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Trompe-l'il no Yubisaki  
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1) Dazzling
College student Keisuke often picks up his younger brother from elementary school, and talks with handsome Murakami-sensei. As they gradually become closer Keisuke finds himself thinking about Murakami in more than friendly terms.

2) The Flow of String
Yamazaki sensei finds himself paying special attention to archery club student Yagi. At first Yagi is just his cute student, but as his body matures Yamazaki's feelings for the boy begin to change as well.

3) A Cracked Pot with a Battered Lip
Super-pervert Haruto started his relationship with Masumi by asking him weird questions, and later graduated to kinky sex play. But suddenly Haruto starts asking other people his questions, is Masumi going to be dumped?

4) The Shadows Under the Tree
When Takuma's father remarried he acquired an older brother as well. But three years later his stepmother has passed away and Takuma is well on his way to becoming a deliquent. Something dark and disturbing is happening in his home...

5) Lending and Borrowing
Doctor Miyabi isn't that great with kids and trouble communicating with his young patients, however pediatrician Toyama is great with children, not that Miyabi would ever ask for his help! Former classmates they were always compared to each other and Miyabi always felt he came up short. But is that the only reason for Miyabi's hostility?

6) Deception of the Fingers
After breaking up with his girlfriend, Mita threw away all the things she bought for him. He met a salesperson, Ootani, when he was buying new ties. When Ootani was putting on a tie for Mita to try, Ootanis beautiful fingers attracted him. He invited Ootani for dinner to thank him. Will this relationship progress any further?


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Associated Names
Toronpuruiyu no Yubisaki
Trompe l'il no Yubisaki
Trompe-l'oeil no Yubisaki

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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 7.1 / 10.0 (298 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.06 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 29th 2017, 5:40pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Marble (Tokyo Mangasha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Digital Manga Guild (1 Volume - Complete/Digital)

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Not exactly my cup of tea   
Rating: N/A
by OmNom
October 13th, 2013, 12:21pm
To the honest I've never been really impressed by this mangaka. And it's such a shame, because I actually want to like her works very much for some reasons, but just can't. Her stories are always too mediocre or boring for my taste unfortunately. Sometimes I don't mind that as long as there's something to grab my interest, however it's sad to say that has never been the case for me with Katou Setsuko. And the same thing happens with her artwork. It's clean and neat, and I want to like it, but just can't find anything interesting enough within itself to really be mesmerised by it.

For me the only redeeming factor from the whole volume is the mangaka's portrayals of the couples based on their relationship and characters sitting in a couch at the end of most chapters. I think that's actually a very inspiring and refreshing idea; those drawings summed up the true essence of each couple's relationship perfectly. The concept feels suitably romantic, kinda reminds me of Hidaka Shoko's similar illustrations in Yuuutsu na Asa. But then this manga actually existed before Yuuutsu na Asa so I suppose that should be the other way around..?
Either way that was admittedly the only thing I was looking forward to at the beginning of each chapter.
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loving this!   
Rating: N/A
by hanyrox
March 20th, 2013, 10:40am
i absolutely love this mangaka because of her way of simple setting and easy flowing story line. the story is kind of predicable but enjoyable at the same time (it doesn't bored you to death kind of predictable). her way of using everyday typical love setting but making it yaoi-cceptable is kind of nice.
the only thing i dislike about this author is the ONESHOT theme of her story... i need more from this author, because she has potential in making her story develop into something interesting smile

-love knows no boundaries-
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
November 29th, 2011, 4:40pm
I guess i'm in the minority that liked the stories. It's certainly not boring, or even complete cliche. The only thing i wish for, is for the stories to be longer, because i can see the characters/plot expanding more than it was portrayed.
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I feel so alone...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by City_Kitty
November 27th, 2010, 6:41pm
I liked this manga. The art was wonderful and the characters were beautifully illustrated. I thought most of the stories had nice plots and was very impressed with the way the mangaka managed to make the relationships feel like they developed slowly and naturally even though they were all one shots. "Understated" would be a good way to describe this collection. There wasn't a whole lot of forced, unnecessary angst. With the exception of story four, they were all cute, pleasant little romances.

I particularly liked the first story and the sixth story. The third story had great characters and I would like to have seen that one turned into a short series. It's rare to see a pervert in yaoiland that isn't also a rapist. Further, he didn't parrot the stock perverted seme lines or use the stock perverted seme seduction techniques. "Has anyone ever told you they wanted to shoot on your face." is a good enough line that it surprises me that no one else has ever used anything even similar in all of the mangas I have read. It also surprises me that it worked on Masumi, but whatever.

I can't say that every story is a ten but each story had it's charms which is why I rated the whole package an eight and I will look forward to reading more mangas from Katou Setsuko.
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not good   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by LovelyCookie
July 23rd, 2010, 10:13pm
I'm sorry to say this but the last story didn't even come close to making up for the other crappy 5. They were all extremely boring and lacking. Non of them felt like a complete piece. The fourth story was the only one that brought any feelings out of me but they weren't positive. I felt like slapping this mangaka for writing such a horrible oneshot. The only good thing that can be said about this manga is that the artwork was kinda nice.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2010, 10:19pm
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story is eh...   
Rating: N/A
by momomilk
March 12th, 2010, 6:42pm
I really like the art. It's very pretty, but the stories could improve. Most of the stories felt incomplete and some i just didn't like. Tho i did enjoy story 3 lol I'd say the best one was the last story. I liked that. But she could improve. The plus side was her art so biggrin a 7.
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i agree with TokyoJULIET   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by huggybear1218
November 16th, 2009, 11:33pm
she definately has potential, but except for the 1st, 3rd, and last story, i felt unsatisfied by the others. and a little disturbed by them a bit, which surprised me.
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not bad...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by emeraldglass
July 12th, 2009, 3:31am
most of the stories in this manga aren't too bad other than they are too short and hence undeveloped. i didn't so much mind the rape but there was one story that i hated.

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story 4 was rather disturbing and i find the plot or theme of father/stepfather raping the son or brother increasingly common in oneshots and i just find it absolutely disgusting and quite the mood killer. it's a plot devise to enable the characters to get together but seriously i think that is the worst way the mangaka could go about getting the characters together. i've read about 4 or 5 variations of these types of stroies in different mangas within the last 24 hrs.

the last story was definitely the best. unlike the other stories within this manga, it had a sense of completion and was a satisfactory read whereas the others where too short and felt incomplete.
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Rating: N/A
by stubborn blob
June 19th, 2009, 2:08pm
I was checking the art and turned out the stories aren't bad at all. I didn't find the storytelling shallow or anything. The only minus is that shots end up all angsty. I mean really, the start is good and then this typical stuff surfaces dead

An interesting detail: stories' content gets more revealing, just like a couple between first 4 stories.

I liked the "Has anyone ever told you..?" shot better. At least the idea.

This is actually the first time I see someone pointed out eyelashes.
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amazing artwork, but...   
Rating: N/A
by ritalavalerie
January 29th, 2009, 10:06am
to be quite honest this manga should be all about the last couple. the art is beautiful, so why the crappy plots? this mangaka could do much better, imo.
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