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Bara no Tame ni  
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Yuri Makurano is an unattractive girl who learns her mother is a famous actress named Shoko Hanai following her grandmother's death. Yuri begins to live with her mother's family which consists of three children named Sumire, Aoi, and Fuyo Hanatashiki. Yuri is treated as a maid at the household, eventually bonding with the family and builds up unrequited feelings for Sumire. Later, she comes to learn the only blood relation she has to the family is Aoi, her half brother.

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo in 1994.
Was adapted into a Taiwanese drama titled The Rose (simplified Chinese: 蔷薇之恋; traditional Chinese: 薔薇之戀; pinyin: Qiáng Wéi Zhī Liàn) and directed by Chu Yu-ning. It was broadcast on Taiwan Television between March to November 2003 and received a Golden Bell Award in 2004.


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Associated Names
من أجل الزهرة
장미를 위하여
Bara no Tameni
For The Rose
For the Sake of the Rose
Hoa Hồng Tóc Ngắn

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v.13 c.50 by Drop3njoy Scan (198d ago)
v.13 c.49 by Drop3njoy Scan & SweetSense (540d ago)
v.12 c.48 by Drop3njoy Scan & SweetSense (686d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
9 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (319 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.33 / 10.0
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October 1st 2015, 2:12am PST



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Simply beautiful!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by funbun33
August 24th, 2008, 4:03am
This is one of those series that you will never forget. It has that old drawing style and heartwarming scenes that will surely make your day and you will love each and every one of the characters. This is a must read for all shoujo/josei lovers as well as all manga lovers. I recommend this with all my heart!
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Great manga   
Rating: N/A
by Alissa
January 27th, 2006, 1:56pm
Indeed, this is a wonderful manga. I've never seen a main character like Yuri! She's enchanting, and her family members are unique. If you like a plot, this is the manga for you. And the art is nice too!
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Lost potential   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by amilah
October 12th, 2011, 7:21pm
I originally really liked this story because the main female character isn't beautiful (and she doesn't go thorough any "transformation" that reveals that she was actually beautiful all along). I thought that the love story would unfold realistically and that there would be considerable character growth, unfortunately it ended up having some huge flaws.
My main beef with the story (having read volumes 1-10) is Yuri's incredible preoccupation with beauty. The majority of people in this world aren't beautiful but they nonetheless can have rewarding lives (look at almost any historical figure that contributed something of value to humanity). Instead of finding something she loves and working hard at it, Yuri spends all of her time playing maid to her siblings (who frankly don't need another housekeeper). The only thing she is passionate about is Sumire (and perhaps her own misery). Instead of working towards a goal (something, anything except a man who doesn't even love her back most of the time!) and conquering her insecurities, she listlessly drifts through life completely trapped in a cycle of self-hatred and self-pity.
Hah, sorry for the rant. I had really been hoping that we would see a strong josei heroine in this manga. And while there are elements of character growth (and really great side characters), on the whole, this manga perpetuates an unhealthy view towards life, beauty and relationships.

... Last updated on October 12th, 2011, 7:22pm
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I give this 10 *perfect*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Miriette Le Fay
April 20th, 2008, 5:49am
This article contain litlle spoilers (not to much) but can make you an ideia who the girl will end up...


+: I really like this and I´m waiting for more!!! In the beganning I thought that the drawings are ungly but little by little I get used to it. The characters have diferents personalitys and the way they are ... simply perfect!
If you want read a good josei try this one.

- : But if the end on the drama is just like the end of the manga I will hate this... sad It's a cliché end and all the good things that the story can teach us about the beauty don't matter, incest is not a bad thing if people loves each other and all we are tared (sometimes) of the boy who don't are very close to the girl and that is boring to end up with the girl (I like him but...) ... it's to stypid, sorry.

But you must read it because the end can be diferent and until now I will make a good ratting of this.

... Last updated on February 27th, 2009, 2:22pm
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Still crying   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Miale
January 20th, 2012, 1:43am
I've just finished the last volume. Happy ending but still, so sad.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Many sad things in this manga. First, the mother's only true love in her whole life, Yuri's adotive father, died. And after that, she desparately finds other guys, but the only person in her heart is him. No man can heal the hidden hole in her heart. She gave birth to many children, but none of them was of her loved one, which resulted to her inability to act as their mothers.
Second, Sumire's love for Seri. Well read the manga and you'll see, the author demonstrated it perfectly, still, no word can describe that kind of love. If Sumire hadn't met with Yuri, surely he would stay alone like that for the rest of his life. Yet, the heart DOES move on. He felt in love once again. Everyone may feel sorry for the dead lover, if she was alive, she would have been there, wearing the wedding dress, smiling like an angle, since she had obtained all the happiness in this world... A perfect girl, with a perfect love, so why did she have to die? The only meaning in her death is Yuri's never-can-think-of bliss
Finally, the most tragic part in this manga is Aoi. The first woman he felt in love with was his sister. And worse, his sister only looks at his brother.. Siblings growing up together and falling in love, that kind of incest is hard to swallow, but this is totally different! They never knew each other until they met as adults. Before he could see her as a sister(as if that could happen, they are all grown up people, siblings' relationship is built based on growing through their childhood together), Aoi had already loved her with the love of a man. It's so unfair. "Every man in this world has the right to be with you, only I, who love you the most, can't". So sad isnt it T.T And what's with the ending?? The only thing said about Aoi's future is something like this: "Only 20 YEARS later will he meet his destinied person" (I translated it from my language) Omg that's so horrible T.T

Well in this manga I like Aoi the most. The manga itself has some unrealistic parts and all, but I still love it very much.
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Great Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rmr34
September 8th, 2008, 8:31pm
I've recently read up to the lastest Chapter. It's a great series. I hope it gets more scanlations. I like the characters. Up to one point I liked Sumire but in one chapter I didn't like him. Aoi has replaced his lead. I like Aoi for some reason.

The art grows on you, and it does get better I guess. The story itself is interesting. I like to read more of this. Hope more chapters come along!
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My little rose.   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by NightSwan
October 16th, 2008, 3:08pm
Very good. I must say. Comedic and dramatic and eccentric.
Heard people complaing about the art. Nothing to whine about at all.
It's not a new series, and has very good art for its time. Not shoujo-ish (a very important thing).
I love the characters' personalities. Very unique and funny.
The main characters are all loveable.

Quite the original story. Although I must say, the stranslations are poor...
Hope to see more in the near future.
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Bara no Tameni   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sAsAk1
July 16th, 2007, 11:44am
I really love this manga it's so interesting and different. I think the personalities are somewhat realistic although it does have its odd characters bigrazz I can't stop reading it and hope to see more soon biggrin I really secommend this to anyone in need of something different ^^ (also to those with extra time ;p)
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If you want actual comfort and enjoyment instead of a glittery fantasy, read this!   
Rating: N/A
by Leslie
November 24th, 2013, 10:39pm
Some comments on here ask why this title is josei... That's because it's for people who can really see the complexity of each character. Each had their quirks, their flaws, their reflections, their stubbornness... They were so real.

Also, lots of times, in shoujo manga the main protagonist girl isn't actually ugly or you can't understand why the male lead (Who's amazingly handsome, of course) would fall in love with her. This makes you understand. Yuri was amazing; despite her flaws, her empathy and warmth melted everyone and this was apparent to the viewer. You truly fall in love with her, all her humor and love...

Additionally, Sumire's feelings towards his dead lover are also spot-on. And yet, he is not abusive towards Yuri. Looking deeply at this manga, you can see that really, Yuri and Sumire were meant to be. And Yuri is the quintessential example of a flower. She might have seemed misshapen, but she was indeed a flower in bloom.

Lastly, I cried at the end, when Yuri lost all of that weight while thinking of how much Seri would have liked to wear that and wed Sumire. The inevitability of life... Yuri had already gotten over that and have saved Sumire too, through her sincere resolve to love and remember Seri... This is really a "healing" manga, especially for adults. It soundly communicates that the value of someone lies beyond their exterior.
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Rating: N/A
by ghostcheese
December 25th, 2005, 10:51pm
Yosh! I love this manga. Just bought the books in Japanese, looking for a translator so Aerie Scans (aeriescans at can pick it up. And I've seen around 17 episodes of The Rose drama. It's so funny. Follows the manga really closely, but too bad the subtitles aren't out past the released story yet...;.; *awaits arrival of books though she won't be able to understand them because her Japanese isn't good enough yet* wheeee~
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