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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 (2537d ago)
v.9 c.49 by A Willful Muse (2569d ago)
v.9 c.48 by A Willful Muse (2590d ago)
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.4 / 10.0 (715 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.42 / 10.0
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December 14th 2014, 6:54am PST



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Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

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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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by misscookie68
November 17th, 2008, 9:34am
I mean this is one of the most horrible mangas I have EVER read.
Shinjo Mayu's work has always make her characters so weak, native and not really attractive, but she makes her main guys so sexy and powerful. I think this manga was a huge disapointment as well with the most depressing endings I ever encountered but i think it suits this horrible manga as well. I mean Kurumi just keeps getting raped, sexually abused by Hakuron and she still loves him...I loved the smut scenes but the characters and the plot wasnt worth continuing the series. I give this series 1/10. I feel sorry for Kurumi but then again I don' idiotic
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Negative numbers needed   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by YummiMookies
November 13th, 2008, 12:22pm
I'm sorry, but this is one of the worst mangas I've ever read.
It started out okay [with me ignoring the sexual abuse] but it just got stupider and stupider...
I stopped reading it at chapter 3. Since then, i've been avoiding it like the plague...

... Last updated on July 26th, 2011, 10:56pm
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Great start, rubbish end   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by vampiremaddy
November 11th, 2008, 12:36pm
I completely loved this series at the beginning. I don't know why, but the portrayal of the mafia as cold hearted and bloody appealing to me, along with a rich, intelligent, attractive bishie never goes amiss.
It was shown as a bit glamorous, but with a cruel background behind the wealth and glamour.

However after the couple experience a relationship breakdown, there is complete misery for about three volumes (rape, rape, rape and more rape along with some heartbreak and violence)
I got extremly bored of the continual raping of one female character who spent the whole time crying, then ended up enjoying being raped and desiring him to do it again!!!

I know the end too, and its unsatisfying. I won't spoil it, but take the hint of the genre 'tragedy'

So in conclusion, read up to about volume 3, and feel free to keep going if you enjoy watching other people being continually raped. Which would make you very sadistic. And disgusting.

... Last updated on May 28th, 2009, 12:35pm
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by mintnpepperr
October 31st, 2008, 9:26pm
I've been reading..
and only noticed that one of the genres say Tragedy! embarrassed
This better not end badly..or....I don't know.
So's quite interesting. I hate all those heart clenching moments like where the characters misunderstand each other and such.
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it was entertaining... indeed...   
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by Aseeker
October 26th, 2008, 3:15am
love comes in different forms.. label me a weirdo or sicko, but i can sympathetize with the main male lead.. you love someone and you dont want to hurt them but there are times that "I" think i just want to lock her in a cage and just keep her to myself.. I dont want anybody to see her or touch her.. I cant deny that I have those thoughts.. if I ever was in his shoes, with all the fame, power, status and money I would do the same thing he did.. make her not forget about me for the rest of her life.. he was just rough around the edges and he really wasnt taught about love and he doesnt know how to express it.. but he really did want the girl to stay by his side, cause she was his light in the dark world of the mafia. unexpecdetly, it was quite entertaining (my title subject).. i was anxious to read the next chapter as I finish a chapter.. the drawings were really nice.. there was heavy drama.. the smutfest was definitely there.. it was a good read for me.. not recommded for those who just started reading manga or to hypocrites or idealists.. not like im not one but after reading this comment, hope you pick this up.. it might be what you are looking for than those other romance mangas out there..
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against feminism   
Rating: N/A
by littleangeline
October 18th, 2008, 11:10pm
no offense, but i like shinjo mayu's mangas.but the one thing that bothers me the most is the fact that the lead females are always perceived as weak, thus need to be continuously protected-be it in the name of love, lust, etc! Moreover, Shinjo Mayu has created magnificent characters, transformed into the male leading or supporting characters. but the lack of presence for the females are far too apparent. I think there is no strong connection whatsoever between the female and male characters here,among others, could be seen in keikan phrase and of course haou airen.
no offense, i do enjoy this manga, but i think this manga wouldnt go that far if the leading female and male characters are too imbalanced in personality. Take a look at Hana yori Dango, where the leading characters' presence are so strong, it was even adapted into drama series. Hopefully, in her future creations, the mangaka could present an even better and outstanding storyline that will far surpass my criticism.

Clearly, Shinjo Mayu's leading female characters need to be re formulated. They shouldnt be abandoned to be as weak as they are. and the string between the characters need to be stronger, and developed more comprehensively.

... Last updated on October 18th, 2008, 11:13pm
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by Nipon-Eden
October 9th, 2008, 2:34am
I just saw the genre for the first time in a long time and it says tragedy.... AHHHH....... What's gonna happen what's gonna happen.... This is like the only Mayu Shinjo manga that I actually sorta pay attention to........ oh well, I have to admit I like tragedies.... Just don't like that they gave away the ending....
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by akyt
July 15th, 2008, 9:23am
I like some parts of the story, but the majority of it was a turn off for me. The male lead can be really sweet and gentle at times, but that doesn't make up for all the other times he's a jerk to the female lead, especially when it involves rape. The female lead was really annoying. Her innocence was fine for the first 3 volumes, but when she was still like that past volume 3, it really got to be too much. The drama is way over the top to the point of being ridiculous and there's so much rape in this story it's not even funny.

Though, despite what sounds like a negative review, for some reason I still stuck to this manga and read it to the end. There's something about it that just kept me going, so I can't say it was all just could have been much much better.

... Last updated on November 18th, 2008, 8:47pm
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