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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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v.9 c.50 (End) by A Willful Muse (2326d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2359d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2380d ago)
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.5 / 10.0 (704 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? 1375 days, 9 hours, 28 minutes ago
The "Heroine"? (Spoiler) 1597 days, 15 hours, 13 minutes ago
Haou Airen Hakuron ending spoilers -long post is long. 1953 days, 2 hours, 58 minutes ago
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by cowslaves
February 3rd, 2009, 10:11pm
i loved the love story between hakuron and kurumi, although i would have liked kurumi to be raped a little less...... Anyway, i'd have to disagree and say that i liked the plot for the most part. Though, I probably wouldn't have read it if i knew the ending was going to be so damn depressing.

... Last updated on February 3rd, 2009, 10:12pm
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Gods... why did I put myself through this again?   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
January 27th, 2009, 11:53am
I'd dropped this title a long time ago and decided to try reading this again, despite Shinjo Mayu's annoying storytelling traits. Bleah... well, the saving grace is the art but the story itself is boring and bland. And it's completely full of nothing but sex, smut and useless bitching between women and men.

Seriously... why did I put myself through the agony of trying to read this title again? The plot devices are nothing special and neither is the storytelling. In fact, everything reads like 1 big cliched fest from a C-class movie. I don't mind cliches or sex but the storytelling makes everything like soured milk.

... Last updated on January 27th, 2009, 11:59am
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by GeoNemesis
January 13th, 2009, 2:47pm
Well to the guys that says to not watch since its garbage, there are some ppl that might just be interested into watching crap manga to see how crappy a manga can actualy get u know ^^ Im actually deciding to watch this cause this is the first time I've see a manga that has as much 1 rating compared to the 10 rating xD Id probably be lmao from those garbage part u guys mentioned xD
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Star-crossed lovers   
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by flyingtomatoes
January 3rd, 2009, 9:08pm
If it hadn't been for that horrible ending, I would say that this is probably one of my favorite mangas. However, I thought how that the heroine forgot her family so quickly was pretty wrong. She is also too quick to confess her love for a guy she just met. Despite all that, the drawings were pretty good and Karumi is really cute.

It was only after I finished reading the entire manga online that I noticed this was supposed to be a tragedy. I kind of wish I had seen that before because I probably wouldn't have started reading it. I absolutely hate sad endings. But I suppose its the author's way of saying that their love is eternal, and will remain as pure and untouchable. A kind of love unattainable by anyone else, I guess. The fact that he died still pisses me off regardless though. I wish Mayu Shinjo would write another series bringing him back to life through some weird, inexplainable way and making it a happy ending, since they really are a beautiful couple. That's just wishful thinking though since its supposed to be a tragedy anyway.
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And that's terrible.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Ariakit
December 23rd, 2008, 10:03pm
It started off just as a bad manga. But that's okay, I like bad mangas.

Then it stopped being bad. It became offensive. I felt angry when I read it. He raped her. No two goddamn ways about it, he raped her. Repeatedly. And the fact that the manga tries to excuse it with "oh no, she wanted it" is just sick.
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This is really the worst manga I have ever read.

EDIT: Now with bonus spoilers. I laughed myself sick at the end. Hakuron got just what he deserved. She should have hooked up with Foiron. At least he loved her and didn't feel the need to express it through abuse and rape.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2009, 12:10am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by lilpnai4u21
December 15th, 2008, 12:08am
it was a nice manga. i loved it from da begining, in some way it was annoying. i read the summary and genre so i knew it was gonna end badly. so throughout da whole series i kept on thinkin dat sumones gonna die but as it goes to da end, it seemed like it was a happily ever after. it was pretty messed up in some ways, made me sad.
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bad ending ( CONTAINS SPOILERS )   
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by mono1
December 14th, 2008, 11:13pm
it was pretty sad that hakuron died...but the ending was too quick...i mean, he didn't even put up fight..if he loved kurumi he would have been like "BRING IT ON" or SOMETHING
well all i gotta say it ending could have been better.. it was too rushed.. that's about it
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Name-Undecided
December 13th, 2008, 10:14pm
This is the absolute WORST shoujo manga I ever read. I managed to stagger through the first three chapters before puking up my guts and dying at the s[uck]iness of it all. Weak shoujo heroines are a dime a dozen, but this girl is downright "special"! She's such an IDIOT, abducted from her family and within 2 pages she's all over her captor, I'm like, HELLO? Your mother's sick and your siblings need you and all you can do is drool over your not-very-hot kidnapper with the bad attitude? Really?

Give this a miss, it's terrible.
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by black_rose101265
December 13th, 2008, 3:52pm
I really liked this manga. You see this man was in a world full of darkness and she was his light. And you have to understand that his hole life based on pain and hate, you can see why he would want her to stay with him no mater what. He did alot to get out of the mafia just for her. At times he was not nice but he comes from a world where even you own family is your worst enemy and to trust someone is hard for him. I really cried at the ending. It was interesting reading this manga because all her mangas theres always that happy ending where the characters are alway together. Yea in this one there was that happy ending but I really wasent expecting what happend in the end.
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why did i waste my time   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
November 17th, 2008, 7:50pm
I have read alot of sensei's work in the past and It ALWAYS has a weak female lead that makes me cringe I liked this series at the beginning but when all the *if you've read it you know what i mean, i don't wanna give away the crappy plot for those that wanna read it as spoilers would be bad, but seriously I wish someone had given me some before i started reading this crap* bad stuff starts happening then I GET SO MAD. I had thought for once this one wouldn't end up with the weak *poor pitiful me, i am getting abused but i still love the b*stard* heroin. no wonder i prefer yaoi! and all you other girls out there that moan that yaoi is bad it is alot better than this!!! I stopped reading this at volume 8 as it pissed me off so much but then after a while, i thought id try again and then i seen a spoiler for the ending! all I was thinking was why the hell did i waste my time reading so much if that was gonna be the end. such a waste of time really! And I feel I am being generous with my rating! By the way I did rate this a 10 before I had reached the leilan suicide chapters after that it went totally downhill for me. but this is only my opinions on the series so let yourself decide. edit* i am reading til the end or else I cannot properly rate the series although i stick by my guns with a 6

... Last updated on November 17th, 2008, 8:29pm
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