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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 (2236d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2268d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2289d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.5 / 10.0 (697 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.52 / 10.0
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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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Weekly Pos #604 increased(+111)
Monthly Pos #827 decreased(-11)
3 Month Pos #850 decreased(-42)
6 Month Pos #821 decreased(-38)

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Is it published? 1284 days, 22 hours, 53 minutes ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) 1507 days, 4 hours, 38 minutes ago
Haou Airen Hakuron ending spoilers -long post is long. 1862 days, 16 hours, 24 minutes ago
Haou Airen *spoilers* 2243 days, 9 hours, 57 minutes ago
Haou Airen - finished? 2265 days, 18 hours, 59 minutes ago

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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?   
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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   
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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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I think   
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by MangahhFann
March 13th, 2009, 7:48pm
Personally, I thougt that this was a great manga.
But all the rape and stuff made me wanna kill shinjo mayu.
I mean, really.
He couldve expressed his love in ways other than sex and rape.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Janinex3
March 11th, 2009, 2:16am
Seriously.....I dont get how this manga is bad..or even HORRIBLE!?? Come on guys....Hakuron lives in the mafia world, a world where everything is all about money and power. What do you expect from someone who has never been taught about love? Let alone the meaning of the word.....
I personally loved the manga. I really enjoyed reading it. SO far, I think this is one of the best mangas I've ever read. FOr those who called it sick or disturbing, you guys need to focus more on the story line rather than how many times Kurumi got raped. T.T

... Last updated on March 11th, 2009, 3:25am
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liked it!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by browneyed_psychogrl
March 9th, 2009, 4:40am
i loved this story! but it would have been better if it didnt have kurami getting raped like every five seconds lol.....
somehow i think the ending kind of fits...since there is no other way to end this story...and like mono1 said, it seemed like it was rushed.. made me REALLY sad!
*snif snif*

... Last updated on March 9th, 2009, 4:41am
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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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