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Arienai Futari  
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From Fantasyshrine:

1) Unexpected Couple - Kitahara, a website designer and Suzuki, a handbag craftsman, two people with opposite polar personalities, are brought together because of a one-of-a-kind handbag. Due to Kitahara's persistence of owning this particular handbag, the two ended up working together. Though they gradually become aware of the other person, they stubbornly ignore the pull that exists between them. Will they come to terms with their feelings!? It's a story of two adults both too bashful to express their love for each other.

2) Things I Must Do Before I Die - The story of a couple that meets again after having broken up.

3) Kaboom - The tale of a couple that loves each other very much but struggles with living together.

4) Captive - The story of a man who is held captive out of revenge for a young man he rejected and "ordered to die".


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Unexpected Couple

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.3a-3c by Fantasyshrine over 7 years ago
v.1 c.4 by Fantasyshrine over 8 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Fantasyshrine over 9 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (247 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 17th 2015, 5:52am PST



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Charade (Takeshobo)
Reijin (Takeshobo)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #770 increased(+184)
Monthly Pos #1454 increased(+608)
3 Month Pos #2757 increased(+414)
6 Month Pos #3750 increased(+559)

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On 214 wish lists
On 962 completed lists
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Arienai Futari   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angelkurisutin
April 6th, 2011, 9:04pm
Yamada Yugi never disappoints me. The summary for this manga is a little misleading, because it only describes the first chapter. There is also the story of a couple that meets again after having broken up, a couple that loves each other very much but struggles with living together, and a man who is held captive out of revenge for a young man he rejected and ordered to "Die". Yamada-sensei does a fantastic job of playing with time in these stories. She tells them through events that happen out of order, yet flow beautifully. I love how she always manages to make her works original, and she's a genius at evoking emotion. Though the last story is a bit heartbreaking compared to the sweetness of the others, I still loved it, and I highly recommend reading this manga.
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Rating: N/A
by buu
March 16th, 2008, 9:00pm
I love, love, love, love Yamada Yugi's titles. I love her spontaneity and the way she breaks barriers with wacky ideas and just....Argh! I love it! Read it!
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Mind blown!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Namiya
April 26th, 2014, 9:21am
I am already a huge fan of Yamada Yugi's but damn, this manga blew my mind and made me fall in love even deeper.
The stories are all good! I loveeed the first one but I am very sad it's over so soon (only negative point about this whole manga).
The main story, about the fitness trainer and the Master of the bar was great as usual. I adore Yamada Yugi's sense of humor, it's one of the best out there, hands down.

But what really did it for me here was chapter 4 'Captive'. It is a must read!
Don't spoil yourself reading comments about it or anything, just read and enjoy!

Another great work - I have NEVER been disappointed by Yamada Yugi, she is easy one of the top BL Mangaka of all time.
Do yourself a favor and read this! (you might want to read the volumes in order though^^)
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Loved the rest except the last one   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Himeowchama
February 19th, 2017, 7:12am
I swear Captive just ruined the volume for me. Though the story was somewhat acceptable to me (it's just -mild- rape or something), rape is still rape. Somehow I don't get why Sensei wrote that. I was happy when I finally found a mangaka like her (a mangaka with a lot of oneshots) to have zero involvement with rape or something similar, but I guess it kinda (juuuust a little bit) disappointed me to come across that manga.
Still, THE REST ARE GOOD READ!!!!! As expected of Yamada-sensei~

... Last updated on February 19th, 2017, 7:15am
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"Captive" Bad; Rest, Super Love   
Rating: N/A
by toastmuncher
January 3rd, 2017, 8:32am
I really am wondering why Yamada-sensei makes a story board like Captive? Is that what sells? Because these type of sorties seem so inconsistent with the rest of her work.
My fav this time was the kaboom series; sure the length had a role to play, with more space its gets easier to flush out the characters more, however that's only a small part of it.
What was intriguing about this series was that alternating point of view which Yamada-sensei did. Even within the same story, on the same page, we see this alteration taking place. These type of narrative techniques are hard to pull of, since they require the paneling to be well done. Which sensei pulls off nicely; nothing is too big or too small. As always her Art is Beautiful.
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fun to read~   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Maria-Ayako
October 23rd, 2015, 9:15am
The art wasnt my taste. The h-scenes werent hot enough i think.
Story 1.....stepsiblings? Kinda. Anyway the two were cute together. The bag making thing was interesting, never saw that in manga before.
Story 2.....reunited couple. Were funny together.
Story made me laugh so much xD awesome fun to watch those two~
Story 4.....dunno but.....i really liked this story!!!!~ wish there was more about those two!!!!~ <3

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2015, 9:17am
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No Regrets   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Avelys
July 17th, 2015, 3:45pm
All the stories are good, especially the last one. Things might not make sense to some slower readers, because a lot of things are implied rather than explicitly stated. Nevertheless, this is a manga no one should miss.

... Last updated on July 17th, 2015, 3:46pm
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