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Ouchou Haru no Yoi no Romance  
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This is manga version of the popular Heian period novel focuses on Senjumaru, a chigo at the Nyoirin temple of Saga. Young and beautiful, Senju has to withstand constant abuse of conceited monks. However, his teacher and head patriarch of the temple helps Senju escape from their clutches, leaving him with a letter of release. When a government official, Fujiwara Moroe, saves Senju from the temple henchmen pursuing him, Senju vows to serve him in return for his kindess...


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Associated Names
Ocho Haru no Yoi no Romance
Ouchou Shunshou Romance
Spring Evening of Dynasty Romance

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v.3 c.12 (end) by Bliss over 12 years ago
v.3 c.10v2 by Bliss over 12 years ago
v.3 c.11 by Bliss over 12 years ago
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3 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (307 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.22 / 10.0

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June 29th 2020, 6:59pm PST



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Chara Selection (Tokuma Shoten)

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*rant alert*  
by OmNom
November 29th, 2013, 10:46am
Rating: N/A
A rather strange manga, this one, in the sense that it harbours so many conflicting aspects that I want to rant about. I could value the elegant historical atmosphere along with its grandeur that was mostly brought about by the splendidly sleek art and costume designs. I also appreciate the author's effort in introducing bits and pieces of facts and cultural references related to the time period in Japan. And unlike most people I don't find the differences (in many ways) between the couple very uncomfortable and inappropriate at all. (Maybe I've become too saturated now to feel disturbance within whatever I'm going to come across..? lol)

HOWEVER, putting the positives aside, there are some serious issues I have with this that no matter what I can't turn a blind eye to them and let things slide so easily. The biggest problem for me would be the level of immature and nonsensical logics used for reasoning that I found absurdly bizarre and almost agonising. If the story is trying to be serious, the least thing I would expect it to do is to have some common sense; more than once I felt the need to drag myself through all the 3-year-old kind of arguments and dialogues exchanged between supposedly cool and mature 'adults', which is something I absolutely detest to do. Would it hurt if they were to sound and act more like their age and status, even if just a little? I don't mean the reasoning during those comical jokes, because those are intended pun relief, but rather the dead-face-serious actions and measures that in the end seemed more childish and even fatuous to me.

Not only that, but the structure throughout the whole story is also very odd. Events just jumble around, one climbing over another disrupting the readers' current train of thought to a different direction. Characters appear out of no where only to be discarded shortly afterwards; the author's emphasise and grip on the situation are still rather weak. All those factors accumulate to make a rather unpleasant experience for the readers, or at least for me. Not to mention the fact that the artist mangaka's panelling was not the most exciting and thrilling thing in the world, you could say it got a bit wordy here and there, since I for one basically just had to skim through some of the speech bubbles to be able to finish.

And last but not least, boy is this manga anti-climatic. It always seems to get to a certain point of a conflict - a device usually executed to develop the story or characters to a new desired state, and this story in particular isn't shy at all about building those conflicts up all over the place, though in the end those elaborating sets up all get to no where, none whatsoever. It creates a sense of discontinuity and dissatisfactory, from chapter to chapter, to the point that I always had this lurking frustration deep down to jump at someone and yell at them, because every time I expect to see a big outcome happening it usually bursts into nothing without fail, causing much discontentment and vexation..

I don't want to be so harsh here because I do think this is a decent-ish attempt of both these 2 mangakas, and actually the manga's quite pretty to look at. If only my nerves weren't so feeble *sigh*
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Just... no...  
by mimi639
August 11th, 2012, 1:29pm
Rating: N/A
The story had such weird holes in it... i mean how
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The boy didn't even knew how to kiss but he knew how 2 give a BJ!!!, maybe just on their crazy minds it's that possible!!

And the boy it's that A BOY! he just looks sooo young! all the time! this is just pedophilia!
AND of course it's a SHOTA!! there's no even room! 4 that question!! and they should put it OUT! in THE OPEN! or in the freaking categories!! so people like me could read it! and SEE! that IT ISSS a freaking SHOTA!!! so my eyes wouldn't have fallen 4 seeing this...
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by letterbee96
June 16th, 2012, 6:49am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This was one of the best 'pastime' read EVER! Usually, I dun remember my pastime read but this was in a way unforgettable. It is cute and makes you squeal! Despite the Uke being 14 and having too cute-handsome kind of look, he is determined and doesn't rely much on anyone without first fighting himself. The Seme is not too old so it's really up to the readers to decide whether this is shota or not.. ^^"

It has plot for sure and humour and most importantly, the good sex scenes! Ending was good and the Gakuen special was adorable! All in all, its worth your time depending on your interest cuz I'm a sucker for Heian Period related mangas!
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by fisukisuki
April 9th, 2012, 11:07am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
And refreshing! This manga is not really having a tough story to read and understand. The story is simple and fun. The art is pretty good too. smile
But this one is not really one of my favorite manga. Even I was not so sure the core of the story. This is just one of manga that have a simple story. But this manga is not bad!
And that I'm confused is, manga is like having Shoutacon side even though I didn't really think so. The Uke is quite young(14) but the Seme was not very old(about 24). So I guess this manga can be considered Shouta and may not. #then? XD
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Stands out, in a good way  
by Sky Cross
March 24th, 2012, 2:24pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Usually, I have to read lots of crappy manga, to finally find one which stands out and really piques my interest.
This is one like that. It's been a while since I read something better than just 'okay' or 'good' and it feels refreshing to have something 'great!' to read again.

The one thing I found strange was that everyone in this story seemed to think it was perfectly natural for young boys to be used as sex toys. But my knowledge of Japanese history isn't so good and I know such things did happen in some cultures, so was it really normal in that time and place?

Anyway, apart from that, it was the first time I came accross such a sweet and kind seme. He was the best! And the little Senju wasn't all weak and powerless either, he managed to keep himself mostly out of trouble at the temple, he can fend off the old pervs! I liked his character too ^^

That is what got me through the shota-ish stuff. I'm not a fan of shota, it goes just a bit too far, but this was somehow okay for me. I could easily ignore it and enjoy all the rest of the story.

I don't comment on anything that isn't worth reading, unless it sucks so bad I need to vent my frustration. This one is of the first kind, so what I'm saying is:

Definitely worth the read! biggrin

... Last updated on March 24th, 2012, 2:37pm
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Kinda cool...  
by Kinky-Chan
March 20th, 2012, 8:07am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
...but what I didn't really like is the lack of information about Senju's family background. Although they did say something about him being a royal family. But somehow I understand why they can't don't want to expose Senju's background, even I want to see a happy ending. And it's definitely not shota. Although Senju is 14, he's at the growing age! of course he'll look shorter and smaller. As for the plot development, it's pretty interesting and very decent. I never really like stuffs that's gotta do with Buddhism or monks but well, I still wanna read what's going on in this manga and, I'm pretty satisfied! (But somehow all the bad guy's face looks the same that I don't even know who is who! Dx)
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I don't see this a s shota  
by chesky_division
December 1st, 2011, 11:16am
Rating: N/A
I love this story so much. Unfortunately the author decided to make the boy look younger and smaller then he is, If we look at all the other manga that has young males in it they are the same age as this boy just drawn differently and in high school. In a shoujo manga it would be a middle school boy that looks 20 chasing a high school girl that looks 12.. It can't be taken literally.
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by KaoriNite
July 1st, 2011, 7:05am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I really loved this manga. It's a very cute and sweet romance. Both the uke and seme come off as naive and innocent which I liked because it felt like their personalities really matched. And even though this the seme could be considered a possessive lover, he was still really gentle with his uke, which is different from what I usually read. What I really loved about it was that the sex scenes were not only very hot but also very loving.

Some people might consider this shota since the uke is 14 and the seme is 25 but it didn't really bother me. Yes 14 is young but as someone else mentioned, during that time period a 14 year old being in this type of relationship wasn't that big of a deal. For me, I consider shota to be where the boy is an actual child. Like there are manga out there where the boy is 6. I stay away from that type of stuff, but a teenager with an older man doesn't qualify as shota for me.
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by varianthart
April 11th, 2011, 10:07am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I was hesitant to read this because of all the shota talk, but I don't feel it really came off as shota. Although the size difference between the two was a bit exaggerated(why do they do that?), Senju doesn't come off as a little kid having stuff done to him. He has more of a middle school romance feel, which is how old he is. He's often surprisingly capable and non-pathetic.

The story was sweet and although nothing ground-breaking, it wasn't exactly the same as everything else either, so it was a nice, fairly light read(although awful things happen in it, it really does stay away from being very deep or moody). I recommend it, even if the supposed shota content scares you. I really dislike shota, and this didn't bother me.
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Whether you think that this is shouta....  
by 0oKat~0
April 10th, 2011, 6:14am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Whether you think that this is shouta really depends on how you look at it... If you're looking from a historical point of view, 14 isn't considered young. From what I remember, the children then are recognised as adults at around the age of 13-14. But if you are reading this from a modernised point of view, then yes, 14 is considered underaged.

But I truthfully find this manga really tastefully and beautifully drawn. The main characters are definite eye-candies and most parts are carefully covered by a leg, or some cloth. The plot doesn't feel as if it's being drawn out, and neither does it feel as if it's being abruptly cut short. I would have loved to see a sequel to this manga, but with the way it ended, I can at least smile and satisfy myself with the sweet ending.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2011, 7:33am
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