: whether Kyouichi would turn gay for Imagase or not. I think the mangaka fit Kyouichi's indecisive nature very well into the story, seeing that he later has to make a choice (which he's bad at doing): sleeping with a gay man or just live life normally as a straight man.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Here's the thing though, he wasn't happy being with a woman. Yes he was content with the sex but emotionally he wasn't really in it. This was shown after he chose his ex-girlfriend and they began dating after two months. He wasn't happy, and the girl wasn't happy either.

To sum it all up, this manga is definitely worth your time, especially if you like melodramatic scenes and stuff. Although this manga wasn't very dark, just dramatic.
Yaoi isn't my preferred genre but I enjoyed it, so Yaoi fans would probably enjoy it more.
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You will read it.   
Rating: N/A
by Ren91
July 25th, 2010, 8:54pm
I hate sounding like i'm trying to sell you something but honestly, this manga is worth reading.

Yeah, the begining is ridiculous (and the quality of the art bothered me at times, since it is as important as the story itself for me) but I understood why later on. I'm not into melodramatic stuff, but this is something different, it is more like reality itself.

I'll not rate this, just because I can´t separate it from the sequel anymore, as I read somewhere down on the comments, it only makes sense if you read it.
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This was good.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
June 27th, 2010, 8:13pm
It wasn't amazing.
Okay, I love melodrama; a lot of people complain about that aspect of this story, but I personally lapped it up. It's absolutely everything else about it that bothered me.
I hated the characters. Every single one of them. The seme was a blackmailer and a rapist, the uke was just a worm. Even the eyeless-nameless characters inspired mild hatred.
And speaking of the story - what story? I didn't notice any, at least not any that didn't differ much from the typical seme-seduces-hesitant-uke "plot" that every single yaoi manga ever written has used.
But I say these things only because everyone praises this manga to high heavens.
It was good.
One of the best, really.
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Quite good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AeeDee
March 27th, 2010, 12:33am
I find it odd that people are complaining about the characters being "bad" people. Yes, they're adulterers. This story deals with having affairs, and questions what actually builds a trustworthy relationship. That being said, if you can get past that, the story itself is interesting, engaging, and shows genuine, flawed people and how they deal with logic and reason getting in the way of passion and instinct. Definitely worth reading, if you want a slightly up/down, drawn-out seduction story. Also, it's not as 'dark' as some are implying.. despite dealing with adultery and betrayal, it's never soul-crushing, and it doesn't end in a way that lets you down too terribly. You may feel sympathy for those hurt by the protagonists through the story, but it's not the kind of story that'll make you cry, or cringe in disgust. Serious BL could get far darker than this does; at its heart, it's still a romance. And it works.

... Last updated on March 27th, 2010, 12:33am
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Beautiful plot   
Rating: N/A
by shouichi
March 1st, 2010, 7:34am
I have write a comment about this manga on the sequel part. just because I love this manga, I wanna write a comment again biggrin

guys, If you wanna read yaoi manga that can touch your heart, a realistic plot, dynamic seme-uke, and a good story, I recommend you to read this. very very beautiful! you'll see about the a real life of someone who confused about his sexual preference just because his friend who is gay is always chasing after him. okay. they DO IT several times, but Kyouichi always confuse whether he's a gay or not. but when he realize he's a half gay and have a lil feeling for imagase, he always think that imagase is only playing around with him when Imagase think kyouichi is always prefer woman when there are a woman tries to approach him.

I'm not a fan of drama and dynamic seme-uke. but I ADMIT this is ONE of MY FAVORITE yaoi! the sequel's art is not as good as this one, but still okay to see.
Oh..I like the ending too.A REALISTIC ENDING!
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Rating: N/A
by ragec
February 21st, 2010, 7:22pm
Just WOW, This is the first time reading something like this. It makes me sad, mad, annoyed and 1 scene made me laugh "Can you wash me down there" "Can i use the wachine machine" lol. Overall i like it but i can't have myself read the sequel. Its just too much to start reading this kind of genre. If you are looking for like a fluffy romantic BL story then don't read this.
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There's just something about this...   
Rating: N/A
by Macabeak
January 30th, 2010, 12:49pm first, I hated this manga. The artwork wasn't well done, everything seemed too melodramatic, and it was unpleasantly twisted. As you keep reading it, though, that unpleasant feeling is explained and explored, pulling you in deeper while the two characters hurt each other so much.

Normally, I don't enjoy reading about these kinds of twisted relationships, but as the subject of this review says... there something about this that really resonates with you. I think it was that scene just before the final conclusion that really made this manga for me.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Moria Polonius
January 8th, 2010, 5:39pm
The artwork is very clean and nice, although not extraordinary (it's hard to believe this was drawn by the same person as "1999 Shanghai" which was an incredible story but very different art-wise) but what's striking are the little details the mangaka manages to draw out attention to: a lonely outstretched hand, the way somebody looks away. It makes for a great emotional impact.

I enjoyed the fact that the characters are far from perfect: both are quite nasty pieces of work, actually, each in their own way. However, they feel more real than most yaoi characters, especially Kyouichi. Finally a character for whom "turning gay" is a problem that he's not okay after first two chapters. Well, he never actually turns gay, bi maybe. Women in this manga are not your regular yaoi fodder either: they are characters that I could actually feel for and see the protagonist ending up with - not that it would be healthy in most of cases, but Kyouichi's relationship with Imagase isn't all that healthy either. At the end of the manga you don't get that impression that everything's going sunshine and rainbows from now on, you know they're going to have a lot of problems with their relationship but they have pulled through a lot of crap already (crap they caused themselves) so they might pull through in the future as well.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by psycho.sprite
September 3rd, 2009, 2:55am
Yaoi is not really my cup of tea, but this one was a brilliant read. The characters are well drawn, and the relationship between Kyouichi and Imagase is very deep and painful. After finishing the manga, I am convinced again that Mizushiro Setona is really good at depicting the deepness of human soul.
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