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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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Amante Dragon (spanish)
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v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse (2300d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2333d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2353d ago)
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.5 / 10.0 (701 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.52 / 10.0
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December 14th 2014, 6:54am PST



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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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Is it published? 1349 days, 5 hours, 51 minutes ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) 1571 days, 11 hours, 36 minutes ago
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Sex, guns, and mafia. The Perfect Mix!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sara_was_here24
November 28th, 2009, 1:01pm
Now the main character Kurumi, Well she is kinda dumb. But I thought in an adorable way. Some people don't agree (screw 'em)
But I thought this was a very wonderful story.

Now the guy. Hakuron is the sex!! He is amazing. Love him. He's the guy that gets anything he wants no matter the price. And I mean anything -wink-

I was a little effi about the whole story line. For those who are sensitive to adult content, then turn back now while you still have the chance!! Because there is a lot of doin it in this story.But for the rest of you, It was crazy. It was more detailed then kaikan phrase was.(Which actually surprised me)

If you like Shinjo Mayu's other work, you'll enjoy this. Though I do believe that the opening to the story is...well a stretch. They barely made it work. But after that it was all good.

If your into this kinda thing and in for a twist of romance thrown in then ya should read it.
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don't forget to bring tissues :(   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whitney425
October 26th, 2009, 4:27am
I finished this manga half an hour ago and I still can't stop crying. Yes the ending was horrible and it was pretty raunchy 24/7 but still the ridiculous love they had for each other and the lengths they would go to is reason enough to read this manga
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Hoping for a sequel or something similar....   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by goal
October 10th, 2009, 2:43am
Do you like sexy bad boy bishies? Shinjo Mayu delivers them! Her bishies are drawn the best! Out of all her bad boy bishies, I like Hakuron's character the most. He is ruthless,dangerous, and deadly. A powerful character who ends up falling helplessly in love. This is the usual theme of her mangas and I have a great appetite for it. So I hope she continues to give us more mangas because I know she has great potential. Haou Airen is her best work so far, in my eyes. Because romance development and character build-up requires time I hope her next project is also a lengthy one.

Whereas she spent much time on this series and the plot but I feel she rushed it in some parts and that is why the series did not get the reviews it derserved. Well the ending, for one, was all wrong. Shinjo Mayu creates a fantasy and girls want to wake up from the dream with a smile. So the tragic end really was a disappointment for me. I also feel the ending was rushed and the plot could have been more tightly tied together. If we dont get a sequel for this series, I hope we get a bishie who is just as much of a bad boy as Hakuron in her next series.

I seek to read mature romance mangas. Shinjo Mayu adds a delicious spice of smut and I love that. It ofcourse has to be done tastefully and if the mangaka spends time in building the story and drama then the smut becomes more toxic. No one delivers it live Shinjo Mayu and I love her for it.
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beautyful but..   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by zero-chan
October 1st, 2009, 11:15am
. sad! Very SAD!!!! I hate the ending!!!! The art is good and so is the storry.. a little bit to much smut but it was ok. I finished read it in one day and was looking forwart to the end but it was not what I expected !!! But It's worth reading.
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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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