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Zankoku Yuugi  
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Story 1: Suou Hatasu is a nice guy with a pretty normal life. Like most college students, he's living alone in a little shoebox apartment and commutes on-foot. In spite of his financial limitations, he's fairly satified with his life: he's got a good friend, a cute girlfriend and is just starting his first student-teaching job at an area high school.

Things only seem to be getting better for him when one of his students, handsome and fabulously wealthy Harashima Daichi, seems to take a shine to him. Immediately feeling welcomed to his new school, Suou couldn't really ask for more. Until his new "buddy" Harashima suddenly turns on him in a deserted hallway and vows to make Suou "his property".

Can money really buy love? Harashima certainly seems to think so...

Story 2: Three childhood friends, Yoshito, Sei and Daisuke, come to a crossroads in their relationship when Yoshito announces he's getting married. Sei's composure crumbles and he admits to having loved Yoshito since Middle School. But while Sei's been chasing after Yoshito, he's been too preoccupied to notice that Daisuke's been chasing after him. (by Doki Doki)


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Associated Names
Cruel Game
Zankoku Yugi

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Latest Release(s)
c.2b (final) by DokiDoki over 11 years ago
v.1 c.2a by DokiDoki over 11 years ago
c.1c by DokiDoki over 11 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 6.3 / 10.0 (128 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.38 / 10.0
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January 7th 2016, 11:44pm PST



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my own fault   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
December 21st, 2007, 11:52pm
i should have read what other people wrote before reading it. Great stories yes but MY GOD there is no ending to either one of them.....makes me so crazy!
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an ending would have been nice   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by grumble_cakes
May 19th, 2007, 10:32am
both the stories are very good if a little cliche, but the endings for both are open ended. Way open ended for my taste- I wasn't able to get a sense of closure at all!

If this sort of thing frustrates you, I suggest you don't read this manga.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2007, 10:32am
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Could have been better   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by akyt
November 14th, 2008, 7:37pm
i like how both stories started off and everything was really good until the ending. Not just one, but BOTH stories had what seemed to me to be incomplete endings! When I got to the end, I thought I missed some pages. I went back to double check if I was really on the last page and when I was, I couldn't help thinking..."that's it?! where's the rest confused " Both endings are too unfinished for me. Otherwise, could have been quite good.

... Last updated on November 14th, 2008, 7:38pm
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by MaZzAx
October 4th, 2012, 2:09pm
What did I just read?
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
So the main character is forced to become some guy's slave and that guy threatens him and attacks his girlfriend. Then the main character breaks into that guy's computer to try and see why he's doing this and ends up apologising for it even after everything that guy has done.
Well, this much I didn't really mind.
But then...
The story just ended without concluding anything. His girlfriend still doesn't know about them, the main character still hasn't made a decision about his feelings and then there's the other guy who is obviously in love with the main character as well.
Almost like there is supposed to be an extra chapter or two that got dropped on the way to print.
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Open endings?????   
Rating: N/A
by Ameonna
August 12th, 2008, 8:22am
seriously, is this series really finished ? confused I am not saying it is a super wonderful series (which is not, I have seen better, both regarding character designing, drawing style and plot lines) but it really bugs me why the mangaka has left both stories with such an unsatisfying endings? why she left her characters behind like they are some pieces falling from sky randomly? I don't have any problem with open ending but in the case of this manga, an uncertain, blurry conclusion had just ruined the whole feeling of the stories... totally disturbing.

However, it is still not a bad read. the drawings are neat and stories are kind of nice to read. it is full of cliche's of course and some times it is rushed but if you are not that picky, I think you maybe able to enjoy this.... if the endings don't kill your mood totally.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2008, 8:25am
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by MightyMaeve
March 28th, 2008, 6:08am
Excellent stories. They are both equally delicious!

The first one is about the 'can money buy love' issue, but it also delves into the issues of why one loves another and if those reasons are 'valid.' I thought Koide-sensei had a skilled hand at relaying the dynamics of multiple relationships. Her characters were believable, their reactions relatable. I could totally empathize with Daisuke's ability to give good advice but not live it himself.

I was engaged with all her characters (in both stories!) within only a few pages - that's magic!

Alas, if I was in Japan, I would completely stalk her, entreating her to finish the freakin' good stories! I'm sure I'd be able to bring up my rating to 10+ with a continuation. (And if I'm real threathening, maybe she'll include a little more roughness -and sex scenes! Punch 'em again, Harashima! Wahahahaha.)

... Last updated on March 28th, 2008, 6:10am
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Open Endings   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by FeyPhantom
August 1st, 2014, 6:04pm
This is why I normally read comments and look at the categories more thoroughly before reading something... Don't expect an ending, neither story has one! I was irritated with where the first story left off, but the second story really got me annoyed - probably because I was enjoying the characters far more in it and with where the story drops it, it just feels like
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it's saying their friendship is officially over and the fun days they had as kids are gone forever. Wherever they go from here on out, they're ultimately going to hurt one another because of their feelings.

Basically, I can't recommend either of these stories unless you really like open-ended stories or ones where you get to make up what happens next in your head. Even then, I'd have a hard time saying much good about the title story unless you like Stockholm Syndrome stories.
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... what?   
Rating: N/A
by mrsseien
November 25th, 2013, 12:20pm
the first story was getting onn my nerves - it was stupid in every aspect
the second story seemed like it would be a nice read, but... it's not finished! that can't be the end! nothing was solved!

this manga just bored me and then angry
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by mlat26
November 16th, 2011, 6:57pm
Whats with the endings D: good stories but a let down to find yourself having to interpret the end, specially on the last story wth? So disappointing, I so wanted to know what would happen in the last story, the first one is easier to figure out but the last one.... -_-
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Rating: N/A
by sammiiii-san
August 18th, 2011, 12:31pm
Yeah, agreeing with everyone right now...
No ending what so ever on both stories, kinda sucked.
I guess its kind of a way to say 'let your imagination run wild'? Hahaha xD
Not the best manga i've read, i must say sad
The manga from this mangaka, Yatteraneeze! is much better smile
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