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Zettai Kareshi  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
絶対彼氏。
Absolute Boyfriend
I Won't Let You Become A Star
I Won't Let You Become a Star!
Lui ou Rien ! (French)
Shounen Aromatic
Zekkare

Groups Scanlating
Aerie Scans
ShoujoMagic
Syuura
Syuura's Angels
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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.29 by Syuura (3292d ago)
v.6 c.30-32v2 by Aerie Scans (3348d ago)
v.5 c.28 by Syuura's Angels (3394d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)
3 Bunko Volumes

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (1233 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.78 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 1st 2013, 9:54pm PST


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Year
2003

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Serialized In (magazine)
Sho-comi (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Chuang Yi (6 Volumes - Complete)
Viz (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #780 increased(+226)
Monthly Pos #1688 decreased(-10)
3 Month Pos #1908 increased(+53)
6 Month Pos #2163 increased(+135)

List Stats
On 435 reading lists
On 391 wish lists
On 3595 completed lists
On 142 unfinished lists
On 245 custom lists

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Jeez!!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by JulesPop
February 23rd, 2008, 10:14am
This manga left me without words!!!!!!!! It's sooooooo good!!!!!!! Really good drawings! It was really funny reading it, every day I switched on the pc only for that!! I even cried a bit at the end!
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Loved it.   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by Cottoni
February 4th, 2008, 2:36pm
But the ending made me cry. I really liked all the characters, wished I could have seen a bit more development in some of the characters and it felt like the side characters had some untold stories to tell. I still gave it a 10 anyway, because I was glued to the story until the finish.
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Good story but made me cry   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by daydreamer87
February 2nd, 2008, 7:55pm
I thought the story was pretty good although their were a few times that the Riiko kinda annoyed me. I am an emotional person and this definetly had an ending that made me cry.
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Emotional Breakdown   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rikasakagi
January 18th, 2008, 5:21pm
After finish reading this manga, all I have to say is.

OH MY GAWD! -EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWN- SOOO SADD!

Sheez! I suffered from a whole day of emotional breakdown. Yes, you can say it's pretty stupid. After i finished reading the manga, i CRIED. Literally, right off the spot when i saw Knighto wrapped up in the bag. T____T Knighto, come backkkkkkk! Knight was such a loving and adorable guy. I wished someone like that existed.
I hated how the story ended. At first i read this, and though. "Hmm, Absolute Boyfriend? Sounds interesting." And so i decided to read the first chapter and see how it went. And dang, after the first few chapters, I just had to keep on reading. I was sooo hooked up onto it that I left my homework alone and stayed up late just to read it. It took me two days to read it, because i had school and all. So i read it when i got back from school. During those two days, i totally neglected doing my homework.. and sleeping early.. =.=
The story was really catchy. And the first half of the manga is what made me hooked up into the story. I loved Knight. And I still do, a whole bunch!
Knight.. he's so sweet.. even though he's just a figure.. Knight.. He tried so hard to be a perfect boyfriend for Rikko, and even escaped and went back to Riiko even when he was mal-functioning. That part touched me the most. Even though he was just a figure, he tried really hard to be like a human.
This is one of the most touching manga's. Well for me anways. Just that.. i was really disappointed in the ending. I know, everything doesn't end happily ever after. But this was too much for me(YES I'M A SENSITIVE PERSON!). After being so attached with Knight through out the whole story... him in the end really struck me half broken.... i hated the ending! I cried, and after reading it.. it just made me not want to do anything at all..
One day, i shall create an new "ending option"
For every movie, manga, anime, etc.. before the last most important part of the movie, i'll just have the movie/manga/anime stop. There'll be two options, "Happy ending or Bad/Sad ending", and just have the reader/watcher select whichever one they want... T_T
Just for people like me who can't bare to watch any bad/sad ending..
-EMOTIONAL BREAKDOWN FROM READING ZETTAI KARESHI!!!-
It's been a whole day since i've been affected from it. Now I have to go find and read a "Happy ending" manga to get my mind away from Zettai Kareshi. sad
I would do a minus 1203987129387 on the rating because of the ending... But since I loved everything else, I will give it a PERFECT?!!?

-cries because of the ending T_T-
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very good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by everzin
January 17th, 2008, 6:18pm
i thought it was really cute and fun....
very very cute! made me laugh a lot
although I didnt like how it ended...but i suppose it made sense.
the guy is pretty hot!! although i gotta say all her male characters sorta look the same
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good >.<   
Rating: 7.2 / 10.0
by flootist1661
December 30th, 2007, 7:21pm
hahaha i like the idea of this...but she ended up with the wrong guy...but hahah yuu watase made it up with the sweet ending..
and yeah the drawing is awesome >.< go watase!!
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good at the beginning, but then...   
Rating: N/A
by akane_takamura
December 25th, 2007, 2:02am
Zettai Kareshi started with such a large impact on me that I didn't want to stop reading it until I got to the end, which was VERY disappointing. I've known Watase to be a very good mangaka, but this series was definitely disappointing. It was well thought of and solid at the start, but the ending seemed like something an amateur 12-year-old author-wannabe would come up with. It was corny, too mushy and totally mediocre. It was like suddenly realizing that Barbie was a lesbian and would never end up with Ken no matter what. It's stupid how they fought for their love and at the end they- well, you get it....

Although its ending was abysmal, at the very least, the art was good and the storyline was interesting enough to keep me hooked. I would've rated the series a perfect ten if it wasn't for the ending.

So to sum it up in one line: If you want a story that is a great read with a wonderful plot and HOT characters, and don't mind LAME endings, then read Zettai Kareshi and be amazed.... XD
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Mediocre   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by listopad
October 29th, 2007, 12:26am
Reading the summary, I thought this is another story where a desperate and lonely girl would take great lengths to get herself a boyfriend. Whether a human or otherwise, just to have a boyfriend. But the concept of having a "perfect" boyfriend that you can customize according to your tastes tremendously appealed to me so I gave it a shot.

The first volume is interesting in a way that you want to find out how Night will prove to be an absolute great boyfriend to Riiko. I thought I could get past the shallowness of the female lead as I progress through reading it, but I was wrong. The love triangle between Night, Riiko and Soushi gave off instant fun but the magic soon lost its charms in later volumes. Riiko's ficklemindedness got into my nerves. She just can't make up her mind. She'd choose Night today, but she'd sway to Soshi tomorrow. I've never seen such heroine with wavering feelings until Riiko. But, kudos to Night because I was really touched when he learned to develop human feelings to be a great boyfriend to Riiko.

It has a loose and weak ending, the characters weren't developed as I'd have expected. I felt bad for Night, but not for Riiko. It was a light read, recommended for starters, and starters only.

... Last updated on October 29th, 2007, 12:36am
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Forgettable   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by funnyvalentine
October 29th, 2007, 12:18am
That was probably one of the most "bleh" mangas I've read so far.

The summary sounded good so I tried it but it just got cliche. The ending didn't really help either, though there were some mildly funny parts throughout the series.
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The art is great but...   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by TsukiYue
October 16th, 2007, 11:33am
[edit by mod, Warning: possible spoilers]
No offense to the creator or anything but I expected something better from her. The plot of the ideal boyfriend that you can customize yourself is somewhat interesting (though it gave off a sort of Stepford Wives kind of initial feel) but by the second volume, it became rather predictable and drawn out (two-faced friends and next door neighbors being in love with the main character). I don't blame her though since she had Fushigi Yuugi:GK running alongside this. The ending did kind of come out of nowhere and I honestly didn't feel much sadness or pity for Riiko. She chose to be with her 'perfect' mate instead of someone who has always been there for her. It just instills the fact that humans would rather be with a robot with all of its installed perfections and predictability than a human.
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