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Koi no Tsumeato  
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Kou and his lover Ao have been together for years, but that doesn't stop Kou from cheating on his lover whenever he's had a bit too much to drink. Ao, deeply in love and infinitely forgiving, always takes him back... but for how long?

Tada Mikuni is totally Kou's type... and it doesn't hurt that he's an amazing chef! But when a case of mistaken identity lands them in the sack for a one-night stand, the two of them find out they hate just about everything about each other and never want to see each other again. Unfortunately, they're forced together again when Mikuni agrees to stand in as the chef on a TV show for Kou's agency.

Meanwhile, Ao knows something that neither of them realizes: it seems they've met before...


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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.15 + Extra (end) by Bushido Angels (2348d ago)
c.14 by Bushido Angel Adventures (2747d ago)
v.3 c.13 by Bushido Angel Adventures (2986d ago)
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3 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (177 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 21st 2014, 6:22pm PST



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Chara (Tokuma Shoten)

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Not pleased😠   
Rating: N/A
by dezzydoo
February 13th, 2017, 12:03am
I expected so much more from the author.The story was good only in the beginning. The protagonist development and lack of any sort of restraint or self control really got to me. To the point where i never commnt, yet the urge to do so was overwhelming this time. There was no real charm to a character who puts no real thought into his actions, and even undermined his own resolve. A truly weak pen*s(willed) personality. And the other characterz did no just for this manga either. All in all im ranting because the infidelity in the end during the wedding reception and the last chapter really killed any sympothy and affection I may have had and it royaly Pissed Me Off!!
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I wouldn't recommend this   
Rating: N/A
by timenchips
January 10th, 2015, 12:44am
If you're a huge fan of love triangles, you might like this, but I think most people would be troubled over how the story progresses and eventually ends. I'll preface my opinion on the development/ending by saying that I was honestly not rooting for either love rival because I could understand perfectly where they were both coming from. However, what I did have a problem with was that the ending went against what the character/plot development seemed to logically lead the reader. I'm cool with plot twists and surprise endings, but this felt so unnatural that it's hard to even describe.
I won't say who Kou chose in the end, but he made that choice out of a sense of pity more than love in my opinion. Arguably, he did love both Ao and Mikuni, but I think he definitely truly loved one more than the other. At least that's the feeling I got from some of the scenes the mangaka drew. Especially when there was such a big focus on this idea of destiny. I think that's what bothered me the most about all of this. I like stories about people who are fated to be together as well as stories that question whether love is governed by fate. This story developed it in one direction for most of the manga but then abruptly turned around and went on a completely different path toward the end, which is just bad form D: It had a natural sort of flow, but then it felt kind of forced toward the end, almost like the mangaka wasn't sure who Kou would end up with and let it drift naturally, but then suddenly decided, "oh wait, Kou should end up with this guy instead so let's draw that." Or maybe she'd always meant for Kou to end up with one but just messed up the middle development. I have no idea. Either way it was just unwieldy. Maybe more development and thought/planning may have salvaged the story.
Around chapter 10ish, my gut instinct was telling me to stop reading, and I should have trusted that dread feeling. I'm kind of disappointed that I wasted the time investing into these characters. I had trouble liking any of them at the end, and I'm honestly sad about it, since I thought they had plenty of potential to redeem themselves somehow from all the lies, cheating, and cowardice. But I guess it's pretty hard to write yourself out of a train wreck once you've worked so hard to write yourself into one. I was really rooting for the mangaka to turn this into a worthwhile story the whole time I read it, though. Ugh. I'm really disappointed.

... Last updated on January 10th, 2015, 1:11am
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A Captivating Love Story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Jx999
June 13th, 2014, 7:18pm
Foreword: I don't get all the spite for this work (though I must admit the length was uncalled for ^_^ wink ...

Koi no Tsumeato is a satisfying love story between, or should I say among, people who are trying to "make things right." Mikuni holds a pivotal key to both Kou and Ao's personalities. His sudden appearance and what he brings with him may meddle with the pair of lovers, but that is exactly why he is so important to the disentanglement of their relationship in the end. There's so much character development in the story, and although it was rather infuriating seeing them do what they do at times, everyone ends up where I think they should be.

Conclusion: I suppose it's a hit or miss kind of work. Me? TOTALLY RECOMMEND!

... Last updated on June 13th, 2014, 7:27pm
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Disappointment with a slow moving plot   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by pinkwhitegreen
October 2nd, 2013, 5:02am
Despite really loving Ms. KOIDE Mieko's works, this was was truly a disappointment. The plot was boring, the art was alright (she has done better and this isn't my favorite style, but that is a matter of subjectivity, not an actual solid agreement with everyone). But what disappointed me and fans whom I've seen in the reviews, was the extreme immaturity of the main protagonist. His indecisiveness may have been contracted through the trauma of the accident, but in honesty, I feel his subconscious desires of cheating and heading for the Mikuni-like men were something controllable at least to the smallest extend. This is was the little amounts of sympathy that had wavered out of my thoughts to Ao, his love for Kou was unrequited, the hardest to ever have.
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I felt happy for him at the end of the story, but to be honest, I felt that Kou had not followed the path Ao wanted him to: the path with the one Kou actually loved. In a sense, the story contradicts itself, Ao wanted Kou to have the one he loved, he was willing to sacrifice his life with Kou, but at the end still accepts him even though he knows that Kou loves Mikuni? Even if Ao didn't know, Kou never really loved him, instead: he pitied him. In my opinion, I feel this is one of the lowest forms of love, even if the other party is happy, it's never true happiness, in a way, the story ended in one of saddest possible ending.

What also came in as a blow to the story was the long, long drag of 3 volumes. I am aware that I don't hone any mangaka skills whatsoever, but as a fan reviewer, I can certainly put in that the 3 volumes were too much to put up with. The flow of the story was so slow and to a certain extent: boring. I read it only to complete it, and solely just out of curiosity of how the mangaka would end it. Unfortunately, instead of something that could possibly be more satisfying, it was more of a sad ending with nothing but empty love from Kou.

In conclusion, I believe that 2 out of 10 would be the appropriate mark in my point of view, due to lack of plot satisfaction, unnecessary length of manga and protagonist's final decision.

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2013, 5:05am
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Smooth Relationship   
Rating: N/A
by watashinomori
September 30th, 2013, 10:17am
I love the way the relationship goes on in this one. You usually see a seme always having to bargain to get sex, even in long term relations, but this one is more real and smooth, Ao and Kou act like a normal couple you'd see anywhere. I've loved the triangle, as the first comment says it's not predictable, actually it surprised me completely the end of it... Just love Koide Mieko-sensei works...
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For once a REAL love triangle!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Namiya
February 16th, 2013, 4:05pm
You know how love triangles in yaoi usually go, right? There's two guys who like each other and one random dude who also sort of has feelings for one of them, but you know right away who will end up together and all the 3rd person is for is to create some drama to prolong the story.

Well, this manga is different! I think it's a much more realistic view on a love triangle, it is unpredictable but good!
I found myself lost as to who to root for because I liked all the characters! The approach here is very understandable and so is the outcome because
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
after not seeing one another for 9 years and already being in a steady and long relationship with someone else, it would be simply wishful thinking to have the guy ditch his current love and go back to his highschool boyfriend. No matter what happened, I know that personally I'd not just fall back in love with a guy I haven't seen or talked to in the past 9 years! People change! He is long over his old love and happy with Ao,
That said, what I didn't like, was that Kou kept on cheating on Ao and that he dares being upset at Ao for "not trusting his love".... well ... Ao forgives everything because he is obsessed and scared to lose Kou, but Kou acts like a jerk when he says "You cannot trust my love for you?" after he goes and cheats many times.

I loved all the characters. There simply wasn't any reason to dislike anybody! I would have been happy had Kou ended up with either one of them.
And that's really refreshing considering the usual love triangle has one of the love interests being a good guy and the other a bad guy so you usually know who to root for.

The art is gorgeous, I liked almost everything about this manga, so I'd recommend it to just about anybody, mostly people who are into the love triangle theme!
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Not a worthwhile read....   
Rating: N/A
by Junshonai
January 24th, 2013, 5:04pm
I gave an extra art for the artwork and the plot. So it's a typical drama about a person getting into a tragic accident and completely forgetting everything that's happened to him. So far so good. But this guy suddenly forms this alter ego and completely loses his whole personality. Only that much can make a story more interesting. But I found several things the story lacked.

For one, morals. The bo
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Most Disappointing Work of Koide-sensei   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by kyouruhi24
November 29th, 2012, 8:10am
I really love this mangaka but reading this atrocious three volume piece really tainted by affections for her. I do not understand the intention behind creating that kind of personality for Kou as a main protagonist. He honestly disgusted me from the start but I still continued reading because I had faith on the 'magic' that Koide-sensei can weave in her stories. Sadly enough, it was met with disappointment.

I am not rooting for Mikuni at all. He disgusted me for sleeping with Kou despite already knowing that the latter was STILL in a relationship with Ao.

I HATE Kou. No word in the English language could best describe the abhorrence I feel for him. He didn't grow AT ALL throughout the series. Until the end, he was an indecisive and self-centered prick. If you loved Mikuni then stay with him and suffer together from all the sexually transmitted diseases you've received from all those random men you've cheated with. What kind of half-assed reasons are you spouting for getting together with Ao? Make up your mind!

Truly, I would have preferred the aforementioned ending. Mikuni x Kou with them dying of AIDS. That way, I'll have something to look forward to in Ao's case. Maybe a sequel with someone who won't carelessly transfer diseases to him.


I really regretted not trusting my instincts... the one telling me to stop reading.

good riddance!

Oh and before anyone fault my sentiments on youth, I beg your pardon, but I'm a woman in my twenties who had read civil law cases on this kind of relationship.

... Last updated on November 29th, 2012, 8:21am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Sky Cross
March 7th, 2012, 9:37am
Maybe it's just me that's dense or something, but honestly, this is the first love triangle I read where I really didn't know who would end up with who until the end. And I was also rooting for both rivals, I couldn't choose between them either. ^^

The character growth was interesting too. It was definitey worth the read, though I've read better. Probably because I'm not a big fan of any plot that holds 'amnesia'. It's just such a typical soap opera thing, and I've never actually encountered or even heard of anyone in real life to whom this happened. So I always feel it undermines the credibility and realism of a story.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2012, 9:39am
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A story you don't always encounter.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kuroii
November 8th, 2011, 1:12am
It's good, the art the story the plot and everything else. The love triangle is hot and I know many hate the uke for cheating and all that but for me he deserved the love, he loved the seme so much so I don't really have anything against him. I love it because the seme was strong and really loved his uke, the third party, well he's hot. Anyway I recommend this if you love love triangles and cheesy yaoi, the ending was perfect too. smile lots of love to the three of 'em ♥
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