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Deep Love - Ayu no Monogatari  
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From Kotonoha:

Ayu, a 17-year-old high-school student, believes neither in a future nor the happiness it could bring her. By selling herself, she tries to justify her existence, which is as bleak as her heart - it’s devoid of joy, sorrow, love. Not until her encounter with a kind-hearted old lady does Ayu begin to realize the true meaning of happiness…


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Associated Names
Deep Love アユの物語
Deep Love: Ayu no Monogatari
Deep Love: Ayu's Story
Deep Love: The Story of Ayu

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.5-7 by Be With You Scans over 10 years ago
v.2 c.8 by Be With You Scans over 12 years ago
v.2 c.8 (end) by Kotonoha & Eden over 12 years ago
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2 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (721 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.22 / 10.0
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May 21st 2017, 11:39am PST



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Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)

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Top of the crop of tragedy mangas.   
Rating: N/A
by [A]classfashionbunny
May 7th, 2015, 12:14pm
There is no happiness, there is no good ending. Only sadness. If you're looking for beautiful things, turn back now. This series is filled with negativity, more so than any other manga i've read up to date.

As one of those who like to immerse themselves in the world a manga draws before us, I'll never re-read this series again. The FEELS are too much.
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Beautiful sad story   
Rating: N/A
by Sternensilber
December 3rd, 2014, 5:02pm
I have to say that I usually don´t read tragedies. But this one is beautiflul. It has a strong plot. And the female lead is beautiful. Not in classical sense. She has her own problems. But compared with other female leads in other storys she has a goal and isn´t wishy washy. She cares for other people and tries her hardest. I really recomend this story.
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Strong ending   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by tipz
November 5th, 2014, 2:05pm
It had a very lasting strong ending. I was hoping for it to have more depth as to the story though. Artistry was okay. Very fictional even in the details of the "customers".

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shows a story of a girl who hollers herself to lowly people. She then meets a woman that changes her view if things. She tries to do better when the woman passes away by trying to make proper money for a boys surgery. They are in love but she is forced by his dad to become a hooker again to gain more money. She can't complete it though because she passes away. What ever happened to the poor doggy?! His dad's death lets him have his life but he is already very depressed.
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Overkill I would say, but still good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by evinrud3005
February 22nd, 2014, 1:59pm
Ok, the manga was good. Drawing and plot line are nice, and the story is interesting.

But I do think that it is a bit too much in certain aspects:
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the bullies are way overhead, the development of the illness is was too unrealistic (you don't die from AIDS right after the symptoms get visible), she is said to be anorexic but her breasts are still full and nice which doesn't fit, and the dog is way too clever (it's like Lassie is reborn!).

But the message is a good one, and I like the fact the the author says that there is probably an Ayu in everyone of us. I do agree, eveyone has self-destructive thoughts and actions, even if very little, and you have to learn to tame them to move forward. And I do agree that our generation is self-destructive, but I am sure that the previous ones were exactly the same, they just had different means to destruct themselves... Anyways, I guess no one wants to read my inner thoughts! biggrin

So to conclude: This is a good self-reflective manga, short enough that you don't get entangled in the story, but long enough to leave you with something to brood on. It is dark, very dark, so keep clear if you are already depressed!

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2014, 2:03pm
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Not for everyone   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hotarusasaki
January 22nd, 2014, 10:58pm
This manga isn't exactly for the fainthearted as there are quite a bit of mature content. Its also really, really sad and full of sad plot twists. As soon as you think "Finally, things are going to be alright now." You get proved wrong...

I read this one first
then Host
then Reina
And Pao

I think I found Reina the brightest story out of the lot. The others can get a bit too depressing and boringly so as there seem to be no highlights, so I suppose I may have enjoyed Reina's story the most, except that one was sad as well.

I dont think the reading order of them matters that much but it took me a while to realise that the stories after Host aren't exactly related. Like the events are similiar and so are the characters but the author has tweaked some bits, so things might not add up from one story to another. I prefer this artist as it was the first one I got used to and as I read Pao afterwards I just couldn't stop going "thats wrong" "she doesn't look like that" "the drawings have degraded" in my head. I didnt realise that the artists had changed although I did notice the art style had, so I thought Pao was written first when the authors art wasnt so good then. I just couldnt get used to the art style so I didnt enjoy the story as much. As for Host, that's probably the Sequal while Reina is like an Alternate Ending to the sequal from a different characters perspective or something? I'm not sure. Either way Great Sad Series that might not be appreciated by everyone but has earned my appreciation for the wonderful plot and characters.
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loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RaeBabeeyx3
May 4th, 2013, 11:51am
This was a good manga.

To be honest, I read this thinking that I will definitely not cry... But on the last chapter I wasn't even thinking and the tears just fell out of nowhere. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that they did.. I wasn't even aware that I was sad enough to cry.

It wasn't about getting attached to the character. It was about how her character was easy to relate to and how money corrupts society. As someone previously mentioned, it is sad because these things... they seem too tragic sometimes, but it DOES happen. Everyday. We just all live in blissful ignorance. Not because we want to, but because it either has nothing to do with us and we all have our own lives to live.

Like I said, it was easy to relate to her character. Even though I didn't become a prostitute or go through all the serious shit she went through, there was definitely a time in my life that I was 'alive', yet I wasn't living. I didn't really give a second thought about avoiding a car if it ever went my way and killed me. I'm sure many people have dark times in their lives. Though it may not have been as tragic as this manga, there were definitely times in our lives that we could all relate to her feelings.

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It was even a worse case for her, because she died when she finally felt like 'living' again and starting anew.

This manga is definitely recommended, but it absolutely not for the light-hearted.

... Last updated on May 4th, 2013, 11:52am
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Liked it very much   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by happyfairy000
January 13th, 2013, 6:34pm
This manga is very very veeeerrrrrrryyyy sad. But I loved how it was kinda like a PSA. It just completely dripped of the tragedy genre. It was pretty gloomy of course but it wasnt way too over done.
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I kinda wish Ayu didn't die though..... Her and Yoshiyuki had such a promising future. I was hoping her life would turn around. Poor Reina.... WHY IS THERE SOOOO MUCH DEATH!!??

Recommended read though! Just be prepared to be slightly depressed.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2013, 6:35pm
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FIRST TIME i cried!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by PinkShippuden
January 10th, 2013, 11:31pm
This story had it's happy moments and its sad moments. it was amazing. The relationship between Ayu and Reina became a beautful friendship, and so did the trust between Ayu and her dog. The manga had its Tragic moments, its romantic moments, and its beautiful moments which just leave you with a happy feeling on the inside.
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The ending was so sad, it was just very tragic, it brought tears to my eyes...

This is the first ever manga which made me cry... smile
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Never fails to make me cry   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Silent Moon
October 20th, 2012, 4:05pm
In this manga, it was tragedy one after another, each one so sad. I cried when reading it. I also have read the other Deep Love stories, but they are not as heartfelt as this one.(since this being the prequel)
Deep Love Host was pretty sad and heartfelt too....but I don't understand how Yoshiyuki met Reina's daughter, Ayu(named after Ayu in this story) i mean, the ending was confusing. Honestly, reading all the Deep Love sequels after this really made me wonder why God is so cruel. It was just stories about the darker world of prostitution and desperation but reading this really made my heart break. I would give a thumbs up for the author, these are really good tragedies. Reading it makes you realize the things you should be thankful for, and to treasure what we have, not seek for more when others might have a more bitter life than you.
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This is so real to me.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by liltofu
August 30th, 2012, 4:26am
It really changed me on what I thought about people, people who sell themselves and how fragile life is. It got me to really cherish my life and how I live it, everything that I do effects the people around me.

Yes. I cried reading this manga, a lot. Yoshiyuki and Ayu are perhaps the most real characters that I have ever read in any manga. It shows the trouble that they go through and how they solve it, and they solve it in a way that a human would.

I have read the Deep Love series, it really brings tears to my eye's every time. Everyone who goes through a hard time... hang in there.
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