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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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Associated Names
Amante Dragon (spanish)
Despotic Lover
Supreme King's Mistress

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse (2874d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2906d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2927d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.5 / 10.0 (727 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.51 / 10.0
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December 14th 2014, 6:54am PST



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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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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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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Elu-hamu1
December 19th, 2010, 11:39pm
Haou Airen has its nice heart felt moments, then its annoying moments then its "OMG thats going over the line" moments.... overall i liked-ish this manga. The smut was abit much but then again Mayu Shinjo is the queen of such things. Plot/s was impressively put together considering that they were VERY complex through my prespective. The ending was ...........undescribable. I ACTUALLY CRIED! ( I mean someone was bound to be outside and call for help but oh my gosh!) I CRIED!!!! DId i mention that the dude loves the girl sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much that he would rapage her..yer pretty insane abit like 100% perfect girl (< A HIGHLY RECOMMEND MANGA) - i do reccomended this manga but DEFINTELY NOT TO THE LIGHT- HEARTED! oh yer did i mention the art is OMG WOWOWOWOWOOWOWOOWOOW ....

... Last updated on December 19th, 2010, 11:44pm
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Classic abuse   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by bkwrmatk
December 12th, 2010, 12:41pm
This manga started off interestingly enough, but it quickly went downhill. I read through ch 28 and had to stop when Hakuron saves her only to give her away. Ugh.

Granted, I tried to give Hakuron some slack since he's mafia and violence and control is his MO. However, watching Kurumi descend into classic abuse symptoms was depressing. Check out for info on why victims stay with abusers, and you'll quickly realize that Kurumi isn't thinking she deserves to be raped just because she is weak. This is what abuse does even to strong women who are abused repeatedly. It's sad, and it's sick.

Having read the spoilers about the ending...
Spoiler (highlight to view)
I'm glad Hakuron dies (he deserved it) and that Kurumi doesn't have a child. Why tie an abuse survivor to her abuser?

I gave it a 3 because it started off decent and because Shinjo Mayu captures the reality of abuse fairly well.

... Last updated on May 5th, 2011, 4:42pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Belle123
November 27th, 2010, 9:49pm
He really loves her. But the ending made me cry :'( why she should've went to the doctor embarrassed right a way or he should've had people protecting the out side of the church why :'( Oooooooo why isn't she bearing his child :$ strange
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Too much   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by pyonk
November 13th, 2010, 7:15am
at first few volume, it's a good manga..

Spoiler (highlight to view)
Hakuron rape kurumi and act as an evil, then kurumi hate him, then blah..blah..blah..

it lost my interest, but I cant stop read it coz I already had a high expectation of it..
maybe it would end up good, maybe the story line would be more interesting, I should not hear my heart and dropped it, coz
Spoiler (highlight to view)
in the end, that hakuron died... when it jx a step to his weeding with kurumi

I'm so dissapointed, and regret, why i didnt dropped it right away that time? now I feel chaotic, love Hakuron's character too much T_____T
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This is by far Shinjo Mayu's worst!   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by buywrong
October 28th, 2010, 5:17am
Kurumi is dumb (happy to neglect her family, who are btw in need of help! And don't tell me just because Hakuron got someone to 'look after' them is the same as your daughter/sister being there!). Any person that can give up their family because of some stranger (don't care how hot he is), he/she can't be that great! Then there is this fact that irked me - does everyone speak Japanese in HK or does Kurumi speaks Cantonese now? Shinjo Mayu doesn't even bother to explain this! Also, the drawing of the characters pisses me off - they are too child-like! Manga that have sex scenes should not have characters that looks like some 5yo, it just WRONG!
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That is one messed up way to win over a woman... =_=;   
Rating: N/A
by Disremembrance
October 12th, 2010, 9:58pm
Love is about making mistakes, sure... But it's not about raping the one you love. He didn't even wait till she got over her friend's death. He raped her. Because he couldn't live without her? Because he loved her so much he couldn't imagine going on without her? Love isn't about hurting the one you love on purpose. It is about doing things to make them stay with you, but not that. I can't say that this isn't love, neither can I say that it is love... More like a twisted love with a side of more twisted. =_=;

This sort of love... just makes one feel depressed and it isn't good at all. I recommend not reading this series... It's probably the worst of Shinju Mayu's...
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Rating: N/A
by Crazyee.
August 14th, 2010, 12:48am
Im kinda getting used to female leads being useless in mangas, but the girl in this one just got on my nerves. yes, i know, the male lead is the one who raped her, gave her to is guard blablabla and so on. but i kinda expected that from a guy who had never felt anything for a babe before. he wouldnt know how to react so he acted the stupid he did. but the girl, is beyond question. if any character should be awful is the female lead herself, yes, she loves him so she stayed with him blabla.. but what about her SICK mother and her YOUNGER siblings? she stayed in hong kong, even after all the rape and only questions about her family once in a small while. pathetic? yes it is.

as for the ending, i would have wanted it to end abit much sweeter not to make up for the awful main characters but for the sake of the story itself, i would have imagine, him dying, yes.. thn the female lead ended up with a child. esp after all those sex.. atleast something can lighten up this story.but i think yea, the mangaka was abit lost writing the ending. oh well.
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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.

Spoiler (highlight to view)
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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In the middle, it became muddy   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
July 17th, 2010, 4:36pm
Just when I can enjoy a good series, thinking the author's storytelling is at its top form, it all crashes down in the middle and I was really frustrated by the characters' action. With so much misunderstanding, I don't find it sweet that he kept the truth away from her. I read all the way to the end to see if my opinion can change. It did...but the story was dragged so much into the mud that it didn't matter anymore.

If you want to enjoy a good story, don't pick this one up.

... Last updated on July 17th, 2010, 4:36pm
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