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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)
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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse (2102d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2134d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2155d 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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Weekly Pos #677 increased(+34)
Monthly Pos #721 increased(+75)
3 Month Pos #785 decreased(-17)
6 Month Pos #748 decreased(-15)

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Is it published? 1151 days, 4 hours, 2 minutes ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) 1373 days, 9 hours, 47 minutes ago
Haou Airen Hakuron ending spoilers -long post is long. 1728 days, 21 hours, 33 minutes ago
Haou Airen *spoilers* 2109 days, 15 hours, 6 minutes ago
Haou Airen - finished? 2132 days, 0 hours, 8 minutes ago

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hard to digest.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by westsiders2
September 22nd, 2009, 11:25pm
it was pretty obvious that Haou Airen was going to be the only mayu work that has the most mixed views.
you could only get through this manga due to the fact that it is so unrealistic and you will hope for a happier time whilst reading it.
all of this doesn't change the fact that it is really hard to digest even after you have completed it.
am a big fan of mayu's work and i must admit even i could handle the messed up personalities and the way of thinking by the main characters. it is one of those manga's you either hate or love or you are left totally confused as to what happened.
plus it's one of those things where once it more than enough. i really cannot see myself reading this ever again.

... Last updated on October 18th, 2009, 1:10am
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My Thoughts   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by BlueSteel
September 7th, 2009, 2:40am
I honestly loved most of this manga .. I actually got pretty attached to it from the beginning. Although the part when he was just constantly raping her pissed me off along with that Lei Lan girl. But besides that it was really good. I enjoyed reading MOST of it and I thought the plot was pretty good although they did drag some parts out a bit too much.
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But I though the ending was a really shame. Honestly I was looking forward to a nice ending where they get married and have a kid or something like that (which she should considering the amount of times they got it on) but NO that super gay dude who thinks he can protect Kurumi had to go and wreck it. And then she just ends up with the cat. WTH?! Uber lame that neither of them ended up happy.

I mean I know Hakuron did some horrible things but despite all that drama and lead up to the ending you'd think you would find some saught of resolve. Especially after Kurumi stopped being an annoying prick so rather then being all like "I am unworthy!" or "You are a murderer!" and finally found some resolve.
Well I guess besides the ending it was pretty awesome and I seriously enjoyed it.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
August 4th, 2009, 11:54pm
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Alright so it started off rather well and then the smut just went overboard and the plot went messy. I really liked the whole thing xcept the ending! i mean wtf? that guy comes out of nowhere, suddenly knows which church their getting married at and shoots him and then he dies? i mean wtf?!
Overall: 8
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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: N/A
by lilaznangel
May 9th, 2009, 8:41pm
I didn't hate the series, but I didn't love it either. Like everyone else, I didn't like how much rape went on and how Hakuron thought the only way to keep Kurumi is assault her.

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I was SOOOOOO sad when I saw the ending though. I can't believe he died. I really wish Mayu Shinjo didn't kill him off like that since he just got back with Kurumi. And killing him off on his wedding day?! And omg, she made a random character kill him too. Stupid Kafai...
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Rating: N/A
by TeamJacob
April 24th, 2009, 10:49pm
Although I think the ending was my favorite part (Other than the beginning) I just love how she showed his angel Promising he will atch over her and that he will always love her, forever. Crap, Im crying again! Its just sooo sad! I just wish they could have gotten married and live the life they wanted together! I think SHINJO Mayu needs to make a alternate ending for those of us who want to know what would happen if he didnt die. Whay did he have to cry!!!! But i do have to admit, the ending was adorable and If that ever happened to me, I would want someone saying that about me. Even though it is Extremely sad!!!

... Last updated on April 24th, 2009, 10:55pm
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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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total smut, what can you say?   
Rating: N/A
by mysticlovespiral
April 6th, 2009, 12:14am
title says it all...
If you're looking for pure, violent, s&m smut, then this is it. If you're looking for a well-crafted storyline that intrigues you psychologically, then this series is probably not it. CLASSIC Shinjo Mayu...same artistic style, same basic male and female characters, same rape/sex scenes, you get the picture. For what it is, it's ok. But mediocre as a gangster/kidnapping love story - there are so many better avenues to explore. And jesus, can her female characters get any more insipid and helpless? I know it's a stylized archetype of the passive female, but still. The story just gets annoying after a while...
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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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Had its ups and had its downs   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Lillian
March 20th, 2009, 7:05am
So, now that I've finished it I'm wondering why I even started.
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At the end he died and neither him nor her found the happiness they were looking for. -.- Lame, if at least she would be with Foron (or what he was called) then one would be happy at the end.

The smut wasn't worth it, since I'm also no fan of rape and sexual abuse and don't need it to be glorified like this. Just because it may belong to the field of the mafia in that manga doesn't mean I do enjoy seeing someone getting raped. It added to its tragedy though.
Ignoring the rape scenes I enjoyed the rest until the end ruined it.
Ah well, I give it a 5 for its sweet and passionate parts and its chinese setting. Wasn't a total waste after all wink
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