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Zettai Kareshi  
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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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Syuura's Angels

Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.29 by Syuura (3543d ago)
v.6 c.30-32v2 by Aerie Scans (3599d ago)
v.5 c.28 by Syuura's Angels (3645d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Bunko Volumes

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (1246 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.77 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 11th 2015, 12:14am PST



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Sho-comi (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

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English Publisher
Viz (6 Volumes - Complete)

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by Sabuya
October 4th, 2007, 7:16pm
Zettai Kareshi was a good mnaga. Just what I'd expecteds from Yuu Watase, but the ending was very heartbreaking. I believe it deserves a ten, but I'll minus .5 because it wasn't an ending I had hoped for.
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very good!   
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by oblique
August 2nd, 2007, 5:49am
This is one of the very few Yuu Watase mangas that i didn't hate! sure, the main character kind of bugged me (as all Yuu Watase characters seem to do, haha), but the story and the art more the made up for it. still, like most people here, I was a little disappointed with the ending, however it did seem appropriate for the plot. It was probably better than a boring sappy ending with everyone happy, which I hate that even more than sad ones.

... Last updated on August 2nd, 2007, 5:51am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by akkung
July 16th, 2007, 12:21pm
although before I finished reading the series I rated it as a 6. But as I got more into it , I completely fell in love with it. It is so touching I love it. Especially in the end I actually cried. A perfect 10 for this.
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one of the best manga i've read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by starbuckx
January 6th, 2007, 9:27pm
this manga was one of the best manga's i've ever read. it's funny, yet touching. i think it had a great ending, since it left the reader emotional. i cried so hard in the ending >< and for a few days, i couldn't even look at the other volumes. yes, this is a great manga, but i kinda hope they don't make this into an anime series since anime doesn't turn out as well as manga >_O
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touching manga indeed   
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by akurashy
July 26th, 2006, 6:52pm
The manga is pretty funny,
I kinda predicted that Night won't last forever because of his hardware but still

The draws are amazing D:
also good to laugh D:
good drama =o

and in the end, there is no such thing as perfect :P *kills everyone with reality o.o*
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night is the no.1 bishounen!!!!!!   
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by funki3
June 12th, 2006, 9:47am
i love this manga!! it's so cute!! and no one cud resist de ever-charming Night!! the only thing is i HATE THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!! i cried so badly knowing that night is ... i f i was riiko, i wud cry for more than a month!!! dis manga is very different from watase-sensei's usual happy ending stories.. i reli wish i cud have Night as my "zettai kareshi"
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OK, but not good   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Nyajinsky
July 19th, 2015, 3:58am
I have to say this one is one of the better works of Watase Yuu, probably only because of the ending. I don't really like or enjoy her works, but I like her gag jokes which are found in the whole manga and her other works as well. But that's the only good point about it. It was an average shoujo for me; maybe a bit worse that average, but I liked the jokes and the ending.

The story
Riiko is whining about not having a boyfriend at age 16(?), getting constantly rejected by everybody. The manga starts with one rejection, a funny one too.
Desperate, she ends up ordering a boyfriend through the internet. This boyfriend is perfect. Nice, handsome, knows everything and is really really sweet to her. The problem is that Riiko tends to forget that Night is just a figure.
Some troubles follow: money, bullying, other unexpected boyfriend candidates and we get out with a very usual but not so usual as Night was a robot, love triangle with her neighbor and childhood friend Soushi. And that's the story.
What made this manga bad was Riiko getting in situations, conversations and thoughts about her losing her virginity. There were so much of these scenes I would say it was smut, if I didn't read a smut manga before. I could live without these parts, thanks.

Art was fine. I've seen better, but for an average shoujo it was enough. Good proportioned bodies and such. It was easy to tell the characters apart, but that could be because of the extras: hair color, glasses....

The only thing worse than the story were the characters. Let's start with Night, the perfect boyfriend, as he didn't have a difficult character. He was perfect, jealous, but didn't let it show at himself. I always suspected he never really loved Riiko, as he was made for loving the girl that kisses him. And that's what Riiko did. I never saw him as a human.
Riiko wasn't that weak as other shoujo heroines, but she was clumsy and a bit stupid. Then Soushi, her childhood friend, the typical shoujo hero: perfect, can cook, is funny, cares, bishounen...... I pitied him a bit. He should go for somebody else than Riiko. I still can't get it, why he did what he did at the end. Although he could tell her sooner that he likes her. What a chicken.

I also didn't like that everyone was a good person, not considering what they did. For one thing, Riiko gets bullied one time. And at the end, she saves the bully and even says sorry. Come on girl, it's normal to get angry. For another, there are her parents. They are never home. She is minor for god's sake. and then they come home and her father is against Night of course. And father still thinks he has a right to say anything in her life. You failed as a parent, deal with it. Riiko can't rebel at all. I don't remember seeing her angry for herself.

no. A bit just for the jokes, it was also readable so nothing horrible. I remember when I read it first time, I actually liked it. Good thing it was so short.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I think that Night's death was for the best. He never was human, even if he thought so. It would feel uncompleted if he stayed with Riiko till the end. Soushi came back to her and I really really liked that. Although - poor Soushi. I never could forgive her. She left him after all. But I still take it as his happiness so it's okay. Many people dislike the tragedy, but it definitely increased my rating.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by sarin68
April 16th, 2015, 6:16pm
The manga is cute but I just found myself supporting the protagonist with another guy, not the doll. Maybe he's just too perfect, despite that being the premise? The other characters just interested me more than he did.
Still love the manga and recommend it to anyone who is into shoujo.
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by Disgorged
January 11th, 2014, 12:22am
I think the author did a rushed job with this series. While keeping the same number of volumes, some of the irrelevant arcs could have been skipped. The series also does not focus at all on Night's near-human transformation. Also, there was no romantic progression between Night and Riiko. Riiko fell in love right away and stayed that way till the end. In such respect, the live action drama does a far better, might as well say an amazing job in overcoming these shortcomings. Riiko cannot accept Night because it's a robot and takes a while before accepting him only when she realizes that he has overcome his programmed self. Night, on the other hand, is always struggling to overcome his robotic nature to get close to Riiko. His struggle and eventual success in developing human ego, and his efforts to make Riiko happy are what's missing in the manga. In the end, it even makes Riiko lament that she should have been nicer to Night and understood his feelings sooner. All these events and progression makes the ending far more sadder than the manga. Of course the manga came first and the author didn't have this in mind, but if you watch the drama the manga just appears too bland.
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First Manga   
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by Minako_Kimi
October 15th, 2013, 7:54pm
This is the manga that swept me into the world of manga and anime. I have the whole series and it was just so fun and interesting that i would remmend anyone looking for a comedic love manga to read this one! It will hook you and then make you cry at the end. It was such a surprise. After reading this manga I wanted to go on a dates like they had! Still love the series so much and read it when the internet is down.
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