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Antique Romance  
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From Esthétique:

"I am a human, but a doll...
Feelings are not needed. Physically alive, but not mentally.
I am a painting trapped inside a rusted frame.
The cold skin of a statue.
Like a stuffed bird--
Killed and set for display.
I wonder...
I wonder, on whose display I will be placed..."

Includes extra story, The Dancing Marionette (Vol 3).


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Associated Names
Antique Romance: The Picture Album Girl
Bức tranh thiếu nữ
The Living Doll

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Latest Release(s)
v.4 c.27 (end) by Esthétique over 6 years ago
v.4 c.25-26 by Esthétique over 7 years ago
v.4 c.24 by Esthétique & Osuwari Team over 7 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews
Antique Romance by Miskat


User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (402 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 20th 2015, 9:21am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Wink (Seoul Cultural)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #612 increased(+54)
Monthly Pos #977 increased(+257)
3 Month Pos #1528 increased(+239)
6 Month Pos #1889 decreased(-51)
Year Pos #1864 decreased(-44)

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On 715 reading lists
On 594 wish lists
On 1100 completed lists
On 85 unfinished lists
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what is the chinese name of this manga? over 9 years ago

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beautiful art and intense feeling   
Rating: N/A
by xxdedicationxx
March 8th, 2008, 10:39pm
The art may be a little intimidating, but ti it none the less beautiful.
The story isn't really captivating, but the characters are well developed.
Although, this story hasn't gone very far yet, I still enjoyed the opening of this story.
I have to say though, what pulled my interest into it was the art, but I really do enjoy Kim Mi Jung's work.
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Yummy xD   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kikiugly
October 26th, 2008, 8:42pm
What a strange story....But I really love all the characters (minus Ian's "family" bleghh) <3
I hope to see further story development :]
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just love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ardjet
June 26th, 2008, 2:18pm
It's a unique manga with a very interesting plot and characters.I can't wait for the next release!!The drama is not too much also the characters' development is exciting and touching,the art is amazingly beautiful.A bittersweet story about love,values and self-esteem.A must read!!!!!

... Last updated on June 26th, 2008, 2:19pm
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Not what I have expected...   
Rating: 5.6 / 10.0
by NightSwan
April 27th, 2008, 5:20am
When I read that discription, I imagined something completely different.
I think this is a big spoiler, so...
Spoiler (highlight to view)
I though the girl hersilf was some sort of a living doll, but it was like in an episode of the anime "jing the king of bandits" where a girl was sold like a piece of art, that was in fact, painted on her body by her father..

What can I say, not a really good read..
The artwork is pretty nice, but not so fantastic either..
The idea I had in mind about this story was blown away by some other, strange story, that I did not like..
The characters were.. Really doll like, with little emotions.
It had its nice moments, but other than that- nothing special that you should waste too much tome on..

... Last updated on April 27th, 2008, 5:22am
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Just right :)   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hikarihayashi
December 29th, 2011, 4:04am
Loved it! Some might not like it because of it's dark and 'mature' themes, but I thought everything was well conveyed, and well balanced! The art was awesome, very moving at times >u< The pace was good, nothing seemed particularly rushed, though by the end, you kind of notice Suzette grows really quickly.

I had a different storyline in mind when I first stumbled on the description, and thought she was a real doll or something more 'fantasy' like. Turns out she's a human, which made it more realistic.

This manga is very similar to Hana to Akuma, except darker. biggrin
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Stella Nox Fleuret
November 5th, 2010, 4:47am
When I first read the description, I thought the girl would be a doll, but it was actually a human. I thought it would have some fantasy pretty much.

But it's just a historical drama with great atmosphere. However, it is not that innocent, I warn you.
So far is good.
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someone pulled a tim burton on me?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by moca
April 7th, 2008, 1:46pm
The story starts off mysteriously, and it is intriguing to me.
Wonderful artwork, each page and each corner is full of
stunning detail and eye candy. Gorgeous.

I was a bit surprised towards the later chapters of volume
one. It slightly reminds me of Chobits, but the stories
are much different.

A very satisfying read for art lovers and slightly darker reads
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
October 5th, 2011, 10:40pm
This manga was really dark. Some people will think it's a bit too much and probably won't be able to take it but some may find it unique and beautiful. I thought it was in the middle. It was alright but not something i would read a second time.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I couldn't stand that after she gets raped, it's like he was totally fine with it as if it wasn't a big deal. I mean yeah she's like a prostitute anyway but still, coulda had more feeling to it. The romantic as well as character development was too slow for me and everything was a bit too much. Everyone made such a big deal about her having tattoo's on her stomach and it was just wrong how everyone treated her like a sex toy when she's only 14.

It was okay... but a bit too much for me.
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not so much...   
Rating: N/A
by musicalmaria25
August 27th, 2008, 9:44am
I didnt like it, I got to a certain point and just didnt want to read it anymore. It wasnt that great. maybe the whole age difference was what bothered me?
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by vampiremaddy
January 4th, 2012, 4:41pm
Good, decent read.

Just don't expect historical accuracies; it is insane how historically inaccurate this manga is. But still, I liked it. It was fun, the main male character was very likeable and sympathetic. He wasn't some brash "I'm hot, rich and I'm going to bone you!" kinda guy, but quiet and clever.

I just wish the ending hadn't been so rushed. That's why I gave this a 7 not an 8.
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