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[From DramaQueen]:

High school art teacher Jun Usami has loved his best friend, Ryuuta, since they were high school students. Unbeknownst to Jun, Ryuuta's younger brother, Takumi Kajiwara, has been in love with Jun since he caught Jun stealing a kiss from his sleeping brother. As fate has it, Takumi has grown into the exact image of Ryuuta. Now that Takumi is a high-schooler and Jun's student, it's the perfect chance for Takumi to get close to his 'Usa-nii'.

The wheels of fate begin to move in Takumi's favor when Ryuuta announces his engagement to a beautiful coworker. Eager to comfort Jun, Takumi rushes to Jun's side and offers himself as Ryuuta's substitute.

As though being in a love triangle is not complicated enough, Jun's ex-lover enters the scene to steal Takumi away! What will happen when Jun has to face the reality that Takumi is not Ryuuta's substitute? Enjoy!


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Associated Names
Empty Heart ~Itsuwari no Koi Dakara~
Empty heart―偽りの恋だから

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-2 by Nakama over 13 years ago
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (389 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 9th 2016, 4:33am PST



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Comic Aqua (Ookura Shuppan)

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Drama Queen (1 Volume - Complete)

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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Ginny
January 10th, 2015, 1:12am
I read it because of the good ratings and interesting tags, but I was disappointed. There lacked an event or signifying turn where the seme proves his love. The story could use more development on characterization as well.
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by hotarusasaki
January 15th, 2014, 2:57am
I expected some really nice art when I saw the cover but the art is actually not that great. Its bearable however. The one woman shown in the manga wasn't drawn that well as she seemed rather out of proportion and even looked like a man in a page. It was short but I liked the empty heart thing. That kinda made me feel for the MC. But aside from that it was just average.
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above average yaoi   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jeline143
August 1st, 2013, 6:10pm
as the title of this review suggests, this is better than most yaoi mangas out in the market. while it may not be the most profound or ground-breaking in terms of storyline.. it exceeds expectations with execution. the only drawback is the art. i'm not saying that the art is terrible.. its not. the characters are actually illustrated well. i just wished the backgrounds received a little more attention. but.. thats just me nit-picking. i definitely recommend this manga to anyone.
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So so   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by mtmt1311
April 21st, 2013, 9:58pm
Idk but I would like it a lot more if the seme actually explains why he likes the uke since the uke still clearly thinks that its the face that the seme likes. And I also have the very same feelings.
The substitution idea left me a bad taste. He said the uke is not a substitute but he clearly was (the name calling).
Also, the seme is so dense that I got really frustrated.
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Nice plot   
Rating: 9.1 / 10.0
by kvicka
November 9th, 2012, 2:36am
I can straight tell I like her style of art. She has beautiful characters. In this story... I like this kind of it really satisfied me ^.^
But again...I think if it was make in two, three or more volumes it could be even better. (but concerning this manga it's not such problem as with her other mangas which are often going too quick)
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Good read!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Namiya
September 24th, 2012, 11:07am
While I give credit to Minase Masara sensei for stories and storytelling, I often don't like her art... but I gotta say it was decent in this and not as distracting as other times.
I really liked the story here, and even though the whole in-love-with-big-borthers-friend thing is often used in yaoi, it was still a very entertaining read and I didn't get bored at all.
Liked the characters, the pacing... it's well worth reading.
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Totally cliché but hotttttttttttt   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by cl4v
February 28th, 2012, 11:27am
Oh my that was hyper mega hotttttttt! i mean that plot is used many times to justify sexual desires but it was really well-made! OH Minase Masara sensei your hands are magical: i love your art so much! there were moments the seme was less mature than Takumi, i mean Usa-nii was totally blaming him for having sex with him! But i suppose that was a plus so we can empathize with Takumi!! I guess the appearance and set up of the former lover was rushed and obvious that's why i couldnt give this work more rating.
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Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by genie195
May 28th, 2011, 11:57am
Honestly, I don't care if it's a cliche. As long as it's well done and keeps me interested, I could reread the same plot multiple times. I really like the art and it's pretty easy to get attached to the characters.

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Example: Jun calls Takumi "Ryuuta" when they're getting it on. (As if you didn't see that coming.) I felt REALLY bad for Takumi.

So yeah, I would definitely suggest this. And it's not too long!

... Last updated on May 28th, 2011, 11:58am
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Well developed plot,   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by meniel
May 25th, 2011, 3:38am
good characters and nice art. This manga is not extremely original but it still stands out among the others thanks to the depth of its main character, Takumi. I think he is one of the best characters I've ever found in a yaoi manga. Even if the plot of this manga is nice per se, I think Takumi is its strong point. While reading I could really feel Takumi's feelings and empathise with him. His strong love and his despair, his sadness and his confusion were all well portrayed. The other characters are also okay. Considered this is a one volume manga, it came out pretty good. Not a masterpiece, but still worth reading if you like angst and yaoi.

... Last updated on July 2nd, 2017, 1:32pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by pleochroic
April 13th, 2011, 3:47pm
not the most original of plots, but well executed, and holds up to rereading a few years later. was this her first published work, or did tsuganai no yukue predate it; i don't know. her art already bears her trademark prettiness. this is my second-favourite of her ouevre after uso to kiss; it's a bit depressing that the works i like best were all penned early in her career.

there's not a whole lot of character development, but there's enough information about the characters to care what happens to them. the sex isn't very graphic, which is normal for minase; it's still mildly hot.
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