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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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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse (2104d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2137d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2158d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 6.5 / 10.0 (690 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.53 / 10.0
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August 23rd 2014, 1:01pm PST

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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #658 increased(+63)
Monthly Pos #788 increased(+8)
3 Month Pos #791 decreased(-23)
6 Month Pos #747 decreased(-14)

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On 726 reading lists
On 431 wish lists
On 1849 completed lists
On 216 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Is it published? 1153 days, 12 hours, 54 minutes ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) 1375 days, 18 hours, 39 minutes ago
Haou Airen Hakuron ending spoilers -long post is long. 1731 days, 6 hours, 24 minutes ago
Haou Airen *spoilers* 2111 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes ago
Haou Airen - finished? 2134 days, 8 hours, 59 minutes ago

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Superifical and extremely irritating   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by cswave
June 3rd, 2009, 4:17am
The girl is irritating beyond words. Your typical stupid swooning heroin. The story diverges so much from reality that no amount of imagination and tolerance can save it from being a complete flop..

... Last updated on June 3rd, 2009, 4:19am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kazzagal
April 24th, 2009, 10:37pm
I love this manga, and they go through so much.

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I just wish that they could have finally gotten married. It was so close, and with all that happened, I wish that she could have given them happiness at the end T_T
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Lots of rape   
Rating: N/A
by purehappiness
March 22nd, 2009, 8:56pm
Yeh there was lots of rape and nonsense but it's not really bad or anything.
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I was very disappointed in the ending; it was so sad... They deserved to be together after going through all of that.
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Disgusted x.x   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by bajuwa
March 3rd, 2009, 8:50pm
im not just saying this cause its smut, cause personally i couldnt care less. what disgusts me is the guy has got a sick and twisted mind, and the girl, who is a complete RETARD keeps fawning over him -.-"
she gets ripped away from her sick mother (who is in need of hospitalization), and her young twin brothers, yet after the first couple chapters, she has completely forgotten about her family and never mentions them again.
then she watches him shoot a girl dead in the middle of the library, gets raped for 3 days straight, yet still fawns over him o.o
and ya its yakuza/mafia, but the girls reaction is just weird considering how weak she is o.0
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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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by manga-lover1988
December 22nd, 2007, 8:27am
What an unfortunate ending.. really sad.

I find this manga really depressing but I still understand the situation by reading the whole story..
It's kinda draggy at beginning and its really sad that the heroine is the most pathetic and some what really naive/clueless.. but its understandable, though... hakuron is agressive and very forceful towards her I think he truely love her... hmmm.. there are lots of misuderstanding going on and also involve alot of people that want to tear them apart...

Also it has the proof that Hakuron really LOVES Kurumi.. he may done it in a demonic way but the feeling of protecting someone is stronger .. though he doesnt want to hurt Kurumi but for her sake he'll be the strongest man that can only protect her even it cost his life... (just like the endling)...

Really shoking story.. but thats how it ends.. at least he left something special for her (KITTEN=CAT)... even they are apart, as long as they think about each other and love each other... that only matters.. I think.... very corny and naive thoughts but it works only in manga world..

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2007, 4:00pm
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by bu_erfly
November 20th, 2007, 2:55am
ah...wat theconfused i donno y but i had to finish it, if just to see how much more unbelievably the storyline could cross the boundary of sanity...i don get how she could love him, wouldn u wanna escape from that horrible man as soon as possibleconfused and him!! wat was up with thatconfused? how can he treat his 'precious woman' like that?? really? its way too unbelievable!!
all in all, this is one twisted plot! i wanted to scream at the girl to grow a backbone, a brain, and get a sense of self respect!!
there may be people out there who really like dis manga, i respect that even tho i dont personally understand it
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Absolutely horrible.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Digital-Eon
November 15th, 2007, 4:54pm
How can ANYONE like this manga? What kind of a twisted mind (or lack of a mind entirely) must one have to enjoy such a plot? The heroine is among the most pathetic of her type that I've ever read about (excluding other Shinjo Mayu manga, of course), and the hero may be handsome in some way, but his attitude isn't even remotely attractive.

As to the people who think it's realistic and romantic, I have one thing to tell you: girls who get kidnapped by the mafia and then forced into sex do NOT fall in love with their captor, especially not after knowing them for a few hours. That is not a realistic romance, nor is it even romantic. That's sick and twisted, and I fail to see how anyone could fantasize about such a thing.
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Rating: N/A
by anatolia
March 22nd, 2007, 1:49pm
The plot is not bad but I hate the ending . T____T
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So Much Emotion   
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by PandaLove16
February 6th, 2014, 8:44pm
When reading this mange, be prepared for a roller-coaster of emotion. You will grow from hate to love to frustration to irritation and more all within a single volume. I'm about to re-read this series and I can't wait to read down memory lane. Even through the 300+ mange that I've read, this one has always stayed at the top of my memory. I will never forget this amazing story.
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