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Midare Somenishi  
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Set in ancient Japan, involving many explicit steamy sex scenes. Shirou and his little brother are captured by bandits, and he is given two options: become the leader's sex toy, or watch his brother die. (And just wait 'til his brother grows up... sexy boy...) Unlike some other hardcore yaoi, this story *does* have a plot and can be rather sweet and sad at certain moments.


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Associated Names
Anxiety of Soul
Samurai Love

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4-5 (end) by Sakura-Crisis over 12 years ago
v.1 c.3 by Sakura-Crisis over 12 years ago
v.1 c.1-2 by Sakura-Crisis over 12 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 6.8 / 10.0 (238 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.77 / 10.0

Last Updated
June 30th 2020, 8:23am PST



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Original Publisher
Mediation (2007; 2011)
Takeshobo (1999)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Be Beautiful (Defunct / 1 Vol - Complete)

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Yuck. Just see robertW2471's comment.  
by Liria
December 4th, 2011, 8:50am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Ugh. I wish I'd read robertW2471's review before I bothered to pick up this yaoi. It was "recommended" elsewhere (please, God, tell me why, because it was pretty bad), and I needed to read a yaoi for a reading challenge, so I decided to try it. What a let down. It had the story potential to be awesome, but the art (particularly some of the sex positions) didn't work for me, the translation (the version I read was from Japanese to Polish and then Polish to English - twice as likely to get the details wrong) was rough at best, and I agree with the 'subplot' of the guy that Shirou meets who used to be a whore. It seemed superfluous and thrown in for no reason, other than to show a leopard can't change his spots.

Not worth the time, IMO.
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Seems overrated !SPOILER!  
by robertW2471
June 1st, 2011, 7:44pm
Rating: N/A
The art was sometimes really unsightly but the story was kinda OK.
I didn't really feel pity for the characters, for example Fujimaru. His miserable life left me totally cold. He looked like a girl and behaved like a traditional Japanese woman, or rather how they want a woman to behave. WTF.
Some seem to think that others who don't really like this manga can't understand the deep story.
Well, I like to enlighten you about the readers who didn't like this piece of work very much.

The story is to rushed, for example, the years in between the capture and escape are totally left out, there is just a short flashback about Fujimaru's first rape and that's all.
Imagine you are held captive for years and even worse you are constantly raped by some disgusting dudes. I don't think anybody after that would behave like a well educated, sweet-hearted and undisturbed young man/woman.

Fujimaru is used as dramatic effect to show Shirou's despair and to provoke a tear out of the reader's eye but I couldn't feel anything for him because he shows little comprehensible actions. This lead's to an impossibility to identify with his character at all and therefore is easily forgotten.

We, quasi by passing by, find out that Sougetsu is the father and at the same time the brother of Saizou. This scene is converted in such a banal manner, that it's not even shocking.
This seems to me like a useless try to explain and excuse Sougetsu's sick behavior.

Shirou is kinda naive by trusting the leader (after he was raped) that nobody would lay a hand on his brother and just accepts Fujimaru's underground captivity for the years to come. Shirou could have used his status as the favorite harlot to persuade Sougetsu in loosening up the rules. That doesn't even come to his mind. He endures the rapes and seems to enjoy it after some time. Shirou needs circa 10 years to realize the truth about his brother because he seemed to be blinded by naivete, pleasure and illogical trust to Sougetsu.
Well, my suspicion is that this is just an excuse to fill the pages with unnecessary large amounts of smut instead of giving Shirou a normal functioning brain.

After the "tragic" death of his brother, he meets a former male prostitute and sleeps with him. I thought that this side-character and plot were totally useless and uninteresting. It's like the author had a couple of pages to spare and squeezed in this unconnected side-story, but in such a rushed manner, that it left me wondering if the author didn't know how to continue.
It would have been more interesting if the rest of the story revolved around Sougetsu and Shirou's hate-lust-relationship instead of just using the last couple pages to squeeze in their reunion,sex under questionable consent and departure.

Well, I liked the open end. This gives a chance for a continuation.`

(English is not my primary language, so forgive

... Last updated on June 1st, 2011, 7:58pm
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very very dark  
by prettykitty20034
August 22nd, 2009, 6:32am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I thought this was good if not particularly enjoyable. It's dark, violent and depressing. The plot is definitely not rainbows and sunshine, that's for sure. On the other hand, I did like the period setting and I am a fan of Kodaka's art. I don't mind dark stories either.
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great, too deep for most people  
by lylicagalatea
August 16th, 2009, 5:09am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
People who think this story has no plot have not understood how deep it is.

It all runs around the concept of brotherhood, the love and responsability that comes from it. And secondly the impossibility of stopping one's heart from falling in love with the person that understands you, even if rationally you have all the reasons to hate him.
Maybe it's too deep of a story for most people, that's why some think it's empty.

It's true the story is a bit rushed but it all makes sense to me. Even the "open" ending shows Shirou's fate of painful solitude, regrets and the impossibility of settling down and live a peaceful life as a punishment for the evil he has caused. However he has chosen to live, and fight, so he's not defeated, and this is thanks to Sougetsu, who understands him completely and is linked to him by a love&hate relationship.
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by huggybear1218
February 26th, 2009, 2:18am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
what the hell was the point of this manga! no plot! and your soo pisssed and bent over the story that the sex scenes suck....all 80 of them! it was sooo bad! but like a car crash i couldn't look away till the end. i actually felt drained. SO FUCKING DEPRESSING! srry i try not to cuss but...
just turn around slowly and pick another manga to read!
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by mica363
October 25th, 2008, 12:22am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
I didn't really enjoy it as much as most, unfortunately I even bought it. But, whatever, I am sure there are plenty who would enjoy the forced situation that the main character is in. Also, not a big fan of historical....

... Last updated on February 1st, 2010, 11:30pm
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