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Related Series
Lovers, Souls (Prequel)
Rules / Hydra Series (Main Story)
Rules 2nd (Sequel)

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v.1 c.1 by Liquid Passion over 13 years ago
v.3 c.5 (end) by Liquid Passion over 13 years ago
v.3 c.4 by Liquid Passion over 13 years ago
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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (428 votes)
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by Sami_chan
November 7th, 2013, 1:05pm
Rating: N/A
I remember reading this a quite long time ago, it was good but I can't say that I enjoyed it. It gave me a very uneasy feeling after finished reading.

Maybe the manga's message is something like "love is unpredictable it may come when you least expect it" but the only thing came to my mind after reading this was "Love is not forever, because people change".

It's not a matter of reality or not I just find the series not positive (and likeable) at all.

... Last updated on November 7th, 2013, 1:08pm
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I honestly cant rate it  
by mtmt1311
May 19th, 2013, 5:22am
Rating: N/A
First of all I want to make it clear that the story is good, the narration, the characters and the art makes the story special but it would not be something I put as my top manga.

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1) The young ones always end up with the ones they have have sexual encounter first (and a complete stranger), I feel it shows the idea of "body first and mind follows" Especially, Atori, why try on someone you know as a complete slut?

2)And they got swayed so easily, its not a love triangle but a complete maze, like every pairing is possible. So 4 people and just a little more, all of them slept together. And Yuki, wow, really u jerk off ur crush while ur bf away. And u already hurt ur bf enough by treating him as rebound/ second best partner.

3)I understand Tooru is a complex character so I try to look over all his promiscuity. But I found it stupid that he doesnt understand why Atori is mad, every human would be able to. He knows jealousy too. I think Atori's argument was pretty valid. "U think I slept with Hikari bc ur slept around yourself" Too bad, no response to that bc of interruption. At the end, they didnt even touch it, easy going with the ex-bf issue. Sigh.

4) The whole Hikaru x Atori is just out of no where and inconsiderate of Yuki (not like he doesnt deserve it for his wishy-washy attitude) And sometimes the sexual relationship is possible between Yuki & Atori too, which should not be happening at all.

It was a good manga but I would never read it again since the story gives me insecurity. Like the pairing would be different if they meet at different time, or the sex encounters are switched between characters, since that actually more important than their feelings. Make u not to trust in real love.
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I liked it  
by false-colour
December 6th, 2012, 9:56pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I like how the manga traced the changes in the characters and their relationships. The physical (hairstyle, addition of piercings) changes were refreshing, but as a reader I felt like I changed and grew with the characters as well.
I definitely enjoyed Tooru and Atori's story in Rules Volume 2 and 3. There was sexual promiscuity on Tooru's part, but I like that overall there was a good mix of love and sex. Sometimes relationships start from lust, but love will be there to change and recalibrate that relationship. The piercings and tattoos were an added bonus for me.
Even though some people might not like it because of the love polygon and seemingly tangled relationships, I felt that it added more edge to the manga. Love and relationships in reality aren't that clear-cut and straightforward either.
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Doesn't suit my tastes  
by omiplant
July 12th, 2012, 5:26pm
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
I had pretty high expectations because of the ratings and at the beginning, I thought the story was pretty good but then came the tooru and Atari relationship and then the downfall of the whole story. If the author had stuck with just one couple and focused the whole story on them I would've liked it but the second couple takes much attention off of the first one and I really liked where the first relationship was going. I don't particularly like stories with infidelity either.
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Not as good as Hydra...  
by LovelyCookie
March 22nd, 2012, 11:41pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Don't get me wrong, it's quite a good manga but, with all the great stories (specially Hydra) building up to this, I kinda expected more. Ack! Hikaru deserved a bigger, more *doki* *doki* romance after all he went through... I guess it's a good manga as a stand alone and it's my fault that I can't help but compare. I really don't like all that sleeping around though so I can't honestly give this a 10.
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by sammiiii-san
October 8th, 2011, 4:11pm
Rating: N/A
Hahaha, i like this series alot, but im confused about how there is so many volumes with different names (Are all of them connected ?)
Tooru's story is really sad sad
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by jellaaay
December 14th, 2010, 6:29pm
Rating: 1.5 / 10.0
I was expecting a lot since it's raitings were pretty much all 10. For the first few chapters, it was going well...still kept me interested. I like Tooru and Atori's story better because it actually felt like they REALLY love each other with the whole jealousy insident.
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What pissed me off was when Atori actually went to Hikaru's house and they almost did it. I was so GAHHHH MAADDDD!! I was practically yelling at my laptop. They were getting on my nerves.. I mean.. HOW ABOUT YUKI? I mean, I guess Hikaru giving him sleeping pills showed that he really cares for Yuki but TO GO AS FAR as to actually make out (that's STILL CHEATING) and was ABOUT to do it just proves that this whole story was just about them messing with each other up. I'm sorry, it's probably the worst yaoi I've ever read. And what's up with Hikaru's logic saying Tooru and Atori are both not gay so it wont work? Ugh, they're still both guys right? Does it MATTER (-_-) ALSO.. when Yuki came to pick Atori up it looked like he was even out of the he was just SOME friend. I mean if that was ME, I would've gone ballistic! If he's saying that Hikaru's his number one now then he should've atleast punched him like "JERK I CANT BELIEVE THIS" or "YOU TWO ARE UNBELIEVABLE"
Gosh. For a "drama" genre it LACKED drama. Or maybe I just like to make fuss out of situations... it seriously lacked. IF IT WASN'T for that one shot on volume 3 I would've though that Hikaru and Yuki were just sex buddies PERIOD.

And I might as well add, regarding Rules dj-Song Birds..
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when Yuki was curious if he could get it up with women..what was up with Hikaru's answer? "Oh well I guess you could try" I MEAN ARE YOU GUYS EVEN IN LOVE ?:'( Compare it to Atori's reaction when Tooru said he'd go somewhere with that professor he got all pissed and worried.
AHH seriously I wish the author just sticked with Tooru and Atori being the main couple and JUST THEM.

Have I made my point clear? LOL XD OH AND ONE LAST THING...
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what's up with Hikaru asking for a last kiss from his ex when he claims he's head over heels with Yuki. it's like the "head over heels" part is just from an outsider's point of view (e.g. Atori?)..and may not actually be true. SERIOUSLY they're both together when they are CLEARLY still not over their prospective "past" which is Atori for Yuki's case. it's like they're just licking each other's wounds through sex. AHH JUST BREAK UP WILL YA

Moving on, I'll give it 1.5 since I liked Tooru (A LOT kyaa~~~) if it weren't for him i'd be giving this a NEGATIVE. *sigh* so I'm a hater, sorry. This manga really wasn't it for me.

... Last updated on December 14th, 2010, 6:56pm
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by buzzaiuta
May 13th, 2010, 7:42am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
this is truly one awesome manga!!
i'm really smitten by sensei's works biggrin
previously all the yaoi manga i've read, even if they had pretty artwork, there was no real plot or substance to ur average cliche manga..
but kono sensei's manga as if they ain't manga but something spun out of real life...
i totally fell for bun in the walker saga & even rules is truly an amazing read...
like those fresh mangas which u really have to search a lot for before u stumble over it..!?
i'll give it a 10.
its a must read manga & all those who're really lookin' forward to reading an absorbing manga i'd recommend kono sense's rules XD

... Last updated on May 13th, 2010, 7:44am
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by jazzybaby
February 22nd, 2010, 1:54am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
i heard of this story on Liquid Passion's site and i decided to read it.
luckily, the site has a chronological list so, i was able to read the series in the order miyamoto-sensei meant it to be in
...and i have to say: RULES is one of the best BL manga series i have ever read. period.
seriously, there really is no cliche to this manga.
the story and the characters are all very well developed.
miyamoto-sensei really takes her time in her storytelling and it really shines through.
this manga is very realistic and never cheesy. <33
i could really relate to each character and definitely got attached to Hikaru
[especially when he was younger with his short hair in high school haha]
you really get a sense of how each character feels not only though dialogue but also through miyamoto kano's clean artwork.

if you really want a well-written, beautifully drawn, and realistic story of finding love,
the RULES series is absolutely a must read (:

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2010, 1:59am
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Should have read Hydra first  
by cocoaplaya
August 9th, 2009, 7:09am
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
I read Rules before I read Hydra... which probably was not a smart thing to do for me... because, initially I felt like Hikaru was too much of a puss... just sitting and waiting for Yuki to come around. Never getting pissed at Yuki for deviating (and making out with Atori). And I just couldn't get how Hikaru could just have all of the patience in the world. And act all so understanding and cool. Don't get me wrong, the story was well written and I liked the characters a lot. Drawings are excellent. Storyline is excellent. I just found Hikaru's character to be kind of... unreal...

With that said, I initially rated the manga at 9.5. But after reading Hydra... I now want to rate this manga a 10 (but won't because my first initial response was not a 10). So I have upped the rating to 9.8. Why? Because I now understand Hikaru's character... after reading Hydra... I can see why Hikaru is so patient... and not forceful with Yuki. I like Hikaru a lot now.

Anyway, I suggest you reading Rules after Hydra. But that's just my opinion.
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